[Tango-L] Beginners and milongas
imhmedia at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 14 11:59:20 EST 2008
the way I understnd it, in years past, beginners in BsAs went to
milongas to sit and watch, listen to the music, have something to eat,
socialize with family and friends. They did not dance until they felt
they had "earned" the right to be on the milonga floor...i.e. could
dance well. (The lighting in ba milonga is still usually much brighter
than in US, in large part because it enables people to watch the dancers
on the floor.) They might not have taken lessons, but danced with
family and friends at home until they were at least proficient. It's
apparent to me that dancers in BsAs had/have more respect for the dance,
the codes, the culture and they don't just barge onto the floor as so
many do here, regardless of their experience. (In BsAs, or I think good
dancers everywhere also seem not to mind dancing just a tanda or two if
it is with the right person...here, some dancers feel they have to dance
all night and that will definitely water down the experience).
Again, a big difference- our fast food culture... and the American quest
for immediate gratification.
I think you'll find that beginners are very welcome at milongas...they
usually are the first on the floor at the beginning and usually don't
stay late, so here, as in BsAs, the best dancers come late. as for the
elite feeling...well, good dancers always want to dance with good
>After such a response to my "breaking the paso basico" post I wanted to ask something else.
>Simply; are beginner dancers not actually welcome at Milongas?
>Is there some unspoken rule that a beginner should go off and reach a level before visiting a Milonga. Is this what was done in the past or was the milonga orginially more a social gathering where the young and old would just come together informally and dance/learn no matter what the skill level?
>Is the Milonga of today different from what it was originally, is this "elite club" feeling something new?
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