Milongas (Tango Parties)

Friday Milonga, February 092018

9:00PM to 1:00AM – “Welcome Milonga” with DJ Eduardo Goytia from New York.
(Check our DJ bio here!)
Dress code: Social dance attire. Dance shoes, suede or leather soles natural color (no sticky black soles, that leave scuff marks, and may cause injuries, even if it is a dance shoe you bought in Buenos Aires).

Come early on Friday and enjoy the DC Tango Challenge, here is the tentative schedule:
Pro/AM & AM Tango, Milonga, Vals, T. Nuevo Competition. 6:30PM to 9:00PM
Argentine Tango Showdance (Stage Tango) Competition. Argentine Tango Scholarship.

Saturday Milonga, February 10, 2018
9:00PM to 1:30AM – DCTW “Formal” Milonga with Tango Mercurio Community Orchestra
Dress code: 
Men, suit and tie (tuxedo is optional) Women, cocktail dress. Valentine’s Day is the theme, so wearing  red is encouraged. Dance shoes, suede or leather soles natural color (no sticky black soles, that leave scuff marks, and may cause injuries, even if it is a dance shoe you bought in Buenos Aires)

LIVE! music presented by the “Tango Mercurio Community Orchestra”
To see  Tango Mercurio Community Orchestra performing click here!

9:00 PM – Tandas (recorded music) with guest DJ Eduardo Goytia (Bio here!)
10:30PM – LIVE! Music with Tango Mercurio Community Orchestra
11:30PM – DCTW Professional Show 

Midnight – Tandas with guest DJ Eduardo Goytia

01:30AM – Last dance

Location: All events will take place at Forever Dancing Ballroom with easy access and free ample parking. 5818 Seminary Rd., suite B, Falls Church, VA, 22041

Here are some basic milonga etiquette:

Prior to the dance.

Personal hygiene is essential for an enjoyable dancing experience.

Bad breath, body odor and excessive perspiration are common offenders.  Be sensitive to your fellow dancers.  Excessive use of cologne, perfume or any chemical can be just as offending, and never a replacement for bathing.

Dress appropriately for the event. Check the dress code of the milonga and remember that tango is an elegant dance.  Wear shoes with heels to help properly distribute your weight forward; they should also allow you to turn on the ball of your foot with ease – this applies to the gentlemen as well.

If you are interested in dancing, show your intentions.Try not to carry on a prolonged conversation, give room to those looking to dance. Always ask for a dance in a polite manner, whether verbally or non-verbally. If you must decline a dance offer, do so sincerely. The best way to decline an offer is to not get one in the first place; stay engaged in activities, like conversation, that deter others from asking. Gracefully accept any rejection to a dance offer. One’s presence at a dance event is not an obligation to dance with everyone.

The leader escorts the follower onto the dance floor, regardless of who initiated the offer. It is also customary for the leader and follower to meet up by the edge of the dance floor, mostly from a non-verbal invitation. (“cabeceo”)

When proceeding onto the dance floor, do so cautiously. Dancers on the dance floor always have the right of way.  Never walk across the dance floor while other people are dancing.

During The Dance.

Accepting to dance is an obligation to dance the entire song.

Dancing multiple songs in a row with the same partner is common practice. If you decide to dance another song, it is not necessary to thank your partner.  In Argentina, thanking your partner signifies your desire to conclude the dance.  If a live band is performing, face the stage and applaud after each song.

Respect your partner at all times during the dance. It is rather common to dance close in tango, but it’s not a requirement.  Dancing close is not an invitation for inappropriate behavior.  Be sensitive to your partner’s comfort level with their personal space.

Customarily, talking is inappropriate while dancing tango. Talk between songs or when off the dance floor.

Never conduct any teaching or practicing at a milonga and under no circumstances correct your partner while dancing.

Tango is a traveling dance; and the flow is counter clockwise, proceed courteously and cautiously, respecting other couples space, not too close , not too far.

Use proper judgment when on a crowded dance floor. Only execute steps that do not violate other dancers’ space.  Avoid any steps that could potentially hurt others; this is the time to use one’s milonguero knowledge.

Respect your partner’s dance style. Social dancing can be a compromise when partners of extreme differences in dancing style dance together.  One should always be willing to compromise.

Respect your partner’s level of dancing. If you are the more experienced dancer, compromise by dancing at your partner’s level.

After The Dance.

The leader always escorts the follower off the dance floor after the dance, dancers extend their gratitude and walk away gracefully.

Dancing is not a favor you do for someone. The proper response to “thank you” after a dance is “thank you,” not “you’re welcome.”


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