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Milonga: The Baldosa Box with Variations

Milonga is one of the 3 basic rhythms that we dance to at tango dance parties, also referred to as milongas. Milonga is in 2/4 time and is one of the predecessors of Argentine Tango.

The Baldosa Box
A baldosa is a large tile. You are considered a great tango/milonga dancer if you can dance on a baldosa (i.e. in a small area). The baldosa box is a basic and very useful figure of tango, vals, and milonga which goes like this:

Steps Leader Follower
1 Back open step with the right Forward open step with the left
2 Side open step with the left Side open step with the right
3 Forward cross step with the right to the open side of the embrace Back cross step with the left to the open side of the embrace
4 Forward open step, back in front of the woman, with the left Back open step with the right
5 Side open step with the right Side open step with the left
6 Change weight, in place, to left / Often this step is done in double time Change weight, in place, to right
  Then repeat. Often steps 5 and 6 are double timed (quick quick). Also, sometimes I like to collect and change weight at 4 instead of stepping forward (.22 of video).

To see a clear demonstration of this step, watch .15 to .19 of the video below.

Variations

We then looked at many ways to alter the figure to add musicality. We started this class, by listening to several popular milonga and finding the 1 & 2 in the music. Milonga has two beats per measure. The 1 is usually the strongest and we encouraged the leaders to find the 1 and to step on it with their right feet. We also encouraged the women to be listening to the music (as always) and to want to step or change weight on each beat, unless the men specifically do something to prevent that.

  1. If the floor is crowded, I often change weight in place instead of taking the forward step at number 4 above (.22 of video).
  2. Turning the step - You can turn any of these steps, but I especially like to turn the side step (Step 5 above) 45 to 90 degrees and then turn back to the line of dance on the next back step or side step.
  3. Rocking the side step - I also like to create a rocking feeling with the first side step (Step 2) (.39 of video). I begin taking the side step to my left, then rock back to my right, collect my left and change weight.
  4. Hesitation steps (.11 of video) - I would also refer to these as traspie. Most people refer to traspie as meaning double timed steps, but the true meaning of traspie is "to stumble". Whatever you call it, I begin taking a small step back with my right leg and stop mid-way through my step. I put a tiny amount of weight back on my left and push off to take a slightly larger step. I want to resist rocking back and forth, so I don't go completely back to my left. It is more of a feeling of going back, slight pause and going back some more. We can use these hesitation steps on all of our steps forward, side, and back. (1.21 of video). I also like to do double hesitations on my side steps (4.01 of video).
  5. Toe Points (.53 of video) - I love this one and women really seem to love it as well. There are a few hints for this one. I step outside partner to the open side of the embrace with my right foot, making contact with my upper right thigh to the her upper right thigh. Then I pivot slightly to the left and then back to the right (repeat as many times as I like) and then step back with my right. Another secret is that I try to stay as much on my left as I can, so that my right leg is free to move side to side, BUT I can't lean my upper body backwards. I want to stay upright and straight.
  6. The walk around (1.51 of video). When I begin walking backwards, I keep turning clockwise with my right shoulder going away. I also take very small curved steps to try and create a very small circle. She is on the outside of the circle so she has to take much larger steps. I have to keep curving, until I want to exit. Once I get back to the line of dance, I straighten my body and she comes back in front of me. I usually do this when I step back with my left and then have her take a straight step back into my path with my back right.

Below you will find a video of these steps being demonstrated to two different milongas, one slower and one faster.

Alternative Milongas

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
Alternative Milonga Tandas
 
Fox Trot "Milonga" Tandas
 
Listen to this Tanda        
Danza Húngara n.5 Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno   Fox Trot
Diez Soldaditos Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno   Fox Trot
La Colegiala Enrique Rodriguez Roberto Flores   Fox Trot
         
Por Las Calles de Instanbul Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno   Fox Trot
Marcelina Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno   Fox Trot
Yo Busco Una Novia Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno   Fox Trot
Luna Veneciana Enrique Rodriguez  Armando Moreno   Fox Trot
         
Alternative Milonga Tandas
         
Listen to this Tanda        
Al Galope Color Tango     Milonga
Milonga Sentimental Lidia Borda, Estaban Morgado
Brian Chambouleyron
    Milonga
Morena Estaban Morgado     Milonga
         
