|MILONGA EVERY THURSDAY WITHOUT FAIL
Location: 3150 Ash Street (St. Mary's Ukranian Catholic Centre) | view MAP
TECHNIQUE class with Monica & Gabi (drop-in) 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
MILONGA 8:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Air conditioned; as always, warm and welcoming, great & spacious, sprung dance floor, good food, great music and above all, beautiful people.
PS: Christmas party on the 19th of December - think of a little something if you want to take over the stage ( or the floor) and let us know as soon as you can
Se han sentado las carretas (1939)
Come and join us at this fantastic venue which offers a relaxing atmosphere and a big dance hardwood floor with state of the art sound system. Spend an evening of the elegant, rhythmic, and passionate Argentine tango, danced to the best music of the old and new tango era. Ample free parking at the most central Vancouver location. Easy access by bus or sky-train.
Tango classes, from beginners to advance levels, are offered on a regular basis at the same Vancouver Tango Hall.
Why dance argentine tango? Read article
Argentine Tango dancers usually enjoy two other related dances: Vals (waltz) and Milonga.
Tango dancers dance the Vals much like they do tango, only with a waltz rhythm that has one beat per measure (at a beginner-level). This produces a rather relaxed, smooth flowing dancing style in contrast to Viennese Waltz where the dancers often take 3 steps per measure and turn almost constantly. Experienced dancers alternate the smooth one-beat-per-measure walk with syncopated walks, stepping on one- two- or (rarely) all three beats in a measure. Vals is characterized by its lack of pauses, and continual turns (giros) in both directions.
Milonga is essentially Tango; the differences lie in the music, which has a strongly-accented beat, and an underlying "habanera" rhythm. Dancers avoid pausing, and often introduce syncopations called traspies and broken rhythm into their walks and turns. Milonga uses the same basic elements as Tango, with a strong emphasis on the rhythm, and figures that tend to be less complex than some of those danced in some varieties of Tango.
Milonga is also the name given to tango dance parties. This double meaning of the word milonga can be confusing unless one knows the context in which the word "milonga" is used. People who dance at milongas are known as milongueros.
Styles of Argentine Tango
"Tango canyengue" refers to a style of Tango danced until the 1920s. Reportedly, the long tight fashion in dresses of that era restricted the follower's movements. Consequently, the style involves short steps. The dancers tend to move with knees slightly bent, the partners slightly offset, and in a closed embrace. The style tends to be danced to a 2/4 time signature.
Tango orillero refers to the style of dance that developed away from the town centers, in the outskirts and suburbs where there was more freedom due to more available space on the dance floor. The style is danced in an upright position and uses various embellishments including rapid foot moves, kicks, and even some acrobatics, though this is a more recent development.
Salon Tango was the most popular style of tango danced up through the Golden Era of the dance (1950's) when milongas (tango parties) were held in large dance venues and full tango orchestras performed. Later, when the Argentine youth started dancing rock & roll and tango's popularity declined, the milongas moved to the smaller confiterias in the center of the city, resulting in the birth of the "milonguero/apilado/Petitero/caquero" style.
Salon Tango is characterized by slow, measured, and smoothly executed moves. It includes all of the basic tango steps and figures plus sacadas, barridas, and boleos. The emphasis is on precision, smoothness, and musicality. The couple embraces closely but the embrace is flexible, opening slightly to make room for various figures and closing again for support and poise. The walk is the most important element, and dancers usually walk 60%-70% of the time during a tango song.
When tango became popular again after the end of the Argentine military dictatorships in 1983, this style was resurrected by dancers from the Golden Era: Gerardo Portalea (still living), El Turco Jose (still living), Milonguita (deceased), "Finito" Ramón Rivera (deceased), "Lampazo" Jose Vazquez (deceased), Virulazo (deceased), and Miguel Balmaceda (deceased)in the milongas at Club Sin Rumbo, Sunderland, and Canning. One of the most famous examples of the elegant Salon style is the [Villa Urquiza]' style, named after the northern barrio of Buenos Aires where the clubs Sin Rumbo and Sunderland are located.
"Estilo milonguero" (tango apilado/confiteria style)
This style originated as the 'petitero' or 'caquero' style in the 1940s and 50s in closely packed dance halls and "confiterias", so it is danced in close embrace, chest-to chest, with the partners leaning - or appearing to lean - slightly towards each other to allow space for the feet to move. There are not many embellishments or firuletes or complicated figures for the lack of space in the original milonguero style but now also those figures are danced, which only at first glance seem impossible in close embrace. Actually, a lot of complicated figures are possible even in milonguero.
