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     The Tango is a sorrowful thought that can be danced. -- Enrique Santos Discepolo
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About Us

La Milonguera is a student organization at Purdue University devoted to the promotion and enjoyment of everything related to Argentinean Tango. Everyone is welcome!

As part of our interest in Tango, we offer three levels of classes in Tango, Milonga, and Argentine Vals. Classes are open to everyone in the greater Lafayette. Singles and couples are welcome.

In addition to scheduled classes, we organize workshops, field trips, movies, milonga parties, performances, etc.

 

 


Fall semester callout: August 25th & 31st - 8:00pm MSEE Lobby
Download the callout flyer here

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Summer Callout
Join us at 8:00 PM Thursday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 31 in the MSEE Lobby to welcome the new semester!

The callout will last about 1 hour presentation includes a performance, a demo class, and a brief intro to the club's activities performed by leading club members.

We are a great, welcoming, and passionate student organization promoting Argentine Tango social dancing that is open to any Greater Lafayette, IN community member: everyone welcome!

"IS TANGO FOR ME?" CHECK LIST:
  • Want to meet more people in my leisure time?
  • Want more emotional experience in my life?
  • Want more body awareness?
  • Want to relieve stress in a healthy, beautiful way?
  • Want your soul to sing?
  • Want your heart to throb?

  • Do I need any previous experience to start tango? No, many of our members had no dance experience at all
  • I have no partner! No problem, neither do most of our members
  • I am not a student! No problem, neither am I
  • I am too shy/fat/short/whatever! Tango is good for your mind and good for your health
  • I am just busy/fine/intelligent! Many of our members are PhD students and professors. Brilliant people love Tango!

We will be offering classes for the duration of the semester. A group practica is held most most Fridays, and practice rooms are available throughout the week. On Mondays we will be holding an intermediate level class for dancers with prior experience, along with a practica for beginners. On Wednesday there will be a class for all levels. On Fridays we will also have an all level class taught sometimes by a local instructor and sometimes by visiting professional instructors from out of town. Don't miss it! We also encourage you to visit neighboring communities! Most weekends we have a few people going out of town to visit a neighboring Tango community and we encourage our beginners to join!
The winter semester membership fee is only $35 and provides access to all club lessons, practicas, and dance parties (free for beginners).

Come to our CALLOUT to taste the Argentine tango music and dance!
Facebook Group:
Purdue La Milonguera Tango Club

 

Featured Stories
Tango Is a Shared Moment

Tango Is a Shared Moment
interview with Carlos Gavito, at www.milonguero.nl

We dance the music, not the steps. Anybody who pretends to dance well never thinks about the step he's going to do, what he cares about is that he follows the music. You see, we are painters, we paint the music with our feet. Musicians play an instrument and use their fingers, their hands. Dancers use their toes. Read on.


Passion for Tango, West Coast and East

Performance Tango or Milonguero?
collected notes by Susana Miller, published in "El Tangauta"

Two styles of Argentine tango, performance and milonguero, bring about a controversy in the dance community. Some attribute a false dichotomy between these styles. False because, in reality, they are complimentary. In a certain aspect, performance tango and milonguero tango are two sides of the same coin. Read on.


Old people and Tango Old people and Tango
Research article taken from The Society for Neuroscience website, Nov 2005

 A study presented at the Society for Neuroscience national conference in
Washington, DC this week found that "Argentinean tango dancing" is an effective treatment for maintaining a healthy brain. Read on.


Homer Ladas & Christina The New Tango Adopts Hot, Fast Moves - Heavy Beat, Lots of Twists Attract a Younger Crowd; Mr. Ladas's All-Nighters
By Kim-Mai Cutler, The New York Street Journal Europe, Aug 30, 2005

It still takes two to tango, but young urban aficionados have added some surprising new twists to the tradition-bound Argentine dance...This is "neotango", a new millennium version of the dance that was born at the turn of the previous century in the brothels of Buenos Aires. It is booming all over the tango world. Read on.

 

 


A Sense of Where You Were
in The Economist, Dec 20, 2001
A toast to life A toast to life
interview with Carlos Gavito, at www.tangopulse.net

Scene: We are sitting at Lalo, one of my favorite restaurants in Buenos Aires and apparently it is also Gavito's because I see him here all the time.  It is no secret that Carlos is battling with cancer.  This fight is acutely visible in his appearance and his weariness.  Read on.


And Still They Tango And Still They Tango
By Alma Guillermoprieto, National Geographic, Dec. 2003

Full of yearning and lament, the tango is perfect therapy for a nation still stinging from economic loss. Music, champagne, beautiful women, gorgeous men, perfume that drifts through the air like a song, songs that linger in the mind like perfume. The union of two bodies transformed into one? Read on.

A Sense of Where You Were

But what is tango? The commonest description "the vertical expression of a horizontal desire - is the least adequate: that applies to nearly all dances. "A sad thought you can dance", a comment on the wall of the National Academy of Tango in Buenos Aires, is closer to the mark, though tango was not always a sad or even a nostalgic music, and can certainly be a joyful one. Read on.

       
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