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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Important Upcoming Tango dates

Sunday Technique Class this Sunday will commence at 4pm then we will head to Verdict for the end of the month milonga at 5.30

Sunday Technique Class
St John's Hall
$15 casual

Verdict Cafe and Bar
Bridge St, opposite the Courthouse
5.30 - 8ish
Free but please buy a drink/meal to support the venue

Your DJ for the evening will be DJAM (me!)


The beginners have graduated to the Improvers Class.
This class follows on directly from the Beginners course and starts at 6pm.  If you were in the Beginners class and you missed the last couple of classes - no worries - join us again and we will get you up to speed.  This is a very fun class and focuses heavily on connection and movement of energy.  You will love it!
St John's Hall
6pm - 7.15pm
$100 for the 8 week course

The Intermediate class will start at 7.15.  This class assumes you can already move freely around the dance floor and we focus on little moves that enhance the dancing experience.  Changes of direction to help with navigation, musicality and connection.
St John's Hall
7.15 - 8.45pm
$15 a class


This 8 week course starts 2 May and assumes no knowledge of tango whatsoever!
156 Toi Toi St, Victory
$100 for 8 weeks, followed by practica at 7.30 ($5 to the organisers of the practica)
If you know budding dancers who are keen - get them to contact me so I can try and get even numbers for the class.  This will be the last beginners class for a while.
If you have already completed an Absolute Beginner's course you can join this class for $50 for the 8 weeks, to revise and solidify.

The festival is less than 2 months away and registrations are open. The festival has Immersion courses both before and after the festival and milongas every night in glamorous locations around Wellington.   A number of dancers from Nelson are going so you won't be all alone over there.  There are over 40 workshops to choose from throughout the festival.  If you are not sure if you want to go to the festival or what is involved please contact me and I can help you make some informed choices.
Check out our great international teachers and the lovely website NZ Tango Festival

... and here is a video from Gustavo and Gislea who are coming to the festival.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I am running another 8 week Absolute Beginner Tango Course on a Wednesday night.

Location: YMCA Hall, 156 Toi Toi St, Victory Square (ample parking)
When: 2 May till 6 June, every Wednesday
Time: 6pm - 7.30
Cost: $100 paid on 2 May or into my bank account with your name!
A Therkleson
11 5250 0186 162 55

Following the class will be the Wednesday night practica, an awesome opportunity for the beginners to practice what they have just learnt in the class.  $5 paid on the night to the organisers of the practica, if you choose to stay.

Please spread the word and encourage all those people who could not make it to the last course.

Beginners who have also just completed the Absolute Beginner Course which started in February are encouraged to join this class to revise and solidify what you have already learnt. You can join the course for $50.

Call me to secure a place and so I can get a handle on numbers.

Tango in Blenheim the weekend and Salsa too!

If you are thinking of going over to Blenheim this weekend... why not hook up with Sebastian and Monica at Tango Aires

Tango in Marlborough 20 - 22 April with Sebastian Arrua

Friday 20 April. Our regular Friday night class will cost $15 dollars for this occasion. We will have only ONE class from 7.30 to 9 pm (doors open at 7 pm) for beginners and improvers together and we will have tea, coffee and nibbles and a small practica afterwards.

Saturday 21 April:  Performances by Sebastian and Monica

  • a tango performance at the Civic Theatre during the Star Salsa Showcase 2012 from 7 to 9 pm (tickets available at the door ($23 per adult or visit TicketDirect, Star Salsa Showcase 2012).
  • After the show we will have a Milonga at Annies Cafe in Grove town 9.30 till late (curtesy of the Stardance Salsa Party and payable at the door (10$).
Sunday 22 AprilWorkshops
  • 1 pm - 2.30 Workshop Basic techniques and Giros for the Milonga.
  •  3 - 4.30 pm:  Milonga Etiquette and Floor Craft.
  • package of two classes ( $ 50)

All classes will be held at the Nurses Hall, Wairau Hospital, access from Maxwell Road. Visit 
Monica's facebook page for details of the program and maps. See you there Friday 20 April!!

For Tangueros travelling from Nelson be advised that all day Saturday there will also be Salsa workshops running at the Civic Theatre organised by the Star Salsa Festival organisation. For information visit
. For tickets visit Ticket Direct.

Monday, April 16, 2012


To all beginners and lovers of tango in Nelson!

I have organised a little milonguita to welcome the beginners, who have almost completed their 1st eight weeks of tango, into the greater Nelson tango scene.

