“Milonga is not just a dance floor. Milonga is like a temple. You ought to know and respect the rituals of the milonga because a collective created it. It is not a rigid set of rules, but you have to agree to listen and pay attention to those who already have spent their whole lives there. Over time you will see that it all makes perfect sense, but you are not going to understand it right away. To understand it you must think as a dancer. To be able to think as a dancer you need to become a dancer first, and that takes a lot of time.”
Marcelo Hector Solis
"...tango milonguero does not have this visual richness, but instead it has a great rhythmic richness. It is danced within a confined space, as it is a social dance for the dance hall, characterised by its use of space. The couples dance for their own delight and not for an audience..."
If you don't respect the codes you can not fully enjoy the milonga.
We dance with a warm, respectful and close embrace.
We follow the line of the dance, in a counter-clockwise direction. On the dance floor lanes are formed naturally. We do not change lanes if we are not sur enot to annoy someone who comes behind.
We try not to step backwards into the line of dance, always walking forwards.
We maintain a fluid speed with the rest, and leave some space for the couple behind, to allow them the space and make steps correctly as turning.
We do not lift our feet too much from the floor, this way we avoid hitting other dancers.
We invite to dance through the classic "mirada y cabeceo". The cabeceo sets us free, and allows us to choose each other.
If we, by mistake, bump into someone, we apologize.