National Geographic : 1967 Nov
support. If the fund thinks the proposal worthwhile, it makes a loan at low interest. Thus the public may enjoy art that private sponsors might not be willing to take a risk on." The street called Caminito inspired a pop ular tango, and in the city that gave this dance to the world, I thought it appropriate that I should learn a few steps. So in a dancing salon on Avenida Callao I signed up for lessons. The maestro who took my money was Santiago Merani, and as we walked from the 688 office into the studio, I looked about for the Argentine beauty I wishfully expected for a dancing partner. The salon was empty. Senior Merani showed me a basic step of the dance form that has been called "a confession of love with the feet," and after half a dozen tries, I mastered it. Then the maestro put on some tango rec ords while I waited for my dancing partner to enter. I was still waiting when he stepped in front of me, raised his arms, and said, "Bien, now try the step with me." And for two hours I learned the tango dancing with a man.