When I started my tango journey in Montevideo, Uruguay, back in 2005, there were a few things Montevideans really wanted me to know. A big one was that Buenos Aires isn’t the sole birthplace of tango.

Here’s Uruguayan dancer Aníbal Dominguez sharing how he thinks about “Argentine” tango these days.

For more about the Montevideo tango community and Aníbal’s journey, listen to his full Humans of Tango episode, “Instinct Tango, with Aníbal Dominguez.”

The longest running milonga in Zagreb, going very late every Tuesday. The dancers are Marko Miljević and Maja Petrović.

Pool milonga at MSTF 2019 in Poreč.

We are delighted to feature greyscale at its best. No element is quite black, nor quite white. Perfect. The shot features Lara Foschi and Alessandro Cipolla and was taken in the early hours (Tango Time) of one very warm evening during the Catania Summer Tango Week 2019.

Did we ever mention? Grey is glorious. Grey is beautiful. Grey is good. We love the soft, grainy shades that blend to form the scene we know so well. The contrast throughout the pretty paisley shirt is distinctive, so that the simple background features bring out the shirt’s design guiding the onlooker towards closed eyes and a warm, thoughtful embrace.

We asked Cetti why she chose this image:

There is some feeling. I felt it. The couple in the foreground are like one person, one thought, but also the other couple are in perfect harmony. It was an intense moment.

The camera?

Nikon D3200. Lens 35mm 1.8. Default lights. No flash or additional light. Black and white in post-production.

This is a beautiful example of the ‘classic’ tango photo, shot in the late afternoon light at the Mimos y Tango Encuentro Milonguero in Riva Del Garda, Italy. Dele has captured the dancers, pin sharp in the foreground, as they pause in a moment of intimacy, waiting for the music to move them onwards through the dance. It is our pleasure to feature Dele’s photo on Tangofolly!

We caught up with Dele to hear more:

I took the photo on Sunday, the last day of the weekend, late afternoon and the dancefloor was crowded. I suppose everyone, especially those who are ready to travel back home, were making the most of what was left of the weekend – lots of dancing, long tango goodbye kisses and embraces in between the dancing.

The camera?

Nikon D750 with 55-200mm lens for late afternoon outdoor lighting conditions, and artificial low light indoors with warm colour tone (yellow).


Pictured: Silvio Capuano

Photographer’s Album: facebook.com/dele.tangoDJ/media

It is with great pleasure that we feature a very special image taken recently by professional photographer, Thibault Cresp from Paris, France.

This image is special because it’s real. It’s off-the-cuff journalism at its best. We love the raw, grainy, rock style. Its gritty, passionate, provocative and honest. Stage lights deepen the shadows and saturate the musicians faces, bringing out their emotion as they play, focussed on the music they are making together. Pause a moment and breath in the atmosphere. Sepia effects freeze the image forever. A moment in time. And that tattoo… Phew… Tango rocks!

Thibault? What’s the story?

“I was coming from Cafe Vinilo in Buenos Aries. It’s a very nice place with ‘musica en vivo’. I was on my way to Salon Canning for the la Tipica Sans Souci concert with my friend Ralph Nasi who had been invited to DJ that night. We made a quick stop enroute at this casual little milonga located in CIRCE Fábrica de Arte, where we knew el Cachivache was about to play.

We had very little time because I had to be at Salon Canning to record a tango performance. We stayed at the little milonga for the first two songs. I had to run quick, switching on my lens just at the last minute but in time to get a panoramic shot of the whole group on stage. Dancers were all around me, at my back and blocking my view in front of me but, I kept shooting. The band were just starting to warm up and already the mood in the whole place was really welcoming. Fans, dancers and the public were crowded into that little place. The light was perfect.”

Why do you love this shot?

The perfect balance of dynamics between the movement of the musicians as they play together, the seriousness of the bandeonnist with his tattoo and bad boy style with a full view of the bandoneon opened gently like a book. Its the perfect composition that lets the eye travel easily up to the gentle smile of the violinist.

The camera?

Sony A7Riii with a Sony lens 55mm 1,8 et batis 25mm


Pictured from left: Vito Venturino (guitar), Adriano De Vita (bandoneon), Bruno Giutini (violin), Pacha Mendes (bass). Out of shot: Pablo Montanelli (piano).

Photographer’s page: Thibault Cresp Photographie

About the band: El Cachivache Tango

Tango is expanding and yet I still hear people saying that their community is so small, that they feel stuck, uninspired and even bored. But the internet is here for us to make our communities bigger, to reach out to other communities to connect with the other end of the world. This is the attempt through this project, to reach to as many teachers, artists, organizers from different communities around the world to help build a bridges between us.

