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If you can walk, then you can dance the Tango
For Tango dancers or those wanting to learn, the Milonga, or social Tango night, is what Argentine Tango is all about. Viva Dance of Fitzroy, Melbourne, runs monthly Milongas on the last Friday of every month.
Viva Dance holds monthly Milongas on the last Friday of every month. Viva's Milongas have a warm vibe, extending the welcome mat to new dancers as well as to interstate and other visitors.
You may have seen complex athletic choreography of Argentine Tango but social Tango isn't like that- it is all about making your partner comfortable and dancing to music that is rich, enticing and rhythmically 'dance-friendly'. After doing the Absolute Beginner class, you will be able to do the basics and will be invited to dance throughout the evening. Couples and singles are welcome.
Viva Milongas highlight classic or 'Salon-style' but this is one of the few venues in Melbourne that also include the 'hip and oh-so sexy' Nuevo or Electro-Dub, the very funky 'Milonga-style' and the smooth and elegant Vals (Waltz). These are styles taught at Viva HQ and really open up the Tango genre. Dancing is all-night long, pre-recorded music is free-flowing and a light supper is served.
Tango dancers of all levels go to Milongas. Enjoy the magic of this sexy and exotic Argentinean dance.
Viva's Absolute Beginner class starts at 8.30pm which not only welcomes dancers new to Tango, but also offers a chance to meet people and shake-off a few nerves before social dancing kicks-off. Beginner dancers, visitors as well as Viva's more experienced dancers all join the Absolute Beginner class to help out newbies and newcomers to learn and mingle in a no-fuss way.
There is a specific structure in Argentine Tango called the 'tanda': it means that you generally have four dances with a partner before the music changes to non-Tango music, which is your opportunity to change partners, or just have a break. It is a civilised, well-considered system unique to Tango: it generally takes about four tracks to really connect with your partner so the 'tanda' gives you time to enjoy the dances and grace the dance floor.
Viva Dance runs an Absolute Beginner class at 8.30pm. Joining the class enables you to meet people and to shake-off a few nerves.
Throughout the year and notably at the mid- and end-of-year Milongas, Melbourne's premier Tango dancer and choreographer Christian Drogo, performs with his partner Vanessa Andean and other gifted Viva students. If you do want to take up Argentine Tango and join a class, Viva does offer performance opportunities.
Viva's monthly Milongas often stage performances by Melbourne's premier Tanguero, Christian Drogo and his partner Vanessa Andean. Christian has been dancing professionally in Melbourne for nearly 30 years and is noted for his fluid and creative musicality and skilful 'disassociation'. Known as 'the technician', his lead is second-to-none. Throughout the year, Christian and Vanessa Andean perform both original choreographies and timeless classics in the all styles- Milonguero, Salon and Vals.
Viva also showcases other high-class classic pieces by Pro-am couples, Viva students and the studio's ever-evolving student dance troupe. If you love cabaret-style Tango, then the two really big Viva Milongas are their July mid-year and December end-of-year shows.
Viva Dance exudes a warm and friendly vibe and Milongas run from January until December. To shake-off the winter chills, last year's July patrons were greeted with a hot cup of home-made roast tomato soup and crusty bread. Argentine-style chicken-chimichurri empanadas followed and supper concluded with chocolate fondue and fresh fruit. August Milonga patrons were once again treated with the ever-popular Spanish 'paella' and peach-dulce de leche cheesecake. As the Spring-Summer season throws out its own welcome mat, expect the cuisine-spread to be more along the lines of light snacks and 'nibbles'. There is a scrumptious ice-creamery next door if you want to slip out between dances for a real summer indulgence, Aussie-style.
Christian Drogo of Viva Dance Melbourne. Most Tango dancers in Australasia have learnt from Christian.Viva was the first Australian studio to run Milongas and these events, held monthly at Fitzroy HQ, are still going strong.
Viva Dance is quite a small venue, which heightens its intimate and embracing vibe. Snacks are served at a large table and smaller round tables provide comfortable setting for groups and friends to rest and watch Argentine Tango in action. This is the area where you can meet people- both men and women - and have a chat in-between dances.
The cost of Viva's monthly Milongas is $20 per person or $15 if you have a Viva Dance Card. No bookings are necessary, you can pay at the door. Viva Milongas are held on the last Friday of every month and doors open from 8pm. 2017 dates are as follows:
Friday January 27th Friday February 24th Friday March 31st
Friday April 28th
Friday May 26th
Friday June 30th
Friday July 28th
Friday August 25th
Friday September 29th
Friday October 27th
Friday November 24th
Friday December 15th