La Viruta Tango

La Viruta Tango, Buenos Aires: Address, Phone Number, La Viruta Tango Reviews: 4/5

La Viruta Tango
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ImmerWandern
By ImmerWandern
Visited with a guide who explained how a milonga worked. A sample of the real-world tango, in contrast to a dance show
Oct 2019
When we visited Buenos Aires experiencing the tango was high on our list of things to do. The typical approach was that of watching an elaborate dance performance accompanied by a dinner and wine. We had experienced traditional dances that way in Spain (flamenco), Cambodia, Philippines, Austria. The tango in Argentina and especially Buenos Aires, however, was different in that locals still danced it (along with the milonga and vals) on a regular basis in dance halls. We thought it would be more interesting to see how they dance. We arranged for a guide for a visit to a milonga and she chose La Viruta. We had eaten prior to the visit so we did not have dinner there, just a bottle of red wine while we watch locals and fellow tourists dance and listened to to the live band. Maria regaled us with the stories how the tango and the other traditional dances began and how it was once the purview of the lower classes of society. She taught us how to differentiate traditional from contemporary tango music. She pointed out the skilled local dancers out on the floor. There was also a woman who had a partner -for-hire who was leading her around the dance floor. Maria pointed out the different footwear choices of the good dancers. She also explained how locals behave at a milonga; there was no expectation that one danced only with the partner you came with. The tradition was for a man to make eye-contact with a woman - though women could now initiate contact, too - and discretely agree to dance. If she declined she would just look away and nobody else was wise to the rejection that had just taken place. There were "free" lessons that took place after the live music and we were divided in to beginners (about 10 of us) and experienced dancers. Our (the beginners) instruction took place in the area by the bar. Once we learnt the basic 6-8 steps and made a few circuits our instructors made us change partners. Eventually the dance floor opened up again, this time piped-in music was used and we took our newly-acquired skills out onto the floor. Mission accomplished: dancing the tango in Buenos Aires. We enjoyed the experience but have to say that our guide was who made all the difference. If we had done this on our own we would have been totally lost and much less appreciative of the traditions of the milonga.

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Neighborhood: Palermo
Best known as the largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Palermo is divided into different quarters, each with its own unique identity. The high-end quarter is Palermo Chico, characterized by magnificent mansions, regal avenues, and exclusive apartment buildings, and home to the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), a favorite amongst locals. The largest park in the city, the Bosques de Palermo, is Palermo's most famous landmark and a popular destination for nature walks, picnics, rollerblading, and cycling. The scene becomes much trendier in Palermo Soho, a hip area known for its cool cafés and unique design stores, filled with shoppers on weekends; and Palermo Hollywood, renowned for the numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs, which make it the preferred spot for nights out and special occasions.

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ESTUDIO JURIDIC... D
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Feb 2020 • Friends
Cool place for tango, I enjoyed so much my visit with really tango dancers and one big orchestrs playing
Written February 29, 2020
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ImmerWandern
Palos Heights, IL7,219 contributions
Oct 2019
When we visited Buenos Aires experiencing the tango was high on our list of things to do. The typical approach was that of watching an elaborate dance performance accompanied by a dinner and wine. We had experienced traditional dances that way in Spain (flamenco), Cambodia, Philippines, Austria. The tango in Argentina and especially Buenos Aires, however, was different in that locals still danced it (along with the milonga and vals) on a regular basis in dance halls. We thought it would be more interesting to see how they dance.

We arranged for a guide for a visit to a milonga and she chose La Viruta. We had eaten prior to the visit so we did not have dinner there, just a bottle of red wine while we watch locals and fellow tourists dance and listened to to the live band. Maria regaled us with the stories how the tango and the other traditional dances began and how it was once the purview of the lower classes of society. She taught us how to differentiate traditional from contemporary tango music. She pointed out the skilled local dancers out on the floor. There was also a woman who had a partner -for-hire who was leading her around the dance floor. Maria pointed out the different footwear choices of the good dancers. She also explained how locals behave at a milonga; there was no expectation that one danced only with the partner you came with. The tradition was for a man to make eye-contact with a woman - though women could now initiate contact, too - and discretely agree to dance. If she declined she would just look away and nobody else was wise to the rejection that had just taken place.

