People have many words for things. Take milonga as a example. It has milonga as the social dance where we dance tango. It has the specific meaning of a type of dance that is danced at tango where experienced dancers dance the double beat – sometimes very fast. Also another meaning is a the type of song where people can just wait and experienced the music meandering milongaesque to the soul.
In this type of song men dance with men. Women dance with women. The proposer and the follower are interchangeably and not limited by gender of who they are. In this song witness Enrique and Guillermo de Fazio dance milonga the way the best love to dance.
Is waltz to do with ballroom dancing? Well, yes and no. There are four of types of tango but for the purpose of this exercise let us concentrate on the waltz or vals to use it common term.
Ruben Veliz & Sabrina Veliz are a wonderful couple who graced us on several occasions at Cork Tango Festival. They did a similar performance in Cork in 2014 as they did in this video. You can hear the distinctive rise and fall of the vals tune. The tune is La Serenata by Tanturi orchestra.
The reason this matters is because last week we worked on sequences and option in vals in the improvers and advanced classes. Something for everyone, no?
What is a cabeceo like? Here in Cork we are a very small group but we try our best to use cabeceo, mirada, etc, to dance with everyone in the group.
On our regular Sunday night I will dance with everyone but only those who respond to my cabaceo. There is a whole culture that you have understand. I might look across the crowded dance floor to nod my head. Now the woman might not be interested; might not see me; might be unable to see me or she is busy chatting away the tanda as her feet are tried.
They could be anyone or more of the reasons. What this video also captures is gender neutral nature of cabeco. It works both ways. And this is one of men to watch most intensely.
There were three classes on Wednesday and you aren’t sure whether to come along or not. They were so good. And you were so rusty…
We all had to start somewhere. Come along on Sunday 18th of September at 2030 in the Metropole Hotel ending at whatever time the DJ chooses. You will be amazed by people approaching you and asking you to dance…
Tango is danced closely. Sometimes even very close. It certainly looks very intimate. But not necessarily should be. Dancers, especially men, should not abuse the intimacy. A woman is a queen, and should be respected as such. For a man, it is most important to respect and protect, and even follow his partner… Gentlemen, it is not good to drag your partner, even if she is a beginner. YOU MUST FOLLOW YOUR PARTNER, EVEN IF SHE DANCES WRONG!!! Yes, leaders must follow. That is the greatest paradox of a good dancer – men are leaders, but they follow women. That is a woman who defines the style of dancing, distance, intimacy, speed, and rhythm. You do not agree? Then you will never be a good dancer with whom every woman would love to dance. This and only this defines who is the best dancer in Argentine Tango.
…to start the new year. This is classic stage tango. Although three and a half million can’t be wrong I suppose. Witness Magdalena Valdez and Facundo Gallo dancing what they love to do to a wonderful orchestra.
Want to dance like that? Want to be held like that? Want to feel like that? We all started for the first time. Why not give it a try on Wednesday the 14th of September at 1920?
For those of you who were interested this is The Curse by Anges Obel. I tried it out as the part of our Nuevo/Alternative tanda. The fact that everyone danced to the one song meant that it will be repeated often.
Also to the nice people who turned up right at the end. The DJ calls it at the end of the milonga. He had called it as the last two tandas were fairly flat with not many people dancing so that was the last tango when you turned up. If our paths will cross again, across the sea, I will dance with you then!