Why chacarera?

Recently some Sydney milongas have made chacarera an interval in their milongas - sometimes following or preceding salsa, sometimes on its own. Why? I can understand the salsa as many Sydneysiders dance salsa and those that do love the opportunity to dance it. But chacarera? Most Sydneysiders have no idea how to dance it so, if they are brave enough, they get up and wave their arms around, stamp their feet and dance in a circle... endlessly it seems to me at times. Chacarera is a dance that has no real beginning or end in this form - it is just an endless stomp.
Having seen real chacarera, both here with visiting performers and in Argentina, I know it can very entertaining and is a skillful dance. However I find this interval rather boring... am I alone? What do you think? Does this happen in other places?
In my experience only a handful of couples get onto the floor...please comment - and answer the poll.

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Arlene said…
They will have a Chacarara break in a couple of milongas that I go to here in London because a lot of Argentines dance there and they like it. I have now learned how to do it and it is easy and fun. The other milongas will have a salsa break which I find frustrating sometimes as there are never enough men who dance salsa!

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