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What is a Milonga?


Question: What is a Milonga?
Answer: The term "milonga" has three meanings. First of all, a milonga is a social event or location for tango dancing. More simply, milongas are tango dance parties. People who dance at milongas are known as milongueros. When a group of people go tango dancing, they go to a milonga.

Secondly, milonga refers to a distinct style of tango. Although milonga uses the same basic elements as tango, it tends to be faster-paced and less complex. Milonga tends to place greater emphasis on the rhythm of the music. Dancers must strive to keep their bodies relaxed, as syncopated pauses are not made.

There are two distinct styles of Milonga, Milonga Lisa and Milonga Traspie. In Milonga Lisa (Simple Milonga), dancers step on each beat of the music. In Milonga Traspies, dancers must transfer their weight from one foot to another, in double time to the music.

Finally, milonga refers to a distict music genre. Milonga tango music is distinguished by its faster-paced beat, requiring dancers to take quicker steps.

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