Wanted: Reviews for Milongas in Europe and Elsewhere

Hello People!

You may have noticed that I haven’t got much to say about Tango these days.  I think I have pretty much said it all, that and the fact that I haven’t been dancing much.  That is what happens when one moves to a land of no Tango.  My life has taken off on a different turn.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t love Tango or keep up with events in London and abroad.

I am planning on taking a trip to Bruges at the end of May and would like to go to a Milonga there, if there is one.  I need to Google it and find out.  However, there is nothing like having a personal recommendation.  When I went to Seville, I wrote about my experience there.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I had a wonderful time, mainly because I didn’t expect anything and because I met some wonderful people.  Although I never managed a Milonga in Berlin (due to the BA cock-up with luggage at Terminal 5 on the way out!), I had some lovely recommendations from friends who have danced there.

So, I was wondering if anyone was interested in writing a guest post about a Milonga that they went to in Europe or further afield?  Obviously, the positive reviews will be the most encouraging, however anything seemingly negative is not necessarily a bad thing either.  For example:  A friend of mine went to some milongas while on holiday.  They said that there were plenty of Milongas and good floors, but too few numbers.

To me, that is not a bad review.  It is honest and would let people know what to expect.  If you were travelling with your dance partner, then that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  If you were on your own, then it might be more challenging, but who is to really say that you wouldn’t have a good time.

If someone said that the hospitality was lacking and the music was rubbish, well, I think they would need to go into more detail.  If you like traditional salon and everyone is dancing to modern Nuevo, well then you have a problem, but at least people would know what to expect.

So, what do you all think?

Send me a comment on this post if you are interested.  And, if anyone knows anywhere nice to dance in Bruges, please let me know!

Happy Dancing!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carlos y Alison Tango
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 22:26:58

    Hi Arlene We are visiting dancers in London from Buenos Aires and we have used your blog and calender as a great reference – thanks! From here we are going on to Brussels and Paris and we would happily do guest review of a milonga in those two cities if it’s of interest…

  2. Eleni
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 22:32:37

    every friday from 20h30-00.00 in Brugges

    Pasos de Brujas | Twijnstraat 13 | 8000 Brugge
    Tel : +32 (0)50 44 75 00
    Fax : +32 (0)50 44 75 05
    E-mail : pasosdebrujas@tangobrugge.be

    or try http://www.milonga.be
    happy dancing

  3. Arlene
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 20:03:15

    @Carlos y Alison,
    That would be great. Hope it goes well for you!

    Thanks very much for that. Greatly appreciated!

    This review thing on the Milongas is not like a hotel review unfortunately. Ms Hedgehog does very good reviews. I have been dancing a couple of years before I wrote any type of a review if you could call them that. When offering a service, there are certain expectations, I wrote about this before. However, I don’t expect to dance. If you expect to dance, then your review will be biased and not objective and a thumbs down could be detrimental to an otherwise really nice milonga. If I don’t like a milonga, it might be because I may not like the music, or the style of dancing, or the hospitality, or the fact that there may not be enough quality dancers. This is a very tricky thing to get around.

  4. Carlos y Alison Tango
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 09:23:41

    Hola Arlene ! Okay, we will see what we can come up with! And thanks, Eleni, for the information. Abrazos!

  5. Alexis Cousein
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 13:27:58

    If “End of May” is the last Saturday, then there’s a milonga at Azucar (which is a salsa gig on other evenings):

    9:00 PM – 3:00 AM
    Azucar – Ter Looigemweg 29 – 8000 Brugge
    Milonga – DJ Wim (Mestdagh).

    …and the Pasos de Brujas práctica that wsa already mentioned.

    On the other hand, Bruges is not _that_ far from Antwerp, but only if you have transport (if you are prepared to stay one night at a hotel, then Brussels is also not _entirely_ out of the question).

  6. carlosalisontango
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 00:35:36

    Hola! Just checking you received the review of the milonga we attended last night in Brussels. Ready to do another one for the milonga we just attended, but wanted to check you got the first one first! Thanks!

  7. Arlene
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 10:37:24

    @ Alexis,
    Thanks for that. Greatly appreciated!

  8. Arlene
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 10:38:23

    @ Carlos and Alison,
    Just found it in my spam! I need a day or two to look at it before posting. Thanks very much!

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