Tango Homecoming at La Milonga de Lucy
Yesterday was a busy day for me. I taught a Tango Zen class at Escuela Mundial de Tango GE. It was a little chaotic because my students had different amounts of experience, but by the end, we all found our energy balance and walked in peace.
I've been giving a lot of thought lately to what I want from a milonga. For me, it's all about having fun with my friends and feeling like a kid again. La Milonga de Lucy*, held at Nuevo Gricel on La Rioja 1180, is one of my favorite places to go.
I’ve known Lucy Alberto, the organizer, since 2008 and no matter where she hosts her milonga, she always gives me a warm welcome and makes sure I have a good time. She even calls me "Amor" when I arrive!
The best part of Lucy’s milonga is that I meet the dancers who embrace and remind me that tango is all about being together and sharing the dance.
Since returning to the milonga scene in Buenos Aires after an 11-year break, I've noticed the absence of the milongueros, who I always saw as guardians of the tango tradition. Some milongas feel like teenage parties without their parents.
But I felt something special at Lucy's last night. The dancers who embraced me back after a long break were full of the spirit of the milongueros. These dancers were the ones who danced with the milongueros and helped them get good at the dance. I was so happy to be able to dance with these dancers.
*La Milonga de Lucy Nuevo Gricel, La Rioja 1180, 18:00 – 01:00 https://www.facebook.com/MilongaDeLucy