The Milonguero style was made popular in the 1930s and 40s when Dance Halls were crowded and the music of the day had changed to a more staccato rhythm. The Milongueros, (dancers), expressed the music rhythmically with their feet rather than their bodies. Much of the dancing was in the close embrace and it was a style danced mainly by the working classes.This style was developed in the social environment, club socials and conventillos (place where the people lived sharing a common internal area and parties were organised).
The milonguero had this name because the places where you danced were called, 'milongas', which is still applicable today. The milonguero is also the philosophy of men and women who live in the world of Tango. The milonguero is where all the knowledge of tango originates. This tradition never died in Argentina and in the 90's they were able to revive the tradition of Tango after the country had been through a period of political and economic crisis. The milonguero is the ultimate aristocracy of Tango. From the popularity of this style, the idea of Tango transcended to Europe where it evolved into another style called Tango Salon.
Popular music of this style includes, Juan D'Arienzo, Rodolfo Biagi and Anibal Trollo etc .
In the video, you can see an example of Milonguero style dancing by Leo & Tracey. Watch out for the intricate footwork and rhythmic embellishments in the close embrace.
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