Showing posts from April 17, 2011

A Tango Treat for Easter from TangoEncanto

If you missed Thursday night's TangoEncanto milonga then you missed a delightful Easter treat! No it wasn't chocolate, though there were certainly chocolate eggs for everyone... it was a fantastic tango danced by Chris Condron and Jennifer Wood, principles of Tango Encanto The first time I ever saw good tango dancers take tango to a different dimension with some very clever humour was Eduardo Cappussi and Mariana Flores in Buenos Aires in 2003. It was fabulously entertaining as well as great dancing. On Thursday night, Jenny and Chris performed the 'Chicken Tango' with the same passion, humour and skill. The music was written by one of Australia's alternative bands who perform in nightspots for those in the know such as Quirkz. Bordering on the burlesque this delightful piece was totally suited to the theatrical side of both these dancers - and the fact that Jenny is pregnant made her chicken even more believable. So if you missed it I'm sorry! because it wa

Choosing music for a milonga playlist

Last night I finished putting together the playlist for Saturday's milonga at Gladesville . Putting together a playlist is rather like putting together a magazine, something I did for many years as a magazine editor, a memory that was refreshed this week by the ABC's program Paper Giants on the rise and rise of Ita Buttrose. Sitting around at an editorial meeting deciding the content for the next issue has an affinity with sitting with dancers at a milonga and listening to their comments about the music and their likes and dislikes. As with a magazine editor, so  with a tango DJ - I  am responsible for the success of the magazine/milonga - and for whether the buyers/dancers will return. I have a list of the orchestras from the excellent guides on the Tejastango website  of Stephen and Susan Brown. This is one of the most authoritative and thorough sites on tango music and a great resource for all tango DJs; among their many guides is their annotated List of Tandas.. I also k

Sex and tango

You can spend all day trolling around on Tango Blogs. There are some excellent written blogs, with incisive and interesting postings - today I found Melina's two cents... and I found this post about sex and tango . Timely as only the other night I was talking to a fellow tanguera about relationships that come and go on and off the tango floor - and how at times the tango scene has all the elements of a soap opera! Some folk seem to be amazingly naive about the tango scene as a ' hunting ground' (Melina's term)... I won't steal Melina's thunder. Read her blog if you have ever thought about sex and tango in the same moment!