Showing posts from October, 2011

Terrible dearth of hand washing

I just heard a radio announcer say  that there is 'a terrible dearth of hand washing'! I suspect this applies to tango dancers at times.
Apparently I'm too late for Global Handwashing Day - it was October 15. But given the information it seems that Global Handwashing Day should be Everyday.
A search of the internet will reveal that washing hands with water alone before preparing a meal substantially reduces the chance that diners will contract diarrhoea! Other studies that show that when medical practitioners and staff wash their hands the chances of infection are substantially reduced. Washing hands after blowing your nose or sneezing or coughing into your hands is also important.  You will also discover that many people do not wash their hands when they go to the toilet. Studies have also found that when a washroom has a poster pointing out how important it is to wash your hands, more people do the right thing.
Hand to hand contact is fundamental to tango. We hold our…

Elegant - and not elegant - tango dresses

Could someone tell me why the short tight club dress is being worn for tango performances? Perhaps they could also explain why some tangueras dress as if they are doing a latin ballroom performance, or even worse are working as a nightclub entertainer? Dresses that look as though they are held together by safety pins, or there is so little of them that not much is left to the imagination, detract from the performance.
And this is not just the opinion of  an older woman. The men around me at the last performance where a little tube dress, not much bigger than a large headband, rode up the performer's legs until her crotch was visible, cringed. So unnecessary. She was a very attractive woman with a superb partner, she did not need to wear such a dress. She also found herself hitching up the top part and tugging down the hem at the end of the first performance - not a good look!
A few nights before we had witnessed a performance by another tanguera wearing a similar dress - so tigh…

Where were the Sydneysiders at the Tango Festival?

I've already said it, but I say again, thank you to Anonymous (could you come up with a better pen name please?) has made some very interesting and pertinent comments in his critique of the Sydney Salon Tango Festival on my post about the tango music - you won't agree with them all if you went - hopefully you will tell us what you thought.

One comment Anonymous did make was about the attendance. He (well 'he' did do the asking for dances) mentioned that most of the teachers attended - though he left out Teddy and Mimi from A Little Buenos Aires, Margarita and Guy from Tango Embrace and the interstate teachers, Andrew and Adrienne from Adelaide's Southern Cross and John and Cheryl Lowry from Brisbane's Comme Il Faut.... but where were the locals?
My theories are...
1) Sydney has not had a good run with Festivals - and the last Championship (I will say no more!)...A really well-run festival such as the NZ Tango Festival in Wellington makes all the difference.
2) …

Hidden Treasure at the Sydney Tango Salon Festival

I missed Sunday night at the Festival because a friend I don't see often enough was in town. Big Mistake! Because I also missed the performance by Dante Sanchez and Angelica Avalos. Since like most of my tango friends I didn't know them - I had no idea what I was missing until I watched a few Youtube videos. But fate has played into the hands of those Sydneysiders who like me missed out - because their Melbourne visit has been cancelled at the last minute and they are now staying in Sydney.
They will be doing workshops with Mauricio of Ruedisima this Saturday in Newcastle and next weekend they will be doing workshops and performing around Sydney (details below.
Dante Sanchez was World Tango Salon Champion in 2007 - and you can see why. His footwork is simple and beautiful and worth watching just for the lápices (which translates as pencils and is used to describe the circular motion on the floor with the toe or inside edge of one foot while maintaining balance on the other foo…

Two very different nights of tango music

Here we are into our fifth day of the Sydney Salon Tango Festival - and I'm writing this for those who have missed out for one reason or another! It would take too long if I wrote about the classes - so I am concentrating on the milongas.
Tonight the Milonga will be held at the South Sydney Juniors club in Kingsford as it has been for the last two nights. A vast area never before used by the tango organisers of Sydney it is reminiscent of Club Sunderland (for those who've been there) with a lower roof - or an aircraft hanger! But it has a huge floor, a stage for the musicians and plenty of space for tables. The organisers have done a wonderful job of making the space work and mixing the tables of people from different parts of the world. And the food has been outstanding - for those who like to enjoy a little sustenance while dancing. In fact the food at last night's Gala Milonga was excellent - and plenty of it. Given that Sydney Festivals in the past (not organised by th…