Tuesday, May 25, 2010


La Cachila, Toronto's Sunday night milonga, is currently being held on the top floor of Dovercourt House. Now, Dovercourt House consists of several floors of dance halls/dance studios, and the weekends are the busiest days of the week for events. Sunday is no exception - while La Cachila is held in the hall three steep flights of stairs up, the ground floor hall is occupied by a popular weekly Salsa dance.

The salseros are always milling about the lobby and the landing on the ground floor, chatting and taking a break from the literally sizzling hot atmosphere of their salsa dance. I say literally, because the sweaty crowd and the lack of air conditioning results in this humid, sweaty mist that permeates the area. To access the top floor milonga, tangueros have to wade through crowds of attractive young salseros sitting and lounging all over the steps. More so since so many of the salseros are overheated and have to take a breather outside the front door in the relative freshness of the night air.

Dovercourt House has nice floors and a great location but it really is an old building without air conditioning. The building's caretaker opens the ancient vertical windows - but to no avail. When you have a lot of sweating on the ground floor, the hot air rises up like it was the gulf stream and collects at the very top of the building. As more and more people crowd into the milonga (it's the long weekend, La Cachila has its regulars as well as plenty of people from out of town) the air gets thick with heat and moisture from the exhalations of many lungs. The milonga gets piping HOT.

I went to the ladies' washroom on the top floor and encountered a lady dressed to the nines in dancewear, diligently applying her makeup over the only sink. As she was going to take some time, she stood aside a little to let me wash my hands.

"Are you going to tango?" She asked.

I nodded. "And you.... you're from downstairs?" I didn't recognize her as a milonga regular, but then again I couldn't account for tangueros who were visiting Toronto from out of town. And sometimes the toilets downstairs are so crowded the salseros would head upstairs. In any case, there was something about her that didn't... seem to have anything to do with tango.

"I'm performing later downstairs," she said proudly. "Tango Salsa."

I must have blinked but I kept a straight face. I grabbed a paper towel and dried my hands.

"Have fun .... performing," I said. And made a hasty exit.


Anonymous said...

Well Irene, how was it? Ha! I would have loved to see that!

Anonymous said...

I don't know how you kept a straight face, but I couldn't when I read "Tango Salsa." What will they thing of next in order to capitalize on tango's popularity?

Golondrina said...

What is that??!!! Remarkable!

Irene and Man Yung said...

Hello everybody!

Just to think.... all that time that we wasted learning tango when we could have been killing all the birds with one stone with TANGOSALSA!

We could have been this couple instead!:


We are going to cry ourselves to sleep now.

Irene and Man Yung

jamesy said...

I dont have a problem with any dance form Salsa - Tango - Rumba whatever and if the two mix into a nice looking dance so be it but these dances dont even look nice.
and as for Bachatango really just get a room and have done with it.

Anonymous said...

That link, made me cringe. The salsa bit was pretty good, but the rest...argh!
Anyway, we have over here someone doing Jango (no reference to Jan Tango)

Irene and Man Yung said...

Dear Arlene,

Jango??!!?? I took a look at the video link... and was disappointed at the lack of splits or visible underwear in the clip. No self-respecting "Tango-Fusion" dance can succeed without a heavy dose of attempted (or successful) flashing!


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