Get To Know The Tango Pioneers series is a presentation of facts (from a multitude of primary sources) about the origins and development of the art form that is tango and those that helped it along the way

We owe those tango pioneers a great deal and these books to 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.


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.


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

To book call 020 7863 8222 and quote “tangofolly” offer, or book online at using the promotion code tangofolly

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.

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.


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.


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.


This summer escape to the sultry streets of Buenos Aires with the return of the spectacular tango musical Tanguera at Sadler’s Wells.

With all the fizz and whirl of classic Argentine Tango, 30 incredible dancers and musicians dazzle in this exquisite display of dancing and award-winning choreography by Argentinean dance superstar Mora Goody.

Packed with heart-racing sequences, whirlwind twirls, smouldering eyes and flashy flicks, this is one summer sizzler you won’t want to miss.
Exclusive discount ticket offer!
Price Band A was £52 now £26
Price Band B was £46 now £23
Price Band C was £38 now £18
Price Band D was £26 now £13

Offer valid for all TANGUERA performances:
Wed 19 – Sun 30 July (excluding Tue 25 July & Saturday 7.30pm performances)

To book:
Call 020 7863 8000 and quote “Tangofolly Offer”, or
Book online at – select your ticket price and then use the promotion code tangofolly

Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4TN

*Subject to allocation availability. Offer valid for selected dates only. Not available retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. £3 transaction fee applies for telephone booking; £1.95 for online bookings; no fee if booking in person.