Important Distinctions Between Tango Events

Different tango events – what to expect

Classes – should be designed to help you learn as quickly and effectively as possible.  But that’s only the beginning of the process.  From then on, it’s a question repeating what you’ve learned until you have internalised it.  We believe that the lack of proper practice 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 enough opportunity to work on what you have just learned, especially if you are tired and time is limited.

Prácticas –  the term Práctica is often used nowadays to describe an informal tango social evening, away from the more demanding rules and structures of Milongas.  These friendly events work for some people, but often they are not focused on actually practising.  Whatever you do repeatedly becomes permanent – whether it’s done well or not.  Hence the importance of . . .

Guided Prácticas  These are not widely available – and yet they are the only place dancers can actually work on things together, outside of classes, and with expert and 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 often take place over an afternoon, at weekends, 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, it is important that the dancers are of a 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 practice, there is still a need to bridge the gap between Prácticas and more formal Milongas.

We designed the Práctilonga to help people transition between their weekly classes, informal Prácticas, and Milongas.  Ideally a Práctilonga should be relaxed, friendly and an elegant evening with a DJ and Tandas AND ALSO with coaching available in a discrete area off the main dance floor.  This enables people to practise and get help with technique or repeated movements without hindering other dancers.  They can then re-join the dance floor at any time.  This helps with understanding 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 any supportive coaching.  If you’re unsure, check with the organisers that there is an area off the main dance for to practise, and whether there is any coaching support available.  Otherwise you can expect a relatively informal evening of social dancing, whilst still following some aspects of normal Milonga etiquette.

Milongas –  are purely for social dancing, ranging from informal and friendly to formal and traditional.  It’s widely accepted 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.  Another important convention to follow – do not dance during the cortina!  The purpose of the Cortina is to allow dancers to clear the floor and change partners.

At many Milongas it is also important respect the Salon style of dancing.  Inappropriate moves such as high leg kicks,  flicks and lifts  are not appropriate at any traditional Milongas.  They are considered to be be inconsiderate to other dancers and can even be dangerous.  If this is your preferred style of dancing, better to choose alternative / nuevo type events.

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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