Friday, 30 March 2012
It made me so happy to see this. Cacho is a great teacher, and he teaches group classes several times a week. Or he used to teach. Last year I found he was no longer teaching as he wasn't well. It looks as if he's back, lively as before. I think he's great because he takes the trouble to watch very intently, and can then make a comment that changes everything about your tango. I think of him as a very generous teacher, and modest. His group classes weren't that expensive, and were serious and intense, and the general standard of dance was good. But they were entirely in Spanish, and most of his students are local.
& I'm also happy to see the dance at the end of the interview because, unbelievably, there's only one video of him on the whole of YouTube. Or at least there used to be; I just checked and noticed that armanyengue1 has recently uploaded two more, dating back to Seattle in 2004. It used to be a great pleasure to watch him in the milongas a few years ago, and I look forward to seeing him again.
Incidentally, talking of 'shooting the feet' I notice how, like Ricardo Vidort, he often lifts his knee a little high so the foot comes down more emphatically, with the leg quite straight. I think this is very characteristic of his generation, although it might not always be so pronounced. Stepping like this emphasises the beat, and pushes the body up straight too. I wrote about his classes here.