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Tango Argentino Blog What makes a successful milonga by Chiche Nunez CEO of Urquiza Berlin

What makes a successful milonga?

From my point of view, there are several aspects that are important for a pleasant milonga. Here is how I imagine it…


The dance floor always offers enough space for a movement forward. The dancers are considerate and do not enter the dance floor when it starts to get crowded. There is a continuous movement of the dance couples.


Dancing is characterized by the attention to the dance direction, the “ronda” and “flow” of the dance floor. The assumed dance level of each dancer is secondary on a milonga. How many steps are mastered in the dance class is not as important as the ability to navigate and self-control, for both roles.


Friendliness and openness of the service are very important. The host is there for all visitors, welcomes friendly and greets everyone, experienced milongueros and beginners alike. A successful milonga is characterized by the personal character of the organizers, which is reflected, for example, in the choice of music, location, lighting, etc.


Refreshments and especially water, and maybe typical drinks such as a whiskey and a Baileys are not missing. Something more than just the “minimum” should already be there to get through the tandas cheerfully.


The music is varied and atmospherically different. There are at least two highlights during the evening. Personally, I find milongas that are characterized by pieces from the 40s and 50s the most beautiful. Later and contemporary interpretations of traditional themes, such as by the orchestras Colortango or Misteriosa, can also contribute greatly to the listening pleasure.


And last but not least: in a good milonga there is not only enough space to dance but also to socialize, to have conversations, to meet new people. This is also favored by the room itself. A bar, an adjacent room and/or sufficient seating promote the conversation, so that the evening is not only dance-focused. The dancers can relax and refresh themselves in peace and always show themselves well-groomed.


When I think about it, I do not see a universal recipe for a successful milonga. A strong soul, the love of dance and the personal hospitality of the organizers can conjure up a unique experience from the different venues, sizes, times, audiences, etc.


That is why we dancers go out again and again – in search of that special something.

Tango Argentino Blog What does it mean to be a good dancer by Chiche Nunez CEO of Urquiza Berlin

What does it mean to be a good dancer?

A good dancer makes the best possible out of every situation.


There are many aspects that play a role in this. Firstly, it is the ability to adapt to different partners, secondly, the mastery of one’s own dancing desires. Finally, the ability to differentiate oneself from others. In the sense of authenticity, musicality, the diversity in the repertoire, charisma and transmission of security. All these factors are rarely present in the same intensity in a single person. That’s what makes the differences between the dancers. Being a good dancer means using your own possibilities in honesty and thereby creating the best possible version of yourself.


There are hardly any differences between the desirable qualities of a good leader and those of a good follower. Therefore, this conversation applies to both roles and genders. It is more about how the qualities come in the game. Both roles must seek the encounter, an honest search for the partner, without claiming to “find” someone. The process of searching is what makes the beauty of dance. After the music, the partner and yourself.
A good dancer no longer compares himself to the outside world, he is not in competition. When you have found your way of dancing, you are able to recognize the search and development of others.


Good dancers manage to develop over the years and remain consistent through the personality they find. Quality is more likely to be found in endurance than in sometimes short-lived fads.


A good dancer must have self-confidence, love him- oder herself, at the same time perceive the other people and still be emotionally touched while dancing. A good dancer is someone who gets along well on his or her own. He or she has no right to be “liked” by as many as possible or to have his or her taste shared by the general public. The goal is to find our own best possible dance. We prepare for it continuously, throughout our life. We invests in body, soul and spirit.

Tango Argentino Blog What is Tango for you? by Chiche Nunez CEO of Urquiza Berlin

What is tango for you?

For me, tango is a way of life. Dance expresses the inner life of a person, at least that is what I learned from José “El Turco” Brahemcha. He once told me, “The dancer dances what he is.”


The authenticity in dance has to do with the everyday life. Everyone has routines and the best comes from the will to give continuity to a process. Tango is a craft, a product of repetition. It always remains rooted, but it is constantly evolving. The more genuine the feelings, the more genuine the search. Certain aspects touch you more or less. Elegance, explosiveness or passion can move a dancer, musician or artist more or less.


For me, tango is a modern dance. There is an order and a distribution of roles, according to tradition, but not in a reactionary manner. There are reasons why you do or do not do certain things, movements. The basic qualities of these are also considered in new steps. The character remains and is not diluted by a complete abandonment of the rules. I see this especially in the Urquiza style (*smiles)… When “everything goes”, the expressions and conflicts are avoided. Everything seems nice but intensity and character are lost.


Tango is my home, a place where I feel safe. I can express myself through it. As a student, teacher, artist or director. In this work I see things that always accompany me. For example, they are memories from my childhood and youth. The first visit to Sunderland where they did not want to let me in because I was inappropriately dressed. However, a club member recognized my desire to get closer to tango and let me come in from behind through the bar, just to watch. There I encountered structure and cordiality at the same time. Or in the kitchen with José, after cooking: “Chiche, this food is tastier than the tango!”. Sometimes I realize that I have to give more space to other aspects in order to feed the tango.


Tango is for me to be able to enjoy. And that I can improve. Maybe not be “the best”, but I can always strive little further for happiness. It does not let me hide in the idea of “looseness” in order not to develop further. In tango you can always learn, just like in life. There is no excuse, just like in life. You get better, also through sadness. The personality refines itself and so does the dance. Melancholy is a very powerful force for further development, as well as the ability to find happiness in misfortune.


In the beginning I never thought I would become a dancer. I would never have allowed myself this thought. And that is why I worked very hard. Over the years, life has given me this. From persistence. My first personal contact came through the family, later through the literature of tango, then through music and finally through dance.


Interpersonal relationships have always been a big component for me. Here I found respect and closeness, both between teacher and student, as well as between husband and wife, parents and children, between friends and my life with the tango.