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TdB Practica and Milonga Codes 2019

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 Códigos (codes) for Practicas:
The following códigos are for practicas (practice sessions). Less formal than milongas, practicas are provided for dancers to socialize, work on their technique, problem solve, and practice the floor etiquette (e.g., how to stay within the line of dance).

  1. Use the Dance Floor for dancing; follow the line of dance.
  2. Use Practice Space for problem solving or instruction.
  3. Rules for length of dances are relaxed, as most Practicas do not have tandas or cortinas.
  4. Avoid unsolicited instruction or corrections and limit solicited instruction to one or two songs at most.
  5. Maintain comfortable distance from dancers in front/behind you.
  6. Avoid dangerous moves (e.g., lifts, high kicks or high boleos).
  7. Avoid conversations while dancing in line of dance.
  8. Maintain good personal hygiene

Códigos (codes) for Milongas:
The following códigos are for Milongas (social dances).   More formal than Practicas, these codes reflect our respect for a shared culture among Argentine Tango communities around the world.

  1. Consider using cabaceo, especially among dancers with whom you are less familiar.
  2. Follow the line of dance counterclockwise.
  3. Dance in your lane.
  4. Avoid passing if possible. If unavoidable, pass on the left.
  5. Maintain comfortable distance from dancers in front/behind you.
  6. Avoid dangerous moves (e.g., lifts, high kicks or high boleos).
  7. It is considered rude to teach or correct your partner.
  8. Avoid conversations while dancing.
  9. Maintain good personal hygiene.

In traditional milongas ‘showboating’ in the middle of the floor is not a respected activity. In a social context, milongueros believe that tango is danced for yourself and your partner ONLY, never for an audience. They dance for each other and for what they are creating, and do not diminish their dance in the service of their egos.

Additional Resources:
http://tangotribe.com/milonga-codigos/
https://www.siempremilonguero.org/tango-codigos-codes/
http://lespasparfaits.blogspot.pt/p/illustrations.html
https://www.tango-dj.at/dancing/codigos.htm

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