As part of our ongoing efforts to connect with and strengthen the community, we would like to discuss how we can all contribute to the establishment of an enjoyable milonga.
Sácale Punta is intended for those in the Bay Area who want a place where respect is given top priority; respect for our fellow dancers, respect for the music, respect for the dance itself. It will not be the same as milongas in Buenos Aires because we are not in Buenos Aires, but we recognize that many of the codes of conduct found there should apply everywhere that good dancing is desired.
As such, the following rules apply –
* Good personal hygiene is a must.
* Wear appropriate attire (please, no jeans, t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, etc.).
* Invitations to dance should be issued via cabeceo.
* Instruction on the dance floor will not be tolerated.
* Leaders entering a moving ronda should get permission from the leader they are cutting in front of before stepping onto the dance floor. (Permission includes obtaining both eye contact and acknowledgement.)
* Leaders should try to stay midway between the leader in front of and behind them. Do not pass other dancers unless absolutely necessary, and then only on the left side.
* Dancers are expected to be conscientious of others on the dance floor and constrain their movements when it is crowded. This includes not performing dangerous or threatening figures (e.g. boleos) when other couples are nearby, and not taking more than one short step in any direction toward a blind spot.
* All dancers should exit the floor during cortinas to facilitate the formation of a new ronda.
And while we have no wish to be draconian, we do plan on enforcing the spirit of these codes so that everyone can be safe and have a good time at our milongas. Less experienced dancers are welcome to attend, but are advised to keep these rules in mind as they will be held to the same standards of conduct as everyone else. For those who are still in the process of building up the skill set necessary to thrive at milongas like Sácale Punta, we will of course continue to offer support in the form of regular classes and practicas.
It is our hope that together we can create a warm environment in which we can all grow and enjoy the fruits of cooperation.