Sunday, 6 November 2011

Important tango updates, including Christmas performance!


First of all congratulations to everyone who graduated this week from the beginner course, well done! I'm really looking forward to continuing to see you progress over the coming weeks and months, starting next Tuesday with a visit to TLCs mini milonga.

The next beginner course starts on 7th Nov. For details, testimonials, and booking see:
No need to bring a partner, but by all means invite your friends! (If you bring 3 along with you, you get a free private lesson).

If you've previously completed a beginner course and would like to leave some feedback, I'd really appreciate that. Please use either of these links. It only takes a minute, thanks!
Or other review site of your choice.

Christmas performance! A few students have said they'd like to work on a routine, so I thought how about preparing something for Christmas? Here's the idea: We'll meet once a week for about an hour over the next month and a half and develop a choreography together, which uses the movements you've already learnt and a few new ones. Around mid Dec we'll meet up and perform what we've created. I'll film it and you can invite your friends to watch if you like. It will be a fun collaboration where everyone contributes. (no pressure to be perfect!)

It's open to anyone who has completed the beginner course. If you want to be a part of this (or have any questions) please let me know asap - and when you'd be available for practice. I need to know this week.

Your introductory tango guide: I've prepared a little guide for new and existing students, which aims to explain what this wonderful dance is and how it works. In it you will also find some practical tips for your individual and partner practice. 
Download it here (it's free) :

Continuing your learning: Learning Tango can be compared to learning a musical instrument or another language - you can communicate, express yourself and have fun with it early on, but to really get to grips with it requires plenty of practice (and a bit of patience). So, where to after the beginner course? 

Thus far I've been running further classes from 9:30-10:30pm on a Monday, but I know this is a little late for a lot of people. So I'm asking you, when would you like to take 'improver/intermediate' classes? Based on your answers I'll re-arrange the beginner course and my individual lessons to suite the majority of existing students, because it's important to me that you have the opportunity to progress and enjoy tango to the fullest.

If you're interested in continuing your learning of tango please reply with your availability for a weekly class:

Mon  6:30-8pm, 7-8:30pm, 7:30-9pm, 8-9:30pm
Tues 6:30-8pm, 7-8:30pm, 7:30-9pm, 8-9:30pm
Wed  6:30-8pm, 7-8:30pm, 7:30-9pm, 8-9:30pm
Thur  6:30-8pm, 7-8:30pm, 7:30-9pm, 8-9:30pm
Fri    6-7:30pm, 6:30-8pm

Simply copy and paste the above days and times and remove the ones you can't make. For instance, if the only times you can make are Monday from 7pm, Thursday from 7:30pm and early Friday evening then you'd have:
"Mon  7-8:30pm, 7:30-9pm, 8-9:30pm
Thur  7:30-9pm, 8-9:30pm
Fri    6-7:30pm"

So, for people who have already completed the beginner course, or who have been dancing regularly for a good few months please let me know when you'd like have a weekly class to take your tango forward. (Note, you wont need to come with a partner.)

Focus on practice: It's important to practice what you've learnt, besides just taking lessons, so I'll be reorganizing the evening which future classes for improvers will take place on, so that I'll be free to practice with people after the class, and people can just dance with each other, without another lesson going on.

Special introductory event: I'm running a 'tango taster' event with an evening Milonga on 12th November at the Art House cafĂ© in Southampton. This is for complete beginners to have the chance to get a little flavour of what tango is about and have some fun. If you know someone who might like to do that, please pass the details on! It's £5 for the 2 hour workshop from 5-7pm, and a donation for the milonga from 7:30pm. The milonga is open to everyone!

Take care,

ps. If anyone is around Cheltenham on Sunday 30th Oct, I'm teaching a full day's workshop for people with at least 1 year tango experience. If you're interested in attending, see this page: