Who are these masked men at the milonga?

Last week a tango friend called to tell me about an outdoor milonga in the Palermo neighborhood on the weekend. I decided to check is out on Saturday night. I went mainly to see who was there, who was playing the music, and take photos to share on my blog and Facebook.

It’s been more than two years since I went to a milonga. I was curious to see if there were more young dancers or old dancers. Saturday night at 9:00pm was the perfect night for dancing outdoors in a park.

It doesn’t look like much, but things were just getting started. The deejay is on the left behind his portable boom box.  There is some seating on risers on the right.

I don’t know if the milonga is announced on social media or how people learned about it.   There was music, and people were dancing.  That was enough after eight months of no tango whatsoever in Buenos Aires.

These milongueros came to dance and didn’t waste any time.

This is Carlitos who is the organizer and programs the music.  I’ve known him for years in the milongas.  Thanks to him, dancers were back to doing what they love.

This area where the milonga began has circles painted on concrete.  It’s where children run through the fountain on hot summer days. 

Lights.  Music.  Tango.

When the roller skaters went home, the milonga moved to a larger area of smooth concrete.

You get the picture.  Dancers embraced.  Excellent music.  Perfect night.  I danced a lovely tanda of vals with Ruben for the first time. We both wore masks.

2 Responses to “Who are these masked men at the milonga?”

  1. Felicity Says:

    But will it persuade you back to the milongas when they reopen?

    People used to remark on their tango “birthdays” – the day, or month or year when they discovered tango. Now some of us mark how long since we haven’t danced or been to a milonga.

    The last time I danced outside, and probably one of my last great tandas was in Toulouse, France, 13 May 2019. Photo: https://imgur.com/a/ZVMs7cA

    The last time I went to a milonga with good music, where I danced and enjoyed it & chatted to some Argentinians about the lyrics was 10 June 2019 in Cambridge, England. It must have been good because I didn’t stop to take a photo but wish I had one now.

    The last time I went to a milonga, danced & had a nice time chatting was 11 June 2019, in a church in Norwich, England.

    The last time I went to a milonga (& didn’t dance) was 19 Oct. 2019 in Paisley, Scotland. Photo: https://imgur.com/a/9RtOk7N

    I still enjoy the music & the lyrics / poems.

  2. jantango Says:

    My milonga days are over. I disposed of all my tango clothing and shoes. That’s how certain I was that I would not return. When we reach the day that the milongas return in the city of Buenos Aires, there will not be any milongueros viejos going to dance. They made the milongas. Their absence is the reason I stopped dancing.

    Thanks for sharing your special tango times and photos. I, too, still enjoy the music that takes me back to good times at Lo de Celia Tango Club.

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