The Garúa Códigos are the essential codes of conduct we need for a fun, sociable tango Event. We know you know them all, but it never hurts to remind ourselves again. These codes were updated on 16.01.2022.


These codes of conduct (“Codes”) are an agreement between Garúa Milonguero, trading as TLC Encuentros Ltd (“Garúa Milonguero”, “us”, “we” or “our”), and you (“Participant/s”, “you” or “your”). This document sets forth the general codes of conduct expected of all Participants attending any “Events” we organise. Participants are any persons in attendance or associated with our Events in any capacity, including but not limited to attendees, members of the organising team and helper team, associated cleaners, bus drivers and security personnel and any other third-party service providers. These Codes incorporate by reference the Terms of Use agreement regarding your use of our Website, the Terms of Event regarding registration and attendance to our Events and the Privacy Policy.

Milonga etiquette

Invitations to dance

Please respect fellow Participants by using Cabeceo and Mirada only to invite and decline invitations to dance. There are numerous reasons why someone might decline an invitation. If you are declined, respect that person’s wishes and swiftly move on.

Committing to tandas

Remember, when you accept an invitation to dance you commit to dance a full tanda with that person. If you really cannot complete a full tanda with your partner, indicate to your partner that you wish to discontinue and leave the dancefloor without disturbing the other dancers.

Entering the ronda

Before entering the ronda, cabeceo with the leader dancing in the ronda nearest to you. Wait for confirmation and the space for you and your partner to enter. Likewise, leaders dancing in the ronda, try to be aware of others wishing to enter the ronda in front of you, accept requests generously and, if safely possible, make space promptly. Please try to occupy the inner lanes of the Ronda first. Remember, it is at the discretion of the dancing leader to arrange the space for couples to enter and there are numerous reasons why he/she may not be able to accommodate you in that moment. Please respect this and wait for another opportunity.

Dance styles

We prefer close embrace dancing styles; however, you may dance any style that you wish within the limitations of the ronda environment and in consideration of both your dancing partner and fellow dancers around you so as not to collide or intrude or harm in any way fellow Participants. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to remove from the dancefloor, Participants who are seen to be colliding, intruding, or harming fellow Participants, therein disrespecting the ronda and in breach of this agreement.

Navigating the ronda

Leaders, when dancing in the ronda, do not change lanes or overtake the couple in front of you unless absolutely necessary. If you must overtake, overtake on the outside of the ronda. In general, try to maintain a travelling speed compatible with the speed and mood of the ronda.


Sometimes, collisions occur by accident. Please continue dancing or, if you cannot continue, discreetly and quickly leave the dancefloor so as not to disturb the flow of the ronda. In any circumstances, if you are bleeding, please leave the floor and seek medical attention. If you need medical attention, don’t hesitate to approach one of our team members, Team members are marked with Garúa Milonguero arm bands or some other clearly identifiable item for first aid support.

Leaving the floor

At the end of each tanda please leave the dancefloor promptly so as not to block fellow Participants around you who may have opportunities to cabeceo for the next tanda. If you intend to continue dancing the next tanda with your current partner, please move to the side of the floor during the cortina.


Seating will be readily and freely available to all Participants in the venue. Participants may not reserve, hold, or restrict other Participants from accessing available seating for any reason.

Crockery and glasses

To reduce waste as much as possible we will apply our best endeavours to avoid using excess amounts of plastic or paper cups or crockery. Therefore, in consideration of the huge job of collecting and washing glass and crockery throughout the weekend try to reuse your glass and crockery whenever possible. It would also be really helpful if you would return your empties to the bar when you have finished with them. Thank you! Our team will be very grateful indeed.


Please take care to clean up after yourself both in the cubicles and at the wash basins. If you experience any discomfort in this regard report it immediately to a member of our team.


Smoking is not permitted inside the venue. Smokers, please use the facilities provided at the front and rear exits to smoke and dispose of cigarette butts.


Our bar offers some wonderful but rather stiff alcoholic drinks as part of the raffle. It goes without saying, please use your better personal judgement when deciding if you should continue drinking or take a break. Offensive drunken behaviour is not tolerated.

Photography and videography

Photographers, amateur or professional, are absolutely welcome to shoot and film the Event and fellow Participants but must do so in a manner that does not intrude on or distract Participants, both on and off the dancefloor, at all times, in any way. Flash photography is strictly forbidden around or near the dancefloor.

Venue access

The Venue is located on the South campus of Maynooth University and is accessed on through the main doors. In summer the side doors may be open onto the lawn, after you have your registration, you will receive a registration bracelet that entitles you to the venue for the duration of the event. There will also possibly be an outside seating area on the nearby lawn, we ask that guests relaxing here in the summer sun (fingers crossed) also remember they are ambassadors for Garua and Tango. At the end of the night milongas, the south campus will be locked so it is the duty of all participants to ensure they have passed through the manned security points within thirty minutes of the end of the music. The North Campus where accommodation is located is open for access 24/7.

The Venue is located in the historic campus of Maynooth University and during the summer it serves as an academic conference centre. Because of its previous history as the largest seminary outside of Italy for training priests a large number of theological conferences take place here. With delegates from religious orders possibly walking past the venue or sleeping at night nearby. When either being outside the venue or returning through the campus to your accommodation, please at all times act in a responsible manner.


Garúa Milonguero is dedicated to providing an enjoyable, respectful and harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of Event participants in any form, and we expect all participants to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to, verbal comments or physical behaviours or any other social behaviours that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of Events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Participants violating these rules may be warned, sanctioned, or expelled from the Event, without a refund and at our sole discretion.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to approach one of our team, clearly marked with Garúa Milonguero arm bands or similar identifiers, who have been briefed to immediately and discreetly escalate incidents to senior team members, who will then liaise with medical or security staff, or Police, where required.

If you wish to report a harassment incident at one of our past Events, please contact us with details of the incident and the specific Event where it occurred. A senior member of our team will respond to you directly to discuss the incident further with a view to taking appropriate action. Any information you communicate to us will be held in strict confidence and will not be shared with any third party without your express consent.

Acceptance of these codes

You acknowledge that you have read these codes of conduct and agree to all terms without exception. By using the Website or its Services or by registering and attending our Events you agree to be bound by this code. If you do not agree to abide by these codes, you are not authorised to use the Website and its Services or register and attend our Events.


If you wish to raise a complaint or you have any questions regarding these Codes of Conduct please contact us by email at info@garua-milonguero.com. TLC Encuentros Ltd is a company limited by guarantee. Unit 9, Rossfield, 50 Rosemount Business Park Ballycoolin Dublin 11 Ireland. Registered in Ireland. Registration number 664230.

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