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Ask Arlene…Who Turned Out the Lights?

Dear Arlene,

I have been trying out the London Milongas these last few weeks and have noticed that although the venues are different, they all have one thing in common – they are all so dark, I can barely see across the room.  Granted, some people of a certain age can look better in the dark, but it doesn’t do me any favours when I try and give a lady the old cabeceo. What gives?

In the Dark

Dear In the Dark,

I have noticed this phenomenon myself lately.  It seems that the venues are getting darker and darker.  I should really be offended with part of your comment.  Being a person of a certain age, I will be the first to admit that a bit of dim lighting can soften the edges, but my eyesight is not as good as it used to be and although I prefer to be asked to dance by cabeceo, it is sometimes difficult to tell if I am being asked to dance or if people are just making faces at the antics on the dance floor.

I have brought this issue up with a couple of the organisers, but have had no joy.  It is my understanding that the lights are dimmed to create an ambiance, which to me is more reminiscient of a High School dance – which would be fine if we were still in High School.  I don’t mind dim lighting, but I do object to dancing in the dark.  Maybe they make it so dark so the women can’t see how badly the leaders are doing?

Anybody got any bright ideas?!