Milonga Lisa & Traspie
This advanced tango course helps our dance students learn to master the deceptively difficult but more stunning styles of tango including Milonga.
Most people that start dancing Tango don't know that the Tango has 3 different musics: Tango, Milonga, and Vals. Some simply don't hear the msuic and don't even realize that the music is different. Some know it's a different dance but since there is not many possibilities to learn it they simply dance 'fast tango'. However - the mood of the Milonga, its cadencia, the steps, the figures are different from Tango though the principles of Tango like directions, rotations, lead, connect still apply - even more, since the dance is faster.
Intro to Milonga introduces Milonga fundamentals such as: musicality (time, double time, traspie), cadencia, and characteristics for Milonga rhythm, difference between Milonga lisa and traspie, and fundamental structural patterns. Intermediate Course or good understanding of giros and molinete patterns are required as prerequisites.
What You'll Learn
What Is It?
We cover the differences that set this style of tango apart from other options. We go over the basics as well as more advanced theory to ensure that you are able to understand what needs to be done and how to go about doing it.
Counting the Rhythm
The main difference in milonga is the rhythm and the beats of the music. You’ll learn how to count out the time and how to move properly during this part of the coursework.
There are some unique steps and variables associated with the milonga. Our teachers work to explain these steps so you can add them to your skillset and use them during your dances in exciting, fluid ways.
Applying the Principles of Milonga
Things like directions, rotations, lead, and more all still apply in milonga. But how you apply them is what is really different. Our instructors give you the information needed to properly dance the milonga.
Milonga is more relaxed and subtle, and as such spotting the leads aren’t as easy. We work to help you master the more complex candencia involved in dancing the milonga style.
Once you have the fundamentals down, we work to help you combine all of your skills to ensure that you are able to improvise while dancing in this style, putting all the pieces together in a stunning way.
From the 3 tango genres Milonga is probably the most difficult one. The speed of the music and the misinterpretation of cadencia make it almost impossible to lead or follow for those uninitiated. To attend this class you need to either complete Intro to Milonga or already have a good understanding of Milonga rhythm and the difference between double time and traspie. Intermediate Course or good understanding of giros and molinete patterns are also required as prerequisites.
Advanced Milonga is divided into 6 4-class cycles:
- Ocho Cortado and Variations
- Low Boleos, Taps, and Patadas
- Traspie and Traspie Patterns
- Progressing Turning Patterns
- Magic of Small Rhythmical Patterns
- Improvising Milonga Musically