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Coronavirus and Tango Elegante classes

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and the indeterminate nature of when ‘lock down’ may fully end, we are foregoing the Spring Season and we seem to be part way through the Summer season with no immediate prospect of being able to hold classes yet.

Under UK current lock-down rules (as of 21st June) it seems that the best I could offer is to meet two couple somewhere outdoors while still remaining at a social distance, as long as each couple was part of a household. Not really a feasible system just yet, especially since we seem to be having ‘Wimbledon weather’ (i.e. the odd sunny day with plenty of showery or thundery weather).

The UK Government seems to be targeting July 4th for further lock-down easing, but the tango community may never be able to get back to real live face-to-face tango until either everyone is immune, or a working vaccine has been developed (a year or more…? Who knows).

For now you can continue to review the proposed future schedule by looking at our events page.

In the meantime, with very little opportunity to dance at class or milonga venues, we can at least all improve our musicality by listening to lots more tango, vals, and milonga tunes.

You may be aware that I am writing a series of articles (with examples) on the structure of tango music and possible interpretation. I published one recently, have another coming out soon, and have a few more ideas to round off the series, so you may wish to study them while waiting for the tango world to start turning again.

All tango articles can be found by following the menu link above.

If you have the space and a decent floor, you may also want to avail yourself of the many online classes and dance ‘events’ which are popping up on the web. It’s not quite the same as ‘in person’, but maybe enough to keep your tango going to some level or another. The tango community has to try stick together as much as possible until this crisis is over so a big thanks to all those teachers who have managed to move their activities online to keep the community alive.

This is definitely one situation where ‘if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it’, so try practise as much as you can, even if solo.

Please follow the Government advice and stay safe.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Steve


Lounge Tango – Tango Salon

Christine and I have been lucky enough to continue dancing tango during lock-down, albeit in a much smaller space, so I thought I’d write this post relating our experience of ‘lounge tango’ (or tango salon), just to show that with a partner, there is tango life after milonga. What is lounge tango? Well for us … Continue reading “Lounge Tango – Tango Salon”


Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part Eight

In the previous post on Musicality in Tango, we looked at the mixed rhythmic/lyrical style of Osvaldo Pugliese. In this post we travel a bit further along the time line to look at Astor Piazolla and his music. If you find early Piazolla from the 1940’s, then his orchestra will mainly be playing music composed … Continue reading “Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part Eight”


Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part Seven

In the previous post on Musicality in Tango, we looked at the rhythmical style of Juan D’Arienzo, and in this post we look at Osvaldo Pugliese. I finished off the previous post with the perhaps slightly unfair comment that Pugliese chucks in odd extra notes. This is not quite accurate. He was of course a … Continue reading “Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part Seven”


Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part Six

In the fifth part of this series I looked at a popular tune ‘Motivo Sentimental’ recorded by the Carlos Di Sarli Orchestra in 1944, and the lyrical style of Di Sarli in his hay day. As I promised in Part 5 (a long time ago – thanks for the ‘nudge’ to get part 6 written, … Continue reading “Musicality in Tango Dancing – Part Six”