Winter is here - and so is tango! 
Dear <<First Name>>
It was tango music that sucked me into the Argentine tango scene almost 20 years ago, and it is tango music that keeps me here - as much as the many wonderful friends I have made along the way!
20 years ago, no Australian musicians played the Argentinian tango that we were dancing to, very few even played Piazzolla. Today we have new groups coming together frequently.
In the clip below from the 2017 Australian Tango Festival the orchestra, which came together for the Festival, plays a delightful arrangement of 'Suena', based on the recording by Miguel Calo. This was a waltz which was new to me at the time - now it is one of my favourites.
It is exciting to note that we have three new tango bands on the scene in the last 12 months - Just Us Tango in Canberra, Tango Enigmatico in Brisbane and Barrio del Tango in Sydney - see the links in the column 'Dance to Live Tango Music'.
I hope the next month brings you hours of wonderful tango - whether to a compilation by a knowledgeable DJ - or to a live band.
Yours in tango, 
Australian musicians came together for the Australian Tango Festival in 2017
Visiting Teachers
Check out who's coming your way
Anabella Diaz Hojman and Donato Juarez will continue their Australian tour in Sydney from June 7 to 11 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 June 12-June 16. Their tour will conclude in Cairns from 19-25 June with Tango Craze
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 its 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. 
Dante Sanchez and Indira Hiayes
will be hosted by Tango Spirit in Sydney at the end of October, dates to be confirmed but likely to be 23 - 29. 
Andres Laza Moreno and Eladia Cordoba are among the most popular maestros on the Festival circuit currently. At the Seoul Tango Festival they had equal billing with the legendary Javier Rodriguez and earlier in June they will have been at the Istanbul Tango Fiesta. They will be in Sydney from 26th June to 1 July - register your interest with Tango Spirit.

Beto Barsellini and Lis Dorin
will arrive in Sydney for the month of July and will be performing and working at the Uruguayan Club in Hinchinbrook as well as around Sydney. Beto and Lis will be welcomed by the many friends they have made in Sydney on their past visits. You can find more about their itinerary from their host  Christine or Beto.  

Maximiliano Cristiani and Karina Colmeiro
will be hosted by Melbourne's Tango Escencia from July 17 - 22. They will run a series of workshops and give a performance. Then they will fly to Brisbane to be with  E-Tango for private lessons, workshops, milonga and performance from July 26 to 29. More information from E-Tango
Karina will carry on alone to Sydney where she will work with Patio de Tango from 1st to 6th August. 
Not often seen in my home town... but something which makes a milonga so much better for everyone! 

Make eye contact with oncoming dancers! Wait to be acknowledged by other dancers before you enter the floor

Dance in an anticlockwise direction. Try to remain the same distance behind the couple in front of you.

Never step backwards in line of dance! And aim to keep the follower's feet on the floor.

When floor is crowded form 2 lanes of dance. Beginners should use the middle lane.

Overtaking or cutting in on other couples is bad floorcraft.

No kicking!! Women who kick cause more injuries on the dance floor than just about any other hazard. It is bad form even if you think you look wonderful!

When collisions happen smile and apologise - even if it isn't your fault! And remember tango is a social dance, you, your partner, the music, the other dancers are what it is all about. Enjoy the moment!! 
Festivals and happenings - big and small - plan your weekends now!
Sunshine Coast Tango Festival (7-9 June 2019) is in warm and sunny Maroochydore, Queensland. Temperatures average 21C at this time of year and the sun generally shines. The weekend promises workshops and performances and casual dinner on Saturday - a great opportunity to socialise. Proceeds go to the charity Para Los Niños. For more information, website  

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.
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.This 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. 
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. No details as yet, but watch the Facebook page.
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.

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.
A change of faculty was announced - Virginia Pandolfi and Jonatan Aguero will take the places of Vanessa and Facundo who have had to withdraw. You can watch Virginia and Jonatan here

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.

Qualifying rounds are held in May. Australian schools no longer send couples to compete so if you are interested in taking part you will need to do your research on where and how you can do this - and you will probably need to move to Buenos Aires for a few months!
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, Welling, 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 '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 promised 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.
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 Music & Musicians

Dance to Live 
Tango Music

A new tango band Barrio del Tango, will perform at the SydneyTango milonga at the Bexley RSL on 29 June. According to the Sydneytango website, who are hosting this milonga with the band's inaugural performance, this band have a number of debut performances planned for 2019 and function both as a traditional sextet as well as a quintet with guitar. Performers at this event are Irene Ju and Emma Scolaro, violin, Maggie Ferguson and Paula Tennent, bandoneon, Thomas McCorquodale, piano and Benjamin Saffir, double bass. The milonga starts at 8pm, entry $35 includes a glass of sparkling wine and click here for bookings

Brisbane also has a new tango band, Tango Enigmatico. No performances on the calendar at the moment, but if their last two sold out performances are anything to go by, they are worth watching out for. You can check them out on Facebook as well. 
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.
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