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Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Hi everyone this year is going to be a packed year of tango dancing, organising tango events, visiting teachers, local classes, new classes in the burbs, festival preparatory classes, practicas, milongas, festivals... and most of it happening in NELSON!

Wow we really are stepping up here and making tango visible - which of course is great for all of us ;-)

While you are on holiday and have a few moments to read on I thought I would highlight some of the important dates for you to note in your diaries now.

2012 classes start on MONDAY 16 JAN at 6.30pm
All welcome to the first class of the year
$15 for the class
6.30 - 8pm
followed by a swift half at the Freehouse!

Sunday and Monday classes back to normal after that
Sundays 5pm - 6.30pm (doors open 4.30 for warm up)
Mondays 6.30pm - 8pm (doors open 6.15 for warm up)

Private lessons start back on Tuesday 17 Jan - so please let me know when you would like to start back with your one-on-ones - if you need a few more weeks off to relax and holiday that is fine!!  Just let me know!

17 - 19 FEBRUARY
QUIQUE MILLER arrives from Buenos Aires to conduct workshops in Wellington, Nelson, Sydney and Brisbane.
I will be hosting him from 17 February and he will be teaching four workshops on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February.  He will also be available for privates.  He is accompanied by his partner Fabian Rodriguez, Tango Singer (more info coming)

23-25 MARCH
$65 for the entire weekend of dancing.  No performances, no classes ... just good old fashioned dancing in celebration of the milonga and the djs!
This year we have an all woman DJ line up.
Come along and dance from Friday night till Sunday night, indoors and out with tangoueros from around NZ and for the first time, Australia!
Please register through
Also, please let me know if you would like to host our out-of-towners

19-26 JUNE
Milongas, workshops, immersion courses with international teachers.
Check out and register for your immersion courses and/or the festival.

I would also like to take this moment to mention my heartfelt sadness at the tragic and unexpected passing away of a very beautiful tanguera - Andrea Misse.  She died in a car accident two days ago and will be sadly missed in the Tango communities around the world.  Our condolences go out to her husband and  little baby who are still in a critical condition and to her family and her dance partner Javier Rodriguez.


  1. I leant that tango music comes from a mixture of cultural influences including Africa, India, France, Spain, and Latin America. Modern Tango music comes in two distinct flavors: The melodic Argentinian style, and the rhythmical European style. At the heart of the Argentinian style is the bandoneon, which is often accompanied by a small band, including a piano, guitar, one or two violins, and sometimes a singer. True Argentine Tango music never has a heavy drum beat, if drums are used at all. The European style, in contrast, is a strong march with a steady, consistent downbeat played by a snare drum. The music is often played by a large orchestra with or without the bandoneon. i´m currently staying in one of those buenos aires apartments and I´m trying to learn it, but I think it will take me some time!

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