Clandestine milongas

I’m probably not writing news that many of you haven’t already heard through the tango grapevine. But I wanted to share the big secret with those who may not know.

If it wasn’t for a Zoom chat with those who have a direct line to important people in the BA milonga scene, I would have no idea about what is quietly taking place here.

As a regular follower of this blog, you know that I live only ten blocks from the venue that I considered my second home for many years. Well, the organizer of Barajando opened the doors recently, after months of online music to keep his customers happy at home.  It has been 17 months since there were official milongas.

You won’t be seeing any announcements about these milongas until they get permission from the city.  Hoy will not have any information.  You have to contact the organizers privately.

The other venue on La Rioja is quietly hosting a limited number of dancers.  The organizer has waited patiently for the city to include milongas along with movie theaters, concert venues, and other cultural events.  He has done what any milonguero and milonga organizer would do — take charge and provide a space for his friends to embrace one another and socialize.

These clandestine dances are helping people physically, mentally, emotionally, and psychologically.  Tango dancing makes us healthy and happy.  Nothing is more important right now.  The outdoor milongas at plazas and parks around the city are another option for those who are desperate to dance and don’t mind the cold.

4 Responses to “Clandestine milongas”

  1. R. Bononno Says:

    Very interesting and not surprising. How are things in B.A. these days? Is the city opening up yet? How are vaccination rates?

  2. jantango Says:

    Buenos Aires has been “open” for business as usual for a most of the past year. The economy is fragile, so businesses have to operate, unlike the disaster in the US.

    Life is the same as always for me, except that I attend live concerts in front of my notebook rather than in the auditoriums. I needed to see my dentist and had no problem getting appointments.

    I’ve read that vaccinations are not available so people are waiting. I am not one of those on the waiting list.

  3. BLEZAT Says:

    Thank you for your article Janis !

    Regret you do not mention any protocole, nor thé danger represented by going now in full pendemia to a milonga outdoor or indoor.

    Dancing tango made us healthy AND HAPPY. Now dancing tango may kill us!!
    A great of our dese milongueras AND milongueros friends have passed away because of covid19 since 17 months.

    Being conscious AND responsible Is VITAL too!!!

  4. jantango Says:

    The lies propagated in the world keep everyone in fear. Fear is the super-spreader that has control.

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