Argentine Tango Syllabus: Section G: Milonga and Vals
(See the Syllabus page for a list of the other topics in the syllabus.)
- Milonga music: typically a Faster rhythm, (DA-DUM DUM-DUM, Slow -QuickSlowSlow)
- More of a fun, bouncy, or lively feel
- Fewer / no pauses - there is an expectation that you will usually stepping on every "slow" beat (and sometimes on the fast beats)
- Traspies (quick double-time steps) are often used
- Smaller steps
- The "Tango Waltz"
- Vals music: 123, 123, 123... based music
- Three quick beats per one slow beat
- If you only do slow steps (stepping on the "1" beat), it is very similar to Tango
- Common to double-time steps - for example, stepping on the "1" and the "3" - when the leader wants.
- Steps are potentially larger than tango, involve more turning, and have a more 'pendulum' flowing feel.