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Taking good tango pictures

Taking well-composed, atmospheric photos is never easy. Once upon a time when I was a magazine editor I had photographers I worked with and I learnt a great deal about how much I had to learn about taking good photos. So when I found this blog from someone who knows how to take good photos in the tango environment I thought I would add it here. I take photos, but not good ones, and I realise how important they are to a good website.
Well worth reading - particularly if you are can afford to go out and buy a camera for the task! So check this out.

Sebastian Archaval and Roxana Suarez at Rose Bay

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Last night after a brief visit to Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi, and a box of yummy fish and chips at Fishmongers (best fish and chips in Sydney!) we made our way to the weekly Patio de Tango milonga at Rose Bay RSL. Teachers from Buenos Aires, Sebastian Archaval and Roxana Suarez had just finished a workshop and the place was crowded. I counted at least 80! not bad for a week night. TangoAustralia sent them an email asking for an interview for the website, but no answer was the stern reply! so we are simply running a Youtube video. A good promo but an interview is always a bonus. So I know little about them apart from the fact the Roxana speaks reasonable English, they are beautiful dancers and Sebastian is a one-time world tango champion. They have a blog which is way more interesting than their website. .
We didn't do the workshop for a couple of reasons, firstly money. We feel that in order to get anything out of workshops we need to do at least 3 - which means 6 fees - roughly…

Bad floorcraft

I was kicked on the dance floor the other night, not intentionally, but boy did it hurt. I sat out the next dance and no sooner had I sat down than a couple of other women commiserated with me about the dangers of the floor. Why is it that some Australian tangueras dance without thought of others? Is it because this how they behave in the wider world? Do they drive like they own the road? Do they ignore queues? Actually I don't think so. On the dance floor I suggest that they are so carried away by their ability to do high boleos and impressing other dancers that they forget their manners!
Tango etiquette is important

Milonga and Canyengue class big success

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Saturday's milonga at Gladesville was a success, so I am mightily relieved. It was obviously the other venue that was the problem... so I won't be going back there. Lovely crowd of dancers, very friendly vibe and the venue is perfect so I hope we won't have any trouble keeping it. Excellent parquet floor, very good (working!) lighting for the dance floor, round tables (wonderbar!) and a bar as part of the package. And Nelson and Liz's Canyengue class was a success. We need to do it on a regular basis so that when DJs play canyengue those who care know who to dance it.
Got some ideas for milongas with a twist in the next few months so am keeping my fingers crossed about this venue.

Organising milongas

Organising is a thankless task a lot of the time - it is only on the night when a happy, energised crowd dances to a playlist that has taken days to put together, that I feel it is all worthwhile. So when I send out invites and get an answer that says - I plan to wash my hair( not quote but I did get one which said I told a friend I'd go to the movies) - am I getting a put-down? I think so, but maybe I am being over-sensitive.
In our town there are a number of milongas every night - and a relatively small customer-base - so it is an uphmilongas ill battle.

Tango vibes

There is always so much going on in Sydney sometimes I am pleased that financial constraints mean that we can’t afford to go to many of the events/workshops we would enjoy.On Saturday we chose the Marrickville milonga run by Tango Entre Amigos. It has a really good floor and though the buzz can be uncomfortable, we took the risk. It is odd how some milongas give off an unfriendly vibe sometimes. This last one was not as good as last month which was really friendly – and I had many more dances – but it was a good nice of dancing and congenial company. Sometimes one is able to work out where the bad vibes are coming from, but sometimes they are unexplained – bit like the logic of being asked to dance (there isn’t any!)Sunday we wanted to go to the Crows Nest Fair to dance with and watch the supporters of A Little Buenos Aires but got stuck in traffic and missed it! So we checked out Tony Leoni’s Tango Tea Dance at the North Sydney Leagues Club. Sadly the Kameraigal room is brown! (my le…

Making money in Tango

Recently one of my tango partners asked if I was making money out of the little milongas that I run every month. As one who has been in small business all my life I would not run the milongas if I wasn't covering costs - which is all I am doing at the moment. Good he said - "I don't understand these people who say you shouldn't make money out of tango"! And I agree. Everyone involved in tango is there because they love the dance, the music and the culture. Those who have found a way to make a living out of something they love are the lucky ones. Those who snipe at this (and the Tango Nazis fit in here) are sourpusses.

We have three major camps here and it is probably the same everywhere - there are
* Tango Entrepreneurs: those who organise milongas, run schools, workshops and websites or sell tango shoes or other items to the community. In Sydney we have some very clever, tenacious entrepreneurs who have made the tango scene buzz for the last few years.
* Tango Danc…

Angelina's Tango Blog

Angelina sailed along happily writing a tango blog using a free ware program until one day in July 2008 an internet gangsta came along and flooded her program with spam and the ISP closed it down!
She's been writing spasmodically on the TangoAustralia website but has now decided it is time to create a real tango blog! So here goes... back with gossip, news and thoughts about tango - with a focus on her home town. From now on will write in first person