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Milonga is a term for a place or an event where tango is danced.
People who frequently go to milongas are sometimes called 'milongueros'.
The term "milonga" can also refer to a musical genre.

This photo was taken in day time. It was very interesting for me to see people who come to milonga in the middle of day only to dance !

The music played is mainly tango and milonga. Usually, three to five songs of a kind are played in a row (this is called tanda) followed by a short musical break (called cortina) to clear the dancefloor and facilitate partner changes.

There are a number of informal rules that dictate how dancers should choose their dancing partners.

Milonga, a place where the dance is done by those who know it well (usually following a strict protocol of interactions between the sexes). A key concept in these places refers to the milonga eyes , perhaps you've heard fairy tales about two sets of eyes meeting across the room and then finding their way to each other on the dance floor. In some milongas, men and women sit on different sides of the room, couples only blending together in certain spots. Men and women will try to catch each other's eyes this way, flirting across the smoke-filled distance, adding nods, smiles, and sometimes hand movements for increased effect. The man finally approaches the woman, offering to dance. Often, there is not even a word between the two at this stage until they take the floor.If a woman wants to dance with new men in order to practice the tango, she should not be seen entering the salon with a male friend, because most of the other men will assume she is already taken. If couples want to dance with new people to practice, they should enter the room separately, and if you are coming as a group, divide yourselves up by sex for the same reason. Each milonga, however, maintains its own grip on these rules, some very strict, others abiding only by some.

Due to the strict assembly ban imposed by the military government, milongas almost disappeared from Buenos Aires in the 1960s and 1970s.

The second interesting thing that I have seen in milonga was ages of 'milongueros'. Nearly all people more than 40s ages. I'm not sure but I think the ban that I mensioned caused a break in milonga tradition.

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