Utopia Encuentro Milonguero: Charleston Edition

Tango Utopia invites you to step back in time, surround yourself with historical beauty and join us for an exquisite event in Charleston, South Carolina. Cobblestone streets, quaint single houses and charming alleys and gardens will set the stage where dreamy music from the Golden Age of tango, an elegant venue and lovely milongueros and milongueras will perfectly combine to alleviate some Buenos Aires yearnings. Come and experience an encuentro with southern hospitality a la Utopia style!

Date Thursday, November 9, 2017 through Sunday, November 12, 2017
Location Knights of Columbus, 143 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC
Description
  • For milonguero style dancers, only
  • Pre-registration required
  • Gender balanced
  • Separate seating for leaders and followers
  • Traditional music, specifically from the Golden Age (1935–1955)
  • Wine, appetizers and snacks served throughout the weekend.  Group dinner on Sunday.
  • Strict adherence to the “codigos” of a milonga
  • Invitation by cabeceo/mirada, only
  • Entering the dance floor respecting those already dancing
  • No teaching on the dance floor
  • No high boleos, hard-hitting ganchos, jumps, leg sweeps, leg extensions, etc. in order to maintain a safe environment within the ronda
  • Leaving the dance floor during the cortina
  • Please refer to www.siempremilonguero.org for a comprehensive list (with explanations) of the codigos
Requirements
  • Ability to stay connected to partner throughout the dance in a comfortable close embrace
  • Mastery of own axis and ability to track accurately partner’s axis – no pulling off axis
  • Focus on musical expression via compact dance figures rather than flashy moves
  • Mastery of floor navigation in order to create a safe dance environment and contribute to the constant and fluid movement of the ronda
  • Ease with all general vocabulary in both parallel and cross systems
  • Respect, experience and working knowledge of the codigos
Schedule We have organized the weekend schedule in a way that will allow time for our participants to enjoy all Charleston has to offer. Please keep this in mind as you make plans. (DJs and milonga names to be announced soon).

  • Thursday Night Milonga (11/09) – 8:00pm to 12:00am
  • Friday Night Milonga (11/10) – 8:00pm to 1:00am
  • Saturday Afternoon Milonga (11/11) – 12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Saturday Night Milonga (11/11) – 8:00pm to 2:00am
  • Sunday Dinner (11/12/2017) – 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Sunday Night Milonga (11/12) – 7:00pm to 12:00am

***Pre-registration opens May 15, 2017***