TdB Practica and Milonga Codes 2021

Our Mission: As Cincinnati’s premier Argentine Tango venue, Tango del Barrio is a non-profit, welcoming community of those devoted to sharing the spirit, skills, history, and enjoyment of Argentine Tango as a social dance.
About Our Studio: Tango del Barrio has a community founded on fun, dignity and respect. Our dancers prioritize safety, comfort and mutual pleasure.

 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:

The Art of DJ-ing by Eduardo Lazarowski
Tango del Barrio recently hosted this insightful session on the art of DJing by Eduardo Lazarowski. PLEASE NOTE: This PDF is for personal use only & not to be shared on any social media platform.


Tango del Barrio Policies


Tango del Barrio is committed to an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Therefore, Tango del Barrio expects that all relationships among people in the organization will be professional and free of explicit bias, prejudice and harassment.

Tango del Barrio has developed this policy to ensure that all its board members and instructors have an environment free from harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Tango del Barrio will make every reasonable effort to ensure that all concerned are familiar with these policies and are aware that any complaint in violation of such policies will be investigated and resolved appropriately.

Anyone who has questions or concerns about these policies should talk with the Director or other member of the Board of Directors.

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment constitutes discrimination and is illegal. For the purposes of this policy, “sexual harassment” is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when, for example: a) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s position in the organization, b) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for staffing decisions affecting such individual, or c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 recognizes two types of sexual harassment: a) quid pro quo and b) hostile work environment. Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not-so-subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendo; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature.


Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. Under this policy, harassment is verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law, or that of his or her relatives, friends or associates, and that: a) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment, b) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance, or c) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s opportunities in the organization.

Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group that is placed on walls or elsewhere on the organization’s premises or circulated in the organization.

Individuals and Conduct Covered

These policies apply to all board members and instructors, whether related to conduct engaged in by fellow organization members or by someone not directly connected to Tango del Barrio.

Reporting an Incident of Harassment, Discrimination or Retaliation

Tango del Barrio encourages reporting of all perceived incidents of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, regardless of the offender’s identity or position. Individuals who believe that they have been the victim of such conduct should discuss their concerns with the Director or other board member.

In addition, Tango del Barrio encourages individuals who believe they are being subjected to such conduct to promptly advise the offender that his or her behavior is unwelcome and to request that it be discontinued. Often this action alone will resolve the problem. Tango del Barrio recognizes, however, that an individual may prefer to pursue the matter through complaint procedures.

Complaint Procedure

Individuals who believe they have been the victims of conduct prohibited by this policy or believe they have witnessed such conduct should discuss their concerns with the Director or other board member.

Tango del Barrio encourages the prompt reporting of complaints or concerns so that rapid and constructive action can be taken before relationships become irreparably strained. Therefore, while no fixed reporting period has been established, early reporting and intervention have proven to be the most effective method of resolving actual or perceived incidents of harassment.

Any reported allegations of harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be investigated promptly. The investigation may include individual interviews with the parties involved and, where necessary, with individuals who may have observed the alleged conduct or may have other relevant knowledge.

Tango del Barrio will maintain confidentiality throughout the investigatory process to the extent consistent with adequate investigation and appropriate corrective action.

Retaliation against an individual for reporting harassment or discrimination or for participating in an investigation of a claim of harassment or discrimination is a serious violation of this policy and, like harassment or discrimination itself, will be subject to disciplinary action. Acts of retaliation should be reported immediately and will be promptly investigated and addressed.

Misconduct constituting harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be dealt with appropriately. Responsive action may include, for example, training, action such as a warning, temporary suspension, or termination of the relationship, as Tango del Barrio believes appropriate under the circumstances.

If a party to a complaint does not agree with its resolution, that party may appeal to the full Board of Directors.

Individual Expectations

Board of Directors members and Instructors must inform Tango del Barrio of

  • Any accusations of abuse or molestation made against them in other organizations or settings
  • Any criminal convictions

Tango del Barrio will evaluate each accusation and criminal conviction on a case-by-case basis and handle each case appropriately.

Board member and Instructors are expected to read and comply with Tango del Barrio’s policies detailed above.  In instructor teams, instructors are expected to hold one another accountable for compliance with policies and to report any issues to the Director.