Showing posts from March 8, 2009

Why chacarera?

Recently some Sydney milongas have made chacarera an interval in their milongas - sometimes following or preceding salsa, sometimes on its own. Why? I can understand the salsa as many Sydneysiders dance salsa and those that do love the opportunity to dance it. But chacarera? Most Sydneysiders have no idea how to dance it so, if they are brave enough, they get up and wave their arms around, stamp their feet and dance in a circle... endlessly it seems to me at times. Chacarera is a dance that has no real beginning or end in this form - it is just an endless stomp. Having seen real chacarera, both here with visiting performers and in Argentina, I know it can very entertaining and is a skillful dance. However I find this interval rather boring... am I alone? What do you think? Does this happen in other places? In my experience only a handful of couples get onto the floor...please comment - and answer the poll.

Tango News from Tango Australia, March - 1st for 2009

Not much happens anywhere in January - and February was not much of a month round here - so we have finally got round to putting together the first of the TangoAustralia newsletters for 2009. This would never have done when I was a magazine editor - but then you paid for the magazine - this newsletter is free. ' So if you are interested in news about festivals, schools, bands etc. then do subscribe - you'll find the subscription box on the home page of TA ! There's news on the NZ Tango Festival in Wellington which has a fantastic line-up this year and if last year's rave reviews are anything to go by, it should be brilliant. Well worth the airfare to NZ - and it is excellent value. News on new tango bands too. I love Piazzolla but I do wish they would all play more music for dancing, I like to listen to Piazzolla. You may not agree of course. And tomorrow night is the last night of the Rose Bay milonga in Sydney, after nearly 8 years. The organisers are moving to a ne