Intermediate Milonga Lisa and Traspie

WEDNESDAYS 7:30 - 8:30pm

Enter the world of Milonga, the most difficult and the oldest of the tango genres, with 8-weeks Intermediate Milonga course, designed to help you get familiar with the most essential aspect of Milonga Lisa and Traspie.

Milonga Lisa
& Traspie

Intermediate Milonga

The mood of the Milonga, its cadencia, the steps, the figures are different from Tango,

though the principles of Tango like directions, rotations, lead, connection still apply - even more, since the dance is faster.

Intro to Milonga introduces Milonga fundamentals such us: musicality (time, double time, traspie), cadencia and characteristic for Milonga rhythm, difference between Milonga lisa and traspie, and fundamental structural patterns.

PLEASE NOTE: Completed Intermediate Course or good understanding of giros and molinete patterns are required as prerequisite. In other words - you need to know how to dance Tango, before expanding your horizons into Milonga and Vals.

Get 8 Intermediate
Milonga classes for $100
or pay as you go $20/class

    The basic difference between Tango and Vals is hidden in the rhythm. Vals is written in ¾ notation, which means that one measure consists of 3 quarter notes.

    In Tango we count each measure as 1-2-3-4, but we only step on 1 and 3. The Vals is much faster so even though we can distinguish 1-2-3, in the basic interpretation of Vals we are only stepping on 1 and completely ignore the 2 and 3. That would be the equivalent of single time.

    What happens is that if we are only dancing on 1 it is fairly easy to dance slow tango to Vals music. Everything fits. It just seems slower then usual, but not extremely slow. That’s why we have a lot of confused Beginners happily dancing Tango to Vals music.


    The next difference is hidden in the interpretation of double time. Since the affixed pattern that differentiates Vals from Tango is 1-2-3, there is no exact half and so no double time as we know it. Instead we have two possibilities: accenting 2 or accenting 3.

    Listening to he music help us understand which of double time interpretations shall be used. 12, 1*3, mixed of both or maybe it’s possible to step on all 3 as a special emphasis of what’s happening with the melody.

    If – and only if – we were able to clearly distinguish the difference between 2 and 3, and after being able to distinguish it we were able to control our bodies to step on 2 or 3, we are allowing and opening up for amazing interpretations of Vals.


    The cadencia of Vals also differs from that of Tango. In tango we are arriving to our axis on the beat. Vals with its wonderful pendulum like symmetry allows for axis in transition. The floating sensation is embedded into Vals thanks to the different interpretation of musical accent. All that kind of suggests what steps do or do not make sense in Vals. It’s not like something is forbidden or something is absolute must. But in a way it does. We tend to go for more circular movements and avoid linear movements.


Start dancing Milonga. No more hiding during Milonga tandas

Intro to Milonga introduces Milonga fundamentals such us: musicality (time, double time, traspie), cadencia and characteristic for Milonga rhythm, difference between Milonga lisa and traspie, and fundamental structural patterns.

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Milonga & Vals
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