Dear <<First Name>>
Each month I sit down to put together this newsletter thinking not much new is happening and some time later I am still discovering new performances - both musical and dance - and new events. It is surprising just how much is going on in the world of tango in our part of the world. 
I am delighted to see that Joaquin Amenabar is returning. It is some years since Joaquin has brought his unique approach to musicality and tango to Australian and Kiwi dancers and there will be many who have not yet enjoyed his teaching - and his performing. His are not dance workshops - you may not come away with new steps or new routines - but you will develop a new understanding of the music and how to move to it. Don't miss them if you get the opportunity.
As someone who is equally passionate about classical music as I am about tango, I am equally delighted to have discovered the video of Ray Chen playing 'A Evaristo Carriego', one of my very favourite tango pieces. 
I hope this newsletter helps you to explore more about tango... 
Until September,

Yours in tango, 

 You don't need an orchestra when you have two such amazing musicians to play 'A Evaristo Carriego.' Ray Chen is a Taiwanese-Australian violinist. He was the first prize winner in the 2008 International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition and in the 2009 Queen Elizabeth Competition. Julio Elizalde is a gifted American pianist. It is well worth reading Ray Chen's description of how they came to be playing this famous piece by Eduardo Rivaro. (And if you want to watch a performance search for the legendary Carlos Gavito with Maria Plazaola.)
Visiting Teachers
Check out who's coming your way
Janna Lopez and Claudio Peralta  will give workshops around Sydney until October and you will no doubt find them performing at milongas. Workshops will be at Sydney Tango House. For details: Contact:  Janna 0403 040 178 or by email

Maximiliano Cristiani and Karina Colmeiro
will separate after their time in Melbourne and Brisbane and Karina will carry on alone to Sydney where she will work with Patio de Tango from 1st to 6th August. 
One of Australian tango's most popular visiting teachers, Cecilia Gonzalez will arrive in Adelaide on August 8 to give workshops, private lessons and a milonga performance with Southern Cross Tango until August 12
From Adelaide it's Sydney from 15 to 20 August with Pablito's.
Then she will fly to Canberra where Tengo Tango will host Cecilia from 21 to 25 August, before heading off to Brisbane on August 29 until September 3. Cecilia's hosts in Brisbane will be E-Tango.
Her next stop will be in Darwin with Northern Tango from September 5 to 9. 
Melbourne will be her final stop where she will work with Tango Escencia from September 11 to 16. 
Fabian Salas and Lola Diaz begin this year's tour in Canberra where Tengo Tango will be their hosts from October 16-20. This dynamic couple will later be hosted by Pablitos from 5 to 12 November in Sydney 
We are waiting for details of the rest of their Australian tour.
Dante Sanchez and Indira Hiayes will be hosted by Tango Spirit in Sydney from 8 to 14 October and again from 21-28 October. In between times we understand they will be visiting Perth and Byron Bay - details to be confirmed.

Rodrigo Palacios will return with this partner Agustina Berenstein  at the end of the year. Tango Bajo in Melbourne  will host them in November and they will be with Pablitos in Sydney from 5 to 11 December.

If we have missed any dates or events - please tell us so we can include them in the next TangoAustralia newsletter.
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.
Tango musicians and bands
These tango bands play for dancers as well as events.
Festivals and happenings - big and small.
Plan your weekends now!
Byron Bay will host their annual tango festival from August 23-25.
Carolina Giannini and Leonel Di Cocco  are the teachers and performers. Dance  to the Mendoza Tango Quartet with guest musicians and immerse yourself in the annual Piazzolla Concert by Mendoza Quartet and concert pianist Shan Deng (University of Tasmania). Workshops, DJs and other information on the website

Adelaide Tango Festival, 3 to 7 October.  The Adelaide Festival is super affordable with the package price of $90 pp. This package includes all four festival milongas, complimentary bubbly on arrival and suppers. The purchase of a package supports the efforts of all event hosts equally. In the interest of the Festival being a warm and friendly weekend, every effort will be made to achieve a desirable leader / follower ratio, so organisers are asking those who wish to attend to book early. 

Sydney Tango House will host Alejandro Larenas and Marison Morales with Utku Kuley and Iris Basak Dogdu from 4 - 7 October in Sydney.  This will replace the Australian Tango Festival.

At the end of October in the Apple Isle tangueros/as will once again enjoy the Hobart Tango Encuentro from 25-28 October. More details on the website.

BASH, Buenos Aires in the Southern Highlands, the annual tango encuentro organised by Tango Synergy in Sydney and the Tango Social Club of Canberra. Great value and a wonderful opportunity to connect with others (encuentro!) this weekend in the beautiful NSW hinterland sells out fast. Bookings are through the Tango Social Club of Canberra
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

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. 
Buenos Aires
AUGUST 8-21, 2019

A two-week extravaganza of free concerts, classes, milongas, and tango related events.

