Last night at Sydney's Tango Encanto milonga in Bondi Junction, we were treated to a performance by Sydney's current visiting teachers - Dani Tuero and Aja Fen. Much loved by some of Sydney's tango dancers this couple will no doubt inspire and delight many of Sydney's tango dancers. I enjoyed their performances but it is not a style I aspire to, though I don't for one minute doubt that I could learn something from their workshops. When I first started to tango (and had more tango dollars to spend) I used to do all the workshops but these days I have to be more careful as there is so much to choose from. If you can afford it I believe that saturating yourself in tango in the first few years of dancing is the best way to go - so do take time to find out more about this duo (check out the TangoAustralia February Newsletter). Dani and Aja have just been to Byron Bay for a weekend tangofest and will travel west to Perth after Sydney.
And I have to take the opportunity to say that I still find the Tango Encanto milonga, one of the best and most enjoyable in Sydney. It has everything that go to make up a good milonga for me - great music, friendly welcoming hosts, good floor (sometimes a little sticky when it's humid, but not easy to avoid), and a crowd with a friendly vibe! What more could you ask?
Friday, February 19, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I've just spent a weekend away from tango, visiting my aged parents who live some hours outside Sydney - and celebrating my father's 90th. When they were young my parents loved to dance, and I remember as a child watching open mouthed as my mother put the finishing touches to a ball dress she had sewn herself from one of the latest patterns. Then she and my father, usually dressed in his 'penguin suit', would set off for a ball. These memories make me feel a little sad as now my parents are very much in the latter stages of their lives and my dancing mother, needs help to get in and out of a car - no more dancing for her. It also reminds me of the article on TangoAustralia which points how dancing into your latter years keeps you active mentally as well as physically. So I will try to make up for the weekend I missed by dancing tango more this week - and hope that I can stave off my genetic inheritance.