Important Distinction of all Events

A brief description of all the differing events

Classes – are designed to help you learn as quickly and effectively as possible.  From then on, it’s a question repeating what you’ve learned until you have internalised it.  We believe that the lack of proper practise is a major reason why so little of what is taught in class gets translated onto the dance floor.  Often there are practice sessions after classes, but usually they do not give us enough opportunity to work on what we have just learned, as we are tired and time is limited.

Prácticas –  the term Práctica is often used nowadays to describe informal tango social evening, away from the more demanding rules and structures of Milongas.  These friendly events work for some people, but if you practise anything – it becomes permanent – whether or not its the correct way.

Guided Prácticas rarely available – and yet it’s the only place dancers can actually work on things together, outside of classes, with expert supportive coaching available.  They retain a friendly, fun and relaxed space dedicated to practise.  There is more about this here

Workshopsto justify the name, workshops need to be special in some way, perhaps the subject, or the learning process. Workshops usually take place over an afternoon, evening or at a festival.  They will have an overall theme which is explored in depth, using one to one coaching, and a wide range of exercises to explore the subject.  Usually limited in numbers, and as its highly participative the dancers will be of similar skill level.  More about thishere

Práctilongas some years ago we devised the Práctilonga.  It’s between a Práctica and a Milonga.  Whilst Prácticas retain the purpose of learning and practise, there still is a need to bridge the gap between Prácticas and the more formal Milongas.

We designed the Práctilonga to help people develop the transition between their weekly classes, informal Prácticas, to the more formal Milongas.

The Práctilonga should be relaxed, friendly and an elegant evening with a DJ and Tandas AND expert coaching available in a discrete area off the main dance floor.  This would enable people to still practise technique or repeated movements, with help, without hindering other dancers.  Then re-join the dance floor at any time.  This helps with understanding the Milonga etiquette, trying out your cabecceo, completing full tandas with one partner, keeping the line of dance (la ronda) and, dancing in small spaces.

However, many Práctilongas are now just informal Milongas without supportive coaching.  If you’re unsure, check with the organisers that there is an area off the main dance for to practise properly and with full coaching support available.  Or be prepared that it will probably only be an evening of social dancing, but abiding by the normal Milonga etiquette.

Milongas –  they are purely for social dancing – however friendly they are.  It’s widely accepted throughout the UK and worldwide that you do not instruct on the dance floor or stop to practise something.  Respect La Ronda (line of dance), and walk only around the outer edge of the dance floor.  Also, the cardinal sin – do not criticise your partner.  Additionally, but nonetheless very important – do not dance during the cortina!  

These are just a few of the more important rules of Milonga etiquette.

If you would like us to help you or you need more details contact us – here

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