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Coronavirus and Tango Elegante classes

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

Under UK current lock-down rules (as of October) it seems that the best I could offer is to meet two couple somewhere outdoors (possibly now indoors with good ventilation and PPE) while still remaining at a social distance, as long as each couple was part of a household/bubble. For single tango dancers there currently seems to be little opportunity to dance with a partner.

Not really a feasible system yet, especially since we are moving into the Autumn/Winter colds/flu season, which means there are plenty of other bugs out there to try dodge, and we maybe faced with a lot of false alarms, each requiring a suspension of class while we all test and isolate, before we can reconvene.

The UK Government seems to be targeting local lock-downs with the idea of limiting restrictions to only those places in the country needing them, but already, after pubs and restaurants have been reopened in a limited way, the spread of the Covid virus seem to be accelerating again with the immediate prospect of those very venues being shut down again soon.

It may be the case that the tango community may never be able to get back to real live face-to-face tango until either everyone has faced the challenge of the illness and has developed immunity, or a working vaccine has been developed, and who knows how long that will be with some pundits estimating up to 2 years or more.

For now you can continue to review the proposed future schedule by looking at our events page. (Hint:- there currently isn’t one. I was considering doing a few weeks up to Christmas and may yet do so, but when the latest UK Government statistics and proposals for dealing with the situation were presented, I put my plans on hold – again).

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. Those of you out there who can already tango to some level might also like to explore the subject of ‘visualisation’ which is a technique of imagining yourself performing a task perfectly. Apparently practising with visualisation (even if you don’t have a partner) is about 70% as effective as physically practising… hmm…

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 a few weeks ago, and I’m working on more hopefully to come out soon, 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’, and ideally to gain the maximum benefit you will need a partner, but it 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(?).