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Likes and dislikes

The following is a list of the milongas I had a good time at (or not, as it were). It’s not a very “scientific” study but simply my experiences during a 3-week stay. However, having said that, I want to add one qualifier that, as with any public event, it is really the luck of the draw what type of crowd you encounter on any given night, so it’s quite possible your experiences can differ from mine. Finally, while the negative experiences were all based on a single visit, in general I tended to make return visits only if the initial experience was enjoyable.

Milongas I really enjoyed:

  • Nino Bien (Monday, Friday): relaxed and good dancing. Good selection of foods served here.
  • Lo de Celia (Friday): very homely atmosphere; decent dancing.
  • Lujos (Thursday, Sunday): good crowd and good dancing. It did not hurt that, through our friend, we were able to befriend the organisers and usually had decent seats. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Sunderland (Saturday): huge dance floor and in my opinion good neighbourhood ambience despite being held on a basketball court. The major downside was it is quite far and the taxi fares not cheap unless you can go with a bunch of friends. Don’t miss the fantastic and big beef steak (forgot the exact name?)!
  • El Beso (Sunday): good crowd and good dancing.

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Some favourites

Some “favourite” words after my BsAs experience:

Basta! (Enough already)

Incidentally this is apparently a favourite word with one of our teachers as she likes to say quite often during the private class… ๐Ÿ™‚

Favourite phrases:

Para llevar

Very useful indeed for ordering take-away foods. ๐Ÿ™‚

mรƒยกs o menos

For all-round non-committal replies.


Dance free

The lessons from the most recent classes taken can be condensed into three simple ideas:

  1. Dance with freedom and embrace in a way (coming from leader’s perspective) that allows the lady to move freely.
  2. As a leader, “accompany” the lady in every movement that you lead.
  3. Finally, when moving, always “arrive” completely!

Deja Vu

During my last week’s stay in Buenos Aires, have been concentrating on private classes and fine-tuning aspects of my dancing. However, when 3 different teachers have commented on the same thing within a 24 hour period, I suppose that means it’s something important and worth paying more attention to… ๐Ÿ™‚

ps. I am referring to the “correct” way of doing a rebound or ribote.