Wow! What a wild weekend: a tango birthday party on Friday, a milonga at the Cardinal Bar on Saturday and, to top it all off, some excellent tango in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, of all places. Whouda thought?
When I first arrived in Wisconsin ten months ago, there was almost no tango in southwestern Wisconsin, now there are two, albeit small, communities: one in Viroqua and the other in LaCrosse. I had been to a workshop and milonga in Viroqua but was not aware that there was anything going on in LaCrosse, a small city located on the Mississippi River.
More information can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/562945070471278/. Practice/lesson is Sunday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Moonlight Dance Studio at 601 3rd St. South. There is plenty of parking.
It was a mostly young crowd of college students led by a local tanguera named Diana Greene. There were nine people attending, six women and three guys. I found all the tangueras to be absolutely delightful and extremely dedicated to continuing their tango education.
I have faith in the survival of this community because it has support of the students and faculty of the local college: University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.
It was a long drive for me, taking me from Wisconsin Rapids on Friday to Madison, then to LaCrosse and back home Sunday night, but it was worth it. I will definitely be back every Sunday!