“Perfume de Tango” Holiday Milonga Friday, Dec 12th

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Our Milonga this Friday features music w/DJ Dubrovay, special Holiday treats, decorations & hugs all around..;-)) 8:30 all level pre dance Tango lesson 9:15-1 Traditional Milonga – $10 Dance only – $12 Lesson & Dance – $7 DW students – all welcome..!!

Special treat – our friend Cristina will be here with her beautiful Jewelry Creations – perfect for Holiday gifts for yourself or the lady in your life – please bring cash/check for shopping.

In Tango,
Patty Leverett
leverettpatty • gmail.com
www.mstango.com
206.595.2047

“Cabeceo”: eye contact . Asking someone to dance

Facing the fact that to be rejected is always painful, the Porteños (people from Buenos Aires) developed the “eye contact” as the proper way to ask someone to dance. They just look at the person they want to dance with. This applies either for men or women. If the man wants to dance, he will let the woman know by a nod of head towards the dance floor. If she does not want to dance, she will deny with the head. If the woman wants to dance, she will answer back with a smile or an assenting sign with her head. After these subtle signs, he will go to her table (or where she is) and take her to the dance floor. If the other person does not want to dance (man or woman), when the “eye contact” occurs, he/she will look to a different direction. Another way to ask a woman to dance, and this one is maybe for the more braves, is to go to where she is at and introduce yourself (if you don’t know each other from before) and/or start a conversation. After exchanging some words, you can ask her if she would like to dance with you.

Tango is a SOCIAL dance. It is not a sport, so the milonga is a place not only to dance, but also to meet new people, chat with friends, etc. In Buenos Aires if a person come out of the blue and asks you to dance, it is considered a very aggressive attitude. It will be almost like saying: “I just want to dance with you and I don’t really care what you think about that”. There are many benefits of these “techniques”. One is that it takes into consideration the feelings of both partners, so when the dance finally happens, they both know they are where they want to be, which is the most important requirement to have a good dance. They are not dancing because they have to. Also, it is part of the ritual of tango which is a very intimate dance. I think that if you are learning to dance a foreign dance, like tango or any other, you have to try to understand the codes that come with it, because for sure you will find out they have some kind of sense.