I met Ermis Karaboulas years ago and I learned a lot from him as he is my first Tango teacher.

Today I want to share with you a glimps of his valuable knowledge along with a few tools that can help you find your own mentor.

“Tango is a couples dance; if you learn one role, you only know half of it”—Ermis Karaboulas

Quick intro so you can get a bit of perspective…
When I started Tango I had no particular interest in the dance itself… I had done some American Ballroom in the past but really not any particular interest in Tango per say.

So, I wasn’t one of those people loved and hoped, and dreamed and wished they could learn this dance of passion.
I was simply someone who loved to dance and loved Argentina. So in my head the easiest way to get closer to Argentina from Greece was to learn the Argentine Tango.

When I saw a poster on the door of a dance school advertising Tango lessons I persuaded a friend to join me and we just signed up.
We didn’t do any reasearch on the best dance school or the best teacher or the different Tango styles, we just went for it…

Hell! I didn’t even know you had to wear normal clothes… My first class, I was like I came out from the 70s! haha

But when we got started, I still remember thinking: “I really want to learn this dance and I am going to learn it with him”.

Afterwards, we found out from all our dancing friends that he was in fact the best in town..!

So, yes, Tool #1 to find your mentor: Listen to your gut! Trust your instinct!
Who’s Ermis Karaboulas?
Currently he is the founder and teacher of Tango Project, a three year Tango training program, that brings together the practises of Tango, Qigong, Yoga and the rules of anatomy and Kinesiology.

(Anybody who has followed Bautanz knows that we are all about understanding and building movement patterns, so you can see how even from a far this person is still a teacher to me)

He has been teaching Tango and other dances for many years and has an extensive background in dance, martial arts, music and chinese medicine studies.

In all he has helped a great amount of students all over Greece and other countries, embody the basic principles of Tango and grow into dancers with curious minds, expanding movement vocabularies and distinct personal dance style.
With no further a do, Ermis Karaboulas
When I started taking classes with you, you taught different dances, and not only Tango. How did you decide to stay in Tango and not follow Salsa?

Ermis: When I started learning Salsa and Tango, music wise I preferred Salsa but dance wise I preferred Tango. As time went by and as my knowledge on Tango music expanded, I started to understand it better, appreciate and like it. I think this is the reason why I decided to stay in Tango.
You don’t only have a great experience in other dances, but also in martial arts. Did that help you with Tango, and if so, how?

Ermis: Absolutely! I was in martial arts from a very young age and that helped me develop my physical abilities. That, along with extensive musical studies, made Tango rather easy for me. Being able to progress rapidly thrilled me, and kept me going.
Martial arts gave me great body awareness and control over body movement. Let me give you an example; The last few years the term “center” is used a lot in Tango. The term is eminent in the eastern martial arts. In Tango, in my opinion, they present as something simple and easy for any dancer to tap into. It is, in reality, rather demanding for someone–who has only been taught Tango–to deeply understand the meaning of the term. Besides, we have been exploring biomechanics through Tango for a few decades while energy techniques such as Qigong have been looking into the human body for more than 2 millennia.

You studied chinese medicine recently, what led you to that decision? What did chinese medicine teach you about the human body and how do you apply that knowledge to Tango

Ermis: I was to led to study chinese medicine through Tai Chi. Through chinese I gained a different understanding of how energy flows in the human body. Making use of that knowledge along with eastern energy techniques, one has the opportunity to manage that energy in various ways, at different levels and in various activities–Tango is one of them of course.

You have experienced various pivotal moments and shifts in your career. How do you manage change and how is that connected to your philosophy about Tango?

Ermis: My philosophy about Tango is not any different than my philosophy about life. Therefore, I believe that changes do not need management. I accept them and I keep on going.
And so here we are, with Tango Project. What is Tango Project exactly?
Ermis: It is a series of workshops, timely structures in 3 years of study. The one vital characteristic of tango Project, is that students train in both roles–leading and following–in order to gain well-rounded knowledge of the dance.
As I like to say: “Tango is a couples dance, if you only know one role, you only know half of it”

There were 2 key observations, that sparked the idea. One from my own training and the other from the Tango community.
Since I was a student, I trained in both roles. It was later on that I realized how much that had helped me. I gained a better understanding of the dance along with a better understanding of what my partner expected of me.
On the other hand, every time I went to milongas I would see followers show up, change their shoes and leave without getting to dance. The reasons might vary for every case, but for me that was saddening, and so I thought things might change if they learned how to lead.
In Tango Project therefore everybody learns to lead and follow.
They learn to accept the duality of human nature and effectively communicate better in the dance, through understanding their partner in the best way possible; by putting themselves in their shoes.

