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Dear <<First Name>>

Writing the editor's letter is not easy at this time. With so much of Australia burning - as I write, news that the fires are approaching the southern highlands area where we danced at BASH in late November is coming through. 
In times past I have used tango to help me get through emotionally gruelling times. It can be restorative to have an activity that takes you into another world for a few moments as you immerse yourself in the music and the dance.
It is to be hoped that 2020 brings rain sooner rather than later! 
2020 will certainly bring some great tango events - see below.
We hope you stay safe - and well as we move into another year.
Best wishes, 

Carol
TangoAustralia
At the end of November Sydney's Belen Silva performed with visiting teacher Sebastian Pereyra at the Sydney Tango Milonga held at the Bexley Community Club. 
Visiting Teachers
in 2020
Carolina Bonaventura will visit our shores again late April, early May. In Sydney she will be hosted by Tango Sur and Tango Spirit
Cecilia Gonzalez will be back in June. She will be in Melbourne 2-7 June with Tango Esensia, Sydney 9-14 with Pablito's, Canberra 16- 21 with Tengo Tango and Adelaide 23-28 with Southern Cross Tango
Above is the information we have  for the first half of the year. If you know of any other visitors or gigs coming up be sure to let us know in time for the next newsletter in February 
INTERNATIONAL TANGO FESTIVAL & WORLD CUP



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. 
 EVENTS
Festivals, weekends and special happenings
PORT MACQUARIE TANGO FESTIVAL

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. 

MELBOURNE TANGO WEEKEND

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. 
 GIG GUIDE:
Tango Music & Musicians
Mendoza Tango Quintet at BASH 2019. Click image for video
Mendoza Tango Quartet with Daniel Rojas-Gonzales are touring Tasmania in January. They will be at the Cygnet Folk Festival held at the Port Cygnet Cannery, 50km south of Hobart. They will perform on the 10th, 11th and 12th January. Then they will visit Hobart where they will be performing at the Tasmanian Tango Club's Gala Milonga on Tuesday 14th at 8pm and at MONA on Wednesday 15th at 3pm - bring your dancing shoes!! 

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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