What is a Milonga? What is a Practica?

A milonga is an Argentine Tango formal social dance. People come as individuals or with a partner. Music is usually played in tandas, or sets, with 3 or 4 songs in a tanda. In between tandas there will be a cortina, a short music interlude (30 sec or so long) of non-tango music. This is the customary time to change partners or take a break if you want to.

A practica is a practice dance. Floorcraft protocols are generally relaxed as compared to a milonga. Specifically, it is OK to talk during the dance, and impeding traffic within reason while you work on a step is accepted. A practica is your opportunity to improve, develop and integrate what you have been learning at your private lessons, group lessons and festivals. At a practica, partner rotations (although not required), peer interactions and the opportunity to ask questions are encouraged and supported.

Classes are for learning, practicas are for practicing and a milonga is the ultimate destination for dancing!