MUSIC

 

TANGO MUSIC

 

For those of you who are new to Argentine Tango and wondering what a ‘Milonga’ means, in this context it is describing an evening of tango music and tango dancing.  (A milonga can also apply to a certain type of tango dancing.)

 

At our Tea Dance Milongas the TEA AND TANGO DJ’s play all traditional TANGO Music. The music played throughout the afternoon is organised in ‘tandas’ (groups) of 3 or 4 songs that are sympathetic to each other in style and era, separated by a ‘cortina’ (a short burst from a track of music totally unlike tango music), where leaders walk their dance partners back to their seats and either sit down to have a drink and rest, or to seek another dance partner for the next tanda of their choice.

 

Through the afternoon/evening the DJs usually organise tandas following the common pattern of 2 tandas of tango, then one tanda of Vals (tango waltz), followed by 2 more of tango, then one tanda of milonga (in this context milonga means rhythmical music). The pattern then repeats (T,T,V,T,T,M,T.T,V,T,T,M, etc.).  It is also possible to organise tandas pertinent to Cha cha cha, Foxtrot, Polka, etc.  TEA AND TANGO expect dancers to follow the line of dance (counter clockwise) round the floor.

 

At our FAB FRIDAY tango dance milongas we play 50% traditional tango music and 50% alternative tango music. The music is still organised in ‘tandas’ (groups) of 3 or 4 songs that are sympathetic to each other in style and era separated by a short 40 second ‘cortina’ (a short burst from a track of music totally unlike tango music) where leaders walk their dance partners back to their seats and either sit down to have a drink and rest, or to seek another dance partner for the next tanda of their choice.

At our Fab Fridays we don’t mind if you choose to dance something other than tango, but we still expect dancers to follow the line of dance (anticlockwise) round the floor.

 

TANGO DANCE ETIQUETTE http://www.tangoconcepts.com/etiquette.html