Let’s focus on what I did do instead, which really was the Alternative Milonga. For my thoughts on Alternative Music, DJing it, Tandas, and more, I’m sure there’ll be a more in depth post as the topic is quite vast. The music itself was fun, more energy, the room was filled with fun dances and fun music. There were some fun Tandas, some familiar music, and my favorite is dancing to music I hadn’t heard before. There wasn’t much new this time around, which bummed me out, and there were some weird pairings of song which impacted the flow a bit. There might have been about 3 songs which I have saved that trying to fit in my collection somewhere will be enjoyable.
Alternative music usually grants more play, and more Nuevo type dancing, bigger moves, experimentation, playing with different music elements, and takes much more energy most of the time. When the Milonga finished, my energy was pretty much depleted, this was the time I wished there was a break between Milongas… that was not the case. The Milonga Medley rolled right into playing with only a short breather. Found myself a few dances between breaks and sweating, but really needed to step away for a bit, which is quite difficult when you hear so much music you want to dance to. The mind and spirit is willing, but the body does eventually win out and you need to stop.
Next thing I know, I have a date and we sweep each other away, not to return to the dancing, instead just wonderful company out, drinks, conversation, some food, and a connection and friendship that will continue throughout our separate adventures.
With that ValenTango 2016 comes to a close for me. Not as much dancing, didn’t attend everything, but found myself glad I went, which I continue to want to attend to the years to come… granted I’m not elsewhere in the world at that time. I will return, to Portland, to ValenTango, to more connections as time goes on. Thank you to everyone that helped put it together, those I connected with, the DJs, musicians, the dancers. You all made it perfect and wonderful, and a festival to remember.
Part 1 – With Love… – Afterthoughts of ValenTango 2016
Part 2 – The Ride – Details of my experiences!