What are we up to this Season?

Lots of things happening in March 2018!

A Taste of Tango Workshop

First, we are running a workshop called ‘A Taste of Tango’ on Saturday the 10th March, 14:30 start, for two hours in Pinner Parish Church Hall, Church Lane, Pinner. This is a new venue for Tango Elegante and we want to find out whether there is any demand for regular Argentine Tango classes in Pinner.

Beginners Workshop in Argentine TangoThis workshop will be suitable for beginners and improvers (‘never danced’, up to ‘danced a few months’). Please note, there are strictly limited spaces so you must book to attend. You may not be allowed to join in if you just turn up and we have no room. Click here for the workshop description and the booking form. We may run a second workshop if there is enough demand so if the booking form goes offline, drop me an email to register your interest.

Milonga Primaveral

Secondly, we have our second annual Milonga Primaveral (Spring Dance) coming up on Sunday the 25th March at 17:00 for four hours. This is the day British Summer Time starts (clocks go forward) so you won’t have as long to wait before the Milonga starts 🙂

There will be lovely Golden Age tango music (with a few interesting tandas thrown in). This is at the YMCA Orbital Community Centre in North Watford, which has plenty of free parking and a nice smooth wooden dance floor.

Baby goat jumping in excitment about the Milonga PrimaveralThis is an open, friendly, respectful milonga for dancers of all levels. There will be refreshments, there will be cake (yummm…. ), there will be space to express yourselves, so please put the date in your diary and join us in celebrating the end of winter 🙂

Winter Season Argentine Tango Classes

Finally, we are still running our Winter Season public classes in Watford at the YMCA Orbital Community Centre in North Watford, on Thursday nights starting 20:30 (20:05 for absolute beginners) until the end of March.

Tango couple dancing in the snow - Tango Elegante Winter Season 2018If you haven’t yet experienced Argentine tango, now is the time to give it a go (none of us are getting any younger, so why wait? 🙂 ) Please drop in and try us out.

Our current teaching room has limited space so if you want to guarantee your place, please register for our Winter Season Tango Classes using our booking form, or just take a chance and pop along to see us.

If you can’t make it to the Watford classes before Easter, I am in the process of organising dates for our Spring Season which will take us from Easter into the heart of Summer (Can’t wait to see the back of winter. Brrrr!).

I look forward to seeing you soon


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Baking a Tasty Tango

As some of you know I bought myself a bread-maker as a Christmas present, and of course being a man I plunged ahead and started on the first inaugural loaf. I had all the ingredients (well apart from the odd substitute here and there). I had most of the tools required (or thought I did … Continue reading “Baking a Tasty Tango”

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Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part Three

In the second part of this series we looked at which elements of a tango tune could be expressed in your dance, and in order to look at those elements in more detail we need to first have a quick look at the orchestra, the instruments and how they express different elements of the music … Continue reading “Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part Three”

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Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part Two

The Argentine Tango music which tends to be played at the majority of social dances is traditional music from the period between the 1930’s to mid 1950’s (often called Golden Age music). While it is possible to dance the tango to more modern music (known as Nuevo from the 1960’s onward, and ‘Alternative’ which is … Continue reading “Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part Two”

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Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part One

In this series of articles about the important subject of musicality I will look at elements of music and some basic terminology (this article), followed by articles on Orchestra instruments, the structure of tango music, and then I’ll take a look at some famous Tango Orchestras and tunes and how the arrangers changed a tune … Continue reading “Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part One”

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