Showing posts from May, 2012

Inspiring dancing - and some good news

As one who took up dancing after their children had long grown-up I find this performance by Mathilda, delightful and inspiring... maybe you have seen it before it is one that puts a smile on your face.
And a codicil to my last post... we have found a venue! And our next Milonga de Mis Amores is May 26 (Sat) at the North Sydney Leagues club - if you are in town please join us!

Dance floors disappearing fast in Sydney

The last couple of weeks I have spent much of my spare time looking for a dance floor - not a portable one, or one the size of a small dining table; not one that is long and thin like a fashion runway, or one that is buried under restaurant tables - just a wooden floor at least 7metres square if it is surrounded by carpet - or a room with a wooden floor the size of a large double garage. I can tell you that they are very, very scarce in Sydney.
For the last four years we have run a Saturday milonga at an RSL in a function room that had a reasonable dance floor,  a reasonable sound and lighting system and space around the floor for tables and chairs. But the cost of keeping on staff till midnight forced the management to rethink our regular booking and we must now look elsewhere.
Ten years ago, when I first ran a milonga in Sydney, there were many more clubs, many more dance floors and fewer restrictions caused by staffing costs. Many of these clubs no longer exist, or now use the room…

Are you up with the latest news?

Today we emailed the May newsletter for TangoAustralia - a busy year just goes on getting busier!
As well as news about the closing down of one of Buenos Aires' most famous milongas, we've got an exclusive on the teachers for this year's Sydney Tango Salon Festival to be held at the end of September/beginning of October, and information on teachers and performers who will be coming your way (hopefully) in the next few months.
It is fabulous to have so many coming our way and if you are anything like me you like to know so you can budget to include workshops with at least one teacher! I'm trying hard to get back on track after my month travelling... so now I've done the newsletter I plan to write more blog posts.