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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Wrap Up and Welcome!

2013 has arrived!!

This past year we had lots of tango in Nelson!  We upped the number of group classes to three a week and sometimes four with the special addition of followers workshops and the milonga workshop on a Wednesday night at the great Nelson Tango Studio Practica space at the YMCA in Toi Toi St.

The gorgeous Quique Miller and Fabian Rodriguez flew in from Argentina and shared their expertise with us on the dance floor - Quique with dancing and Fabian with singing. Remember the fabulous night at Kush hosted by Graham which totally went off! 

March 2012 Summer Tango in Nelson Edition 2 was a total success with 25% more dancers visiting our shores than the first year.  We had beautiful women DJs: Nina from Wellington, Maida from Auckland and Marion from Christchurch playing the music for the entire weekend  and I snuck in a set at the Sat afternoon alternative milonga at Bar Berlin - while it was teaming with rain outide we were tapping our toes and tickling around the dance floor between glasses of bubbly with our new friends from all around NZ.  We had visitors from the States and Australia who wowed us with their dancing.  I think it is safe to say a good time was had by all!

The tango addicts amongst us had a little break then we headed over to Wellington for the NZ Tango Festival in June and came back inspired by what we had seen and what we learnt from our international teachers.  Some of us volunteered for the weekend and others danced the nights and days away in a daze.

Golden Bay drew us into their tango web and with the lovely Reto and Vera we all got together again and shared some of the GB magic.  We had tangueros from Wellington, Reefton and Westport who joined us this time.   Don't we just love a get-together!

We have created two regular monthly events now which can be added to the Tango Libre calendar.  The first Friday off the month is the Tango Libre Practilonga (held at the Art Zone) and the third Friday of the month is the Tango Libre Milonga (held at the Masonic Hall). 

Well the Christmas Milonga has to be one of the highlights of the year - what a great night that was.  Thank you all so much for coming.  I ended up cooking for 50 people.  I have to say the baked ham was quite special (can give you the recipe if you like!).  Neville from Wellington was the DJ for the night and he had us dancing all night.  The floor was crowded with locals and visitors as well - from Christchurch, Melbourne and Belgium.  Quite the gathering.

So Nelson and Golden Bay tangoueros and visitors - thank you for making all this possible.  Thanks for growing the scene here and making Nelson a desirable tango destination.

Whats in store for 2013?
Jan - Dec
Classes and monthly events starting with the Practilonga on the 11 Jan
Summer Tango in Nelson
Quique Miller and Fabian Rodriguez
Golden Bay Tango Weekend
NZ Tango Festival
Golden Bay Tango Weekend


See you all on the dance floor and thanks for being an inspiration to me and keeping me teaching!

All the best to you and your families.


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