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Venues shut down Sydney milongas

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Many of Sydney's tango dancers were looking forward to the new El Regente milonga to be run by Jairo and Amy of Tangueros, so there was an audible sigh of disappointment last night at the Copacabana milonga when it was announced that El Regente milonga had been cancelled 'due to a council decision'. This milonga was to run just once a month on Fridays and into the early morning. Jairo (who was my teacher for a number of years) has a reputation as a great DJ as well as being one of Sydney's leading dancers with his partner Amy, so it is sad that they too have been the victims of bureaucracy - and at such short notice.

As well tonight, Friday 30th, is the last night of Tango Pasion's milonga at the Hakoah Club in Bondi. This milonga has run weekly on Friday nights for about 5 years and has a group of dedicated followers who love the music selections of DJ, El Portenito. Tango Pasion are forced to move on because the Hakoah Club has been sold to developers and accordin…

Tangomania - the beginning

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On the weekend I ran a very successful milonga (thanks to all those who came and made it a great night) with lots of new music and some happy punters; and also went to Mimi's Pink Tango night at the Artarmon Freeway Hotel enjoying a night of fundraising for breast cancer. I spent today in 1914 because I am immersing myself in history again for a new book. (I am a writer in my non-tango life). Today I was in Paris in 1914. Tango was the dance in that year, it was considered outrageous as couples had to dance in an embrace, and the height of fashion - it was the beginning of Tangomania. This was not the focus of my research but you can't avoid if it comes up and you are fascinated by tango.
War would break out in Europe on July 28 of that year. The shooting of the Austro Hungarian archduke in Sarajevo, Bosnia would set of a chain of events around Europe that would eventually see much of France destroyed - tango was not on the agenda.
However before this awful conflict there was a…

Where have I been

So asked my friend Shayne of blog about romance writers and ocean swimming...I wish I could say I've been to London to visit the Queen, but I've actually been dealing with the sudden death of both my computers! They went out in Sympathy with each other. One is back - well I have one new one, and a new desktop on the way. Just in time as I was busily working on music for the next Milonga de Mis Amores on Saturday October 24. I have just acquired a fantastic new Miguel Calo, a dreamy Demare, another Di Sarli (can't get enough of this orquesta or Canaro) and a Juan Caceres... just out of interest. But transferring itunes to a new computer is another ball game... so that is what I am doing now, and checking playlists.
Thanks for asking Shayne, though I'm glad you missed me! Oh I did manage to fit in one night of dancing in the last week!

Tango's Violin - one chance only

There's a show on this Saturday night at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place (which has some of the best acoustics in town) called 'Tango's Violin'. Not your usual story about the history of tango, this show features tango stars, Fabio Robles and Ana Andre together with Melbourne tango orquesta, red dash black and violinist Sophie Kesoglidis in a story about thwarted love.
An opportunity to be entertained and enjoy tango before heading off to a milonga (as I am told the show finishes in time).
You can find out more and book on the CRH website.

What a night !!- Sydney's Milonga Para Los Ninos

Wow! Sydney turned out in force for the Milonga Para Los Ninos last night at the Marrickville Hard Court Tennis Club and the vibe was warm, friendly and fun! (For those new to this blog, or not following! this is a fundraising milonga held once a year in cities around Australia - and now north America! - to raise money for homeless children in Argentina).
I arrived early as I had volunteered my services as a member of the Tango Synergy Club, and even though it didn't start officially until 8pm there were already 2 or 3 tables of eager dancers and a few on the floor.
The room, which is normally a rather drab club room probably designed and built sometime between the 2 world wars, was brought to life with huge swathes of gold muslin hanging from the central mirror ball, gold table cloths and the most superb gold orchids in dangerously tall and beautiful glass vases which were a fantastic finishing touch. DJ Jean Weiner was already pumping out the music and had put a playlist on ever…

El Firulete - a great read for serious tangueros

The internet seems infinite, just when you think you've found most of them a another great site turns up. Today I discovered El Firulete. Stories are good, well-researched and well-written - and interesting! I found an interview with Gabriela Elia, one of the judges with the Salon section of the recent Tango championship in BsAs very interesting ... for example "This year only young couples reached the finals. That’s wonderful, but they all danced the same way. It is not their fault, it is the style that is being awarded." ..."We should have been 10 feet from the dancers, and not to 60 feet. The salon tango is a reflection of the milonga, and as such it has to be appreciated form a close distance"..."There were too many people in each round, 11 couples dancing three tangos is too much".
And Tango Notation for Step collection...
"Unfortunately the good teaching of tango is underrated. It has to compete with the urge for instant gratification: to run…

TangoAustralia's October Newsletter

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