In the July magazine “La Milonga Argentina” I noticed a big (half-page) ad about classes given by famous teachers at the Zarasa escuela., managed by the also very famous Julio & Corina.
It’s not too far, I thought, less than 20 cuadras, let’s go to the 19:30 class (beginners). Independencia 2845, here I am. Let’s enter.
“Hey, where do you think you’re going?”
“To the tango class.” (How ignorant these locals are, I thought, how can they ignore that the great Julio & Corina have a school just here?)
“There is nobody. Nobody. Julio and Corina are abroad. There is nobody here.”
“There are classes by invited masters.”
“No, no, nobody is here. You saw the ad in the tango review but this is just that – an ad. Corina might be back next week.”
“So, this ad is a lie?”
“Yes.” With a big smile, though I don’t see what is funny here.
So the list of virtual, on-paper-only classes grows by one unit. And the guilty teachers belong to the big fish category, this time.
Thirty minutes later I was back home. I calculated that I could afford a ten-minute rest before walking now to Canning, where there was a class at 21:00. No risk of being deceived again, the Parakultural website had a special mention telling that there would be classes on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th. My calculations were right, I arrived there exactly at 21 :00. Ah, Canning, this big cube with its famous floor. Soft music. Tables ready for the milonga at23:00 .
And no class. 45 more minutes (yes Canning is further than Zarasa) and I was at home again, trying to read a book about tango in the 80’s (the 1880’s) but I fell asleep before page #3. Too much energy gone walking the dirty pavement.
All these announced and non-existent classes. Let’s hope that this portena 2009 fashion remains in BsAs and does not spread worldwide.