This month honors Marin’s 1st generation of tango dancers! (Dance Demo 9:45ish)
The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the largest tango communities outside of Buenos Aires. Today, we take for granted the fact we choose from several classes and milongas on Tango Mango to attend every day of the week. This was not always the case. La Milonga de San Anselmo this month is honoring two Marin couples that helped build the SF Bay Area Argentine Tango community from scratch starting in 1985!
- Al & Barbara Garvey
- Jean & Charlie Stewart
The first time Barbara, a Fairfax resident, saw the show Tango Argentino, on a business trip to New York in 1985, she called Al from the hotel to say “I’ve just seen what we’re going to do the rest of our lives.”
Guest DJs: Marin’s own -JoAnn & Steve Palubinskas
$15 Class & Milonga Drop In
(or Monthly Rate: $55/single, $100/couple)
$10 Milonga Only Drop In
Q. What is a Milonga?
A milonga is an Argentine Tango social dance. People come as singles or with a partner and they wear their best tango finery. Music can be live or recorded, and is usually played in tandas, or sets of 3-4 songs. When the tanda ends there will be a cortina, a short interlude of non-tango music when dancers return to their seats and look for a new partner. Milonga is also a style of dance, played and danced on the 2/4 beat rather than the standard 4/4. Alma Del Tango holds a milonga on the 4th Friday of every month.