Night Shift 

Clinic doc doubles as tango expert.

During office hours, Jeanette Potts is a joke-cracking urologist at the Cleveland Clinic. But after work today, she peels off her scrubs to become Dr. Tango for the weekly Street Beats performance series. "It'll be like a piece of art on the sidewalk," says Potts. "It's like bringing a little bit of Argentina to Cleveland."

Potts will dance the high-kicking salon tango and polka-like melonga tango with partner David Palmer. Two other couples will also bust some moves during the waltz-like tango vals. "For that one, if you get a good partner, it feels like you're ice-skating," says Potts."

Potts learned to tango in 2001 after watching an exhibition of Latin dance. Since then, she's been teaching several styles of Argentine tango to fellow physicians and corporate leaders. "It no longer seems inaccessible. It isn't far away or exotic anymore," says Potts. "It's a fresh form of dancing, and that's what brings in the passion." Next year, Potts publishes Tango: Lessons in Life, a book about the link between traditional tango and modern medicine. "In a surgical or emergency setting, the thought is, 'Don't just stand there, do something,'" she says. "But a seasoned dancer is not uncomfortable with silence and savors the moment to regroup with a partner. That's what doctors should do with their patients."
Thu., Aug. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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