I like the first 3 in this set the best... The one with Iggy Pop is completely silly but fun.
Sur O No Sur Kevin Johansen      
Maki Maki Goran Bregovic      
This Is A Film (feat. Iggy Pop) Goran Bregovic      
This is A Film Arizona Dream      
Balamouk Les Yeux Noirs      
         
Listen to this tanda        
Leonel, El Feo Bajofondo Tango Club      
El Llorón Electrocutango        
Pequeño Paria or Narigon Daniel Melingo      
         
Milonga Triste Hugo Diaz      
El Lloron Hugo Diaz      
Taquito Militar Hugo Diaz      
         
The Way You Move Outkast      
19-2000 Gorillaz      
Clint Eastwood Gorillaz      
         
Petite Fleur Chris Barber      
Fibre de Verre Paris Combo      
Fleur Blanche Orsten      
         
Summertime (Doin' Time) Sublime      
What I Got (Reprise) Sublime      
Santeria Sublime      
         
Leonel, El Feo Bajofondo Tango Club Daniel Melingo    
Noche Transfigurada Daniel Melingo Daniel Melingo    
Narigon Daniel Melingo Daniel Melingo    
         
Electronic Milongas
         
Leonel, El Feo Bajofondo Tango Club Daniel Melingo    
Mi-Lon-Gone Korey Ireland      
Narigon Daniel Melingo      
         
Leonel, El Feo Bajofondo Tango Club Daniel Melingo    
Zitarrosa Bajofondo Tango Club      
Tango, Que Misterio Tango Jointz      
Silueta Porteña Trio Garufa      
         
Milonga Sentimental Otros Aires      
El Llorón Electrocutango      
Rotos En El Raval Otros Aires      
Junto A Las Piedraz Otros Aires      
         
Leonel, El Feo Bajofondo Tango Club Daniel Melingo    
Milonga Sentimental Metro Tango      
Rotos En El Raval Otros Aires      
         
El Andén Bajofondo Tango Club      
Mi Corazón Bajofondo Tango Club      
Miles de Pasajeros Bajofondo Tango Club      
         
El Llorón Electrocutango      
Quisiera Volver a Verte Bailongo!      
Postales Federico Aubele      
         
Sin Rumbo Otros Aires      
Un Baile Beneficio Otros Aires      

 

Mixed Orchestra and Candombe Milonga Tandas

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
Mixed Orchestra Milonga Tandas
 
Saca Chispas Julio de Caro Hector Farrel 1938 Milonga
Milonga Oriental Angel Sica   1942 Milonga
Señores Yo Soy del Centro Lucio Demare Horacio Quintana 1944 Milonga
Campo Afuera Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos ? Milonga
         
La Cicatriz Juan d'Arienzo Alberto Echague 1939 Milonga
Qué Tiempo Aquel Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1938 Milonga
El Portenito Angel d'Agostino Angel Vargas 1943 Milonga
         
Milonga Vieja Milonga Juan d'Arienzo   1937 Milonga
Milonga Compadre Pedro Laurenz Juan Carlos Casas 1938 Milonga
Milonga Que Peina Canas Miguel Caló Raul Beron 1942 Milonga
         
Milonga Brava Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Milonga
Yo Soy De San Telmo Pedro Laurenz Alberto Podesta 1943 Milonga
Campo Afuera Rodolfo Biagi Teofilo Ibanez 1939 Milonga
La Milonga de Buenos Aires Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1939 Milonga
         
Milonga Que Peina Canas Juan d'Arienzo Armando Laborde 1952 Milonga
Un Baile a Beneficio Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Vidal 1950 Milonga
Milonga de Mi Tierra Osvaldo Pugliese Jorge Rubino 1943 Milonga
         
Mariana Ricardo Malerba Orlando Medina 1942 Milonga
Milonga Nueva Jose Tinelli Luis Mendoza 1938 Milonga
Mi Morocha Ricardo Tanturi Alberto Castillo 1941 Milonga
         
