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Cortinas - getting them right

For those new to tango the cortina is the snippet of non-tango music that goes in between the brackets of tango, waltz and milonga and allows couples time to change partners or leave the floor. A cortina is generally between 30 and 60 seconds. For me a cortina needs to signal the end of that tanda without being intrusive, or inviting people to dance (as a piece of cumbia or salsa might do). I also like to choose my cortinas from the same era as the music I play - which is 95% Golden Age. I have a huge collection of popular music from the 1920s to 1970s and have no trouble finding a cortina that I believe does the task. In fact I have had frequent comments on my cortinas which often echo the theme of the evening. Our themes are usually pretty low key but when we did a Ritzy evening I used Fred Astaire singing 'Puttin on the Ritz', and I frequently use Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller and Al Bowlly. That's me. Others use something quite different. Loud, club music was a recent