Tango MILONGA: Sebastian Arce & Mariana Montes

The Argentine tango (contrary to myth) did not start in brothels. It began as a folk dance called the milonga in Uruguay and Argentina well before 1900. The music was in 2/4 time and the dance was bouncy and happy.

As often as not it was danced on dirt or grass in the beginning, at a picnic site, in a backyard, or in the patio of a tenement. Later it moved to bars where the floor might be uneven concrete or tile as often as wood. Because of these rough surfaces, each individual step was lifted and placed, not gliding close to a surface as in many ballroom dances.

The “steps” or patterns were very simple and the “hold” was close, perhaps little more than suggestive bumping and grinding. Later as the dance became more family oriented and done in polite society the hold became looser and the steps trickier.

Here are three videos of milongas done as show dancing, elaborate and at least partly choreographed. The first two couples are Sebastian Arce & his partner Mariana Montes, dancers from the age of eight. He lives in Russia, she in Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia where she teaches at the Tangomeet tango school. From those bases they travel all over Europe to perform and teach.

Sebastian Achaval & Roxana Suarez are friends who’ll soon be at the tango school.


About Laer Carroll

I am an aerospace software and systems engineer recently retired to become a professional writer. My genres include sci fi and fantasy, young adult, and technical books.
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2 Responses to Tango MILONGA: Sebastian Arce & Mariana Montes

  1. Richard Swift says:

    Laer, the video links did not work for me. Rich

    Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 02:58:49 +0000 To: richardgswift@msn.com


  2. Laer Carroll says:

    I just tried this on my desktop computer, notebook, netbook, ipad, and Android smartphone. The video links all work, as did a couple more on that web page. One possibility is that your wifi or local area connection to your modem was or is interrupted. Try accessing video links on other web sites to see if they have problems. You might also want to try running an internet speed test program, which might give you useful info. A good one is at this link: http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/. You might also run the Windows Task Manager (Ctl, Alt, Del) and click the Networking tab.

    Beyond that, I’m stumped! Sorry!


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