Showing posts from September, 2013

Taking a break

I have been dancing and learning tango for over a decade - and I still love it. There is so much to learn, so much music to enjoy and so many interesting people to meet! However I am really looking forward to taking a break for the next few weeks. We have cancelled our milongas and packed our bags for a trip to visit family and new places. I will miss dancing two or three times a week - hopefully it won't take long to get back into it when we return.
Recently I have been saddened by the narrow-minded attitude and introspection of some of the tango schools and I hope that in getting away I will be able to shake this sadness and put it into perspective.
And you never know I may miss it all so much I start posting while I am away - after all I am packing my tango shoes!

Winners crowned for 2013

I am philosophically opposed to competitions in tango - having been involved in them in Australia almost 10 years ago and seen the underbelly I have many misgivings. But they are an amazing vehicle for launching or reinforcing the careers of the dancers who win... and many like to watch them, so here is a selection from the recent intense couple of weeks and before.
For another point of view  go to Irene and Man Yung's Tango Blog

The World Tango Cup in Buenos Aires in August. Winners of the Salon Tango - Maximiliano Cristiani and Jesica Arfenoni Campeones
Winners of the Stage Tango - Guido Palacios and Florencia Zarate Castilla
Fernando Carrasco and Jimena Hoffner Winners of the Milonga - and also the vals and Adult salon tango in the City Dance Championships

Hugo ‪M‬astrolorenzo y Fatima Valeria Vitale who did not make it past the semi-final because of a problem with the rules… but who are stunning.