When we came to London nearly 10 years ago, we had one purpose: to create our Argentine Tango school and to impart our knowledge from our years in Buenos Aires to the very best of our ability.
But what we didn't expect was to create something else, something bigger: a whole community of like-minded people. Over the years, we have seen life-long friendships form, relationships blossom, even children born! All because Tango Movement brought them together.
So it seemed to us that it was high time we organised a party - not a tango party (we have organised many of these!) but a social one - to bring together all our tango students - both those who have recently joined us and those who have been coming for years. And even those who we haven't seen in ages but will always be part of our "tango family".
We knew we were being optimistic but the recent good weather inspired us to throw a garden party at our home. Thankfully, the tango gods were smiling down on us and we experienced a very rare thing in this country: a sunny bank holiday!
With invitations sent out just a week before (we were monitoring the weather forecasts!) and many of our students away over the Bank Holiday, we were amazed to welcome over 75 people over the course of the day. We tried to invite everyone we could think of by going through our class lists. We just hope we remembered most of you!
And inevitably, even at a "non-tango tango party", there was quite a bit of dancing! With tango music playing, there was no stopping some people, even if it was barefooted on the grass!
The day was so fabulous that we now hope that - weather permitting - this will be a permanent feature on our tango calendar! So look out for the Tango Movement Garden Party: Edition 2 ... coming next summer!
Thank you everyone who came and made the day so special. For those who weren't there for whatever reason, we hope to see you next year!