"If you are unacquainted with the Milonga rhythm and you don't
know what to do with it and what not, this is the right class for
you! We will get into the rhythm with basic steps, try to stay in
it without racing ourselves breathlessly; we will see where in the
music we can give ourselves a break and how to re-enter the beat again.
The material we work with is simple only steps and weight change
but believe me, it is more than enough to create an interesting
An introductory workshop like this is the perfect opportunity to
begin exploring the rich territory shared by tango and milonga,
and an excellent way to expand the depth and range of your dancing.
The syncopated, up-tempo 2/4 beat of milonga is the
rhythmic foundation of all tango music, and it dominated the sound
during the 19th Century when the many overlapping threads of modern
tango were first coming together.
Through the related forms of candombe and habernera,
historians now trace the driving beat of milonga directly
to West Africa in the areas of present-day Congo and Angola
where this distinctive rhythm is more than 1,000 years old.
In these cultures, the syncopated pulse of milonga still
means what it always has, quite literally: "Get up, and dance!"
In our own culture, the challenge for dancers is to match the vocabulary
and movements of tango to the pace and energy of this music to create
the style of dancing we call milonga.
Of course, in addition to a particular kind of music and the dancing
that it inspires, the word "milonga" also
refers to a gathering of dancers who come together to enjoy tango.
So it's entirely possible to "Dance a milonga to a milonga at
a milonga" quite a wonderful thing.