MUCHACHOS COMIENZA LA RONDA Guys, the round begins (1941)
Hey guys, the round begins, the tango is inviting to form it.
Who, hearing the beginning
of such a brilliant song, is not going to get up and dance?
And so entangling the emotion to this song
that goes deepeer in our souls.
Hey guy, the round begins...
Go into the salon.
The way we run our milongas...
Leo comes from a Tango family in Buenos Aires and his father was also a milonga organiser. So, we run milongas in this country in the traditional way. This means that the only rules we have are:
1.Dancers go anti-clockwise around the floor.
2.It is perfectly acceptable for dancers to overtake other dancers to maintain the flow around the floor.
3.Be respectful to all other people on and around the dancefloor
4.Use the cabeceo as much as possible as it is a more friendly and less intrusive way to ask someone to dance. We play music in tandas of 'threes' which we find is better for everyone as it enables people to swap partners more frequently.
The art of good floor craft is to be able to move around the floor in harmony with other couples. It is unnecessary to queue behind another couple which holds up the natural flow of the floor.
There is a common misconception particularly in the UK that the milonga floor should look like perfectly formed 'lines'. Sadly, this misguided view demonstrates a lack of understanding of authentic Argentine Tango as it is not a view practiced in milongas in Buenos Aires or held by many respected Milongueros. As Leo comes from a Tango family, Tango Fandango does not support the 'formation team' concept!
©2016-All material copyright of Leonardo Acosta and Tracey Tyack-King : Tango Fandango, The London Argentine Tango School, 2Tango.