The teaching of Tango Project follows the rules of anatomy and kinesiology and incoroporates the knowledge from Qigong and Yoga.

That allows for the kinetic behaviour of Tango to be perceived to the fullest. It is much easier, in this way, for the basic principles of Tango to be introduced to an untrained dancing body; While, advanced dancers have the opportunity to enhance their personal styles by discovering “tools” that broaden their interpretation of the dance
Ultimately, each student acquires a well-rounded knowledge of Tango, and of course, they are able to dance and enjoy themselves in a milonga, regardless of their gender, dancing as a leader or as a follower.
You are not only teaching though, you are doing shows as well. What are you looking for in a dance during a show and what in dance during a milonga?
Ermis: I am deeply satisfied in a show when I manage to offer pleasure to the people watching. When I dance in a milonga though, what I am looking for is a giving, a sharing embrace.

Is there a song, you just can’t resist dancing to?

Ermis: Not in one particular song but surely to specific composers, D’Arienzo and Pugliese

I remember once you said to me: “I will go where there are people who want to learn Tango” and that is what you have done for many years. How has that affected your progress in Tango and your life outside of Tango?

Ermis: My teaching has surely been greatly influenced. Through these many years that I’ve been traveling I’ve had the joy to meet many new people of different temperaments and cultures–different relative to me and to each other. Thanks to the broad and heterogeneous audience, I learned to adjust my teaching so I can be understood by everyone. Plus, I discovered what it is that brings people together, no matter where they are coming from. Inevitably, the frequent moving means that I spend a lot of time in some sort of means of transport … Over time this becomes more tiring, but I have gotten used to this way of life.. (hahaha)

When you are not teaching or dancing, what do you like to do? How do you spend the valuable free time that you get?

Ermis: In my free time I truly enjoy doing nothing… I read a lot, bicycle and watch movies.
Is there one or more people whose work has inspired your work and your philosophy, someone who you’ve been following?
Ermis: The dancer who influenced my initial decision whether I want to continue dancing Tango or do something else, was Pablo Verón. My philosophy was generally influenced by several philosophers (hahaha) – and not Tangueros. Today, of course, I think I only follow my love for what I do in ways that express my own experiences.

What advice would you give your beginner, your intermediate and your advanced self?

Ermis: To the beginner: “Observe”, to the intermediate: “Think” and to the advanced: “Don’t think”

If we had a huge board here now, and you could write one phrase, what would it be?

Ermis: Observe without thinking

What does your schedule look like for now, any planned classes and shows, and how can someone contact you?

Ermis: Till July 2018 every weekend is dedicated to Tango Project, with workshops running in different cities in Greece. There are also a few festivals and workshops that I will be participating, in Greece and other countries. Anyone can reach me through my profile on Facebook and through the Tango Project page of course.

Ermis Karaboulas: https://www.facebook.com/panagiotis.karaboulas.7

Tango Project: https://www.facebook.com/TangoProject
How to choose a good mentor?
Tool#2: Find out their perspective on change
Tool#3: Find out their perspective on Tango

Look for people who embrace change, you grow and evolve.
Avoid people who believe they know the “REAL” Argentine Tango.
Look for people who have learned different styles and have approached movement and Tango through diverse paths
Avoid people who are egoistic, who are not curious. And look for people who ask more questions than the answers they give.
Look for people who inspire and challenge their students. And people who build communities and not just good dancers.

That is a good start for a Monday don’t you think?

Tell me about your teachers in the comments, below!


The Argentine tango itself does not have only one well-being, (the physical one) but multiple: it brings us back to ourselves and opens the door for all kinds and ways of dance and social relations. “-Jelena Somogyi

Sam argentinski tango nema samo jednu dobrobit, (onu fizičku) već višestruku: vraća nas nama samima te otvara vrata za sve vrste i načine plesnih i društvenih odnosa. ” – Jelena Somogyi

Tango Siempre are the UK’s leading tango company. Since 1998 they have toured the UK and Europe with projects ranging from traditional tango dance shows (Subitango and Tangomotion) to collaborations with orchestras, contemporary dance companies and internationally acclaimed jazz musicians. In 2009 they were joined by the bandoneonist Julian Rowlands.

The Players:

Ros Stephen: Violin

Julian Rowlands: Bandoneon

Jonathan Taylor: Piano

Rory Dempsey / Tom Mason: Double Bass