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New TangoAustralia website

It's been a long haul - and we must thank antfarm for a brilliant job helping us with the backend... but we have a new look TangoAustralia website - after about 7 years of the old look! Our first day we went live our lead story was an interview with Ney Melo and Jennifer Bratt some 7 years ago!
So check out our new look TangoAustralia... and let us know what you think - and if you like us use our Facebook page!

Milonga Para Los Ninos

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The first weekend in August saw the Milonga Para los Ninos weekend in Brisbane. John Lowry organises on an elegant and classy weekend with workshops, milongas and a Grand Milonga with live music - this year featuring Joaquin Amenabar and his Australian quartet. The Milonga Para Los Ninos is an event held around the world to raise money to assist underprivileged children of Buenos Aires
John has just posted this video on Youtube of the Grand Ball at City Tattersalls in Brisbane.

Sydney will hold their Milonga Para Los Ninos night on Sunday September 25 at the Marrickville Hard Court Tennis Club with a star performance by Fabian Peralta and Lorena Ermocida.

TangoAustralia has just done an interview with Fabian Peralta - so watch the website for more news on this event - and of course the Sydney Tango Salon Festival which is happening on the following weekend.

Harem pants, comme il fauts and an international tango jetsetter

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I laughed at this because it is funny! But it is also sad because there are women in Sydney who actually behave like this... and even make similar comments. A regular partner of mine, who is a beautiful leader, once asked a new tanguera to dance - and got a similar response!! Thanks again tangocynic.

Hosting a milonga

In the last few weeks I have been emailing a tanguera who is a long way away about the role of the host at a milonga - her problem began when she went to a milonga that appeared to be hostless and had a horrible time. She has since got involved with this milonga, which is run by a community organisation, and is giving it a face and a direction which is bringing in more and more dancers. So today when I spotted Arlene's posting about the role of a host it seemed opportune to write a few words here. As one who hosts a milonga I know firsthand the organisation required before you even announce your event - finding a venue - then keeping the managers sweet - organising the night (music, refreshments, table set-up, lighting, door prizes....) and making sure you have the right insurance and licences.
Then there is the question of hosting. I think of my milonga as I would a party at my house. The dancers are my guests (albeit paying otherwise I wouldn't be able to afford to do it) a…