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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.

Many of you will remember our wonderful summer teachers last year at Tango Movement.

Junior Cervila and Guadalupe Garcia taught our tango classes for us all summer and you absolutely loved them.

The good news? They'll be back again with us this summer! Dates will be announced in due course.

Junior and Guadalupe have had a really busy year since leaving us.

Not only have they got married - congratulations both! - but they have also starred - as the unique tango couple - in two Broadway Productions.

In December 2017, they were part of the cast for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. And just this last month, they starred in Grand Hotel, The Musical, with rave reviews.

We are proud that we are able to bring you such star quality teachers. And as those who took classes with them know, they are completely lovely human beings too!

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!

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