There were "free" lessons that took place after the live music and we were divided in to beginners (about 10 of us) and experienced dancers. Our (the beginners) instruction took place in the area by the bar. Once we learnt the basic 6-8 steps and made a few circuits our instructors made us change partners. Eventually the dance floor opened up again, this time piped-in music was used and we took our newly-acquired skills out onto the floor. Mission accomplished: dancing the tango in Buenos Aires.

We enjoyed the experience but have to say that our guide was who made all the difference. If we had done this on our own we would have been totally lost and much less appreciative of the traditions of the milonga.
Written January 25, 2020
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Ari T
Seattle, WA67 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I did both tango and salsa lessons here as a solo traveler and had a good time at both. The divide into beginner, intermediate, and advanced so there is something for everyone and the instructors were engaging asthey could be for a big group. The music was good and atmosphere lively for the open dance after. I'd recommend going if you want a taste of dance and a fun night out
Written January 12, 2020
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Roseglobe
italy497 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
We enjoyed an afternoon in this renowned milonga, having interesting and varied lessons with locals and tourists. Dinner served inside, quite rich offer and tasty food. Evening dancing a bit disappointing but am overall good memory.
Written January 8, 2020
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silvia stremler
4 contributions
Oct 2019
I visited this place last month because I was looking for a place to learn to dance tango. I do not recommend it for that, the classes are very crowded, only two teachers for 30 students, they do not really teach to dance tango, they only show how to do steps without any technical advice.
Written November 27, 2019
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john
1 contribution
Nov 2019
The visit was quite boring. The food stinks. Tango classes are a joke, 25 people for two teachers, just steps, nothing technical.
Written November 26, 2019
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kn0wb0dy
London, UK17 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
If like me you do the dance classes at home come here and you will feel totally at home joining in swapping partners during the easy to follow Tango lesson. Anyone who can Modern Jive/French Jive/Ceroc will be able to do this in the “rock-n-roll” bit of the evening. I danced from 7pm till 1am really great value (think it was around £10) ... I and my family didn’t want to sit and watch a tango “show” we wanted to join in and dance ourselves and this place was fantastic!

PS the building is not glamorous on the outside... but who cares about that when you are inside dancing on a huge beautiful dance floor!
Written September 4, 2019
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polarbug
Cambridge, UK164 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
went as a group outing at the end of a conference. Well known tango school and demonstration place, that also offers food and drink. Popular with locals, some of whom are very good dancers! Experienced dancers off group beginner or more advanced lessons and everyon seems to have a good time!
Written August 3, 2019
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Vickie C
Whangaroa, New Zealand41 contributions
Jul 2019
Recommended by our tourist guide
Picked up at 7 from hotel had dinner which was lovely then Tango evening started, wow wow and wow
Well worth it and not crowded
Finale Don’t cry for me Argentina bought a tear to the eye!
Had 2 guys who aren’t into dancing and they enjoyed it
Written July 23, 2019
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Arianna R
Fort Worth, TX42 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
We were looking for a local milonga and this place was definitely one of them. We arrived around midnight and they had a live band playing tango. A lot of couples who seemed like they knew how to tango were dancing - different levels. I was disappointed though that it was mostly middle aged people as I am in my early twenties I was hoping for a bit younger crowd. And everyone seemed coupled up already so us three ladies had no one to dance with.

The music turned to salsa, cumbia, etc. around 1am when the band was done and that was fun to just dance with everyone. It was a bit dark with the strobe lights so you could dance and not feel judged. It was 200 pesos per person to get in. I would come again, but earlier to take the tango class at 11pm and maybe bring a partner with me next time.
Written April 22, 2019
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