Tango Immigrant wrote about the multiple tanda custom in Norway although she herself prefers one tanda with partners. Her country is too far away for any influence from Buenos Aires to reach them about the codes and customs, so they make their own. That’s fair. The Norwegians don’t understand the significance of two consecutive tandas with the same partner in Buenos Aires milongas. That code gets lost in translation to another culture. It’s an important one to understand when visiting the milongas in Buenos Aires.
If multiple tandas prevail at Norwegian milongas, how do dancers refresh themselves if they continue dancing? How do they have a drink? Or take a break to bask in the feeling? take a few minutes to rest? Is it about meeting a quota for the night? Is tango their substitute for exercise at the gym?
This my theory on why the multiple tanda custom is popular there. The winters are long and cold up north. Staying in a warm, comfortable embrace is nice, so for many changing partners is not an option.
My versions of the evaluation system:
One tanda – it could feel like a one-night stand without emotional commitment or future involvement.
Two tandas – getting to know you, getting to know all about you, getting to like you, getting to hope you like me.
Three tandas – would you like to have coffee? I doubt Norwegians know what this means in Buenos Aires.
The most important question is – do they have multiple tangasms with multiple tandas?