Showing posts from December, 2012

Happy New Tango Year - and thank you

I would like to thank everyone who reads this blog for their following!! and their comments in 2012.
It has been an interesting year in tango in Australia... we have had many visiting teachers with many more to come in 2013; I have been to Argentina, briefly this time, for the 5th time; had some great dances - and some not so great ones; run some fabulous milongas and had such small numbers at others that I have wondered whether I should continue; wondered about doing workshops and done a few and loved the many conversations I have had with tangueros/as over the year (one of the reasons I keep going!).
 Thank you to those who come to our milongas - and keep coming back! And to those who appreciate the TangoAustralia Website.

Manners, respect and tango

My parents taught me, and I taught my children, not to interrupt conversations but to wait politely to be included. These days with mobile phones this just doesn't happen. If the phone rings it is generally answered mid-conversation - and often that conversation takes off. I find that offensive and I don't answer my phone in this situation but call the caller back asap. As I am no longer of the corporate world I don't know if this happens there, but I find it offensive if I am talking to someone at a milonga, just the two of us, and someone walks up, says hello to the person I am talking to, and sometimes to me (though not always) then asks that person to dance - and they both walk away. I find it particularly offensive if I am talking to a man - I could be hoping that he will ask me to dance (not always but sometimes I am) or I could be having a meaningful conversation. Are these women so afraid they won't get a dance with this man that they have to spirit him away at…

La Yumba milonga and Pugliese's birthday

If he was still alive Pugliese would have been 105 this December, as it was he lived for 90 years and his influence on tango was enormous. He was a legend in his lifetime and was honoured by a special concert at the Teatro Colon in 1985 (see below). Osvaldo Pugliese brought a sophistication and syncopation to tango music that raised it to another level. His music is loved by many dancers and is usually played as the night reaches a climax, or draws to an end, because it is so dramatic. 'La Yumba' milonga at Willoughby is a tribute to this great musician. 'La Yumba' is one of his most famous pieces, the name comes from the word Pugliese used to describe the sound like a deep gasping from a bandoneón. I love 'A Evaristo Carriego' - it is one of Pugliese's most evocative pieces. Here he is playing it with the orchestra at his tribute concert.