Thursday, 21 January 2010

Valentine's Day Argentine Tango

Valentine's Day: some people literally love this occasion, others squirm at the thought of all that sugary sweet commercialised trivia, but what about tango on Valentine's Day? Surely this is the stuff for the genuine hot blooded lover... there is no more passionate dance in the world than Argentine tango. Think about it.. the numerous films where the tango is featured as the ultimate, dangerous, most irresistible of all pairings..(Easy Virtue, Take the lead, Shall we dance, Death on the Nile, Last tango in Paris, to name but a few) this is why we dance tango for the frisson three minutes may give us. And the music!! Piazzolla, Pugliese, Di Sarli..

So, combine the world's most amorous dance with the sensuous live music of
"Tango Siempre" on Sunday afternoon in a quiet hall in the Malvern Hills, and you have the pure magical ingredients just right for discerning Valentines. Not to mention of course, a lovely old fashioned tea of home-made cakes and delicate sandwiches from our country kitchens.

Book a ticket just for you, or bring a special guest, but whatever you do, we hope you'll have a wonderful time.

But make sure you book a ticket as soon as possible as Tango Siempre has always been a big draw, and this especially being the full quintet including their superb singer
Guillermo Rozenthuler from Buenos Aries - it's an exciting coup for Malvern for this special day, and with tickets at £22.50 this is incredible value for undoubtedly the leading tango company in the UK plus a glorious tea of home-made cakes and scones (gluten-free options also available)

Here at Tango Malvern, we want you to enjoy yourselves. Come dance with us.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

macho tangueros in malvern!

What a difference a week makes, sunshine has arrived and the deep snow of the last days and weeks seems almost a dream. Maybe the dynamics of our tango class tomorrow will also be different from last Monday's, when I thought for a moment that I'd advertised a class "especially for leaders" as I noticed only men filter past me on the door.
Fortunately, some "followers" did arrive eventually, the hard core devotees of our club, thank you girls! Of course, for us women who have had to share men over the last few years, quite often at a ratio 0f 3:1, (fortunately hardly ever in Malvern!) this sort of evening comes as welcome treat!

Our guest teachers Loyd Vidal and Sandra Bernard however, handled the situation admirably, with quite wicked humour, and, the men seemed to enjoy the class theme of learning to follow as well as lead. There were some chuckles about dancing close embrace or not, and consoling remarks of men having originally learnt to tango in Argentina with other men, so ultimately the class was a great success.

When analysing the evening the next day, I worried that I may have frighted some of the girls away(?!) but dear friend Mhari pointed out to me that it was probably all due to the snow, the "treacherous roads"(once again!) as in the main women don't like driving around in such conditions, where as men regard it as having fun!

Well, what a relief, and thank you boys !! Now I feel even more proud of our truly macho tangueros we are blessed with here in little old Malvern. And girls, perhaps you should remember to appreciate them a tiny bit more, after all they make a big effort to learn this beautiful dance, in all weathers and with such good humour as well! It really does take two to tango.

PS., and to our brave girls who risked the roads to make the class, well done and thank you as well, you really do have what it takes to be a great tanguera: attitude!

PPS., dear Macho Tangueros and fiesty Tangueras, don't forget it's Valentine's Day in 4 weeks time from today, and we have the most wonderful treat planned for you all - Sunday February 14th at Colwall Village Hall, the most extravagant event we have so far organized: Valentine's Tea Dance with luscious irresistible cream tea, and fabulous live music by the internationally acclaimed Tango Siempre! Love and tango. You want it, we do it.

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Sunday, 10 January 2010

snow and new year resolutions

This snowy weather has been challenging for us country folk, roads have been "treacherous" according to the Daily Telegraph and many events and classes have had to be canceled or postponed. I am really looking forward to our regular Monday night class though tomorrow night, with guest tango teachers (albeit no further extreme weather!) Loyd Vidal and Sandra Bernard of Gallo Ciego tango club, b'ham. They should soon get us back on the straight and narrow. I hope everyone else will feel the same. The Christmas and New Year break has gone on longer than ever, exacerbated by the snow, and my clothes are feeling a little on the tight side too. However, we almost don't need to make resolutions (in the traditional self-righteous sense) if we are committed tangueros and tangueras, as leading a life devoted to tango really can keep us healthy both physically and emotionally. I should feel relaxed about my little bit of extra padding my body has added over the festive period and all the comforting family cooking, for a week or so of serious dancing will soon do its job hopefully. Tango is the way forward, as it was last year .. more lessons, more workshops, more musical awareness, but most importantly more sensitivity from both leaders and followers. My resolution is to simply continue spreading this wonderful secret to good physical and emotional health, tango more, but with true conviction and utter commitment to the person dancing opposite!

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