Showing posts from February, 2012

Not enough milonga or waltz...?

It is only when you begin to learn to dance tango that you discover that there is also milonga, waltz - but it is tango you learn first and it is no doubt tango that brought you to class. When I say tango I mean the music based on the regular four beats to a bar that is so recognisable in 'La Cumparsita'. Of course there is so much to learn in tango that you can concentrate on just learning to dance to this music. But the milonga is fun with its faster beat and syncopation and the waltz is beautiful.
When I go to a milonga I want to dance more than tango - I like the music that is presented by the DJ to include at least one milonga and one waltz tanda an hour.  Not a lot to ask when you consider the repertoire. Which brings me to my point - why are there tango DJs in Sydney who play just one milonga and one waltz tanda all night? And why when they do do they eschew the fabulous milongas of Donato, D'Arienzo or Lomuto - or the waltzes of Biagi or Rodigruez and give us somet…

Leading ladies

Recently I have had some interesting discussions with other women about women leading in tango. With a shortage of men at many tango classes - and this seems to be a big thing at the moment especially in Sydney - some women will volunteer to lead. I spoke to a tango teacher who told me that when men dance as a follower they learn more about leading - but that it doesn't work the other way round. So I asked a couple of men who have danced with women who like to lead and they say that it can cause problems for them as the woman is not as a good follower as she used to be!
One tanguera told me she didn't like dancing with women because the female lead is generally not strong. There's also the issue of big boobs - which can make it uncomfortable.  Of course if you dance like the women in the old French postcard on the left it wouldn't be a problem!
I have danced with women but would never choose to dance with a woman over a man - and I am sure many feel the same. Your tho…