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Vale Julio Balmaceda

The tango world is shocked by the recent death on November 16 of popular maestro Julio Balmaceda at the very young age of 54. Many Australian dancers will remember Julio's visits in 2013 for the Sydney Tango Festival with Corina de la Rosa and in 2015 for the Essence and Evolution Festival with Virginia Vasconi. Others will remember him as one of their teachers in Buenos Aires - for many he was a friend as much as an amazing dancer.  Julio was taught to tango by his father, the legendery Miguel Balmaceda, and for many years he accompanied and assisted him in tango practices. After his father’s death in 1991, Julio took over the classes attango schools in Buenos Aires: Canning, Grisel, El Parakultural, Almagro, and La galleria del tango. Julio was known internationally and at home for his naturalness, quality and musicality that made his dance and his walk synonymous with tango.  Some of the highlights of his career are - performing in the 1998 Broadway production of &#

Evaristo Carriego

A beautiful version played by a very talented Australian group, the Mendoza Tango Quartet, based in Brisbane. I love that the piano is a Beale, Australian pianos made here until 1975. This absolutely one of the best tangos for simply immersing oneself in!

There's a big change afoot in Sydney Tango

Many years ago a clever IT person thought up the Sydneytango calendar, a place where people could find classes, milongas, special events and a forum to talk about issues. This was before Facebook and it became the goto for most Sydney tango dancers, and the place where out of towners could find out what was happening on the scene in the Sydney metropolitan area. This calendar has been kept up to date assiduously until now - almost single-handedly by one dedicated tanguera, Sima Oertli. Sima has dedicated herself to keeping dancers informed about tango in Sydney and to organising and presenting events from Festivals to workshops with some of the world's very best tango dancers. She has presented milongas on a regular basis featuring live tango music, the only organiser who does so on a regular basis in the Sydney metropolitan area. In so doing she has introduced tango ORQUESTA LA LUNA dancers to world class musicians both locally and internationally and enriched the tan