I like DJ-ing tango events. It’s fun. It’s also surprisingly challenging, as our newest DJ, Carrie, will tell you. It’s hard enough for most tango students to even think about what orchestra they’re dancing to, let alone organize them like Carrie’s been doing. Yay, Carrie!
Got no idea who Fresedo, Donato or Pugliese are? Awesome! The following definitions are for you:
Tanda - A grouping of pieces of music
Each piece of music in the tanda is typically the same style (all tango, vals, milonga or nuevo*) and same orchestra. There are usually 3 or 4 pieces of music per tanda. Some cities do 4 tangos in a tanda or 3 of anything else. In St. John's, the tendency seems to be 3 pieces of any style.
Cortina - A short clip of non tango music which signals the beginning of a new tanda
This is the thing that says, “What a lovely tanda you’ve just had. Now go find someone new to dance with!” It is usually about 30 seconds long, which is just long enough to gulp some water before the next tanda starts.
*Tango, vals, milonga and nuevo? What are these styles? Stay tuned, because the answer will be in the next blog post!