This is your chance to hear exciting new orchestras and established artists, pick up some steps in the classes and see some of the world's most talented dancers in action - all for free at the world's biggest tango festival in the heart of Buenos Aires.

Auckland Tango in New Zealand has launched the Oceania Tango Congress and Championship to be held in March 2020 and  organised by Cecile Bale, who some years ago was responsible for the New Zealand program. Website is not yet available, but you can keep track of this via Auckland Tango
Joaquin Amenabar is coming back to our part of the world. A musician, a professor, a dancer and an innovative teacher of learning to dance to tango - in time, Joaquin's classes are aimed at every tango dancer! Highly recommended.
 Tango Music & Musicians

just us tango canberra july 6

Performance in August
Just Us Tango will perform at Robles Dance Bar, 341 Lygon Street Melbourne on August 2 from 7.30.
Later in the month they will play at Sydney's Camelot Lounge on Sunday August 18 at 7pm. Then at the end of the month they will play for the Sydney Tango milonga at Bexley RSL.
Just Us Tango is Rodolfo Caivano on bandoneon, Danilo Rojas on piano, and Diego Neder on bass, Helena Popovic on violin and Charles Hudson supplying vocals.  According to their publicity Just us Tango has "Argentine roots, nimble fingers, and classical training, this quintet knows how tango music should sound". 

Mendoza Tango Quartet will perform at Reload Espresso Bar on Sunday August 4 from 6 to 9pm. Reload is at 9 Chrome Street, Salisbury, Queensland. Tickets $25 - pay at event. 
They will also feature at the Byron Bay Tango Festival from August 23-25. 

Nocturna - Tangos and More, Monday August 12, 7 pm Newcastle
Daniel Rojas, a Chilean-born Australian concert pianist and highly acclaimed composer specialising in the rich and vibrant Latin American musical aesthetic will perform with other musicians. Tango dancers will know Daniel from Orquesta La Luna and his work with tango music and musicians. This concert is a feature of the Newcastle Music Festival.  Venue: Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Street, Adamstown. 

melbourne tango orchestra
Melbourne, Friday August 16
The 12-piece Melbourne Tango Orchestra will perform at the Paris Cat Jazz Club. This is a 12-piece orquesta tipica with a repertoire of traditional Argentinean tango from the Golden Era to Mid-twentieth century tango.
Tickets selling fast.
Paris Cat Jazz Club, 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne from 8.30 to 10.30. 

Joaquin Amenabar returns!
Fans of Joaquin Amenabar, who was a regular visitor to Australia some years ago may be able to organise a trip to New Zealand in September for workshops from September 12 - 15. Joaquin has a very different take on teaching dancing to tango music, which can ensure that you will never dance out of time to the music again! Contact Cecile Bale for more information. 
Tango Bajo in Melbourne will host Joaquin from September 28 to 29
Tango cruises are a first for the Southern Hemisphere and there are three to choose from. 
The 'Golden Princess' is departing Auckland on 3 December 2019, This 13-night cruise will visit Melbourne on December 7, then sail to Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and back to Auckland, New Zealand. 
The classes on board will be led by teachers from New Zealand Gloria Passarelli and Graham Whittington . For more information visit their website.
Prices start at $2769pp*. For more information on the cruise package visit
The newly refurbished 'Ruby Princess' will sail from Sydney on December 5. 2019 into the South Pacific visiting Noumea, ( New Caledonia), Mystery Island, (Vanuatu) and the Isle of Pines (New Caledonia) for 8 nights disembarking in Sydney on December 13.
This cruise promises 18 hours of tango workshops/practicas and milongas and mini milonga with tango dancers in Noumea. Sebastian Pereyra will facilitate the classes.
Fares commence at $1099pp*, unless you are keen to share with 3 other people when you may be able to get a lower fare.For more information contact Karan Rowe.

In 2020 you can depart from Auckland on 14 April for an 11-night cruise to Sydney on board 'Celebrity Solstice'.
The classes on board will be led by teachers from New Zealand Gloria Passarelli and Graham Whittington . For more information visit their website.
This cruise group is being organised by Tango Indulgence in Brisbane. Fares start at $2759pp*. For more information on the cruise package go to the Tango Indulgence website,
*Conditions always apply with fares - check with the travel agent involved for details.

If you would like to find out more about these ships, cruises or cruising contact the Mosman Cruise Centre, owned by Martin Fallows, a Sydney tanguero. The Mosman Cruise Centre is a proud supporter of Tango Austaralia. 
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