Showing posts from December, 2010

Rain, wind and the tango drought

On Boxing Day night as we approached the Gladesville RSL for the Milonga de mis Amores, the black clouds hung low and a few heavy drops hit our windscreen. By the time we were inside it was pelting down... but I needn't have worried. Obviously 2 nights without tango meant that the wild weather couldn't keep the dancers away and we had a big happy crowd including visitors from New York, New Zealand, Cairns and Perth! It's a treat to have visitors at the milonga - to meet new dancers and hear about their tango.
Thank you to all those who complimented me on the playlist too! It is almost tempting to use it again (see post above!) but not next month - or even in the next 6 months, but I will at some point when no-one will remember!. It was interesting to see how the Hugo Diaz tanda late in the night wasn't popular, and how the canyengue a few tandas before was! I love it when the tables are empty and the floor is full! means I've got it right. And I was chuffed to get …

That same old [tango] music

I don't think we have any milongas in Sydney where the tango DJ plays the same playlist time after time.. if we do I have never heard about them. And certainly when I do the playlist for the Milonga de Mis Amores it is almost completely new every time - I even create new tandas, though I do have a handful of favourites, usually ones that people have commented on and these will re-appear from time to time.  So I was quite horrified to read on my tango friend Bora's blog that "Canning had unusually less traffic that night and it seemed very quiet. Like at every other milonga, the playlist hadn’t changed from the last times I had been there".!! and later on she says " There are many ways to kill the mood at a milonga. Canning highlighted three that night: 1.Poorly arranged music, 2. Poor performances that leave people cold, and 3. Random chacarera to pick up the pace." I didn't go to Canning when I was in Buenos Aires in April, partly because last time I was…

Christmas Milongas and Christmas prices

Tis the season to be jolly! And most of the time I don't find it difficult, but sometimes I feel the grumpy old lady coming out in me as I wonder why some of the milonga organisers think it is okay to thank dancers for their custom throughout the year by putting up their prices. Of course if they are offering their clients the bonus of a live tango band,  special performances by visiting dancers who have to be paid, or supper or a meal, or if their venue has put the price up on hiring the space, then of course they need to... but just because it is Christmas?
I haven't been to all the Christmas milongas I would like to because of this - the tango budget only goes so far.
A member of our family is visiting from the US and she tells us that in the US they just go from one festival to another - no sooner is Thanksgiving over, than it's Christmas, then Valentine's Day, then St Patricks Day, then Easter... and I've probably missed one or two I am wondering if they do m…

Learning from Bora

I have been away from tango this weekend so just spent an hour reading Bora's Tango Journey.  Her honesty about her experiences in lessons with a wide range of tango teachers and her determination to improve her dancing is inspirational.
And her experiences with the rakes of tango is great reading - though I have to confess it makes me very happy that I am not a single woman - young or old - in the tango scene. And even if I was I would be sure to attend milongas with a group of friends, male and female. Much of what she describes is part of the dating/mating game. This is not peculiar I have just been having a cup of tea with my daughter (26) while she tells me about the wedding she went to last night and how hard it is to find a good man!
If you are not already clued into Bora's blog and want an inside look at the Buenos Aires tango scene, bookmark it now - it may give you some misgivings, but you will surely learn a great deal.

Not my tango journey

One of Sydney’s popular young tangueras is currently visiting Buenos Aires  - you may have found her blog as it is listed here. Bora’s tango journey is fascinating – and from a totally different perspective to my own, or that of many people I know. Bora is the same age as my daughter so we are talking generations here but there are other things… For a start Bora speaks fluent Spanish and she is very confident of her own abilities and her presence.  I notice this in my daughter and her friends – they have a confidence given to them by our generation of parents who believed in building them not putting them down as we were by our parents. And Bora is visiting milongas as a beautiful, young single woman, though she does know people who are in Buenos Aires at the same time, and she is keen to practise the cabaceo (the technique of accepting dances by a look and nod across the room, not by being asked). And practise it she is with a confidence that has had some devastating consequences a…

When two won't tango

Our recent milonga with the visiting musicians from Buenos Aires went extremely well - we worked with Tango Encanto who already had a milonga on the night the musicians were in town and everyone was happy! No-one was out of pocket, no one felt rebuffed and the Sydney tango community got a great night.
But this is rare on the Sydney tango scene. Sydney tango schools are bit like the drivers on Sydney's roads - it's every man/woman for him/herself and woe betide anyone who gets in the way. Last weekend was a one example. There are two regular milongas - then the annual festival held in the southern highlands moved it's weekend to the same weekend - and then another school announced a milonga out of the blue - and there was a milonga in Newcastle (an hour and half drive away). At this time of year there are plenty of other reasons for people not to tango, so each event suffered!  There just aren't enough tangueros and I frequently hear people saying why can't the scho…