Of all the styles of dance, there are few that offer as much in terms of the social side of dance as the tango does. And when you dance the tango in Boston or anywhere else, you belong to a society that exists in the Milonga. This may sound confusing and not make sense just yet, but as you master the dance and learn more about it you will understand just what we mean.
The Social Dance
Tango is a social dance and one that begins with the connection you have with your dance partner. The tango is built on the embrace. To tango, you must embrace your partner and then make movements that go beyond just working with the embrace – they need to actually produce the embrace.
Every movement, every step during the tango should help keep you embraced and enhance the embrace. In doing so, the tango helps you go beyond the dance floors of Boston and propel you into a society within the milonga.
What Is The Milonga?
The milonga itself is an event where the tango is danced. It could be a party in Boston, a major event on a cruise ship, or something else entirely, but at its heart it is the place where the tango occurs. However, isn’t just a dance floor. It is a temple – one that has structure but not a rigid set of rules.
The milonga is more like a family or country. This is where you dance, where you learn, and where you grow as a tango dancer. And when you begin dancing in the milonga you choose, you’ll be brought into this family. You may begin as a kind of infant, introduced to this new place and people, but over time you will begin to appreciate everything that occurs within the milonga itself as an extension of the dance.
For instance, would you be able to leave Boston and head to Rome, then just decide to live there. This is more than possible, but you’d know nothing of the city beyond a few landmarks and where you lived. Finding more would take a huge amount of effort – or some guidance.
This is the same with the tango. You may decide to dance the tango and start learning the basics. But what happens next? Sure, you can learn a little of the basic moves – but do you really understand them, what they mean, and how to elevate your skills? When you join the milonga, you’ll have a guide to mastering this dance.
Getting The Best Experience
It’s true that initially, a milonga may seem like it is a closed off, private family. And to some degree it is. But over time, you’ll see that once inside it you will be able to evolve into the dancer that you truly wanted to be when you started dancing – and you’ll be able to get the best possible experience from your dance since you will be part of a society that is very unique and very rewarding.