Growing the tango dancers in our town

I am sure this is the same in other places, but in Sydney we need more tango dancers. The attrition rate is high. Many people give up when they find that after half a dozen lessons they are not competent on the dance floor; they give up because they go to a milonga and no-one asks them to dance; women give up because there are just not enough men; and life situations change. So we need a steady stream of new dancers coming through. This does not seem to be happening in Sydney - not in the way it was about 10 years ago.
It could have something to do with tango not having the magical connotations it had a decade ago, but it is still a dance that many find attractive. In Sydney we also have the problem that there are more schools and classes springing up all the time.
Overseas dancers and teachers are coming to our shores every few weeks to teach and perform. Mostly these dancers focus on intermediate and advanced dancers, they are not interested in beginners, so they are tapping into a small and often sceptical group of regular dancers.
We need to grow our scene. The schools that run beginners classes are doing an excellent job of recruiting new dancers and introducing them to culture, but we need more. In other parts of the country and the world Flashmobs and public dances are springing up and putting tango in front of those who would otherwise not see any tango other than that which is performed on stage.
So this week Sydney got it's act together and did 2 Flashmobs in the heart of town... it was wonderful. Dozens of dancers turned up, the music was put down in the middle of Pitt Street Mall firstly, and dancers came out of the crowd - "they are multiplying" one onlooker was heard to say. At the end they dispersed and moved away... and we did it again in Hyde Park.
And we are planning more Flashmobs!! 

Comments

Janis said…
If people don't come to tango because they absolutely love the music, they won't stay around long.

Touring teachers aren't around long enough to bother with beginner classes. That's the job of local teachers.

Exhibition tango gets attention, but if a community wants to grow, only social dancing will help.
Dr Leon Gerner said…
i THINK THAT THE WAY OF INCREASING THE tANGO DANCING COMMUNITY IS ACCEPTING EVERYBODY TO DANCE AND LEARN FROM LOCAL TEACHERS simple tango salon WHICH IS MAINLY WALKING

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