Showing posts from 2020

State of tango

 Rainy October Sunday in Sydney - perfect time to take a trip around the tango blogs and youtube channels and see what others are doing - if anything? Today we might have gone to a late afternoon milonga in before COVID. Of course I found a few closed down with 404 messages, and many who, like me had not posted for some time. But I also found others who were keeping their blogs up to date and whose calendars were offering tango lessons - and even milongas, as in Auckland Tango in NZ.   Many teachers have gone online and are offering tango classes on Youtube and by subscription. Some blogs have continued to talk about all things tango such as Bautanz  and Tango Salon Adelaide ; some have such a long history it is fascinating to go back and read some of their older pasts, such as Irene and Man Yung's tango blog , and others have stayed online without posting but are so packed with information they are still a great read - Tango and Chaos in Buenos Aires  or Christine Denniston's

Coronavirus pandemic and tango

Tango is by nature a couple dance - close embrace, open embrace - the embrace is fundamental. This means touching and being close to another person, something we are being advised against. Hand washing and good personal hygiene have always been essential to healthy tango but never more so than now. Today WHO  declared Coronavirus or Covid 19, a pandemic. Times will be tough for tango dancers and organisers. Dancers are likely to be in financial strife but milonga organisers and tango teachers are unlikely to be reimbursed by any government financial stimulus packages and will join other industries and services who will have to cope with limited or no income. Should this pandemic continue for months it is likely that some schools will not survive - and some events will not return. The organisers of festivals are likely to suffer the most. There will be no reimbursements from venues for cancellations, air fares for visiting teachers/Djs will not be refunded (airlines don't do ref

Who came to Australia in 2019

2019 was a busy tango... here is a list of who came our way... The first visitors, Nick Jones and Diana Cruz , arrived in February and toured the country culminating with a production with Cadencia in Sydney in March. Adrian Romeo Ferreyra  arrived in Sydney in March. Lorena Ermocida and Pablo Martinez  returned to Sydney in May. In the same month Anabella Diaz Hojman returned with Donato Juarez July saw Beto Barsellini and Liz Doran in Sydney. The following month Cecilia Gonzalez began her tour of the country in Sydney Andres Laza Moreno and Eladia Cordoba visited Sydney in July, while  Maximiliano Cristiani and Karina Colmeiro were hosted in Melbourne Janna Lopez and Claudio Peralta spent September and October in Sydney.  Alejandro Larena s and Marison Morales with Rodrigo Palacios  will return with his partner  Agustina Berenstein   and Iris Basak Dogdu spent a weekend in Sydney in October. Dante Sanchez and Indira Hiayes (pictured) visited Sydney, Perth and Byron Bay in O