We spend time getting ready to go out to a milonga. Getting smart, smelling fresh, rested, and fed. We leave home in plenty of time, and are looking forward to enjoying a nice night of tango dancing. But often recently I have been disappointed, & not only at London milongas.
As a milonga organiser, I tend to notice indications that tell me I’m going to be disappointed, and there are some things that are sure to get me in a grump (it doesn’t take much these days…):
- Endless repeated promotional status updates on Facebook.
- Web site out of date and/or with minimal information.
- No signage to help you find the milonga.
- No welcome
- ‘Cabeceo-friendly’ lighting i.e. bright and cold lighting (it’s a Cabeceo, not an interrogation).
- Paltry refreshments.
- Announcement… another announcement… and another…
- The Organisers spending most of the evening dancing.
- ‘Star’ dancers performing show moves in the middle of the floor.
- Salsa break… Jive break… Chacarera break…
- Music volume too loud. I said TOO LOUD!
- No sign of Kylie Minogue offering me a Ferrari F1 drive.
I could go on, but it’s time for my anger management class.