Keeping you in touch with tango in Australia
Dear <<First Name>>

A glass of Malbec and an empanada, just right for refuelling when you are dancing! I love alfajores so I learnt to make them for the milongas I ran in Sydney over 5 years ago. I am feeling a little nostalgic at the moment, hence the masthead - and the video below of last year's winners of the World Tango Championship. Over the recent holiday weekend I spent a little time cleaning out old cupboards and out fell the folders and brochures for the Australian Tango Championships which I was also involved with at the Sydney Opera House some years back.
Australia no longer runs heats for the championships, so anyone keen to enter needs to move to another country, ideally Argentina, to practise and learn from the maestros. Another segue... as we have a number of maestros on their way to Australia in the next few months.
Check out the list below.

Yours in tango, 
Performing at the Seoul International Tango Festival just a few weeks ago, Joe Luis Salvo and Carla Rossi, the 2018 winners of the World Tango Championship, Salon. 
Visiting Teachers
Check out who's coming your way
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.  Follow the link above for details of their workshops and performances

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 June 12-June 16. Their tour will conclude in Cairns from 19-25 June with Tango Craze

Fabian and Karina Conca from Sydney's Tango Conca will teach workshops at the Perth Tango Club from May 10 -12. Fabian and Karina have a tango heritage that goes back three generations to the dance halls of Buenos Aires. They have been teaching and performing in Sydney and around the world for more than decade. 
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 28th 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
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!! 
Visiting Teachers later in the year
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 Brisbae 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. 
Festivals and happenings - big and small - plan your weekends now!
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

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. No more details available at this time, but you might want to book accommodation soon.

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. 

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.
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. 
Prices start at $27699pp*. For more information on the cruise package visit
The 'Ruby Princess' will sail from Sydney on December 5. 2019 into the South Pacific visiting visiting Noumea, ( New Caledonia), Mystery Island, (Vanuatu) and the Isle of Pines (New Caledonia). 8- nights disembarking in Sydney on December 13. 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'. 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 a
Tango Band

The 12-piece Melbourne Tango Orchestra (pictured) will be performing at Sokol Melbourne, 497 Queensberry Street, Melbourne on Friday May 17 at 8pm. This is an orquesta tipica with a repertoire of traditional Argentinean tango from the Golden Era of Mid-twentieth century tango music. Find out more on Facebook.

A new tango band Barrio del Tango, about which we know only the name! will perform at the SydneyTango milonga at the Bexley RSL on 29 June. To find out more contact Carlos 0412 187 888. 
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.
Sebastian Achaval & Roxana Suarez, Todos te quieren

Spotlight on the Best!

Not often played...Angel D'Agostino 'Todos te Quieren' and danced by two of the very best dancers Sebastian Achaval and Roxana Suarez. 
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