It takes two to tango, and a crowd of dancers to put on a milonga, the widely popular social gatherings put together by fans of the sultry Argentine genre.
The front terrace of Chapala’s Villa San Francisco hotel made a perfect setting for lakeside’s first milonga, held on Saturday, April 23. It was an occasion for dancers from Guadalajara and local tango buffs to mix it up in a relaxed party atmosphere while pairing off for cheek-to-cheek smooth moving across the tile floor.
The milonga usually conforms to a format of dance sets consisting of three to five songs played in a row (referred to as a tanda), followed by a short musical break (the cortina) to clear the dance floor and facilitate partner changes.
The Chapala event was sponsored by La Vagoneta Tanguera, a Guadalajara group that promotes the genre and organizes milonga gatherings in the city about once a month. This was the first one held at lakeside.
A special attraction of the night was the magnificent demonstration of salon-style tango performed by dancing stars Miriam Gutierrez and Froyamel Corro. As Mexico’s top ranked tango pair, the young couple made it into the best 40 in semi-finals at last year’s World Tango Championship in Buenos Aires. They currently reside in Puerto Vallarta where they dedicate their talents to giving tango lessons and performing public shows.