Carlos Stasi and Jose Garafolo do the same thing in their milonga, Porteno y Bailarin. Both are making a joke out of tango. What's the point?
I think the real point, under the clowning around, is that Tete could teach extremely well as a follower. I led him for five or six tangos one afternoon, and if I didn't lead him absolutely precisely and clearly, he would find ways of moving that were beyond any leader's worst nightmares of a willful follower. His legs would shoot out in the most unpredictable directions, and it wasn't always the leg you wouldn't have expected, as he might well have sneaked in a weight change too. He did it for fun - and he had a big sense of fun - and it was funny to watch, but behind it there was a very serious purpose, which was teaching to lead really clearly. I'm sad that I'll never again have the opportunity to lead Tete.
"Both are making a joke out of tango. What's the point?"Well, whats the point of not making a joke out of it? Why not?
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