As a dance Milonga refers to a form of dance that served as one of the tango's inspirations. In the Buenos Aires of 1883, Ventura Lynch, noted the satirical nature of the dance. This dance featured quebradas, dramatic forceful contortions, and cortes, sudden breaks in figure and suggestive pauses. All of this improvisation was done within a partnership, which separates itself from tango in today's dancing. It also requires a higher level of relaxation because of the faster movement.
There are two basic styles of Milonga:
- Milonga Lisa: Milonga Lisa, or simple milonga, a step occurs on every beat of the music.
- Milonga con Traspié: in Milonga con Traspié dancers use contrapasos, weight changes of three steps in two beats, to match the music. This adds dynamics to the dance without requiring large dance spaces or wasted energy in large movements.
Milonga is taught by:
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