New York, Paris and Salerno: Tango without borders

One of the things I adore about dancing tango is being able to travel the world and not be limited by language, location, who I know, or whether I’m travelling alone. Once I hear the familiar music in the air the excitement sets in. My latest trip was not a tango trip, however, my aim was to dance once at each destination and given that I travelled with a small carry-on suitcase for the entire month, I only allowed myself to pack two milonga dresses and one pair of dance shoes. New York My trip started in New York where...

Glosas Tangueras / Tango Glosas

I recently discovered that the piece of spoken prose at the beginning of some tangos is called a glosa tanguera or ‘tango glosa’. A ‘glose’ or glosa is an early Renaissance form developed by poets of the Spanish court in the 14th and 15th centuries. In a glosa, tribute is paid to another poet, and it is made up of two parts, the opening which is referred to as cabeza or ‘texte’ and the second part is the glosa or ‘glose’ itself. What this means is that four lines of poetry are quoted as an epigraph from another poem or...

Milongas Around the World – London

Recently we embarked in a leisure trip to Europe. Tango was part of our trip as we visit milongas at London and Madrid. In this blog I share some information and personal notes about them. Continuining with the spirit of previous articles written for our blog we hope this may be of help to future tango travellers from Australia going overseas. In this case bound to London. London – Carablanca Milonga  www.carablanca.com.uk This milonga is located at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn. It is about 25 minutes’ walk from King Cross/Saint Pancras underground station, and it is well...

A follower’s conundrum

Recently, whilst at a very popular and busy Buenos Aires milonga a beginner dancer asked me to dance which led to an awkward situation for myself and the beginner dancer. The situation itself posed a number of interesting questions in regards to etiquette, milonga codes and just basic human interaction. The leader used cabeceo from a few meters away, I had just arrived and had not had a chance to look at the floor and see the level of dancing of any of the dancers, and in particular I had not watched this man dance. I accepted the dance, stood...

The milongas of Buenos Aires (Part 2)

“Las milongas de Buenos Aires” Here I continue to share some of my experiences at the milongas in Buenos Aires. Some are a bit of a blur… these milongas don’t get going until very late in the evening and often end at 2am, 3am, even 5am, so between the intensive tango classes and the milongas there was very little time for sleep. Cachirulo, at Salon Canning In recent years this had been my favourite milonga, however, it’s no longer held at Obelisco Tango with the fabulous floor. Instead it’s now held at Salon Canning, a historical icon for tango. This...

The milongas of Buenos Aires (Part 1)

“Las milongas de Buenos Aires” The plane touched down in Buenos Aires at 5pm and by 11pm I was on the dancefloor. It sounds extreme but I was so tired a few more hours would have made no difference and besides, I was so excited to be here after a two year absence. Sueño Porteño, at Centro Region Leonesa The first milonga was easy, Sueño Porteño, I had been to this milonga before except that it’s now held at another venue (also a venue I’d known from a different milonga). There is an impressive staircase leading up to the first...

Tango etiquette and the milonga codes

‘Los códigos de la milonga’ In a little over a week I’ll be heading to Buenos Aires and Montevideo, so what better time than now to re-visit the milonga codes which are prevalent in many of the milongas in Buenos Aires as well as across the world. This is a list of recommended Do’s and Don’ts, of-course not all apply to all venues, some milongas are far stricter than others, some are filled with young people, whilst others have an older, more traditional demographic of visitors, locals and old time milongueros. Some of these codes have been around for over...

The Milonga Rhythm

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to write a blog about the milonga rhythm, and given the milonga classes being held in Wollongong over the coming few weeks it seemed like the perfect opportunity, so I agreed to do some research on the subject and was surprised with what I found. As way of introduction, the milonga rhythm is a style of folkloric music that is shared across the River Plate in both Uruguay and Argentina. I discovered that when using the word ‘milonga’ to describe the rhythm, there are in fact two variations. Firstly the original style...

The day that Temperley was a bandoneon

Tango is an intrinsic part of the DNA of the Rio de la Plata population. It is an art that makes part of many people daily lives but also public spaces such as parks, malls and squares. This moving article highlights people solidarity against what they percive authorities injustice against street art. By Jonathan Habrat Fecha de publicación: 15 octubre, 2017 Fotos: Juan Dias Lomas de Zamora, Argentina, October 15 (AUNO) – Hundreds of people demonstrated in favor of street culture at Temperley station. It was after Federal Police troops threw Rubén out of there, the bandoneon player who accompanied the...

Tango classes at The Fraternity Club – Wollongong

Fantastic opening night of tango at Wollongong with milonga rhythm as topic of our first class. Great to see so many people starting their tango journey to the benefit of our tango community. Classes are host every Wednesday night 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Singles and couples are welcome. More milonga next week.

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