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Hot night, Tango Tranzas and a Festival milonga

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Last night was the Milonga and Show at the Petersham Town Hall.  This is a grand old art deco  town hall opened just before World War II, that still has the big wooden floor ideal for dancing and the huge ceiling with the big windows on each side that should open to let a cross breeze through. Built in the days before air-con this was not unusual... but for some reason the ability to open these windows appears to have been taken away and last night's milonga was steamy to put it mildly!!
However that doesn't take away from the fact that it was a Special Night of Tango, organised beautifully by the team at the Sydney Tango Festival, and featuring a fabulous tango show. Every little detail appeared to have been thought of, from the crisp white table cloths and the magnificent flowers on the table by Teresa (one of the organisers), to the bottles of Italian mineral water on every table, the delicious supper which was devoured by the hungry horde and the many ushers and helpers w…

17 visiting teachers/performers in next few months!

I have counted 17 visiting tango teachers/performers coming to our shores over the next 3 1/2 months!!
Wow...
In January there's Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa with Rodrigo Palacios and Agustina Berenstein - Sydney and Sven Elze and Aja Fenn in Canberra...
In February there's Ricardo Barrios and Laura Melo visiting Sydney; Cecilia Gonzalez and Ney Melo with Michelle Marsidi y Joachim Dietikers visiting Melbourne,  and these dancers are variously going to Darwin, Hobart  and Adelaide afterwards...
I n March there's  Roberto Montenegro and Lam Yuriko visit Sydney; Michelle and Joachim and Cecilia touring and Carolina Bonaventura and Francisco Forquera in Sydney...
And inApril - Demian Garcia and Fatima Vitale in Adelaide and Hosanna Heinrich touring with  Anibal Montenegro …
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The haphazard DJ

Recently I have attended milongas where there does not seem to be any rhyme or reason to the music that is being played.  It is almost as if the DJ stuck a pin in the playlist and decided what would come next. I like to organise my playlist before the milonga and I also like to balance the music and give those who love to dance to milonga and vals more than one chance to enjoy. Everyone does not do this, and some it seems don't have any idea of what they are going to play and 'wing it'. Maybe they think that the DJ who 'reads' the floor does a better job and caters to the dancers more, but unless they really are 'reading' the floor and not socialising and dancing as well as DJing it seems it is a real hit and miss affair. DJs who concentrate on their djing - and there are those in Sydney who do and who put the music together as the night goes on - really do try to match the mood of night with their dancers, though sometimes this can mean they don't play…