Candombe Milonga Tandas
         
Candombe Francisco Canaro Alberto Arenas 1943 Candombe
Candombe Criollo Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldan 1942 Candombe
Azabache Miguel Caló Raul Beron 1942 Candombe
         
Candombe Francisco Canaro Alberto Arenas 1943 Candombe
La Negrita Candombe Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldan 1943 Candombe
Estampa del 800 Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldan 1943 Candombe
Caran Can Fú Francisco Canaro ? ? Candombe
         
Café Alberto Castillo Alberto Castillo 1943 Candombe
Al Aguatero Porteno Alberto Castillo Alberto Castillo   Candombe
Charol Alberto Castillo Alberto Castillo   Candombe
         
Papá Baltasar Aníbal Troilo Francisco Fiorentino 1942 Candombe
Carnavalito Lucio Demare Raul Beron 1943 Candombe
La Rumbita Candombe Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno   Candombe
El Tucu Tun Enrique Rodriguez Armando Moreno   Candombe
         
Azabache Francisco Lomuto Fernando Díaz
y Jorge Omar
 
1942 Candombe
Candombe Francisco Lomuto Carlos Galarce 1943 Candombe
El Chino Pantaleon Carlos Roldan     Candombe
         
La Rumbita Candombe Osvaldo Fresedo Oscar Serpa 1943 Candombe
San Domingo Julio Sosa     Candombe
Negra María Osvaldo Fresedo Carlos Roldan 1941 Candombe
         
Tango Negro Juan Carlos Caceres     Candombe
Toca Tango Juan Carlos Caceres     Candombe
Me Llaman Luna Sandra Luna     Candombe

 

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Canaro Milongas

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
These songs can be arrange in several different orders to make a grea tanda. I would normally play the first 3 or the last 3.
Negrito Francisco Canaro Carlos Galán 1934 Milonga
Largas Las Penas Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1937 Milonga
Milonga Del 900 Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1933 Milonga
Milonga Sentimental Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1933 Milonga
Tangón (Nueva Danza) Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Milonga
         
Largas las Penas Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1937 Milonga
Milonga Criolla Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1936 Milonga
Milonga de Antaño Francisco Canaro   1937 Milonga
Silueta Porteña Francisco Canaro  Roberto Maida 1936 Milonga
         
Milonga de Mis Amores Francisco Canaro   1937 Milonga
La Milonga de Mis Tiempos Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
Milongón Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
Milonga Brava Francisco Canaro  Roberto Maida 1938 Milonga
         
 
La Milonga De Buenos Aires Francisco Canaro Ernesto Famå 1939 Milonga
Reliquias Porteñas Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
No Hay Tierra Como La Mi´a Francisco Canaro Ernesto Famå 1939 Milonga
Milonga Brava Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Milonga
         
Despue´s De Quererla Tanto Francisco Canaro Ernesto Famå 1940 Milonga
Historia Sentimental Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
Mi Buenos Aires Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
Milonga Brava Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Milonga
         
La Milonga de Mis Perros Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldán 1942 Milonga
Cuando Un Viejo Se Enamora Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldán 1942 Milonga
Soy Un Porteño Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldán 1942 Milonga
Reliquias Porteñas Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
         
Caran Can Fú Francisco Canaro     Milonga
Milongueando Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1939 Milonga
El Llorón Francisco Canaro Ernesto Fama 1941 Milonga
La Naranja Nació Verde Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldán
y Héctor Castel
1944 Milonga
La Clara de La Luna Quinteto Pirincho   1959 Milonga
         
 El Torito Quinteto Pirincho    1950 Milonga
 La Trampera Quinteto Pirincho    1955 Milonga
 Arrabalera Quinteto Pirincho    1955 Milonga
 Corralera Quinteto Pirincho    1956 Milonga
         
 Se Dice De Mí Quinteto Pirincho    1954 Milonga
 Corralera Quinteto Pirincho    1956 Milonga
 Orillera Quinteto Pirincho    1960 Milonga
 Milonga del Tiempo Heroico Quinteto Pirincho    1957 Milonga
         
Candombe Milongas
 
Candombe Francisco Canaro Alberto Arenas 1943 Milonga
Candombe Criollo Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldan 1942 Milonga
Azabache Miguel Calo Raul Berón 1943 Milonga
         
Candombe Francisco Canaro Alberto Arenas 1943 Carlos Roldan
La Negrita Candombe
(Rumbita Candombe)
Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldan 1943 Carlos Roldan
Estampa del 800 Francisco Canaro  Carlos Roldan 1943 Carlos Roldan

 

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Canaro Milongas

Here is my collection of milonga tandas by Francisco Canaro.

