Since QueSigaLaMilonga.com started we have recorded thousands of tango performances in Buenos Aires and in cities across Argentina. We have so many videos in our archive that we haven’t even made all of them public!
We are lucky to live in Buenos Aires where on any given night you can see amazing dancers performing for just the cost of the milonga entrada. Some nights you witness tango magic happening right before your very eyes.
We have compiled a playlist of our Top 10 most popular videos (based on lifetime views). Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite or if you have a favorite performance that didn’t make the list.
On September 30th Fruto Dulce Tango celebrated it’s 4th anniversary. This milonga hosted by the wonderful Rebecca O’Laoire is held in Villa Malcolm and has been a mainstay for the Palermo tango circuit for quite a while.
The birthday festivities included performances by:
Alejandra Zavala & Toto Faraldo
Laly Victoria & Leandro Haeder
Stella Baez & Ernesto Balmaceda
Matias Rivas & Ezequiel Rivas(who is only 8 years old!)
Here is some more information if you would like to check out the milonga
Where: El Club Villa Malcolm, Av. Cordoba 5064, Cap. Fed. Buenos Aires
Clase before the Milonga : 21hs con Maestros Invitados
Milonga begins: 22.30hs with music by DJ Gonzalo Baquero
Enjoy: Abrazos! Sonrisas! Amigos! Emoción! Artistas! Alegría! Compañerismo!
Reserve a table by email or text: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1538774888
Last night was the final night of the Mujercitas Tango Festival. There was a big crowd in Viva La Pepa Milonga at Villa Malcolm. The first song of the performance was all of the women dancing with their respective partners
where you sit can make a huge difference in your evening.
Personally, I hardly ever go to a milonga that I don't think I will have a table to sit at.
I know that at milongas and festivals in the United States and across Europe the table is just a place where you drop your things.
But here in Buenos Aires I think the table serves a much bigger purpose... We will talk about that in another post.
Now I want to talk about the rules.
My table has rules
you might not agree with them,
but then you could always get your own table or...
you can stand at the bar.
If we run out of seats, the men stand. If you are a gentleman at my table I shouldn't have to ask you to give up your seat. If you are a woman at my table I shouldn't have to force you to accept gracefully and SIT DOWN.
If you sit at the table you order from the table. You do not go to the bar to get a drink. I don't care how long you have been waiting. If you want to order from the bar go stand at the bar.
Be social with the other people at the table. It surprises me how often people join a table and then neglect to talk to any of the people at the table. It won't hurt to try and make some conversation. No one is going to make you do anything and you never know you might make some new friends.
No one is required to dance with anyone. While it would be nice and fun if everyone at the table enjoyed dancing with everyone else. Neither life nor tango are always nice and fun. Please don't try to guilt people into dancing with you and never feel bad that someone has chosen to dance with someone else. I know these are easier said than done... when in doubt see my note above about life and tango.
Practice the cabaceo.I know that it can be difficult and that many people coming from other dance communities are not used to using it. This is why you practice... you will get better. Ask for pointers. Hold the gaze 5 seconds longer than feels comfortable. Smile. Keep practicing.
Know how much you owe.We are not going to get separate checks. Keep track of what you order and know how much it costs. If you leave before everyone else calculate your share and pay it directly to the waiter or leave it with a reliable person. Preferably the person who reserved the table since they will be responsible if the table comes up short.
Tip the waiters.I know "people don't tip in Argentina" but in the milonga we tip. Always.
Monday was the first night of the Tango Secrets Festival. This year the festival with a packed house at Milonga Parakultural in Salon Canning and amazing performances by Romina Levin & Julio Altez and Fernando Carrasco & Jimena Hoeffner.
Noticeably Fernando and Jimena’s performance was very different from what you would have seen if you had been in Buenos Aires this time last year.
It will be interesting to see how their style continues to develop.
It’s that time of year again. It seems as if everyone arrive in Buenos Aires at the exact same time. TA few short weeks ago the milongas were struggling to maintain a crowd. Now it seems like everyone is in town and the floors are full until the end of the night.
This change signals the countdown to the Mundial de Tango which will be held from the 14th through the 27th of August. It is a great time of year to be in Buenos Aires. We are still in the middle of winter so it never gets so hot that you have to worry if your apartment will have air conditioning or access to a swimming pool. All the milongas are full and there always new people to dance with. Lots of maestros are in town so you can arrange lessons with almost anyone you have ever wanted to study under.
There is a lot to be said for high season and I am looking forward to it…. However it can also have it’s downsides we can talk about that next time…
As for you? How do you feel? Have you ever visited Buenos Aires during this time of year? How do you like it? Let us know in the comments below.