LexTango's 2nd Sunday Milonga in Lexington, Kentucky
October 2017 was the tenth anniversary of the 2nd Sunday Milonga.
On the second Sunday of the month, you will find Argentine Tango
in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, in the atrium at The Square (formerly
called Victorian Square). The December milonga is traditionally
held in a different venue.
The tables are set to form a compact, rectangular dance floor
to encourage dancers to hone their floor craft and to dance as
if in the salons of Buenos Aires. The music is primarily traditional.
You'll occasionally hear a modern "cover" of a traditional
tango, and rarely, a tanda of "nuevo" or "alternative"
We think of ourselves as an inclusive and friendly community
of dancers. We truly welcome visitors, singles, couples, beginning
dancers and observers.
If you are new to the milonga scene, you may be interested to
know the codes of etiquette observed at traditional milongas around
the globe, and that are followed at 2nd Sunday. These are not
laws; they are suggestions.
1. Men invite women to dance with the "cabeceo", so
ladies: watch for it. Some men might invite ladies directly. Either
way, the woman is never obligated to accept and no explanation
2. Argentine Tango dancers flow in a counter clock wise rotation
around the dance floor. (This is not negotiable, so you can consider
this one a law if you'd like!)
3. Do not pass the couple in front of you except in extraordinary
circumstances. Zig-zagging in and out of the line of dance spoils
the experience for those dancing around you, and probably for
your partner as well.
4. It's very common for couples to chat for some period of time
at the finish of a tango, while still standing in the ronda. Wait
until the floor begins to move again before you embrace your partner
for the next tango. When the dancing starts, the talking stops.
Listen for it. It's a beautiful thing.
5. Music at a milonga is arranged in sets called tandas. A short
piece of non-tango music (the "cortina") signals the
end of a tanda and clears the floor. The man escorts the woman
back to her table and returns to his seat. The cortina is not
danced; this is your opportunity to scope out your next partner,
or take a break.
6. At 2nd Sunday, all the tandas contain three songs. If you're
not sure you want to dance all three songs in a row with one person,
then wait till the second, or third, tango to request or accept
7. Argentine Tango is a social dance. High boleos, kicks and
lunges of any kind are employed during an exhibition or in a dance
studio, not at a milonga.
8. Even though it is an afternoon milonga and may not be dark
out, feel free to dress to impress. You will not see dancers in
jeans or shorts.
9. Teaching during a milonga is taboo.
10. In the summer, some men bring an extra shirt. Women really
appreciate that. It is not pleasant to embrace someone when their
shirt is soaked!
11. There is no penalty box, so relax and have fun.
P.S. The 2nd Sunday Milonga is, and always has been, only
$5. Just put your $5 in the mason jar. Look for it near the sound
system or at Lu Ann's table. Observers are not expected to pay.