In the face of a looming election and economic crisis, the Argentines are hitting the streets with protest. The tango dancers are doing it to, in a gentle and connected way. Yesterday they held another Milonga Contra la Neoliberalismo (Dance Against Neoliberalism), outside in the Plaza Unidad Latinoamericano. All afternoon and into the night a lovely bunch of left wing dancers came together to dance, share mate, hear live music and watch some incredible tango dancers. The weather was chilly for October, which made it even nicer to be sailing around the floor close embrace. My Spanish is still rudimentary, but I understood when someone gave an address on the importance of keeping tango alive in the community, not just as a tourist show, and that dancing is way to connect, understand, and build community.
By Amie Brûlée
Amie Brûlée is a musician, performer, teacher and researcher. She sings, plays piano, double bass and ukulele, unearths old songs and writes new ones. Amie also has a PhD in wine and anthropology and adores teaching wine tasting, gastronomy and song-writing. Amie lives in central Victoria with a house full of instruments, a head full of songs and a cellar full of wine.View all of Amie Brûlée's posts.