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Tango dancing in Albuquerque at the Festival 2013

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Thrilling….to be on the dance floor in North America with hundreds of people dancing tango. A floor so immense it never actually looked really crowded. Tons of dancers dancing and trying to stay in some kind of lanes. People moving in completely different styles but respecting the available space and moving in a soft way. This was delightful. The vibe, energy, mood was great. Everyone looked like they were truly enjoying themselves. Lovely!!


Here is a clip of the ronda featuring the Festival Instructors….showing a great deal of enthusiasm and fun in this Canaro milonga.

I also had the great pleasure of working with Paul Akmajian as guest teachers at the festival… and enjoyed our classes, as always, very much.

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WE Tango

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Dear friends, 

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Pam and John … founders of We Tango … are taking some time off and luckily a few friends of mine gently suggested that I should offer to help them out. To my surprise the ever gracious couple have taken me up on my offer and here I go again … back at Swansea Town Hall.

Please join me on Wednesday nights, from 8p.m. to 10:45p.m. to share some beautiful music, friends and “charla”.

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See you there!

Calentito!

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Papas_calientes“Papas Caliente” by Donato seemed the perfect milonga to dance last week in Buenos Aires since there seemed to be no milongas available with titles like….’Cool breezes’ or ‘Milonga de Patagonia’…. as it happened to be the warmest day ever on record for September.

Still winter but at 29 degrees Celsius who would believe that?

The dancing became much more ‘quiet and still’ reminiscent of how the older milongueros do it… with great reserve and many years of practise of pacing themselves for the long hours spent at the milongas. (Recently a new place to dance at in Buenos Aires opened up with the hours from 17:00 to 03:00! I wonder if there are participants that stay for the full ten hours? And let’s not even talk about the complexities of DJ’ing such an event on a regular basis.)

The weather, mood, provided a lovely chance to dance simply, elegantly and within the embrace of a beautiful dancer…Claudio Strang.

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Tango & Politica…

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A beautiful opportunity to be part of Tango & Politica..a television show filmed in Buenos Aires for cable TV.

 

 

festivals yes….festivals no….

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albuquerqueNeed a change?   Caught up in the local Tango scene and needing some fresh air?

Why not try out the idea of going to a new Tango Festival or finding time for more tango travel?

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The lovely benefits of meeting new dancers (and old), listening to even more beautiful music, being in a different space and feeling a new vibe, certainly can be enchanting.

 
The idea of meeting more people that are as passionate as you and just as dedicated to growth within the dance absolutely beckons.

See you in Albuquerque.

on safari !

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Tango shoes in Buenos Aires…the selections in the stores here are fabulous and the shoes peer out in various showcases like gorgeous, shimmering jewels waiting to be found.

animals and tango shoes 2013 019Looking in some of the windows is so exciting at some locations, while at others you have to go in and ask to see the latest trends. Some of the shops are modern, others frou frou but my favorite is the shop that is loaded with antiques and harkens back to a by-gone era.

Tango shoes come in all kinds of colours, solids or patterns,, leather, suede, patent leather, even stamped leather and fabric.

Which heel height would you like? High? Low? In the middle range?
What style of heel do you feel good in? Flared? Spike?

Does the arch fit your foot?

Sling back, full back, or T strap?

Do you prefer things that are sleek or fuzzy?

What kind of sole do you like most? Leather, non-leather, chrome, a mix of both?

Should you pay cash or use a charge card? What are the advantages to either?

Isabella y Gerard 4Buy one pair or more?

Go with a friend or find your treasure on your own?

Which brand will I choose??

So many lovely questions to ask oneself when on a tango shoe hunting safari.
No wonder it takes us so long to decide on which pair after considering all of the above!

Ladies….enjoy!