A bit of dance for the weekend....
Well, you know I missed the recent tango festival. Apparently it was a blast. Ah well, baby first and all that jazz, or tango. There's always next year.
I love dancing in general, and certainly love to watch tango. But I wanted to share with you a dance and a music that is really connected to me. It's the music I grew up with. The music I remember my father playing on warm summer weekends. The music I was dancing to long before Abba (oops, did I just admit that?) So it's the music that not only gets my body twitching, it also sets my soul alight.
It's called milonga and you might be surprised to learn that it precedes tango. Milonga, means the music, the dance, and even the places where the dances are held. Like most music we listen to, its roots are mixed. Originating very near where I was born, around the Rio de la Plata, it combined the cultural mix of the region; European influences with those of African rhythms.
It differs from tango in beat, but I'm not a musical person, so couldn't explain it. What I can tell you is that whilst tango is intense and passionate, milonga is more relaxed and flirty. It has less dramatic movements and is all about the subtle feet. Couples lean towards, but not on, each other.Of course, I didn't learn to dance like this, I just jiggled around the room.
This is a well known dancing duo, El Flaco y Luna. The musical interpretation is astute, their connection obvious, and their footwork is sublime. You probably have to dig this sort of music to really appeciate it, but hope you enjoy it. Expand it to see it best. And ignore the title, it's absolutely milonga.
Enjoy your weekend.