If you aren't familiar with this bastion of Argentian culture, I strongly reccommend checking out this article before reading the rest of this blog post.
The milonga we were planning to attend was part of the Queer Tango Festival, which happened to be taking place in Buenos Aires this week.
The space in which the event was being held was remarkable -- I wished I had a decent camera to capture some of the finer details: The elaborate woodwork, the ancient metal elevator, the incredible stained glass ceiling...
The milonga was set to begin at 10 p.m. When we arrived at 10:20, people were just beginning to trickle into the hall, which featured a large dance floor surrounded by an abundance of small tables and a stage at one end. We found a table with a decent view of the dance floor, and settled in to see what would happen next.
Although there were some straight couples in attendance, the vast majority of the dancers were same-sex couples. It was interesting to see how many couples "switched", i.e. took turns taking the lead while dancing together.
Around midnight, the "show" began, that is, a live tango singer came out to perform. There was also a performance by a male dance duet. They were very accomplished dancers, and a pleasure to watch! (click on the first photo below to get a self-directed slide show with larger images.)
Later in the evening (morning?), there was more live music, this time with a full tango band. By the time we finally hauled ourselved out of the milonga just before 2 a.m., the party was still going strong, as evidenced by the photo on the right, below!