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The hardest part: making your choice among so many milongas. Fortunatly there is a choice for every possible taste, level and age!!!
Reservation is not mandatory. But in some places it is well advised.

Keep your ticket. Who knows, you may have won a bottle of champagne or tango shoes at the lottery.

Drinks are usually charged when you leave. Do not forget to leave the 10% tip.

The best time to spot a partner is during the cortina when the dancefloor is still empty!

Not always easy to maintain eye contact for the invitation...

After the tanda, make sure to bring back your dancer to her table!

More advice...

Wait for the music to start before you even think of inviting.Take the time to see if it is a milonga, a tango, a waltz; and if you can to recognize the orchestra! Don’t take too long as the dancefloor will fill up quickly and then it will be much harder to spot anyone...

If you hesitate, try on the third tango that way you only have one to go!!It does minimize the risks...

More practical advices to help you in Pascale’s packages.

Codes in traditional milongas

First thing in Buenos Aires, do not mixt up: practices with milongas. In a practice, there is no cortina [1], or tanda [2]. Cabeceo and other codes are not as used in practices as they are in milongas.

The importance of «the table»

In the milongas, there is always an organiser, he or she, are in charge of placing you at your arrival. You cannot go around this rule, especially if it is a traditional milonga. You will recognize them right away, as women are sitted on one side and men another. According to your popularity, level, etc... you will be placed at a more or less interesting place (front row, behind...). Regulars have their spot. It is "their" table!


Think twice before annoucing that you are in a couple. Once you are placed with your partner, it’s much harder to go back. Going as a couple means that you will be sitted at the same table where it is understood that you do not wish to dance with anyone. Often couples sit at different tables where they can still dance with each other.


The cabeceo is a nod of the head, a discret way, to signal an invitation and acceptance to dance. One has to learn to be attentive and observe in order to detect and provoke an invitation. It is not that simple at first, but with a little of practice it becomes easier and easier. Soon you will enjoy to be able to choose who to dance with.

To refuse an invitation

If you are not interested just look away but don’t say no with your hand or your head.


Learn to watch, to observe. Forget the idea in which not dancing is a waste of time. Assume that if a man gets up to invite a woman without the cabeceo: he does not know the rules....or that no one wants to dance with him...

The dancefloor

Once you are on the dancefloor you are supposed to talk only between tangos. (see key sentences in Pascale’s packages). Once the dance start you are supposed to talk with your body only!!!

A good eyesight

You need to see clearly in order to accept or invite a dance. Don’t be embarrassed about wearing glasses, better safe than sorry. Keep them on, and when it is time to get up, remove them. The man will leave his glasses on the lady’s table and will pick them up again as he will bring her back at the end of the tanda.


Normally, you are suppose to dance only one tanda with the same partner. Maybe later in the evening one could dance again with that same partner.


Make sure that when a man invites you, he walks to your table and only when he is in front of you you can get up. That way you know for sure it is for you and not the lady behind you!

Good manners

Never leave your partner on the dancefloor in a middle of a tanda. Wait until the end if you can... That is why you really want to make a good choice and not rush your invitation.

Gentlemen please bring back your partner at her table once the tanda is over.

Your best asset will always be your smile and your attitude!

[1] cortina : short piece of music played between two tandas.

[2] Tanda : set of pieces of tangos, milongas or waltzs.
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