Milonguero-style tango is the style prefered by the various tango clubs and is typically danced with a slightly leaning posture that typically joins the torsos of the two
dancers that Argentine's call apilado) to create a merged axis while
allowing a little bit of distance between the couple's feet.
The embrace is also typically closed with the woman�s right
shoulder as close to her partner's left shoulder as her left
shoulder is to his right, and the woman's left arm is often
draped behind the man's neck. Some practitioners of this style
suggest that each dancer lean against their partner and lead from the chest while
others including ourselves say that the technique is much more sophisticated. It is our belief that
leading from the chest as some describe it should be left to those couples that are comfortable with it as it is a simple technique that requires no tuition so we teach the professional hold were which each partner leads forward without overbalancing, just enough to complete the embrace in a double V posture with the leads right sholder very slightly supporting his partner.
The couple maintaining a constant upper body contact and does not loosen their embrace to accommodate turns or ochos, which limits the couple to walking steps and simple ochos.
Milonguero-style dancers typically respond to the
ric-tic-tic rhythm that is prominent in the music of
Juan D'Arienzo and Rodolfo Biagi and also found in the playing
of many other tango orchestras. The milonguero style allows for
a more elastic approach to the rhythm when dancing to music that
has a less insistent ric-tic-tic rhythm, such as that recorded
by Di Sarli or Pugliese. The ocho cortado is one the
characteristic figures of milonguero-style tango because it
integrates the embrace with rhythmic sensibilities of the style.