New to tango? - please stay awhile
The arrival of new babies, the break up of partnerships and the disillusionment of one partner with tango have all taken their toll.
As with any activity in Sydney cliques have evolved. Frequently these are people who learn from one tango school and stick together at milongas as well as in class. These groups sit together, dance together and socialise - and rarely mingle with others. Some give out the vibe that they consider themselves to be the upper echelon, but others obviously stick together simply because they like each other's company.
Sadly these cliques create barriers and this drives newcomers away. You have to work very hard to be accepted into an already established clique.
I don't have an answer. But I did notice these divisions during the Sydney Tango Salon Festival and I am sad that the demarcation often appears to be so rigid. It would be lovely if all the schools got together and did one big milonga is something I frequently hear - but this will never happen. If it did maybe it would go some way towards homogenising the scene.