A Swedish Milonga Review

Well, this particular review is slightly dated (May, 2016)but I wanted to post it since it was similar to other milongas from a relatively large city with several milongas operating weekly.

One of the challenges most visitors to a milonga faces is that you are an unknown quantity in the eyes of the locals.  If a milonga happens to be sparsely attended, your presence is appreciated. However, in a well-attended milonga with a good number of experienced dancers, the visitor becomes an oddity and can easily be ignored. Of course, if you happen to be a skilled and experienced dancer, and somehow you can demonstrate your skill to the locals, you will be “allowed” but necessarily accepted.                                                                                             Here is my milonga review from  Stockholm, Sweden.

Milonga name: Tres Esquinas, City: Stockholm, Date: May/2016(Sunday afternoon).

Accessibility(4.5)- close to a metro station; within the city limit; restaurant available downstairs.

Ambiance(2.0) – Second floor; did not feel like a place to dance tango; a converted cafeteria atmosphere? cash food and drinks available; bright lighting, mostly from daylight source.

Organizer(3.5)- Pleasant reception downstairs (able to chat); difficult identifying the organizer; the place seems to be on auto-pilot.

Floor (4.0) – Plenty of floor space and chairs/tables to accommodate the dancers.

Music/DJ(3.5) – Traditional music with tandas.

Dance quality (3.5) – Salon style; 40-60 age range; women > men; cliquish; mostly good floor navigation.

Recommend: Yes, if you enjoy salon dancing with some skill, or young/attractive.

First visitor’s milonga review

Hey, I got my first visitor’s milonga review. Here it is (condensed version)!

Milonga name: Genesis; City -San Francisco; Date -10/2016 Reviewer’s  city -Sacramento.

Accessibility (2.0)-easy to get to but parking is impossible

Ambiance (3.0)- overall good,drinks/snacks cursory.

Organizer (2) – Less than welcoming attitude.

Floor(5.0) – excellent overall, lots of space.

Music/DJ (5.0) – great mix of danceable (traditional,rhythmic, melodic and dynamic) music.

Dance quality (5.0) – Sizable group of high level dancers, some intermediate, smattering of local teachers.

Overall (3.0) – Good milonga for experienced dancers, and seemed to attract young (below 50, that is) dancers. Not for beginners?                                                                                      ———————————————-

Thank you for the review! Additional reviews are always welcome.

Milonga Rover

Milonga Visitor’s Review Blog

 Fellow Milonga Enthusiasts!

Welcome to my blog. I have decided to start this blog after 15 years of going to hundreds (maybe even a thousand ? ) of milonga venues around the world and realized that the overall enjoyment of dancing Argentine tango is greatly influenced by various aspects aside from just dancing.

So, this blog’s mission is to inform milonga “addicts” about  U.S. and the world milongas by tapping into milonga visitor’s tango experience using a simple rating format somewhat similar to hotel and other service industry reviews.

In order to build a viable-both informative and entertaining -milonga review database, I am inviting other milonga visitors who have traveled out of town or out of the country to submit your reviews as shown below based on 5 (awesome) to 1 (skip it) for each category.

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  1. Accessibility: ease of getting to milonga (near public                          transportation, close to highway, parking, etc.)
  2. Ambiance: decor, mood, drink/snack,view,entry fee,etc.)
  3. Organizer: well set up event, reception, social,                                   dance/mingle with guests.
  4. Floor:size, type,seating,obstructions, lighting.
  5. Music/DJ: genre/energy, trad/alt music,sound system
  6. Dance quality/navigation : level, comfort, skill, age group
  7. Overall experience:__recommend? yes__maybe__no__

If you wish to add short comments to any of the categories listed, please do so.

Please include the milonga name, city, date(mo/yr) and your local city. You can remain anonymous or use your username.

Each submitted review will be standardized for data file purposes  as follow:

milonga name_____city______date____reviewer’s city(option)_______accessibility (5-1) ,ambiance(5-1), organizer(5-1)floor(5-1),music/dj(5-1),dance quality(5-1),overall score(5-1),recommend:yes__maybe__no__

Please note: Festival milongas or reviewer’s local milonga reviews will not be posted (to avoid unintended consequences.)

Please send your reviews to Hugo@MilongaRover.com and I will post them either raw or formatted. Of course, I expect  the format will evolve as the blog site gains more traction.

Meanwhile, I will be posting my milonga  reviews  as a visitor periodically touching on topics such as getting lost finding a milonga, most memorable milonga, best view milonga venue, most elegant milonga, most unusual venue, most awkward cabeceo venue, and most intimidating milonga; just to name a few.

Please submit your reviews and let’s enjoy! But I ask you to refrain from flaming or trumped -up reviews.

Please check back for my next post.

Hugo ( MilongaRover.com)