Buenos Aires diary, March 23, 2023
Last night, I was reminded of the importance of balance in life, not just in the traditional sense, but also in the milongas where I dance tango. As a dancer, I've noticed that some milongas in Buenos Aires tend to have an imbalance between locals and expats/foreigners, but I recently experienced one that stood out from the rest.
Last night, I attended Milonga El Rodriguez, which was located further than my usual haunts, but it was worth the trek. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, and I had the pleasure of dancing with old friends. However, what impressed me the most was the balance between locals and expats/foreigners on the dance floor. I knew the "foreigners" before, and they have lived here long enough to be considered locals when it comes to dancing tango.
The way they danced was what I expected from milongas in Buenos Aires. They danced with heart to enjoy, creating positive and pleasant feelings that resonated with my heart. It was a refreshing change, and I felt the mutual respect among the dancers, no matter their background or experience level.
This experience reminded me of the importance of creating a space where everyone feels welcome and respected in the milongas. It's not just about the dance but also about the connections we make with others on the dance floor.
If you're looking for a milonga that embodies balance and connection, I highly recommend El Rodriguez. The organizer, Marta Famá, has created a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is sure to make you feel at home. El Rodriguez is held every Wednesday from 21:00 to 01:00 at Club Liber Piemont | Gral. Manuel A. Rodríguez 1191.
I won't forget the lessons I learned from last night's milonga, and I hope to continue to dance with heart and enjoy the connections I make with others on the dance floor.
Chan Tango Zen www.TangoZen.com