A couple of years ago, a woman approached me. She’d been into tango for quite some time, invested a lot in classes, events, and tango travel. She frequented milongas, and her experiences were a mixed bag – sometimes great, other times downright frustrating.

“I can’t figure out why nobody asks me to dance some nights, while other nights are OK. Do you have any insights? Don’t worry, you can be straight with me. I’m just tired of this,” she confided.
I responded to her question, but honestly, it was more of an educated guess. Over the next few years, I mulled over that answer, and it left me with a lingering feeling that something crucial was missing. The same issue cropped up repeatedly in my conversations with others.
It wasn’t long before I realized that, like me, most people were operating on assumptions—assumptions that seemed entirely logical and self-evident:
“Men just want to dance with the young and beautiful.”
“He’s not dancing with me because I’m a beginner.”
“Those folks over there? They think they’re the tango superstars; they’re just here to show off.”
However, my mind tends to work a little differently. I have a penchant for challenging my own assumptions, for putting them to the test to see if they hold water.
So, I made a decision to approach this topic with fresh eyes, like a beginner. I embarked on a mission to ask over 16,000 social tango dancers why they choose to dance with some people, why they avoid dancing with others, and what steps they take to dance more.
The results surprised me, challenging my assumptions.

I shared those results with about 600 women and asked them to try a few of the solutions other followers recommended. The result: hundreds of emails full of excitement and gratefulness with one message in common:

”It worked for me!”

If you are interested in the results you can find them in the book ‘How to dance more in milongas – for followers’. It’s available on any Amazon store and you can find links here (if your preferred Amazon store doesn’t appear there, please search manually).

 

 

Get To Know The Tango Pioneers series is an easy-to-read presentation of facts (from a multitude of primary sources) about the origins and development of the art form that is tango (music & dance)and those that helped it along the way. The resulting picture is surprising and exposes many of the myths, misunderstandings, and muddles we have all come to accept and repeat as fact.

With all of the understandable focus on the recording orchestras of the 1930s to 1960s there is a real risk that today’s tango story will forget about those that created the genre, an created much of the music that we still enjoy today. We owe those tango pioneers a great deal and these books (Volumes 1,2,and 3) give them the recognition and heart-felt gratitude that they deserve. The success of our favourite orchestras is thanks to them – Di Sarli, D’Arienzo, Troilo, Pugliese etc all became visible by standing on the shoulders of those pioneer giants.

The books are filled with rare images and have QR codes that take you directly to the linked YouTube Channel so that you can READ, LISTEN, and WATCH. They are more than books, they are a multi-media experience.

They are available for purchase on the author’s website and on Amazon in 15 territories around the world.

As an experiment, I’m making some of my artwork available on canvas, starting with 12′ x 12′ and adding larger sizes later. The first design to be available in this format is the “Bandoneonista” design.

I wonder when I’ll be able to hold an exhibition of my work again… sigh

The London Tango Boutique aims to offer you the long lost experience of an artisanal dressmaking process.  Whereas today’s fast fashion relies on mass production, garments that are meant to last only a few seasons and a production process that often neglects the welfare of those involved in the process and of the environment.  Ours is an old style atelier, the kind our great-grandmothers used to go to to have their dresses tailored. Our garments are made in limited numbers of pieces (we often offer one-off pieces) and designed and cut to be classic pieces that will last a lifetime.  The story of our craftsmanship expresses a narrative of deep-rooted heritage and a culture of artisans from Italy and Southern Europe.

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Get your tickets half price by using our special promotional code via Tangofolly. You will receive top price seats for £21 (usually £42) & 2nd price for £18 (usually £37)

VALID PERFORMANCES
Valid for performances on Wed 28 Feb, Thu 1 & Fri 2 March at 7.30pm & Sun 4 March at 2pm & 6pm

HOW TO BOOK
To book call 020 7863 8222 and quote “tangofolly” offer, or book online at sadlerswells.com using the promotion code tangofolly

OFFER EXPIRES
Book by Tuesday 20 February.

*Transaction fee applies: £3 for telephone bookings, £1.95 for online and concessions. No charge in person at Ticket Office. Offer expires at 11.59pm on Tue 20 Feb.

Designed for ambitious tango students of both roles and all levels, the MasterCourse is a comprehensive curriculum covering the technique and variations of the 25 Elements in 16 video sessions.

https://www.TangoForge.com/learn

What are the Elements?

Until the mid-1990s, tango was understood in groups of steps, or sequences. The Cochabamba Investigation Group analyzed tango and identified the basic Elements, from which dancers can compose.

There are 25 distinct tango Elements (see the Lexicon), each with a number of variations ranging from 5-100.

The technique for each Element is consistent across its variations. Once we know the Element’s necessary technique and its systems of variations we have a huge vocabulary at our disposal to which we can apply various dynamics for rich musical expression.

Dancing from the Elements empowers dancers to increase their vocabulary, challenge partners to maintain intense concentration, and use space skillfully for better floorcraft. Improvisation skills are essential to navigating crowded dance floors and dancing on diverse music.

https://www.TangoForge.com/learn

Biomechanics

Regardless of which “style” of tango you prefer, all Argentine Tango relies on the same skills.

We distilled technique to a memorable set of just 5 Tools. The 5 Biomechanical Tools enable you to diagnose problems, analyze movements to learn from any teacher or video, and help fellow dancers.

To create our technique we studied and analyzed every tango movement to understand its biomechanics. The accuracy of our explanations has been validated by two physiologists.

By describing motion in terms of position and action of joints and contraction of muscles, we can give direct and clear instructions for sublime connection, balance, clear communication, and fluid movement.

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The free sparkling wine at Mi Refugio Lunares Edition will be La Cumparsita de Oro.

Cool sparkling wine to go with cool sparkling tango.

We are pleased that Tripadvisor has accepted our unique store as a special travel attraction in Berlin. We’d be glad to meet Tango folly readers next time when you’re around for a Tango workshop :o)

Some impressions of the Hacke & Spitze Dance-Shop in Berlin Kreuzberg.