Although the rhythmic, close-embrace style of dancing has existed for decades, the term "Milonguero Style" only surfaced in the mid- '90s when the name was created by Susana Miller, who had been the assistant to Pedro 'Tete' Rusconi. Many of the older dancers who are exponents of this style (including 'Tete') prefer not to use the label.
Tango Nuevo is a dancing and teaching style. Tango nuevo as a teaching style emphasizes a structural analysis of the dance. It is a result of the work of the "Tango Investigation Group" (later transformed into the "Cosmotango" organization) pioneered by Gustavo Naveira and Fabian Salas in the 1990's in Buenos Aires. By taking tango down to the physics of the movements in a systematic way, they have created a method of analyzing the complete set of possibilities of tango movements, defined by two bodies and four legs moving in walks or circles. This investigation provided a view of a structure to the dance that was expressed in a systematic way.
In walks, their explorations pioneered what were once called "alterations" and are now called "changes of direction" or "cambios". In turns, they focus on being very aware of where the axis of the turn is (in the follower/in the leader/in between them). This tends to produce a flowing style, with the partners rotating around each other on a constantly shifting axis, or else incorporating novel changes of direction.
Many of the recent popular elements in tango vocabulary, such as Colgadas, owe their debut on the tango scene to the popularity of Gustavo's and Fabian's approach.
From this teaching style, a new and unique style of dancing has developed, called by many a "tango nuevo" style. The most famous practitioners of "Tango Nuevo" are Gustavo Naveira, Sebastian Arce, Fabián Salas, Chicho Frumboli, and Pablo Verón. Interestingly enough, all of these dancers have highly individual styles that cannot be confused with each other's, yet can be easily recognized as Tango Nuevo.
Tango Nuevo is often misunderstood and mislabeled as "Show Tango" because a large percentage of today's stage dancers have adopted "tango nuevo" elements in their choreographies.
Fusion of tango music/dance with contemporary music/dance (e.g. electronic tango). More about Alternative Tango, Neo Tango and Tango Fusion here, see also tango fusion article.
Show tango, also called Fantasia, is a more theatrical and exaggerated form of Argentine tango developed to suit the stage. It includes many embellishments, acrobatics, and solo moves. Unlike other forms of tango, stage tango is not improvised and is rather choreographed and practised to a predetermined piece of music.
|La Garufa Tango Festival
Thank you to all participants.
See you again in 2014
IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST, GO ALONE.
IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR, GO TOGETHER.
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|Great TANGO in Vancouver
Dance to the music of Di Sarli, D'Arienzo, Troilo and Pugliese, and watch the sun set in the ocean.
A special place to enjoy Thursday-night tango and meet people from the Vancouver Argentine tango community.
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Milonga places in Buenos Aires
15:00 to 22:00 - Salon La Argentina/ El Arranque at Bartolome Mitre 1759 (our most favorite milonga, meeting the local milongueros/ milongueras in their 70's, especially being invited to dance with Osvaldo and Coca)
21:00 to 4:00 - Club Gricel at La Rioja 1180 (good dance floor, but extremely crowded) read more...
Comme il Faut - Arenales 1239 Puerta 3 Dpto. M (1061) - Tango shoes for women (You don't get to see their entire stock; their staff will pick for you based on what you describe, so be prepared)
Loló Gerard - Tomás M. de Anchorena 607 (Alt. Av. Corrientes 3200) Abasto - Capital Federal - Very good quality hand-made shoes men shoes.) read more...
Tango Leike - Sarmiento 1947 - Exquisite men shoes (shoes in the front, clothing at the back. Cash only for the clothing.) read more...
Escuela Argentina de Tango at Galleria Pacific, Centro Cultural Borges Recommendations:
1. Alejandro Figliolo and Valeria Inarra
2. Demian Garcia and Laura De Altube read more...
"Thank you Monica and Gaby for a great class. It was such a fun figure that you taught. Chau, Norah"
"I wanted to express my appreciation for the warm welcome Mollie and I received on Saturday evening. I enjoyed the music and many wonderful dances. I hope to return soon, and that we will see some of you in Victoria.
Gracias, Vanessa Winn"
"I want to thank everyone at the Maritime Museum milonga last Saturday night for a wonderful evening of dancing and fun and new connections. I was visiting from Victoria, and really enjoyed Gabriel's DJing and dancing, as well as the other leads who lent me their skills for a tanda. I hope you all will consider coming over to Victoria now and again, as we have tango five nights a week now! Plus, many of us are happy to provide accommodation for our fellow tangueros and tangueras on the mainland. Cheers! Mollie Kaye"
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