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When students talk about what they most like about our school, our demonstrations at the end of our classes almost always get a mention.

Guiding every student to dance creatively and with their own personality is an integral part of our teaching and we believe these improvised demonstrations help to inspire this.

In these demos, not only do we show the steps that we have been working on in the class but we also show how they can be developed, combined and varied. Tango is not about choreography. Even when we teach a sequence of steps we always show ways this can be dismantled and put together differently, and how it can be played with to express the music.

I never know what tango David will play at the end of the class. But I was really happy when last Wednesday he put on one of my favourites: Marion by Miguel Calo. (See my earlier blog entry on the beautiful lyrics of Marion!)

We always use a lot of decorations into our demos. Partly (and a very big part) because we love decorations and we find it almost impossible to dance without them! But also again to give ideas and inspiration to our students.

Next Saturday 1st and 8th April we will have two workshops entirely dedicated to the wonderful world of decorations!

Now that is something to look forward to!

We're very excited to be exploring Tango Vals for the first time in 2017 this Saturday.

So here is a little piece of tango history - and inspiration - for you: the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese at the age of 80 playing one of the most beautiful tango vales of all time: Desde El Alma in none other than the Theatre Colon, Buenos Aires.

We promise that Desde El Alma will be one of the many gorgeous valses we play this Saturday and next!

Sit back and enjoy!

When you dance Vals you feel like you leave your life at the door and step into a world of old school charm and romance. Our Workshop aims to breathe new inspiration into your Vals so your feet and movements can bring the music to life!

And here is some of David's improvised Vals with the legendary Alejandra Mantinñan in January:

You could hear a pin drop.

The moment world-famous dancer, Royal Ballet Superstar, Marianela Nuñez walked into our tango ball, her iconic white tutu brushing the legs of the waiting tangueros.

Her achingly beautiful Pas de Deux with partner Alejandra Parente to haunting music from Swan Lake was something that will remain imprinted in the minds of everyone present. When dance and music combine on that level you can almost feel your heart leaving your body.

David and Marianela met in Argentina when they were both training to be ballet dancers. They both attended the same ballet school in Buenos Aires. Marianela was shortly after accepted into the Royal Ballet. David continued his ballet career in Buenos Aires before fully dedicating himself to tango. Fate has brought both of them to live in London.

Because of David and Marianela's friendship, Marianela has now on two occasions performed at the Tango Movement Winter Ball, in order to help us raise as much funds possible to the Argentine charities the Ball supports.

At our last Ball, Marianela and Alejandro gave a surprise performance dancing a modern ballet piece to nuevo tango music by Astor Piazzolla, "A Buenos Aires". This year, it was all about the classic, with a rendition of the Act II Pas De Deux from Swan Lake.

We are extremely grateful tor Marianela and Alejandro for their enormous generosity in performing for us, taking time out from their extremely demanding dance schedules. And we are immensely proud of to have had such prestigious performers at our Tango Movement Winter Ball, making sure that it was certainly a 10th Anniversary Ball to remember!

We hope you enjoy the show!

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