Three new tango schools in Sydney - all run by women

The tale of the origins of tango in Sydney is different depending on who you talk to, but when I first decided that I would like to find out more, I could only find one school. Advertised in Friday's Metro in the SMH it was run by an excellent teacher and dancer, who was living temporarily in Sydney. I later discovered that there was an Argentinian teacher who also taught - and that there was a milonga in Glebe that was established in 1999. However for me the only milonga was once a month, on a Tuesday, in a club beside Sydney Harbour, that is no longer.
If you are a beginner on the tango scene you will be forgiven for being confused. It seems that tango schools are flourishing at the moment and some are run by the same people!
If you go to the links page of TangoAustralia you will find 22 entries - take away the schools outside Sydney, a community website and the tango club and you have 17 schools! Add to that at least 3 schools that don't have websites and it's back to 22. That includes 3 new schools offering classes and in 2 cases milongas or practicas. Its all quite complicated but here they are in the order in which I discovered them they are:
Tango Encanto run by Jennifer. Jenny started dancing tango in 1999, formed Dance Tango with, and taught with, Federico for three years, lived and studied in Buenos Aires and is now back teaching at Randwick on Wednesdays - with Federico.
Eso Es Tango run by Hosanna. Hosanna has been dancing tango for 7 years and is also a partner of Federico. Together they won the 2007 Australian Stage Tango Championship. Hosanna teaches with Federico on Mondays and Thursdays and runs a practica on Thursdays.
Tango-Spirit run by Jacqueline . Jacqui joined with Tango Entre Amigos' Karina and Fabian in 2002. Since then Jacqui has also danced with Federico and now dances with Anthony. Jacqui will be teaching on Mondays in the city. As well as being part of Tango Entre Amigos, Jacqui also organises the Sydney Tango milonga once a month.
I thought I had also discovered another tango school when I was told about the Tango Milonguero school by a Tasmanian tanguero - however I have discovered that this school is run by Karina and Fabian, who also run Tango Conca as well as Tango Entre Amigos.
Setting up in competition to oneself can be a good move (Starbucks are often used as examples of cannibal marketing... though how succesful they have been in the longterm remains to be seen) - so I will watch with interest.


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