I heard you are ….. doing a milonga tour?
This was the question/comment posed to me Saturday night at a Tango milonga/dance in Portland, Oregon recently by an attractive milonguera there.
It really made me laugh.
I didn’t realize the locals (some new friends, others old) knew what I was up to (obviously aided by my hosts).
Well, what was I up to?
Upon arriving in Portland just after Christmas my friends asked me what I would like to do while visiting there.
Hmmm… how about a little tour of all the local milongas/practicas?
And would they like to join me for the samplings of goodies sure to follow?
Being the great people that they are, my friends happily agreed to come along and help me out with the ‘task’.
So, each day for eight consecutive days/nights we eagerly went to a local Tango milonga/practica……..’crawl’ in Portland.
Every day I danced with experienced and less experienced partners….at times ending the evening with absolute exhaustion, which felt wonderful. Each milonga had some stupendous tango tandas. Without exception in all events, people took time to chat with me and make me feel happy, special and included.
Events that were sampled:
Saturday Aime Comme Moi hosted by Joe Leonardo
Sunday Sunday Night Milonga hosted by Yogi Nasser
Monday Noche de BsAs hosted by Robert Hauk
Tuesday New Years Event hosted by Amy PK
Wednesday practica by Alex Krebs
Thursday Norse Hall Milonga hosted by Jerry Wallach
Friday Chispa hosted by Mikas
Saturday Berretin hosted by Alex Krebs
Sunday practica by Bill Alsup
Each event had a unique flavour and vibe. Overall the music was captivating with the majority of selections focusing on the melodic Golden Age of Tango from the 40’s.
As a whole, the community gave me a huge tango ’embrace’ and succeeded in, again…helping me have a terrific time.