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
Largas Las Penas Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1937 Milonga
Milonga del 900 Francisco Canaro Ernesto Famá 1933 Milonga
Milonga Sentimental Francisco Canaro Ernesto Famá 1933 Milonga
Tangón (Nueva Danza) Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1935 Milonga
         
Listen to this tanda        
Largas Las Penas Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1937 Milonga
Milonga Criolla Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1936 Milonga
Silueta Porteña Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1936 Milonga
         
Milonga de Mis Amores Francisco Canaro   1937 Milonga
La Milonga de Mis Tiempos Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
Milongón Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
Milonga Brava Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Milonga
         
Listen to this tanda        
La Milonga de Buenos Aires Francisco Canaro Ernesto Famá 1939 Milonga
Reliquias Porteñas Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
No Hay Tierra Como La Mía Francisco Canaro Ernesto Famá 1939 Milonga
Milonga Brava Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Milonga
         
Después de Querela Tanto Francisco Canaro Ernesto Famá 1940 Milonga
Historia Sentimental Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
Mi Buenos Aires Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
Milonga Brava Francisco Canaro Roberto Maida 1938 Milonga
         
La Milonga de Mis Perros Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldán 1942 Milonga
Cuando Un Viejo Se Enamora Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldán 1942 Milonga
Soy Un Porteño Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldán 1942 Milonga
Reliquias Porteñas Francisco Canaro   1938 Milonga
         
Caran Can Fú Francisco Canaro   1939 Milonga
Milongueando Francisco Canaro Ernesto Famá 1941 Milonga
El Llorón Francisco Canaro Ernesto Famá 1944 Milonga
La Naranja Nació Verde Francisco Canaro Carlos Roldán
y Héctor Castel
1959 Milonga
         
El Torito Quinteto Pirincho   1950 Milonga
La Trampera Quinteto Pirincho   1955 Milonga
Arrabalera Quinteto Pirincho   1955 Milonga
Corralera Quinteto Pirincho   1956 Milonga
         
Se Dice de Mí Quinteto Pirincho   1954 Milonga
Corralera Quinteto Pirincho   1956 Milonga
Orillera Quinteto Pirincho   1960 Milonga
Milonga del Tiempo Heroico Quinteto Pirincho   1957 Milonga

 

Alternative Tanda 1: Milonga

This tanda is not so much alternative as it is not traditional. These are some modern milongas which are lots of fun to dance to. I have always loved Al Galope but always found it difficult to fit into a tanda. This version of Milonga Sentimental is just so beautiful. In fact every song on Patio de Tango is wonderful especially their versions of Malena and Palomita Blanca. The star of the set is the wonderful Morena by Estaban Morgado.

 

Exploring the Cruzada Part 3: Milonga

In this class, we explore creative ideas for using the cruzada in milonga.

The Forced Cruzada
With this technique, we lead the followers to cross their right foot in front of their left feet. This can be a strange feeling for the followers until they practice. The women should resist the temptation to twist their hips and pivot. They should have a very relaxed leg and simply let the leg, not the hip, go in the direction of the move. The clearest way for the men to lead this is to mirror the women. If we are doing the same move, but in reverse, then we should be moving in the correct direction. Also, for the women, do not cross too deeply so that your weight change can be smooth.

For the leaders, don't get too caught up on the idea of forcing the cross. We do not even need to make contact with her for this step. It is more about direction and removing other possiblities such as walking straight back.

Back Cruzadas
If we think about the cross as a technique rather than as a step then we should be able to get them on any step going forward or backwards. Here we are stepping forward and then changing direction to move back diagonally. Again, the followers should simply take their free leg in the direction that we are moving. As with the previous move, if the leaders mirror the followers then we will be assured of moving in the correct direction.

Milonga Tandas

Here is my collection of milonga tandas, with two exceptions. Francisco Canaro recorded so many great milongas that I have them all listed here. I have also created collections of candombe milongas and mixed orchestra milonga tandas and Alternative Milongas.

