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.

New Wollongong Venue Opening Up This Week

After 5 years of teaching tango in The Shire, we are delighted to bring tango to The Fraternity Club at Wollongong. This will happen this coming Wednesday 20th of February as we will start our regular weekly tango classes at The Frats. Join us to learn tango as it is danced in Argentina and Uruguay, cradles of tango dance. To celebrate the occasion we have a special deal for first timers: you pay the first class and your second class is totally free. Let your family and friends know. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome.

Tango: Poema

You will often hear the tango Poema (Poem) played at milongas around the world. The music was composed by Mario Melfi and the lyrics were written by Eduardo Bianco. Francisco Canaro recorded the following version in 1935 with vocalist Roberto Maida. Canaro, a violinist, was born in Uruguay on 26th November 1888 and died in Argentina on 14th December 1964. And here is a modern version by Orquesta Romantica Milonguera with a great video to match: ENGLISH: It was a dream of sweet love, hours of happiness and loving, it was the poem of yesterday, that I dreamed, of gilded color,...

Vals: Desde el Alma

This beautiful vals was composed by Clotilde Mela Rosa Luciano, better known as Rosita Melo (July 9, 1897 – August 12, 1981). Rosita was born in Uruguay, she was a poet, composer and pianist. Rosita was just 14 years of age when in 1911 she composed her first and now world-famous “Desde el Alma” which translates into English as “From the Soul”. Her husband Victor Piuma Vélez wrote the first set of lyrics for it years later but in 1948 Homero Manzi re-wrote the lyrics which ultimately became universally famous. The version that follows is an instrumental by Francisco Canaro,...

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