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

April showers... dancing in the rain... it's that time of year and we hope it will rain in those parts of our country that are so parched they are making records. As we move into the cooler months tango professionals arrive for workshops and we discover new techniques, polish our steps and work on our dance so we can continue to discover the nuances of the wonderful music that is tango. 
Change is also part of moving on - and so new tango schools arrive, old tango schools change and institutions change their modus operandi. Over my 20 years in the Australian tango scene I have seen many changes, but basically we keep exploring the music and culture and discovering new avenues...I hope to be here for another 20 years! 
Meanwhile...enjoy... I am! 

Yours in tango, 
Milena Plebs and Diomar Giraldo Escobar at Corrientes - Argentine Tango Club, London. An improvised milonga to Juan D'Arienzo's  Milonga del Corazon. Thanks to John Lowry from The Tango Lesson for the link to this delightful performance. 
Visiting Teachers
Check out who's coming your way
Rocio Leguizamon and German Filipeli will arrive in Newcastle, NSW on 5th April to 7th April with Ruedisima. They will give workshops and a performance. For more information visit the Facebook page
From 8 to 12 they will be in Sydney with Tango Synergy giving workshops and private lessons. Email for details or check the Facebook page.

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 June 12-June 16. Their tour will conclude in Cairns from 19-25 June with Tango Craze
Beto Barsellini and Lis Dorin will arrive in Sydney for the month of July. They will be performing and working at the Uruguyan Club. 

Maximiliano Cristiani and Karina Colmeiro will be hosted by E-Tango in Brisbane, Queensland for private lessons, workshops, milonga and performance from July 26 to 29. More information from E-Tango

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 September 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.
Festivals and happenings - big and small - plan your weekends now!
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

Sunshine Coast Tango Festival (7-9 June 2019) is in warm and sunny Maroochydore, Queensland. Temperatures average 21C at this time 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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. 
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