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On Thursday night, we celebrated the 79th birthday of our dear student and friend Sue.

Sue has been studying tango with us for nearly 10 years now and comes to our advanced class. No one who sees her dance can believe she is 79 years young!

Watch her traditional birthday tango Vals (waltz) in her celebration after class.

The Birthday Vals is one of my very favourite tango traditions. Each dancer in the room takes it in turn to dance with the birthday girl/boy. It is an exhilarating feeling to go from one dancer to the next, each with their own energy, personality and interpretation.

Sue is a more accomplished dancer than most dancers half her age! She dances several nights a week and is able to keep up with the most energetic of partners.

Sue, here’s to many many more years of dancing. Thank you making us believe that we will all be able to do it too!

We were very excited to visit the BBC on Wednesday to talk about tango!

David and I accompanied tango musician Julian Rowlands to talk about the relationship between tango and the music.

We met with Katie Derham, presenter of the BBC Proms and 2015 finalist of Strictly Come Dancing, who asked us many questions about tango, specifically focused on we interpret the music when we dance.

”Dance is music made visible” - said the great choreographer Balanchine. And tango in particular has a fascinating relationship with its music.

The programme will form part of a new series - “Sound Of Dance” - combining Katie’s love of dance and music on BBC Radio 3. Each week Katie will talk to different experts from the dance world, focusing on distinct genres such as ballet, classical Indian and of course Argentine tango!

In the first week, Katie will talk about Sir Frederick Ashton, the founder choreographer of the Royal Ballet. Argentine tango will make its appearance in Week 2 of the series.

“I am thrilled to be involved with this series which will introduce Radio 3 listeners to the wonder of dance through the magnificent music which accompanies it.” - Katie Derham

Sound Of Dance starts on BBC Radio 3 on 3rd June with episodes every Saturday from 3pm – 4pm.

We will announce on our News Page when the Tango programme that we were involved in is about to be broadcast!

I am so looking forward to my Tango Technique Workshop this Saturday … just for the ladies.

Ladies Technique is one of my all-time favourite topics. And although we often hold Technique Workshops for both men and women at Tango Movement, there is something quite special about occasionally working with just the girls.

Somehow over the years, I’ve turned into something of a tango technique geek, excited about even the smallest details in our movement and new ways to explain them in my classes.

I haven’t always been this way. In my 20’s, all I wanted to do was get on with the dance. I was prepared to work hard and practice, and I knew that technique was important, but I wasn’t always as patient as I should have been about the where and the how I should initiate the movement, the positioning of the body … and every other tiny piece of the jigsaw.

I despair of my younger self. I can now see how much more progress my students who take tango technique seriously than those who are just looking for their next dance partner and “tango fix”. Because it is the details that make up the whole.

I remember the feeling of dancing in a fog of confusion, not really sure what is happening from one moment to the next. Enjoying the feeling of things progressing, only to feel that progress slip away from me, without fully understanding why. Because, to quote the legendary Rudolf Nureyev:

"Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration."

I am a total convert to technique. Just a few minutes of technique each day can have more value than many hours of dancing in the milonga. Too many people adhere to the misguided belief that racking up their “tango miles” will improve their dance. If it does, it is over a much longer period of time. And in fact unfocused practice can serve only to reenforce bad habits.

A good technique workshop should help you to strengthen the precise muscles you use when you dance tango, acquire greater corporal awareness, increase your confidence and fuel your self-expression and creativity.

I hope this has inspired you to get started (or keep going) with your technique. And if you’re not sure exactly what you should be working on or are in need of some fresh ideas, look no further than my Ladies Technique Workshop this Saturday!

This is the second week we'll be working on Ladies Technique. My students last week requested a second workshop to reinforce the ideas from the first class. But don't worry if you weren't able to make the first one. I'll make sure everything is crystal clear.

The class will take place this Saturday 20th May at 3:30 - 5:30 pm at Marshall Street Leisure Centre, 15 Marshall Street, Soho, W1F 7EL (close to Oxford Circus). Price: £20 per person. Please contact us if you would like to book a place.

We'll start the class without our shoes (bring a pair of socks). After that we'll move to our tango heels. I'd strongly recommend that you wear the shoes you would nomally wear to dance tango in - rather than simply practice shoes.

I can’t wait to help you find your light bulb moments!

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