Song Orchestra Cantor/Singer Year Type
         
Rodolfo Biagi Milonga Tanda Collection I
I usually use the first 3 from this tanda collection.
Campo Afuera Rodolfo Biagi Teofilo Ibanez 1943 Milonga
Picante Rodolfo Biagi   1945 Milonga
Flor de Montserrat Rodolfo Biagi Alberto Amor 1942 Milonga
         
Miguel Caló Tanda
Milonga Antigua Miguel Caló Raúl Berón 1942 Milonga
Milonga Que Peina Canas Miguel Caló Raúl Berón 1942 Milonga
Bien Criolla y Bien Porteña Miguel Caló Luis Tolosa y Raúl Iriarte 1945 Milonga
Azabache Miguel Caló Raúl Berón 1942 Milonga
         
Angel d'Agostino & Angel Vargas Tandas
 
Listen to this tanda        
El Porteñito Angel d'Agostino Angel Vargas 1943 Milonga
Asi Me Gusta A Mi Angel d'Agostino Angel Vargas 1942 Milonga
Entre Copa y Copa Angel d'Agostino Angel Vargas 1942 Milonga
Zapatitos de Raso Edelmiro d'Amario Angel Vargas 1956 Milonga
         
Compadreando Angel d'Agostino Angel Vargas 1941 Milonga
Señores, Yo Soy Del Centro Angel d'Agostino Angel Vargas 1945 Milonga
Entre Copa y Copa Angel d'Agostino Angel Vargas 1942 Milonga
Asi Me Gusta a Mi Angel d'Agostino Angel Vargas 1942 Milonga
         
Juan d'Arienzo Collections
La Puñalada Juan d’Arienzo   1937 Milonga
De Pura Cepa Juan d’Arienzo   1935 Milonga
El Esquinazo Juan d’Arienzo   1938 Milonga
Milonga Vieja Milonga Juan d’Arienzo   1937 Milonga
         
El Temblor Juan d’Arienzo Alberto Echagüe 1938 Milonga
Estampa de Varon Juan d’Arienzo Alberto Echagüe 1938 Milonga
De Antaño Juan d’Arienzo Alberto Echagüe 1939 Milonga
La Cicatriz Juan d’Arienzo Alberto Echagüe 1939 Milonga
         
Milonga Vieja Milonga Juan d’Arienzo   1937 Milonga
Milonga del Corazón Juan d’Arienzo Alberto Echagüe 1938 Milonga
Milonga del Recuerdo Juan d’Arienzo Alberto Echagüe 1939 Milonga
Milonga Querida Juan d’Arienzo Alberto Echagüe 1938 Milonga
         
Corrales Viejos Juan d’Arienzo   1943 Milonga
La Espuela Juan d’Arienzo   1946 Milonga
Milonga Que Peina Canas Juan d’Arienzo Armando Laborde 1952 Milonga
La Puñalada Juan d’Arienzo   1951 Milonga
         
Carlos di Sarli Collections
La Mulateada Carlos di Sarli Roberto Rufino 1941 Milonga
Pena Mulata Carlos di Sarli Roberto Rufino 1941 Milonga
Zorzal Carlos di Sarli Roberto Rufino 1941 Milonga
Pueblera Carlos di Sarli Jorge Durán 1946 Milonga
         
Entre pitada y pitada Carlos di Sarli Alberto Podestá 1942 Milonga
Cuando un viejo se enamora Carlos di Sarli Roberto Rufino 1942 Milonga
Yo soy de San Telmo Carlos di Sarli Roberto Rufino 1943 Milonga
Maldonado Carlos di Sarli Roberto Rufino 1943 Milonga
         
Edgardo Donato Tandas
Ella Es Así Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1938 Milonga
Sacale Punta Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos & Randona 1938 Milonga
Porteña Linda Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1940 Milonga
La Milonga Que Faltaba Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1938 Milonga
El Torito Edgardo Donato   1939 Milonga
         
Cara Negra Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1942 Milonga
Cacareando OTV Carlos Lafuente 1933 Milonga
Mi Vieja Linda Emilio Pellejero   1941 Milonga
Papas Calientes Edgardo Donato   1937 Milonga
         
