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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mundial de Tango Stage winners

And here are the stage winners: Cristian Sosa y Maria Noel Sciuto

Don't try this at home!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Salon winners of the Mundial de Tango 2012

Here are the winners:

Campeones: Paola Elizabeth Calisaya Scaglia y Darío Martín Artunduaga
Sub Campeones: Veronica Galvan y Diego Leiva
3er puesto: Florencia Santillan y Pablo Martinez

Mundial de Tango 2012

Hi everyone,
The Mundial de Tango is over and I will be posting some of the performances here for you to watch.  

The Mundial de Tango is a competition held annually in Buenos Aires in August with a Salon Category (that's what we do) and a Stage Category (also known as Tango escenario).  The Salon Category has very strict rules about the usage of traditional milonga figures and the Stage Category is choreographic and includes elements from other dance disciplines, such as ballet.  The first Mundial de Tango was in 2003.   Dancers/participants travel from all over the world to compete in Buenos Aires for two weeks of classification rounds culminating in a bonanza of a night with the finals... and this years winners were from Argentina!
The above video is of the Salon Classification rounds.  Remember the Salon Category is totally improvised and consequently the participants have no idea of what the music will be on the day.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

La Catedral Milonga - 17 August

La Catedral Milonga

3rd Friday of the month
17 August
This month it is at the

(Opposite The Shark Club)
7.30pm - 10.30pm
$15 on the door
BYO, snacks provided

 Friday 17 August
Hosted and Djed by D JAM

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Golden Bay Tango Weekend

Last year 40 tangueros gathered together from Golden Bay, Reefton, Westport, Nelson, Blenheim and Christchurch.

Once again we are heading over to beautiful Golden Bay for a weekend of dancing.  Please come and join us again!

3 workshops, a milonga, a quick tramp and a walk along the beach!  Reto and Vera have offered us very very responsible accommodation at $20 for bed and breakfast.  
Contact Reto and Vera to enrol for workshops and to book accommodation if you need a place to stay on

The workshops and milonga are in Takaka, the accommodation is in Pohara and the fun is in those two places!

Workshop details as follows:

Workshop #1
Connection, the embrace, walking, musicality - bringing it all together 
this workshop will focus your attention on balance, intention and arrival ... with musicality!
Saturday 12pm - 1.30pm
Takaka Primary School Hall
70 Wadsworth St, Takaka

Workshop #2

Unexpected and exciting changes of direction 
this workshop is designed to help leaders find new and exciting changes of direction with focus on disassociation, pivots and sacadas

Saturday 2.30-4pm
Takaka Primary School Hall

Wholemeal Milonga
Wholemeal Cafe
60 Commercial St, Takaka (the main Road!)
Saturday 7pm - 11pm
Dinner available from 6.30pm

Workshop #3
Nuevo Boleo combinations
different techniques explored to create and perform beautiful boleos
Sunday 11am - 12.30pm
Takaka Primary School Hall

Directly after workshop #3
12.30pm - 1pm
Stay for the guided practice and I will help you with any last minute adjustments.

Individual Workshop $25
Milonga $10
Practica free
Entire Package of 3 workshops + Milonga $75
We have kept the price as low as possible as we know many of you will be travelling from afar!

Please pay at the hall on Saturday to Reto and Vera.

All workshops build in complexity to cover various levels of dancing experience.

Please book with Reto or Vera
Ph (03)525 8663

Last Absolute Beginners Tango Course for 2012

Just a little reminder that I have the last beginners course for the year starting tomorrow.

Last Absolute Beginners Course for 2012
8 week course, starts 15 August - 3 October
Every Wednesday
156 Toi Toi St Victory
6pm - 7.30pm
(followed by the $5 practica so you can practice what you have learnt)

If you know anyone who is interested please send them my way - they can just turn up!

The fee for Absolute Beginners is $100 for the course. 

This is a great opportunity for those of you who could not come to the Monday night continuation classes (Improvers) to recap and revise ....  as after this course I will be continuing the Wednesday night classes at the same time (6 - 7.30pm) at the Improvers level until the end of the year. 
If you would like to take a refresher course it will be $70 for the course, then you can join the Improvers on a Wednesday night - how good is that!  
I realised that many of you could not come on a Monday night to continue - so this is my attempt to give you a good chance to give the tango a go and all on a Wednesday night ;-)

Call me if any of this is not clear!

Basically the levels are :
Absolute Beginners (8 weeks tuition)
Improvers (up to 2 years tuition depending on ability)
Intermediate (2 years tuition and over)
The levels actually work on concepts and ability to lead/follow them AND the amount of time you spend on the dance floor... rather than months/years. However I find it is a good guide to throw some numbers at you so you can see that the tango is actually attainable!

Hope to see you or some of your friends there!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Big Red

Hi everyone. Winter in Sydney is soooo lovely! Thought you'd all love this very tasteful photo . Been in the "country" for a few days and now heading into the "bright lights" . Time to unpack those sparkly tango shoes I bought at the festival and dance up a storm.... Or go shopping!

In Sydney remembering Wellington

Thank you to Frank who created this wonderful montage of the 11th NZ Tango Festival! Sit back, relax, enjoy!

Sent from my iPhone