WANT TO START A TANGO COMMUNITY? DON’T STOP CARING

No matter how big or small your city is, starting a new tango community will always be a challenge. Like most new ideas, it won’t catch on right away. A small core group will usually appear (eventually), and their support will be welcome.

But there will be plenty of times when you’ve created a great playlist, set out good bottles of Malbec, and got dressed up only to discover a mere handful of attendees at your milonga.

It’s discouraging, and for new organizers, hard not to take personally.

“How come other places have such tango communities? How come I’m not successful like other organizers?” we ask (or whine to) ourselves.

Keep in mind that the organizers in our favorite communities elsewhere do not have a magic bullet that draws in crowds. They don’t have special powers or possess some sort of rare genius.

Rather, they are people with a lot of persistence, passion…and patience.

So don’t give up. And don’t stop caring.

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2 thoughts on “WANT TO START A TANGO COMMUNITY? DON’T STOP CARING

  1. Good post! In my travels I have noticed that communities which embrace all forms of tango, nuevo, alternative and traditional, seem to have the greatest diversity age-wise as well as larger turnouts at the milongas.

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  2. Was glad to read this! That’s (although without a physically existing milonga) what I am working on since 1.5 years: That every(!) small and big Tango place can be easily discovered and found by geo redirect. Hope to finish this project soon … and I hope that you have plenty of attendees!

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