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The third technique is one I struggle with, although perhaps the easiest to correct. Don’t talk whilst you’re dancing tango! Impossible I know. Your male partner is already multitasking during a Milonga (leading the steps, checking the other dancers to avoid collisions, listening to the song to get inspired… the list seem to be endless). So, adding to the list of, well, ‘tasks’ isn’t going to help. Save talking for static introductions and off the dance floor. If other dancers see that you’ll let them concentrate and won’t ask for their life story whilst you’re dancing; you’ll already have ticked two boxes.
Technique number four is unlikely to occur at a Milonga, but just in case: don’t laugh at others – any potential tango partner noticing you may feel insecure about dancing with you, in case you laugh at them too. Extra brownie points for encouraging the dancers you’re secretly fighting the urge to have a giggle about!
The final method is to dress according to your level of tango dancing. If you’re an advanced tango dancer, you may want to dress up in your finest tango attire. If you’re more of a beginner, dress up in tango clothing by all means, but perhaps play it down a bit, e.g. a more discreet makeup and perhaps a less serious face. Try to dress to convey your tango level and you will attract the right level partner for you – it’s the key to a nice evening for both partners. If you’ve started tango classes in London recently, you may want to try a Milonga for beginners, too.
So to conclude: have a good time, focus on your dancing, save talking for when you’re off the dance floor, and dress according to your level of dancing. Master these and you’ll never have a problem finding a partner! Or, continue smiling sweetly or winking cheekily across the room and see if you can prove me wrong!