- Traditional European dances were mixed with the habanera, a popular dance from Cuba, to form a new style, the milonga.
- Although the milonga has something of the air of the genteel, there is nothing outdated about this timeless dance, judging by the recent interest shown in it.
- His talk surveyed the Kongo-derived underpinnings of tango, including candombe("strikes with blackness"), tangana("walk that walk"), payada (cowboy rap songs), and the funky milonga.
- Historians argue as to its exact origins, but most agree that tango borrowed from many influences - the hypnotic rhythms that African slaves beat on their drums (known as tan-go); and the popular music of the pampas, the milonga.
- The dance was born in Argentina, via the local milonga and African Candombe rhythms.
- In turn, the milonga mixed with a dance that was performed in the streets by small-time crooks or 'compadritos' and the tango was born.
- "Some are really hot," said Roberto, a 53-year-old regular at Sunday's milonga in Hallandale Cultural Community Centre.
- The milonga is not a place where women ask men to dance.
- On Sunday they're scheduled to teach tango at the Pearl Studios before appearing as part of a milonga at the Alvin Ailey Center.
South American Spanish, from Brazilian Portuguese milonga, 'angry or repetitive words, witchcraft', later referring to a lively dance; probably ultimately from a West African language.
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