Ballroomization of argentine tango?

opendoor

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#1
Recently I found this photo and it made me feel uneasy: too much gold, too much stucco, too much crystal...

I learned tango in the red light district of my hometown, I danced tango on weekday nights wearing everyday clothes, I preferred milongas helt at dusky bars...

Can you somehow relate to my stomachache?
(to clarify: with my european background I rather associate ballroom with a certain kind of location than with the dance style.)​
 
#2
I can't say I mind.. I diversity of venues is a good thing imho. As long as nobody tries to make such venues the only sort of place for tango for that community.

It's this that I thought looked rather peculiar: youtube: /watch?v=GMAaNoQEMYM
 

sixela

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#3
I think you meant
Did you mean the numbers on their backs, or (amongst others, since there seems to be a lot of 'Einheitswurst') the ballroomy 'let me show how DRAMATIC we can look when we're both doing a side step, look at me, look at me' meme that absolutely everyone seems to have picked up?

Or did you mean 'Dancing to Troilo's Guapeando is just the same as dancing to Demare's Que Solo Estoy, only faster'?
 

UKDancer

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#4
That's just terrible!

Apart from anything else, what is the point of opening with one of those big sidesteps, just to stand still again. Why not just take up what passes for an embrace a yard to your left?
 

twnkltoz

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#7
The photo is a performance and the video is a competition. What do either of those have to do with milongas? If you don't like milongas in ballrooms, don't go to them.

In our town, we have a couple of studios that are very classy and nicely appointed with beautiful hardwood floors and a third that is in a 100-year-old firehouse with a nicely finished particle board floor (it is sprung or whatever so it's not hard). Two very different experiences, different music, different approach to the dance. I happen to prefer the latter, but many prefer the former. To each his own.
 

jantango

Active Member
#8
I am struck by the beauty of the venue (probably in Russia or somewhere in eastern Europe) where the dancers are dressed elegantly for the festival performance. It shows great respect for the tango. They are fortunate to have such a place for tango.

There are luxurious palaces in Buenos Aires built a century ago, but they are far too expensive for milonga organizers. They have to make due with old halls that are not always well maintained. The city government doesn't support the milongas financially, although they are the main attraction for tango dancers around the world.

Last week I had a private tour of the Palacio Rodriguez Pena where society dined and danced in another era. It doesn't compare to the golden palace in the photo, but it was one of the great salons for tango. The orchestra of Osvaldo Pugliese played there on Friday nights at one time. Organizers inquire about renting the place for a milonga, but so far no one has signed a contract to open.
 

LKSO

Active Member
#13
Isn't that how the dance starts? That's how the 8cb starts.
It's something called "salida". It means to exit (from the tables at a milonga) but somehow they think they're at a milonga with tables all around them. They're trying to preserve the essence of being at a milonga at the competition.

Anyway, to comment on the competition, I saw 2 seconds of it and am already disgusted. I'm just listening to the music now because I don't want my eyes to be raped.
 

AndaBien

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#14
It's something called "salida". It means to exit (from the tables at a milonga) but somehow they think they're at a milonga with tables all around them. They're trying to preserve the essence of being at a milonga at the competition...
I want to thank everyone for explaining the fundamentals to me. What a series of epiphanies for me! My dancing will forever be elevated.
 

jfm

Active Member
#15
I agree with Jan that the ballroom looks gorgeous and see no problem at all in dancing in a ballroom or a salon. In London we used to have some venues like that and it was a nice change from sports halls or bars. In Paris in the 20s they danced in beautiful venues so it's not even like it's 'inauthentic'.
 

rain_dog

Active Member
#18
Can you somehow relate to my stomachache?
No! I love beautiful, elegant dance halls like that, as I feel tango should have a certain sense of elegance. Men in suits, women in dresses, a beautiful hardwood floor, chandeliers, white tablecloths, candles, Di Sarli on the PA, it all fits together.
 

bordertangoman

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#19
I have no objection to the decor, having been to several tango feasts at the Oldway Mansion in Torquay; a Palladian Villa with Italianate styling. But the floor and the acoustics are more important. I have also danced in the Cheltenham Pump Rooms; that was lovely.
 

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bordertangoman

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#20
I think you meant
Did you mean the numbers on their backs, or (amongst others, since there seems to be a lot of 'Einheitswurst') the ballroomy 'let me show how DRAMATIC we can look when we're both doing a side step, look at me, look at me' meme that absolutely everyone seems to have picked up?

Or did you mean 'Dancing to Troilo's Guapeando is just the same as dancing to Demare's Que Solo Estoy, only faster'?
I would have waited for the next tanda..the song was just mediocre IMO..
 

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