Corrales Viejos Edgardo Donato   1934 Milonga
Papas Calientes Edgardo Donato   1937 Milonga
El Lengue Edgardo Donato   1940 Milonga
Cara Negra Edgardo Donato   1942 Milonga
         
Pedro Laurenz Collections
Listen to this tanda.
Milonga Compadre Pedro Laurenz J.C. Casas 1938 Milonga
La Vida Es Una Milonga Pedro Laurenz Martin Podesta 1941 Milonga
Milonga de Mis Amores Pedro Laurenz   1944 Milonga
         
La Vida Es Una Milonga Pedro Laurenz Martin Podesta 1941 Milonga
Milonga de Mis Amores Pedro Laurenz   1944 Milonga
Maldonado Pedro Laurenz Alberto Podesta 1943 Milonga
         
Milonga de Mis Amores Pedro Laurenz Hector Farrel 1937 Milonga
Milonga Compadre Pedro Laurenz J.C. Casas 1938 Milonga
Yo Soy De San Telmo Pedro Laurenz Alberto Podesta 1943 Milonga
         
Francisco Lomuto
The first song is great, but the last two are very very fast.
Qué Tiempo Aquel Francisco Lomuto Jorge Omar 1938 Milonga
Parque Patricios Francisco Lomuto Fernando Díaz 1941 Milonga
No Hay Tierra Como La Mía Francisco Lomuto Fernando Díaz 1939 Milonga
         
Orchestra Tipica Victor
The first 3 make a very homogeneous tanda. This version of Milonga Sentimental is amazing and has very similar rhythm to Cacareando.
Cara Negra Edgardo Donato Horacio Lagos 1942 Milonga
Cacareando OTV Carlos Lafuente 1933 Milonga
Milonga Sentimental   Mercedes Simone 1932 Milonga
Milonga de Los Fortines OTV Mariano Balcarce 1937 Milonga
La Naranja Nacio Verde Feliciano Brunelli Oscar Valeta 1943 Milonga
         
Anibal Troilo Tandas
         
Listen to this Tanda        
Del Tiempo Guapo Aníbal Troilo Francisco Fiorentino 1941 Milonga
Con Toda La Voz Que Tengo Aníbal Troilo Francisco Fiorentino 1941 Milonga
Ficha de Oro Aníbal Troilo Francisco Fiorentino 1942 Milonga
         
Papá Baltasar Aníbal Troilo Francisco Fiorentino 1942 Milonga
Mano Brava Aníbal Troilo Francisco Fiorentino 1941 Milonga
El Barrio del Tambor Aníbal Troilo Alberto Marino 1943 Milonga
Con Permiso Aníbal Troilo Alberto Marino 1944 Milonga
         
Hector Varela Collection I
Varela is rarely played at milongas. This set is fairly complex. I love it, but only play it late at night when there are only good dancers left that love milonga.
Silueta Portena Héctor Varela Argentino Ledesma 1960s Milonga
Azucar, Pimienta y Sal Héctor Varela Fernando Soler, Jorge Falcon 1960s Milonga
Con Flauta y Guitarra Héctor Varela Jorge Falcon 1960s Milonga

 

Milonga I The Basic Steps

Milonga has two meanings to tango dancers. A milonga is a tango dance party where tango dancers gather to dance with one another, as in "Let's go to the milonga and dance." It is also one of the 3 primary rhythms that tango dancers dance to: Tango (4/4 time), Vals (3/4 time) and Milonga (2/4 time).

The milonga rhythm derived from the habanera rhythm and is in 2/4 time and is generally danced faster than tango. For more on the History of the Milonga Rhythm go here.

We use many of the same steps in milonga that we do in tango, but there are also many steps which fit especially well into the milonga rhythm. This class introduces students to these basic steps of milonga.

The box step is a very basic pattern used in Milonga and we examine several variations of this step in the milonga rhythm.

Here are two very popular steps used in Milonga. The first is the zig zag step or  "the grapevine." The second is the pendulum step.

Traspie means "stumble" and this step gives the illusion of someone stumbling down the street.