Archive for the ‘Tango’ Category

The Codigos of the Milonga

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Most tango dancers around the world have heard of the “codigos” (unwritten rules of the milongas in Buenos Aires) and know a little bit about the cabeceo, or the head-nod invitation to dance. Also, at many international tango festivals there is discussion about the line of dance, la ronda, and how leaders need to manage [...]

Buenos Aires Milongas: Where to Dance

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

If you want to dance tango in Buenos Aires, where do you go? A good question, but this depends on many things:  your age, what style you dance, what day or night of the week you want to go out, if you go with or without a partner, and so on… Dancing social tango in [...]

Tango in Buenos Aires: an Introduction

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Ruben y Cherie

When people travel to Argentina, most of them want a taste of tango. Either because they are tango dancers themselves or just because tango is so much a part of the culture. Either way, there are various ways to experience Argentina’s most famous export. Tango in Buenos Aires falls into two categories: tango for tourists, [...]

Why Take a Tango Trip to Buenos Aires?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
LosCons&Orchestra Ernesto Franco

Maybe it’s like having a baby; if you think too much about it, all the pros and cons, you’ll never do it. It’s too scary, too much of a commitment. With tango, too, if your expectations are too high to be realized, well, then maybe a two week vacation in Buenos Aires instead of Provence [...]

Clarry’s Buenos Aires Tango Tips

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Clarry Smits (seen here with dance partner Lorie) is one of the top tango dancers and instructors in Vancouver, Canada. He also runs Tango a Media Luz, a popular Vancouver milonga that features Golden Age tango every Friday night. Clarry recently visited Buenos Aires and I asked him about his tango experience in “the Paris [...]

Local Expert Pedro Werberg Reveals Buenos Aires’ Hidden Treasures

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Pedro Werberg knows Buenos Aires inside and out. A native of Buenos Aires fluent in English, German and of course Spanish, Pedro offers guided tours that explore the hidden treasures of the city.  I asked Pedro about his favorite restaurants, shops, cafes and things to see and do in BA. Here’s what he had to [...]

Get a Copy of El Tangauta

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

If you’re a tango dancer visiting Buenos Aires, one of the first things you’ll want to do after you arrive in the city is pick up a copy of El Tangauta. El Tangauta is a free magazine that is loaded with valuable tango information. Inside you’ll find a detailed current schedule of practically all tango [...]

Good Instructors, Crowded Classes at DNI Tango

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

DNI Tango is possibly the most popular tango school in Buenos Aires for anyone interested in learning the “tango nuevo” style. The school has an outstanding reputation due largely to the superb dancing skills of the proprietors, Pablo Villarraza and Dana Frigoli. I took a few dozen classes at DNI over the past couple of [...]

Where to Buy Men’s Tango Shoes

Monday, January 12th, 2009

There are several good places to buy men’s tango shoes in Buenos Aires. Here’s what you’ll find at a few of the stores I’ve visited.  Neo Tango, located at Sarmiento 1938, has perhaps the best selection of men’s tango shoes in Buenos Aires. Styles range from conservative to ridiculously flamboyant. They also sell about a [...]

A Night of Tango at La Viruta

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

When people ask me for tips on things to do in Buenos Aires, two things always top my list: 1) Visit Recoleta Cemetery and 2) Take a tango class at La Viruta. La Viruta is a milonga located in the basement of the Armenian Cultural Center in Palermo. If you’re new to tango, let me explain that [...]