“Papas Caliente” by Donato seemed the perfect milonga to dance last week in Buenos Aires since there seemed to be no milongas available with titles like….’Cool breezes’ or ‘Milonga de Patagonia’…. as it happened to be the warmest day ever on record for September.
Still winter but at 29 degrees Celsius who would believe that?
The dancing became much more ‘quiet and still’ reminiscent of how the older milongueros do it… with great reserve and many years of practise of pacing themselves for the long hours spent at the milongas. (Recently a new place to dance at in Buenos Aires opened up with the hours from 17:00 to 03:00! I wonder if there are participants that stay for the full ten hours? And let’s not even talk about the complexities of DJ’ing such an event on a regular basis.)
The weather, mood, provided a lovely chance to dance simply, elegantly and within the embrace of a beautiful dancer…Claudio Strang.
A beautiful opportunity to be part of Tango & Politica..a television show filmed in Buenos Aires for cable TV.
Why not try out the idea of going to a new Tango Festival or finding time for more tango travel?
The lovely benefits of meeting new dancers (and old), listening to even more beautiful music, being in a different space and feeling a new vibe, certainly can be enchanting.
The idea of meeting more people that are as passionate as you and just as dedicated to growth within the dance absolutely beckons.
See you in Albuquerque.
Tango shoes in Buenos Aires…the selections in the stores here are fabulous and the shoes peer out in various showcases like gorgeous, shimmering jewels waiting to be found.
Looking in some of the windows is so exciting at some locations, while at others you have to go in and ask to see the latest trends. Some of the shops are modern, others frou frou but my favorite is the shop that is loaded with antiques and harkens back to a by-gone era.
Tango shoes come in all kinds of colours, solids or patterns,, leather, suede, patent leather, even stamped leather and fabric.
Which heel height would you like? High? Low? In the middle range?
What style of heel do you feel good in? Flared? Spike?
Does the arch fit your foot?
Sling back, full back, or T strap?
Do you prefer things that are sleek or fuzzy?
What kind of sole do you like most? Leather, non-leather, chrome, a mix of both?
Should you pay cash or use a charge card? What are the advantages to either?
Go with a friend or find your treasure on your own?
Which brand will I choose??
So many lovely questions to ask oneself when on a tango shoe hunting safari.
No wonder it takes us so long to decide on which pair after considering all of the above!
Wood floor, lovely music, nice partner….but oops!
How do I adjust my dance to this tiny little floor space?
Well, nothing beats an embrace that gets a little closer, steps a little smaller and of course more contra-body movement. Connect in a way that is even more intimate.
Breathe and flow with the music and dance creating small spirals as a group.
The milongas in Buenos Aires have this down to a science practically. Everyone dances in a counter-clockwise motion and ‘lanes’ are formed. The group breathes and moves together and an honour of a milonguero is to make sure his partner “never” touches anyone. Passing happens rarely and if it ever does it is from the left.
To see this mass moving together really is something beautiful and special.
Please join us Sunday June 2 at El Almacen and enjoy the beautiful tango music and embrace your own ‘small space dancing’ skills!