South Florida Maestros Applaud Obama's Tango Tutorial In Argentina
The world is buzzing over the viral video of President Obama dancing tango Wednesday night at a state dinner during his visit to Argentina. And no one is watching it more than tango instructors, especially here in South Florida. Today they seemed to give el presidente thumbs up.
President Obama is not known for his dancing prowess. But tango maestra Monica Llobet applauds his 40-second performance in Buenos Aires. Llobet runs the Alma de Tango program at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables – and she says Obama is an impressive beginner.
“Oh, I think he did wonderful," says Llobet. "I mean, he was put on the spot, never danced the tango before. One of the elements that distinguishes the tango is the beauty and elegance of the walk, and President Obama just has a natural, elegant walk.”
Claudio Ponce is an Argentina native who also teaches tango in Miami with a program called Milonga de Los Latigos. (It holds regular tango gatherings at the Elk's Lodge in South Miami.) Ponce watched the Obama video with WLRN, and he too was impressed – if only because he was so surprised to see a U.S. president even try to tango.
“He approaches the basic tango steps very correctly,” Ponce said. “I like his proper and elegant posture there. As an Argentine, I appreciate the respect the president gave our dance.”
Obama’s only slip-up was his failure to dip his partner at the end. But as Ponce notes, this was less about dancing and more about diplomacy.