‘Til Cortina Do Us Part

THE MUSIC: 
Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here this evening to witness the union of two beautiful dancers as they begin their 9 minute commitment to one another for a tanda that inspires them. And now for the leader to declare his promises to the follower. 

THE LEADER: 
My partner, my pleasure, my adventure.  
I stand here in front of you today to make a few promises.  
I vow to be trustworthy. 
I vow to create, construct, and deconstruct our movements. 
I vow to take care of you – to be vigilant of the direction we travel in, to protect you from unexpected circumstances. 
I vow to be present and recognize when to let go of expected outcomes in order to follow new directions with you. 
I vow to clearly lead us and follow you through the magical moment when the end of one movement turns into the beginning of another. 
I vow to invite you to have the creative freedom of expressing yourself. 
You excite me. 
Thank you for this dance. 

THE MUSIC: 
Well done. Everyone here is now swooning. Follower, what say you? 

THE FOLLOWER: 
Well, it’s funny because my vows are quite similar! 
….this is also to my partner, my pleasure, my adventure.  
I vow to be fearless. 
I vow to make suggestions that can be understood. 
I vow to understand, amplify, and develop your choices. 
I vow to be present, to deeply listen, to let go of anticipated outcomes in order to explore new directions with you. 
I vow to give you the opportunity to truly lead. 
I vow to invite you to have the creative freedom of expressing yourself. 
You understand me. 
Thank you for this dance. 

THE MUSIC: 
And all who are present today, may you be witnesses to this union and the vows they have made to one another. Community, do you vow to support these two individuals for the next 9 minutes of this glorious Pugliese tanda? 

THE COMMUNITY: 
Sure, if we feel like it. But we’re kinda bliss-ed out.

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