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Twenty years ago when I started tango, I would never have imagined that I would appear on the front page of one of Argentina's leading newspapers.

But in one of those "pinch yourself" moments, it happened last Saturday.

I knew about it first not because of the article itself but because my Argentine partner's telephone was constantly pinging while we were trying to teach class.

Every family member and every friend who had ever known him in Argentina were trying to contact him.

Because Clarin is one of Argentina's top two newspapers.

We of course knew we had done a telephone interview with Clarin a few weeks back but we didn't know that it would make the front page or that a double page spread would be dedicated to us.

Clarin had wanted to interview us because they had heard about the BBC interviewing us last year on the anniversary of the "La Cumparsita" (one of the most famous tangos of all time).

They were also interested in our annual Tango Ball which over the last eight years has raised around £25,000 for charitable causes in Argentina. For example for FUSAVI, which provides life-changing surgery for people with sight problems.

But it seems it was the story of an English "tourist" who - quite literally - crossed paths with an Argentine dancer on the streets of Buenos Aires, that really captured their imagination.

You can read the whole story, by clicking here.

It's been a busy year so far for Tango Movement in the media.

In March, videos of us and our students performing were selected by Italian's second largest TV channel - RA1 - who were doing a feature on tango. We had no particular link to the feature but felt incredibly flattered that they had chosen our performance videos!

And in January our story was featured ipaper, the online version of the Independent newspaper.

There are a few classic signs that you’re addicted to tango.

When the other day a new student told me - a few months after starting tango - that he was looking for a new flat with more space to dance in, I couldn’t help but chuckle.

I knew then that he was well and truly part of our crazy worldwide club of tango junkies.

Another tell tell sign? Grabbing absolutely any opportunity you can to practice your tango.

No matter when, no matter where. You look left, you look right. No one around? Quick, time to just trace out that little *lapiz* you learnt in tango class last week.

We are the Ikea generation. Experts at finding inventive ways to create more space.

You discover that the kitchen counter provides the ideal support to practice your ochos … provided of course your hand doesn’t accidentally switch the hob on!

A flight of stairs doubles up as the perfect apparatus to stretch out your calf muscles after a long night in the milonga.

And why stare into space when you’re waiting for the microwave to ping? It’s a total waste of valuable practice time!

Picture me then just the other night at our venue in Soho making my way up to our first floor dance studio.

That night I had put my tango shoes on in the changing rooms before going up to class. And I decided to take the lift rather than the stairs.

Socialising After Tango Class

Even on the lower ground floor I could hear the lovely sounds of tango emanating from the studio, where my partner was setting up for our class.

And there I was standing in a lift. In tango shoes. With tango music. How was I not going to practice some *rulos*?

But there was a snag. The lift was made of glass.

A man in sports gear, climbing the stairs turned and stared. And for a few moments, I was at a total loss as to why.

Then it hit me. A grown woman. Dancing. In pink stilettos. And a matching pink fur coat (a complete coincidence, by the way). I guess that is not something "non-tango people" see every day.

But it didn’t end there.

He kept pace with my lift as he climbed the stairwell. As we together reached each new level, my rulos became just a touch more flamboyant and began to lift of the floor. His eyes widened.

Well, you didn't really expect me to stop and let such a golden opportunity to practice slip through my fingers? Plus, it was kind of fun to have an audience! ;)

If you've been dancing even a short time, you'll probably have a funny tango anecdote. Please share it with us in the comments section below!

We always knew that our Tenth Anniversary Year would be special and it did not disappoint.

We kicked off our celebrations in January with an incredible Tango Movement Winter Ball.

Always an amazing event, we knew we had to really go to town to make our 10th Anniversary Edition extra special.

And we did!

Not only were we blessed with a superb performance by tango goddess Alejandra Mantiñan (performing with David Benitez), but we treated our Tango Movement students to a private performance by Royal Ballet superstar, principal dancer Marianela Nuñez. She performed the Dying Swan with Buenos Aires ballet dancer Alejandro Parente.

You could have heard a pin drop!

Other highlights of the year included our session of photos in different London locations. An unusually cold day for the start of May but we survived it somehow and had some beautiful new photos to show for it.

Our London Location Tango Shoot

And then came our four-page feature in Top Santé magazine.

Four Page Spread on David & Kim in Top Sante Magazine

We have had many memorable Tango Movement Nights Out with our students this year.

A group of our students performed - for the third consecutive year - in the London Tango Championships. And we also participated in the Che Tango Festival in London with many internationally renowned tango guest artists.

Proud Students Taking Their Bows

In the summer, we hosted a fabulous Tango Garden Party for all our students. For the second year running, we were blessed with the most outstanding weather. The focus was on the food and the friendship, but some of you created your own little milonga and enjoyed a few tangos too!

The Tango Movement Garden Party

In 2017, we have been consulted as tango experts not once but three times by the BBC.

First, we were interviewed by Katie Derham (of Strictly Come Dancing fame) on BBC Radio 4. Together with tango musician Julian Rowlands we discussed the relationship between tango music and dance.

We were then asked to coach BBC presenter, Suzy Klein, so she could dance tango for an upcoming documentary on Evita.

Finally, we were interviewed by BBC Mundo (the Spanish arm of the BBC) on the 100th Anniversary of “La Cumparsita” - perhaps the most famous tango song of all time.

But most importantly, we look around us at the end of this significant year and feel a huge sense of pride for all that Tango Movement is and everyone who is part of it.

We see students who have been studying tango with us for the best part of ten years, and also new students who have joined our extended tango family this year. We feel incredibly lucky and privileged to be part of their tango journey.

If we had had a crystal ball ten years ago when we arrived in London from Buenos Aires, we would have been amazed to see all we have achieved. But we couldn’t have been happier!

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