It is said that Tango dancing to a live band began in Japanese ballrooms in the 1930s. Now Tango dancing is enjoyed to a Tango DJ rather than a live band. Here in Nagoya, there are some Milonga (Argentine Tango dance parties) held every weekend. Every Milonga is different, so Argentine Tango dance lovers go to the kind of Milongas they like.
At the “Milonga Para Todos” event, you can dance to a live Tango band as it used to be as well as to a Tango DJ’s selection of music. You also get to enjoy Tango dance shows by professional Tango dancers. “Milonga Para Todos” is a dance party for everyone – from beginners to the advanced, the young and old, locals and visitors to Nagoya. You will enjoy watching, listening and dancing as the name suggests after all “Para Todos” means “For Everyone” in English!
Every month Milonga Para Todos has an event. We asked the organizers about it.
What does Milonga mean?
Milonga has two meanings. One is a place or event where there is Argentine Tango dancing. Another is a musical genre or a kind of the rhythms of Argentine Tango. The music played in the Argentine Tango dance event is mainly Tango, vals (waltz in English) and milonga.
I understand that you offer lessons as part of the party. How does that work?
The guest dancers give a lesson before the Milonga. It is for all levels, from beginners to advanced, so anyone can join the class. What they teach depends on the guest dancers themselves or the situation. They may teach the basics, advanced Tango steps or what they think is the most important thing for Argentine Tango dancing. It lasts about one hour.
Tell me about the instructors!
The instructors are professional Tango dancers who are invited for the party as guests. The guest dancers are changed each party. They have been performing in the international Tango festivals and Tango shows all over the world. So this is a chance to get a professional Tango lesson without leaving Nagoya!
What about the performers? Are they also the teachers?
Guest Tango dancers also give lessons as the teachers in the Tango classes at their own Tango studios. Live music performers – Tango trio Noche Para Dos – consists of three young musicians based in Nagoya. They teach the violin, the cello and the piano.
How many performances are there?
Guest dancers perform two or three musical performances. There are two stages of live music performances and a Tango dance show or demonstration between the first and second stage of music.
If I want to join but not dance myself can I do that?
Yes, of course you can. It’s OK to go to the Milonga just to watch. You will see people dancing, hear lots of Tango music, and see how everything works. You will also enjoy live music performances. What is more, you will get to dance together if you want.
Are there drinks or food available?
It depends on the venue. Our party is held at various places, dance studios or clubs, as if it was a traveling carnival. There are drinks and light snacks available when the party is held at dance studios. You can also bring your own food and drinks there.
What sort of attire is acceptable?
You are free to wear what you like but we prefer that you come neat and tidy. Some Milongas in the Tango Festivals have dress codes, though.