Marcel Rojas (DJ)

Marcelo Rojas y BYC Bernardo

1. “The milonga is a party”

Milongas are social events. They are not just a place to dance, but rather a place to meet friends, discover new people and socialise. It is not about dancing all night, but rather meeting like-minded people to share our love of music and dancing. So don’t worry too much if you are not dancing – just enjoy the fact that you are surrounded with nice people, listening to beautiful music… and the dancing will come naturally.

It is not about dancing all night, but rather meeting like-minded people to share our love of music and dancing.”

« Il ne s’agit pas de danser toute la nuit, mais plutôt de rencontrer des personnes partageant les mêmes idées pour partager notre amour de la musique et de la danse. »

2. “You need to learn about Argentinian culture”

Even though tango is danced all over the world today, it is still deeply rooted in the Argentine culture. If you want to dance tango, you need to know about this culture: how Argentines live and think, what the tango music means to them, how tango dancing was transmitted from generation to generation…

“If you want to dance tango, you need to know about this culture”

« Si vous voulez danser le tango, vous devez connaître cette culture »

3. “Tango is a reflection of the history of Argentina”

As a dancer, it is important to understand that tango music is a reflection of what was happening in Argentina in the past 100 years. Because tango is so deeply rooted in the Argentine culture, its evolution reflects the different states the Argentine society went through.

  • For example, if tango almost disappeared in the 50s, it is partially because Argentina underwent a series of coups d’états, which led to social meetings being forbidden.
  • And, orchestras stopped playing in milongas because organizers didn’t have money to pay for them anyway.
  • Also, did you know that the reason why some tango songs have two names because porteños were not allowed to speak or write in Argentine lunfardo at the time?

“Tango music is a reflection of what was happening in Argentina in the past 100 years.”

« La musique de tango est le reflet de ce qui s’est passé en Argentine au cours des 100 dernières années. »

4. “The codigos and floorcraft are important”

The milonga’s códigos and Floorcraft are definitely worth learning about and using. From the DJ’s desk, it is easy to see how the dancers who do not apply them make the milonga a less friendly (and safe place) to dance in. We all have a role to play in keeping the dance floor’s flow, and in making sure the atmosphere is respectful and friendly.

“We all have a role to play in keeping the dance floor’s flow, and in making sure the atmosphere is respectful and friendly”

« Nous avons tous un rôle à jouer pour maintenir le rythme de la piste de danse et pour que l’atmosphère soit respectueuse et conviviale »

5. “Tango is only one”

Yes, the past of tango music was great, but the tango of today is important too. We need to keep the tango spirit and tango music alive. Everyone -dancers and DJs – like different types of music, so it’s our role as tangueros/as to keep an open mind and listen to all kind of orchestras… including new ones. There is no “true” tango”! Only an evolution of the music.

“There is no “true” tango”! Only an evolution of the music.”

« Il n’y a pas de « vrai » tango » ! Seulement une évolution de la musique.

6. “Each of us has a role to play in keeping the tango world welcoming”

We as tango dancers or DJs all have a role to play in keeping the tango world growing in a welcoming way. We need to make sure that we are a ‘diffuser’ of the tango culture we love, and not make it a closed, exclusive world that only a select few can understand and enjoy. The milonga has to be inclusive, and not exclusive

“The milonga has to be inclusive, and not exclusive”

« La milonga doit être inclusive et non exclusive”