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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Movie and Milonga 28 June

Queens Birthday Weekend Tango Activities!

Queens Birthday is upon us and I realised there was no milonga on

So here is the lineup for the weekend:
Sunday 4pm MILONGA class (St John's)
Sunday 5.45pm - 8pm free milonguita (The Boathouse)
Monday 6pm Improvers (St John's)
Monday 7.15 Intermediate (St John's)
Tuesday 6.30 Beginners (Fairfield House)

We have some visiting tangueros in town who are keen to dance so I have decided to put on a little milonguita at our favourite venue - The Boathouse.

Please come to the 4pm MILONGA class at St John's Hall and then head to the Boathouse with us to catch the last of the day's rays sink into the harbour over a glass or vino and a little shared plate of something.

Could be a good time to welcome those absolute beginners to join us and see what a tango social (milonga) is all about in the very relaxed atmosphere of the Boathouse.

BEGINNERS - you are welcome to bring children, family, friends and sit on the deck of the Boathose - it really is a lovely way to spend an evening and you will get to meet a few of the tangueros who are in town.

The Boathouse
Queen Birthday Sunday
5.45pm - 8pm
Bring a plate to share and your own glasses and drink.
I'll bring the music!

See you on the dance floor and in class!

Monday, May 20, 2013


Thank you to all of you who came to the first viewing in NZ of Tango with a Twist.  It was certainly a treat to see all my old students again and to be reminded of the special community that we build around ourselves when we truly follow our passion.

I have forwarded on your lovely comments and emails to Nicky Pile the director as I am sure she will be stoked to know that the doco is still being well received.  It was shown in three film festivals in Sydney, Berlin and San Francisco ... and now in tango circles in NZ!  I have asked her for copies of the DVD to sell and will let those of you who asked if she can get hold of some.

MEANWHILE - tango continues.  

Monday night classes this week will focus on connection and pivots and the second class will take the pivots further and focus on "unexpected pivots to spice up your tango!"

Tuesday night beginners class will look at the "la croce".  I must say it is amazing to see the beginners moving around the floor so elegantly after just two lessons!  WELL DONE!

This Sunday is the Verdict Milonga - I will be DJing.    Hope to see you all there after the 4pm Technique Class.
Verdict Restaurant
189 Bridge St from 5.30pm - 8ish 

Have a fabulous time if you are heading down to Christchurch for Tango Vibe - three nights of milongas organised by Frank.  I may even see you there for the Fri or Sat night!
Contact him directly for more info on

Have a  great weekend see you on the dance floor soon.

Friday, May 17, 2013

New Zealand Tango Festival

5 weeks to go to the NZ Tango Festival held annually in Wellington!

Come to Wellington and immerse yourselves in Tango with some of the best dancers in NZ and Australia learning from extraordinary international teachers from Buenos Aires, Europe and the States. 

I have been giving out the list of workshops after classes - if you have not received one please let me know and if you think you may want to come and join us for a weekend of dancing and/or the Immersion Courses just let me know and I can help you choose your classes to suit your level.

There are classes for everyone - Beginners through to advanced so even if you have just started learning tango ..... there is something for you too!

There are also many free events on, including free beginners classes, free pre-festival street milongas and free recitals .....  so even if you are just passing through Wellington you could come along and join in the fun :-)

Here's a clip from one of the performances last year and yes Gustavo and Gisela are teaching an Intermediate immersion course this year!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Movie and Milonga + Sunday Technique Class

See you all tomorrow night for our 3rd Friday of the month "Movie and Milonga" night.  Come on out for the evening, grab your heels and head along to the Masonic Hall at 107 Nile St for a fun evening.

Feel free to bring dinner, supper snacks will be provided during the milonga.  BYO, non alcoholic drinks provided.
Movie stars at 7pm, doors open at 6.30pm so you can get comfy.

We are still "Spiralling in Control" this Sunday at 4pm while we find new spaces and places to put our latest spiralling technique.  This technique is proving to be an enjoyable and accessible move for us all. See you on Sunday.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Beginners Update and class this Sunday "Spiralling in Control"

BEGINNERS at Fairfield House 
Welcome to our brand new beginners who joined us for their very first class on Tues night.  We have five couples who joined us and a couple of singles as well - it is great to have you as part of the tango scene and we hope you enjoy the classes!

Welcome back to Julie and Mark also who have been slaving away on their latest book but finally have a reprieve and so managed to drive all the way over from Golden Bay for class on Tues night to get back in the tango groove!

Class this Sunday will commence at 4pm again and the topic will be "Spirals" - a follow-on from last week's move. We almost grasped it last week - I think with one more week on it - we will make significant progress...see you all there for the "Spiralling in control" workshop!

MONDAYS at St John's Hall, Hardy St
Monday classes continue as usual with he Improvers Class at 6pm and the Intermediate class following at 7.15.  
$15 a casual

Remember we have our Movie and Milonga night this Friday 17 May. Bring your dinner if you like - I will have snacks for the Milonga supper.

The Movie will be "Tango with a Twist"

tango libre news: Tango Movie and Milonga - "Tango with a Twist"

tango libre news: Tango Movie and Milonga - "Tango with a Twist"