TangoAustralia - brings you Christmas and New Year News. 
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Dear <<First Name>>

Just back from BASH (Buenos Aires in the Southern Highlands) where the weekend of community tango in the little NSW town of Bundanoon (pop 2,700+) was a blast! Happy people dancing, DJs keeping the floor pumping, time to chat and have a coffee with tango friends, to walk in the verdant Morton National Park and to simply chill out with tango.
The absolute highlight was a brilliant performance by
Mendoza Tango Quintet on the Saturday night. I have watched this group go from strength to strength since the first time I heard them play at the Camelot Lounge as a support act for Tangalo. Wow! The arrangements, the passion and the proficiency are world class. Magical D'Arienzo was so good I had to stop dancing and just listen and watch. The inclusion of the young student Sam, who played with the group last year when they were short of a bass player at the last minute, was a great move. Thank you Mendoza.
With Christmas coming - there is plenty of tango to add to your calendar... and maybe tango accessories to add to your Christmas wish list!! 
Keep us posted on what's happening - so we can keep everyone in touch! 

Wishing you a safe and happy festive season - and lots of tango!


Jonathan Saavreda and Clarisa Aregon, world tango champions and judges at the inaugural Oceania Tango Championship and Congress
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Dante Sanchez and Indira Hiayes will be hosted by Tango Spirit in Sydney .In 2007 Dante won the Tango Salon Championship at the El Mundial de Tango in Buenos Aires with his then partner Innes Muzzopappa. He has been a a judge at the World Tango Championship (El Mundial de Tango) and, since 2014, at the Metropolitan Championship in Buenos Aries, he has his own tango school in Buenos Aires. Dante has a strong following in Australia. We understand they will be in Australia until December 15 and may be visiting Perth and Byron Bay - but we have been unable to confirm this. 

Rodrigo Palacios will return with his partner Agustina Berenstein  at the end of the year.  will be with Pablitos in Sydney from 5 to 13 December. They are also expected to visit Canberra but we have no further information.

We comb the internet for information on what is happening in tango in Australia but if we have missed any performers, dates or events - please tell us so we can include them in the next TangoAustralia newsletter.

Auckland Tango in New Zealand has launched the Oceania Tango Congress and Championship to be held in 19-22 March 2020.
This is an official preliminary championship for the main event which is held in Buenos Aires in August. 
Judges have been announced - they are Sol Cerquides and Fernando Gracia and Clarisa Aragon with Jonathan Saavreda.  
Fernando Gracia was the 2007 World Stage Champion and Sol Cerquides was the 2010 Campeona Metropolitana city champion in the milonga and also 4th place in the World for tango Salon category.
Jonathan and Clarisa were crowned World Champions in Tango de Pista at the Festival y Mundial de Tango (Tango World Championship)in 2015.
Early bird bookings for the non-official competitions have closed but the bookings for packages is open until 31 January. For more information go to the website. 
Festivals, weekends and special happenings
Tango in Gippsland, Victoria
December 1, Nilma North Hall, Nilma is an afternoon of performance, food, bubbles and live music. Check out the Facebook page for more info. 


February 21-23, 2020. 
A weekend of tango at one of NSW's most beautiful coastal retreats. Milongas, workshops and dancing on the beach. A weekend away at the end of the Australian summer. 
Check it out now, as places are filling fast. 


27-29 March, 2020 - registrations are now open for this weekend of milongas and fabulous music at the glorious Collingwood Town Hall. Check out the program and register now to avoid disappointment. 
Tango Music & Musicians
The tango music scene is winding down for the end of the year...


Just Us Tango tango band
Together with Bandoneon Australia, Just Us Tango is hosting Bandoneon Open Day at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon on Saturday December 7 from 2pm to 5pm.
This is a first! The Facebook page tells us: " The event will run from 2pm to 5 pm and is a chance for students to learn about and experience playing this magical instrument, most famous for the distinctive sound it lends to tango music.
"The director is Rodolfo Caivano, an Argentinian-Australian Bandoneon player who studied with Argentina’s finest bandoneon players. Rodolfo has many years’ experience playing in traditional tango orchestras and ensembles, and is currently teaching bandoneon to students, as well as organising the Orchestra School of Tango in Canberra.
"Students of all levels are welcome. It will be a fun, relaxed, and hands-on day, where the emphasis is on trying new things and absorbing some of the culture of Argentinian tango music."
Read more on the Facebook page.
Tango musicians and bands
These tango bands play for dancers as well as events.
Martin Fallows with llama in PeruTravelling 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.
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