Are you ready to step into the fascinating world of milongas? I've had some incredible and unforgettable moments during my tango adventures worldwide. Let me share a couple of stories with you:
Imagine this: After my Tango Zen workshop, I found myself at a milonga where the organizer suddenly dimmed the lights, leaving only a few candles. When I asked why, they said it created a more romantic atmosphere. But hey, I'm here to dance, and it was quite a challenge when I couldn't see anything, let alone cabeceo. Definitely a unique experience!
Then there was another milonga where I kept getting elbowed on my back while dancing with my partner. At first, we thought it was accidental, but when it kept happening from the same person, we realized we might not be welcome there. We decided to skip that milonga and explore other dance floors.
Now, let's dive into what truly defines a special milonga, the kind that beckons us to dance regularly.
I must admit, the answer might be a tad subjective. Having explored countless milongas in diverse cities and countries, including the iconic Buenos Aires, I've noticed four vital elements that my favorite milongas share.
It's all about the venue! Imagine good lighting that paints the dance floor, a smooth wooden embrace beneath your feet, ample chairs for comfortable sitting and cabeceo, and a sound system that brings the music to life.
The organizers play a crucial role too. They craft an ambiance of warmth and belonging. Their dedication to continuously improving their skills ensures that every dancer feels safe, supported, and downright happy on the dance floor.
A milonga thrives on the collective energy of its people. It's crucial to have fellow dancers who genuinely revel in the joy of dance, respect one another's space, and willingly contribute to making the experience delightful for all.
Last but not least, we cannot underestimate the role of a talented DJ who understands the intricate nuances of tango music. These musical maestros transform the milonga into a realm where dancers can truly connect and express themselves. We would be incredibly fortunate, if we had DJs in our community who continuously seek to refine their knowledge and skills, all to ensure our dancing bliss.
Now, I'm curious to know your thoughts! Do you agree with these points or have something important to add?
Share your opinions in the comments below!
Source: Documentary, Tango Your Life, Chan Park, Director and Producer