2023 Milonga Del Puerto on the Halifax Waterfront/Dates

Note: June 24 is  happening  on the waterfront/  weather looks good now at 5 pm – see the listing below!!
2023 Milonga Del Puerto on the Halifax Waterfront
Foot of Morris St, at the Trellis area.
Typically Saturday evening, 6:30-9:30 or dew fall
Potential Summer Milonga Del Puerto Dates:   June 17 – September 16 
Plus Special events & Exceptions**
CANCELLED/ bad weather: June 17:  Opening Milonga Del Puerto (currently 60 % chance of rain forecast – booo).
**June 24: Tango Por El Clima & Milonga Del Puerto Combo!  (See Tangonova Events schedule for details)
Back-up indoor location: Haliente Studio on Barrington.
July 1 Canada Day Milonga!
July 8 & 15* Yes, scheduled.
**July 22: No Milonga Del Puerto due to Guest teacher Tomas Howlin Milonga at Fusion.
July 29, Aug 5, Aug 12, Aug 19 Yes, scheduled.
**Aug 26 No Milonga Del Puerto because Tangonova on vacation at  Inverness Beach!
Sept 2 Labour Day Milonga
Sept 9 or 16 = Yes, if we really want  to be dancing outdoors, because we missed a bunch of Saturdays.
Whether the weather: or how to know if a milonga is happening. Decisions are sometimes made as late as 5 pm on Saturday, so DO check my web site before heading down, if the situation looks iffy.
Dance floor & set-up: we dance on taped together sheets of vinyl rolled out over the wooden planks of the boardwalk.  Set-up of the dance floor requires about 4 limber volunteers. Consider being one of them now and then.  If the floor gets wet, due to sudden showers, or dew, I  will stop the dancing due to risk of slipping.
By Donation:  cash or e-transfer.
Seating: Benches provided on site,  or  bring a chair or find one on the boardwalk.
Bathrooms: Closest are Bicycle Thief Restaurant Bishops Landing (north) or Garrisons Brew Pub at Seaport (south).
Parking:  Seaport lot free, Morris St, Hollis St, Super Store,  etc.
*Jazz Festival  congestion  July 15 = try to avoid having to drive from Morris down Lower Water St during the festival – it doesn’t move and you cannot turn left for ever.

What is a “Milonga”?

 

 

squeeze-box-argentina_11322_600x450*The word Milonga has two meanings, often confusing for beginner dancers! 1) Milonga, is a gathering/ tango dance party: an event where people are dancing to recordings of tangos, vals or milonga (see second meaning). USE: I am going to the milonga tonight. 2) Milonga, also refers to the name of a dance form  in the tango genre (tango, vals, and milonga)  with  an upbeat 2/4 rhythm, and classes are offered in Milonga.  Historically the milonga dance form pre-dates tango, and has more Afro- Caribbean roots.  USE: Let’s take that milonga class so  we can dance the milonga set at next Saturday’s milonga.

Milonga Event Format:  Tango is a traveling dance that moves counter clockwise along the line of dance. Ideally couples “navigate” respectfully  on the dance floor, not passing one another or colliding or stalling the flow. Music is played by a DJ in tandas (sets) of 3-4 songs of one type (tango, vals or milonga). The end of the tanda (set) is marked by a cortina (curtain) – a short  non-tango riff of 25-35 seconds. This is the time to escort one another off the dance floor and switch partners, if you like. When a couple choose to dance together, it is customary to dance out the full tanda, not rotating until the cortina. Should either  person decide to end the partnership mid-tanda,  it would be considered rude for him or her  to then acquire a new partner for that same tanda. These are customs not rules. If you are planning to dance at milongas in Buenos Aires, additional codigos (codes) may apply, useful to know  and readily available on the internet.

About Halifax Milongas

FALL 2020 Edgett Dance  and Wellness Centre/monthly:  see events listing for fall 202o.

SUMMER  Milonga Del Puerto Mid-June thru mid-September  = look for tango on the Halifax waterfront. Foot of Morris at  Lower Water St/across Cunard parking lot. Likely Saturday evenings. Weather permitting!

For current info, Check web calendar or tangonova  or East Coast Tango Society  FB page  /or get on my email list.

Regular  DJ = Leggy Peggy (mostly traditional tango recordings  from the golden age of tango with  a few contemporary sets. Requests honoured, when in keeping with group spirit.  Occasional Guest DJs,   local or out of town visitors.

 

 

Welcome to Tangonova

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“This is how to dance the tango!
Feel the blood rise to your face with every beat;
While an arm winds like a snake
Around a waist that is about to break.
This is how to dance the tango!”

 

Founded in 2003 by dance instructor Margaret Spore, Tangonova is dedicated to establishing an authentic tango presence in Nova Scotia. Intimate, improvisational and challenging. Argentine tango is truly the dance of fearless passion.

To inquire about classes at any level in Argentine tango, contact Margaret at 902-229-8585.  Tangonova offers classes for both new beginners and experienced students, in all genres of of the dance.  Singles and couples  of all ages welcome, as well as those learning both roles.