The All Night Milonga is an Argentine tango dance party at Stepping Out Studios in NoMad, Manhattan on the second and last Saturdays of the month.
As of March 15, 2020, the All-Night Milonga is suspended to keep New Yorker’s safe from COVID-19.
A “Milonga” is an Argentine tango dance party. The All Night Milonga is one of America’s biggest and longest-running milongas (since 2001). It usually has good teachers, performers and DJs. Sarah La Rocca hosts.
There is traditional tango in the main room and side room of alternative tango (club tango).
The party starts at 9:30pm and goes until around 5am. There are usually performances at midnight. There is an Intermediate tango lesson at 9pm.
It’s $18 or $20 with the class. $15 for students with class (ID).
The All Night Milonga is NYC’s longest-running big Tango party
The NYC All Night Milonga was founded in 2001. It’s hosted by Sarah La Rocca.
It is one of the most successful milongas in the United States. It regularly hosts 200-300 dancers and is an important stop for visiting artists and DJs.
The cabaceo, an Argentine-style invitation to dance with a small nod of the head, is reasonably well understood.
Performers sit at the tables in the back right of the room. “El Muro,” the wall where followers who want to dance sit, is a row of marked tables on the left as you enter. Most of the action is around that left door.
There are sort of two milongas. The main room is traditional and there is a smaller nuevo room. But the real difference is before and after midnight.
As in Buenos Aires, better dancers arrive late to take advantage of the more open floor.
The milonga stayed open until 4am on a recent visit. Dancers kept arriving through the night. Probably the best way to do the NYC All Night Milonga is all night.
The only thing missing is a place to get media lunas (Argentine pastries) in the morning. The Argentine food truck in Greeley Square has them, but they don’t open until 10 am on Sunday.
Guest Artists at the NYC All Night Milonga 2017 – 2018
For the All Night Milonga Sweet 16 Anniversary + New York Queer Tango Weekend, Cristian Palomo & Melisa Sacchi, Augusto Balizano & Alejandro Villa Lobos, Walter Perez, Leonardo Sardella, Lexa Rosean & other invited guests will be performing Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Martin Maldonado & Maurizo Ghella teach and perform on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Marcelo ‘El Chino’ Gutiérrez teaches the Intermediate class and DJs the main ballroom. Dragan DJs the alternative room.
Argentines Analía Centurión & Jeremias Fors perform on Saturday, March 31.
Guest Artists at the NYC All Night Milonga 2016 – 2017
Chicho Frumboli, the world’s most important Tango Nuevo dancer, performs with his partner Juana Sepulveda, Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Adriana Salgado Neira & Daniel Martinez Cadavid, Argentine Tango Champions from Colombia, teach and perform Saturday, February 11, 2017. We had a great time with Carolina Juarena and Andres Bravo.
Argentine dancer and actor José Garófalo taught and DJ’d Saturday, February 25, 2017. Garófalo is one of the organizers of Porteño y Bailarín, a popular milonga in Buenos Aires. We had a lot of fun with 2016 Mundial de Tango Stage finalist Sergio Martin Almirón, American Ballet Theatre Soloist Luciana Paris, and teachers Angeles Chañaha, Jon Tariq, and Sid Grant.
Argentine traditionalists María Olivera & Gustavo Benzecry Sabá teach and perform on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
Soledad Buenosaires, an Argentine who both follows and leads well teaches the class Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Junior Cervila (Tango Argentino, Tango Saura, Tango and Sex) and Guadalupe Garcia teach and perform Saturday, May 13, 2017. Ilene Marder DJs.
Argentines Carla Marano and Octavio Fernandez (3rd place 2007 World Tango Salon Championship) teach and perform Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Claudio Gonzalez and Lili Perna (Argentina) perform Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Visiting the NYC All Night Milonga
Stepping Out Studios
37 West 26th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010
There are often Tango shoes and food for sale.
To reserve a table, contact Sarah La Rocca on Facebook.
To learn more about the NYC All Night Milonga, visit www.facebook.com/AllNightMilongaNYC