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The changing world of the milongas

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Here in Sydney milongas come and go - usually from venues rather than actually closing down. Days and dates are guarded jealously by those who organise the milongas and if someone is ready to move on they will usually offer their date or venue to another. If they have lost their venue for one reason or another they will frantically search to find a new one, rarely do events close in Sydney for other reasons. Sadly the same is not the same in Buenos Aires. In 2011 Maipu 444 closed down - this was the venue for a number of famous milongas (El Maipú, La Marshall, Chirulo, Sentimental y Coqueta and Lujos) - some (did they all ?) found new homes, but the venue is gone. Recently Buenos Aires has seen the closing of two famous milonga Villa Malcolm on March 22 (apparently the venue was sadly run down) and Niño Bien on April 4. We also believe that the Tangocool milonga has closed. It is tough in the tango world. I am sure there are those who look at teachers and milonga organisers and thin…

Tango is a challenge

Sydney has just had a tango competition. Organised privately by one of the organisers of a Tango Festival, the Challenge, as it was known, got off to a quiet start, thanks to the many other tango events that were taking place earlier in the year, but with Carolina Bonaventura and Francisco Forquera as the judges it drew quite a deal of interest and a good crowd over Easter. At least so I am told. I was busy with family and was not able to attend. Some years ago I was involved with the organisation of the Australian heats of the Tango Championship (as the Tango World Cup was once known) at the Sydney Opera House. Bound by many rules and regulations because it was a private franchise operation, it required enormous organisation and I still have mixed feelings about its impact on tango dancing in Australia. I know it nearly squashed my love of the dance and the tango culture. However I was enormously pleased to watch the (very) young couple who won, dance at a milonga on Sunday night whe…