Tango DJ... Creating Cortinas

'Sprinkle in the cortinas and stir gently'... says Patrick Laderman. What is a cortina? In Argentine Tango, a cortina is the piece of music played between tandas (3-4 pieces of music) at a milonga (a tango dance). When the DJ plays the cortina, it lets the dancers know that the tanda has has ended, and that it is time to leave the floor.

How long is the cortina music? Milonga 101 link here

If you would like to create your own unique cortina and have been wondering how to go about it...

What is your preferred cortina at a dance? A danceable or non danceable piece?

Links to DJ articles:

  • The Organic Tango School has an article Tango DJ 101 a Long Dark Night at Dabney Hall by Homer Ladas the link can be found here
  • "As a DJ, the greatest compliment is not what people say. The greatest compliment is after you check volume levels and look for a dance partner to discover that nobody is available to dance because everyone dancing." Argentine Tango DJ Basic Outline PDF click here
  • Tanda of the week"

    In Spanish cortina means curtain.

  • Vanina Bilous

    "The mission I have is to preserve a part of the living history of Tango as told first hand by it's protagonists"

    Watch Tango Partners' Brain Waves Synchronise

    Ever wonder what happens in the brains of tango dancers? The mind boggles - should we go there? Well someone has been wondering, and experimenting...

    Neuro Tango Experiment by Suzanne Dikker - brain awareness week

    If someone asked you, if you would take part in a live brain experiment, what would your answer be? I'm sure I'd say 'no way'. However these willing couples have allowed Suzanne Dikker, a neuroscientist at NYU, to experiment on theirs. In these videos we get to have a peep into tango dancers' brains.

    Neuro Tango on facebook

    Link to Daily Dot article

    Thank you to Damian Thompson Tango for sharing the article from Daily Dot on facebook.


    Damian Thompson and Julianne Martens dancing at Carnavon Gorge Australia

    Platypus Reign Damian's youtube site
    JediTango Damian's Blog

    Tango Sunshine Coast Festival - Queensland - May 9-11 2014

    Tango Sunshine Coast Festival 9th-11th May 2011.
    Where: Millwell Road Community Centre, Maroochydore Queensland.
    Website Link: www.tangoscf.com