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.