First Tango in Playa
By Michael Aushenker
Tango instructor Ilona Glinarsky has a saying: “Every relationship is a dance, every dance is a relationship.”
The Kiev, Ukraine-born Glinarsky told The Argonaut that it means nothing where one lives or what one drives, on the dance floor, it’s all about “forgetting the difference and getting to know people. Social dance is such an equalizer.”
Glinarsky will offer free Argentine tango instruction at her night-long dance event “Milango LAX” at the Elks Lodge in Playa del Rey Sunday, Aug. 4, beginning at 6 p.m.
Dancing for 17 years and teaching for 12, the Redondo Beach resident brought “Milango LAX” (milango is an Argentine term for a tango party) to Playa del Rey two months ago, where her event has attracted 150 people a month. The first hour involves free dance instruction. Then the professionals take over, and “Milango LAX” becomes a spectator spectacle, she says.
“Argentine tango is not like a Zumba class,” Glinarsky insisted. “It’s a lead-and-follow dance and it’s improvisational. With tango, you develop communication skills and relationship skills.”
Most of all, she added, this taste of Beunos Aires gets participants away from their computer to interact with people in person.
First hour of instruction is free; $12 after. Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave, Playa del Rey. Information, livingtango.com; (310) 621-0622 §