"Milonga" is the name of the tango social dancing night... it is really what tango is all about - it is the reason you come to class, do workshops, watch videos, buy new shoes and fabulous dresses, listen to the bandoneon, have an opinion on tango music and styles of dance.  It is all about meeting new people, catching up with old friends and dancing to great music in a friendly  and supportive atmosphere.  So come along beginners and try out your first milonga with us!

What: Milonguita for the Beginners
Date: 22 April
Location: The Boathouse on Rocks Road
Time: 5.45 pm till 8pm
Cost: FREE

BYO plate to share and whatever you would like to drink and a vessel to drink out of! 
I will bring the music, a mix of traditional and nuevo and we can all sit out on the deck, have a dance and watch the sun go down over the Tasman Bay.

To all our more experienced dancers, please come and have a few tandas with our beginners, show them what the tango is all about and let's encourage them to try out their new skills!

Of course that means that at the Sunday Technique Class will be on at the earlier time of 4pm - 5.30pm then we can all head down to the beautiful Boathouse and dance the early evening away.

Here is a video showing some Milongas in Bs As.... our one on Sunday won't be so packed!
See you all at the Boathouse.

Where will you be next summer?

Thank you Frank - this is extraordinary.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Looking for tango shoes on-line?

If you are feeling like you need a pair of tango shoes now that you have almost completed your 1st tango course  - check out these websites ... that is if you are brave enough to buy on line....
There are shoes almost good enough to eat at

Perhaps not so flash but more affordable - try the Very Tango Store... Thanks Cath for putting us onto them!

PS prices are in $US

and heres a video of how good the tango shoes look with lovely adornments!

REMINDER: Sebastian Arrua is here and teaching as we speak!

Reminder that Seb is here and teaching.

If you have not enrolled it is not too late to do so - just rock up to a class.  Beginnners welcome, maybe come with a partner so you can learn together at a slightly slower pace!  Don't be shy-  we are all friendly!

Collingwood Dance Studio today and tomorrow

See earlier post for details of class times.

Tonight we have Cafe del Tango @ Kush (5 Church St) starting at 7.30 for your dancing pleasure.



Looking forward to seeing you all then.



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tango in Christchurch in May

Just so you know and have loads of time to plan is the big event in Christchurch...

Friday 11 May 2012 8:40pm - Midnight $10 at the door BYO nibbles provided
at Salsa Latina Dance Studio 54 Fitzgerald Ave

Saturday 12 May 8 pm till late. (Doors open at 7:45)
The evening will be opened with a performance by Modern Violinist Yoomia Sim
Pre sale tickets are available now. $20 till 21/04 or $25 at the door.
Cash Bar & Food available.
Tickets available from Frank at a floor near you or email

(1) Leaders Technique - (2) Axis, Breath and Centre -  (3) Vals with Colgadas
Register with Juliette 021 143 2213

at Club Havana 52 Princess St, Riccarton
(4) Sacada Combinations - (5) Milonga con Traspie
Register with Juliette 021 143 2213
Workshops at Club Havana 52 Princess St, Riccarton
Leaders $125 for 5 workshops - Followers $100 for 4 workshops
Individual workshops $30 each - Privates $80 an hour - plus room hire

Sunday 7:45pm $10 at the door, BYO
Elmwood Auditorium - Aikmans Rd. Merivale

And if that's not enough the Gap Filler Dance-O-Mat should still be up for an outdoor dance if the weather allows it.

Looking for something sooner then join us on the 13th of April for Practica X

pls rsvp on the FB page (as you will be informed of any updates) and share it with other dancers ;-)
We are looking forward to see you on the dance floor.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Vals with Ariadna and Fernando

I could not resist....

I love the fluidity and musicality of their vals .....  last video for tonight I promise!

Social dancing Easter Weekend

Quick reminder for the newbies....

Fri night Milonga
Bar Berlin
7 Church St
7.30 - 10.30pm
Free entry
please buy drink to support venue

Saturday night milonga
Cafe del Tango@ Kush
5 Church St
8pm - 11pm
Free entry
please buy drink to support venue

Sorry I won't be in town but you will be looked after by Alicia and Graham (the milonga organisers!)

Here is a little Easter treat on musicality from Ariadna and Fernando... we hosted them here at the  NZ Tango Festival 2 years ago..... they are fabulous!

Sebastian Arrua teaching in Nelson 14-15 April

Sebastian Arrua is heading back to Nelson  to teach on the weekend of 14-15 April.  Check out the flyer for all the details and contact Juliette to reserve a place on his workshops.

So because of this my class on Sunday 15th April will be cancelled.  
Monday night's classes (16 April) will proceed as normal.

Privates resume on Tuesday 10 April. 

Have a great Easter break and see you on Monday 16th ;-)