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Keeping you in touch with tango in Australia
Dear <<First Name>>
If you have ever danced with a milonguero you will know that it is something very special. By milonguero I mean one of the older dancers of the milongas of Buenos Aires who has tango in his veins, who was raised on tango and who makes you feel the music in a way you have never felt it before. Respected and skilful dancers of the milongas of Buenos Aires, they are not as plentiful as they once were, and like so many in Buenos Aires who are suffering from the increased cost of living, it is not as easy  for them to visit the popular milongas as it once was.  
Every year the milonguero is celebrated in a Festival called Milongueando, held in Buenos Aires around the same time as the International Tango Festival and World Cup. There are many festivals to chose from around the world - Sydney has the second Australian Tango Festival coming up in October. Some of Australia's most popular DJs travel internationally to perform at Tango Festivals. So next time you pack your suitcase, you might decided to include a tango festival in your travels...and maybe even hope to encounter a milonguero!  
Meanwhile there's plenty happening at home...see below.
Yours in tango, 
Carol
TangoAustralia
Leandro Haeder will be giving workshops on Tango Salon with A Little Buenos Aires, Sydney in early March
Visiting Teachers
Check out who's coming your way
Nick Jones & Diana Cruz conclude their Australian tour for 2019 with  Pablito's and Cadencia Productions in Sydney who will be their hosts from 26th February to March 4th.
Cadencia Productions has announced a once-only tango production, Tango Poema, on 2nd March, which will combine the talents of Nick and Diana with the Mendoza Tango Quartet at  the Giant Dwarf, a licensed venue, in inner-city Redfern. "A night of elegant, intricate and sassy tango - through music and dance" will be followed by a milonga. Book online. 
Workshops can be booked from Wednesday 27 to Sunday 3rd. Check out the Facebook page.

A Little Buenos Aires in Sydney is hosting Leandro Haeder (see video above) from 2 to 14 March for workshops on the Secrets of Tango Salon.

Adrian Romeo Ferreyra will visit Sydney on the 16th and 17th March hosted by Love Tango. Adrian has worked as a teacher in Buenos Aires since 2007, after graduating from the Academia Argentina de Estilos de Tango.  This is the first time he has visited Australia. For more information about workshops visit the website.

In May 8-16,  Lorena Ermocida and Pancho Martinez will return to Sydney hosted by Pablito's. Lorena and Pancho are among the world's most celebrated tango dancers and teachers. They have visited Australia many times, so have a strong following. 
Lorena and Pancho performing in Sydney at the Sydney Tango Festival 2012
Anabella Diaz Hojman and Donato Juarez will arrive in Melbourne on 9th May and stay until May 15. Their hosts will be Tango Bajo. They will fly on to Brisbane on May 16 for 5 days of workshops and performances hosted by E-Tango.  From May 22-30 they will be in Perth at the Juan Rando Dance Academy.
June 7 to 11 will find them in Sydney with A Little Buenos Aires. A 3 day seminario will culminate in a performance at the Gala Milonga on Saturday 8th. 
Then it is Canberra's Turn . Tengo Tango will host the couple from June 12-June 16. Their tour will conclude in Cairns from 19-25 June with Tango Craze
More Visiting Teachers
Check out who's coming your way - later in the year
Community Tango in Geelong, Victoria will host Rocio Leguizamon and German Filipili at the Art of Tango Extravaganza on Sunday March 24 followed by a workshop the next day.  Details 0417 531 619

Beto Barsellini and Lis Dorin will arrive in Sydney for the month of July. They will be performing and working at the Uruguyan Club. 

In August Cecilia Gonzalez will visit Sydney with Pablito's from August 15-20. She will move on to Canberra on August 21 until 25 with Tengo Tango, then to Darwin for five days from 5 - 9 with Northern Tango.

Later in the year - and after the Australian Tango Festival in October in Sydney - we can expect Dante Sanchez and Indira Hiayes hosted by Tango Spirit in Sydney, Fabian Salas and Lola Diaz, hosted by Pablitos, Sydney and Tengo Tango, Canberra; and Rodrigo Palacios. More details as we get closer to the dates.
Events
Festivals and happenings - big and small - plan your weekends now!

Melbourne Tango Weekend 29-31 March
Organised by the Melbourne Practica Group, and held in the historic Collingwood Town Hall with its fabulous dance floor, this weekend has become a fixture on the Victorian tango calendar. Find out more.

Maleny Tango Festival will take place over the weekend of 12-14 April. Organised by Tango Nut this weekend is all about dancing - no workshops, no teachers or performers, just great music including a live band, Mendoza Tango Quartet. Maleny is in a beautiful part of south Queensland and within easy reach of both Brisbane and Sunshine coast airports. Find out more on the website.

Neo Tango Rage Australia 24-29 May is a 3-day festival held in Runaway Bay on Queensland's Gold Coast.  The website promotes it as 'A Creative Audiovisual setting, alternative music and relaxed dance protocols.... never before experienced in Australia"  Bookings opened on 20th February 2019. Find out more

The Tasmanian Club de Tango is the host for the Hobart Winter Tango Festival  over the weekend of 7th to 9th June. Held at the same time as dark MOFO there are three milongas as well as pre and post festival events. 

Byron Bay will host their annual tango festival from August 23-25. No more details available at this time, but you might want to book accommodation soon.

 
 Tango Music & Musicians
 

Dance to a
Tango Band

Mendoza Tango Quintet will be the star act at the Maleny Tango Festival on the weekend of 12-14 April, where they will perform as a Quartet.  
 
The delightful Camelot Lounge tucked away in Sydney's industrial Marrickville, will host Maggie Ferguson & Friends on Sunday April 7 for a night of tango music and dancing. Show starts 8pm, doors open at 7. Entry $25
A live music performance is a wonderful way to introduce non-tango dancers to tango music and an opportunity to listen to and enjoy some of Australia's leading tango musicians. 
Tango musicians and bands
These tango bands play for dancers as well as events.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS
There are festivals, tango dance marathons, encuentros and more all over the world. For a list of international tango festivals go to the tangonet website.

CITA, March 10-16 2019, Buenos Aires
Features an awesome lineup of dancers and teachers. Milongas, workshops and a chance to meet new dancers and take your tango to the next level. 

New Zealand Tango Festival is a favourite of many Austrralian tangueros and tangueras.  This year's Festival will take place from 3-9 July and the program is up and ready for you to check out the maestros.

Milongueando en BA is an encuentro for milongueros which is now in its 13th year. Hosted by Maria Plazaola and Susana Miller and held from 16-19 August,  it provides an opportunity to learn about the old traditions of the milonguero and the way tango was danced in its heyday. 
Travelling to South America
Find deals you can't find online. Contact Martin at Travel Choice, the South American specialists, and plan your trip with the experts. 
Travelling to Buenos Aires for tango check out the Tango Map Guide for milongas and tango events while you are there.
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