Milonga at the Newcastle milonga

On Saturday after the workshops we explored the beaches of Newcastle then had a late siesta before getting ready for the milonga at night in the Adamstown Senior Citizens centre. From the outside this is an ugly brick and fibro building with one shade tree outside and bare, uninspiring buildings around it. Inside there is a good parquet floor, it is airconditioned and has the feeling of centre that is used and cared for by its owners. On Saturday night, Mauricio and Wendy of Ruedisima turned it into a milonga.
When we arrived about 90 minutes after official start the only others there were some of the Novocastrian dancers and a smattering of Sydney people, but within the hour a huge contingent of Sydney dancers arrived together with Jorge and Maria.
I wasn't expecting great things of the night, maybe one or two nice tandas and a chance to practise some of the things I had learnt that afternoon. But as the night progressed I was very pleased to be asked to dance by my regular partners as well as by a couple of the best dancers in the milonga. Jake from Melbourne was the DJ and his playlist was mostly excellent - as is his dancing - so I was delighted when he asked me for a tango tanda. However the highlight of the night was the milonga, a new one by an Argentinian composer (sorry I didn't write down his name), danced by Jorge and Maria. In fact they danced four numbers, 3 tangos and a milonga - but it was the milonga I filmed and for me it was the highlight.

The next day at the milonga we worked on this sequence - and it is much more difficult that it looks!
It was a great weekend - and as we set off for a week in the country after the milonga workshops we felt it had also been rewarding and fun - what more can you ask of tango?


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