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.

Intermediate 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 Milonga and Tango is hidden in its affixed rhythm. Milonga has something that no other tango genre has – traspie.

    Even though Milonga is written as 2 by 4, for the dancing purpose we are clearly distinguishing 4 accents. That allows as to distinguish between double time part and traspie part. And by being able to see / hear / notice the difference – we can then focus on accenting what we choose to dance rather then let it be kind of accidental.

    In fact once you know about it and hear it, it is very hard to make a mistake as the body does not like to go against the music.


    In interpretation of time and double time Milonga does not really vary from tango. What sets it apart from it is characteristic repetitive, affixed rhythm that makes Milonga so recognizable and… traspie.

    Traspie, in translation means ‘to stumble’ or ‘to trip’, and can be explained as a very specific version of double time when accent is off set and comes closer to the regularly danced beat. Specific suspension of axes allows quick, although not complete, weight changes, that creates a ‘stumbling’ effect.

    What we really want to capture in Milonga is ability to clearly distinguish double time part form traspie so we can use correct steps on correct accents dancing on the music, not against it.


    The cadencia of Milonga has a rolling backwards sensation. In other words you are accenting and stepping from the beat (as oppose to on the beat as in tango). If executed incorrectly or mimicked without understanding it often expresses itself as bouncy or jumpy walk.

    Even though Milonga music seems to be fast, the specific cadencia gifts as an extra time and Milonga specific steps give as lots of opportunity to shine with masterful use of double time and traspie.


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 or Vals
1 Class
Milonga or Vals
8 Classes
Milonga & Vals
8 Classes

All credits have to be used for the specific course they were purchased for. Positively no rollovers. No refunds. If your schedule is unpredictable – your best bet is to pay class by class. Cannot afford it? Email us We accept barter.

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