Tango in lockdown

Tango Mendoza musicians performing
Dear <<First Name>>

We skipped a month with our newsletter as we dealt with the closing down of classes, milongas - and a fractured wrist! 

In March we wrote about cancellation of so many upcoming Festivals and workshops - little did we know that everything would have to close in order to deal with The Pandemic. 

It could be a very long time before we are able to attend classes, workshops, milongas and festivals again, but in the meantime there are classes and mini milongas online - and it is a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself in the music. 

We have put together a selection of what is available online. A writer in the 'Guardian' in April suggested that all of Argentina's 44 million inhabitants were offering online tango classes! Hardly but as the month has gone by more people have had to turn to inventing and discovering new ways to keep their tango alive.

Best wishes, 

From Eidolon Media. "A few of the last days of Tango in Buenos Aires before lockdown. Milongas, cafes, music and dance! Featuring Laurel Tango Trio recorded at Tangotica 21 Jan 2020. Also thanks to Orq. La Autentica MIlonguera at Club Gricel! VZTango is Victoria And Zak in Reno, NV. Tango video and DJ services."

Where do you start?
Probably one of the best places is Facebook and the page for your part of the world. We have listed some of the Facebook pages below that regularly include posts on what's happening.

roxana suarez and sebastian achavalGroups and Festivals... how about Dancer Shape -  a website that focuses on creating online lessons for professional and aspiring dancers, of all walks and ages.  Not just tango - their mission statement reads "By fusing multiple methods and disciplines we bring to you a holistic approach to movement, well-being, and self-expression through dance.  This is an English website based in London and the teachers are world class - payment is in Euros.
The Unidos Online Tango Festival ran from 17-30 April, however you can still sign up for Tango Yoga with the fabulous Roxana Suarez (pictured with her partner Sebastian Achaval) - there is bound to be more. 

Let's Dance Tango is another site which seems to be based in the UK as prices are in Euros and it is on London time. This site is offering classes with well dancers including Sebastian Jiminez and Joana Gomez, Yanina Valeria Quiñones and Neri Luciano Piliu.

Cosmo Tango's Lola Diaz and Fabian Salas, who are the organisers behind the CITA festival in BA every year have a really busy website.

Here you will find:

  • a series of instructional videos (“Learn to Dance Tango with Fabián & Lola”) in 4 different languages, 
  • Events
  • Videos of Premios Tango, an award for tango dancers, teachers, DJs and entrepreneurs; 
  • Interviews
  • Videos of the many of today’s tango masters performances
  • Newsletter 

There is a free section for which you register and there are two other grades of membership, one is currently $19US a month, the other $13US

Karina and Fabian Conca dancing tangoCloser to home TangoConca - Karina and Fabian Fabian and Karina Conca, have been teaching in Sydney for many years and one of Australia’s most established tango schools. They have a series of short lessons for both leaders and followers on YouTube, together with videos of performances. 

Tango Melbourne is offering online classes. This school is run by teachers Doni and Renee. The schedule which includes Fundamentals, Leaders Flare and Technique, Followers Flare and Technique and Music understanding. You can choose a single session for $15 or  a basic online membership of $30 per week. You can also video your dancing and submit it for review. 

In Brisbane Hugo Fernandez' school Alma de Tango is offering online classes with Zoom on Saturdays. Check out their timetable online. You can do a casual class for $16 - or book a course. There are classes for different levels. 


One of the best places to discover what is happening in tango. We recommend that you check out all the pages, not just the ones local to you as some online events do not post to all.


The organisers have announced that the Tango in the Spring planned for this October in Canberra has been cancelled. The next Tango in the Spring will be in 2022 as next year, 2021 BASH (Buenos Aires in the Southern Highlands) is still on the calendar. 


Joaquin Amenabar Musicality  If you have a copy of Joaquin’s book and DVD -‘ Tango Let’s Dance to the Music!’ now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in understanding and relating to tango music. Very easy to follow… perfect vehicle for a series of Youtube lessons! You will find a few teasers on Youtube but no complete lessons

Murat Erdemsel Musicality Lecture May 10th
"How to listen and understand the music with 8 Elements" lecture has travelled the world since 2008 Now it is being shared on Youtube.  The stream is private so you need a code which you get by emailing Murat

2 dates:

You will need to ask Murat about Time zones:

Zurich/Berlin:  20:00
London:            19:00
Istanbul:           21:00
New York:        14:00
Los Angeles:   11:00
Honolulu:         08:00
Tokyo:               03:00

To support the channel go to:


Tango musicians and bands

These tango bands play for dancers as well as events. Check out the Facebook pages for these musicians - they may be doing an online event, or have music you can purchase. 

Tango Music and the Tango DJ

If you simply stick to the music of the Golden Age of Tango - there is believed to be over 40,000 recordings from that period. Many are obscure and difficult, if not impossible to find, but many are available. 
Discovering the music - listening and learning is a life-time's work, but while you are missing the social side you don't need to miss the music.
Here are some links that may help you find out more
Tango DJ - has a huge of list of resources, fact sheets and places you can buy tango music.
Tejas tango - playing music for milongas is no longer current - but there is a stack of information still online. The author is Stephen Brown whose knowledge of tango music is legendary.
Totango - is a resource compiled by Keith Elshaw of Canada whose technical skills have resulted in the remastering of much of tango's great music. 
Tango Via was set up in Buenos Aires in order to preserve tango music as it was written and recorded. It appears to have gone offline but it is very worth listening to some of the recordings on the Wikipedia link and of Ignacio Varchausky, founder of Orquesta El Arranque

Travelling to South America

Martin Fallows with llama in Peru
When it is safe to travel to South America again travel agents will be the first to know - and will have access to deals you can't find online.
When you are ready contact
Martin at Travel Choice, the South American specialists
Photo: Martin in Peru with (borrowed) baby llama...
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