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It's that time of year when we wind down all our classes and take a short break from tango.

It's been another amazing year for us at Tango Movement.

I enjoyed teaching classes right up until the night before my second baby was born in July. It was a special feeling to dance with the baby inside me and I didn't feel tempted to give up for a second! After some time off on maternity leave, I was back teaching classes by mid-September.

This year, we've worked hard on developing our weekend workshop themes, aiming always to help our students grow both technically and artistically, and to bring out the very best in them. We've continued to focus on creating the warm, nurturing atmosphere that our classes have become known for, so that we all feel that we are much more than a tango school ... more a tango family!

Highlights of this year have been our participation in the Che Tango Festival, in which I danced 7 months pregnant, our students' wonderful performance at the UK Tango Championship, our amazing sun-blessed garden party and, of course, hosting tango legend Alejandra Mantiñan for workshops over two weekends.

And how can we forget Alejandra and David's exhilarating, improvised performance at Negracha Tango Club in October? Two dancers who had scarcely danced with each other before stepped out onto the dance floor and exhibited an immediate connection and chemistry. Just like that. Magic. This, people, is what tango is all about!

Thank you everyone for making 2016 what it was and Tango Movement what it is. It is a never-ending source of happiness for us. As we get ready for our 10th anniversary year (gulp!), please enjoy this video of our favourite parts of 2016.

We'd like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year, wherever you may be spending it.

Wishing you health, happiness and a lot of tango in 2017! We can't wait to get started!

With much love,

David & Kim

A question I get asked a lot is what complimentary activity will most help me progress in tango.

There's no doubt that parallels can be found between most forms of movement, whether it is pilates, martial arts or even golf (or so I'm told!). And you may have noticed that students with some kind of background in another discipline usually improve at a faster rate than those who have not.

I'm always keen to stress that complimentary disciplines alone won't make you a great tango dancer. Dancing tango will make you a great tango dancer! A martial arts expert who has never taken a tango class, cannot dance tango! But they can definitely be a great help.

Everyone is different, but I just love ballet for my tango. It has given me a greater understanding of how my body works, improved my posture, control, co-ordination, musicality and strength. And I could go on!

Plus, I secretly do it because I love it and not just to improve my tango!

For over 5 years, I have been taking weekly private classes with the most wonderful teacher. With a gentle personality and a huge wealth of knowledge, her classes are holistic yet precise and her approach demanding yet incredibly nurturing. Her classes have been a tremendous help to me - not only improving my ballet but also - indirectly - my tango too.

I thought it was time to share my secret with my students! Too often they tell me they'd like to try ballet but feel intimidated by large ballet classes where they are an anonymous one of many.

Whether you have zero ballet experience, did ballet as a child or regularly take ballet classes as an adult, you will love Diana's teaching. And with only 6 places available, you will receive personal attention and - perhaps for the first time - feel at home in an adult ballet class.

The class will be a regular ballet class (no tango, no heels!) but with a strong focus on posture, balance and alignment. We will be running one taster session this year but hope to run the class on a weekly basis in the New Year.

When: Saturday 10th December 2016

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Where: Studio Movement, 6th Floor, Templeton House, 33-34 Chiswell Street, Moorgate EC1Y 4SF (Moorgate, Old Street, Barbican and Liverpool Street tubes)

Price: £15 per person

Places are limited to six - and three of them have gone already! - so please contact us if you would like to come.

Nights Out 16-09-2016

A lot of you tell us how much you love the atmosphere of our classes. So much so that they become as much a chance to catch up with friends and soak up the feel-good feeling, as to learn to dance tango.

That's why we organise Nights Out every two months or so. Our Nights Out are a golden opportunity for us all to all meet up outside of class and together do what we most love doing: tango.

We choose some of the best "milongas" (tango clubs) in town for our venues. Sometimes we give a performance during the evening, sometimes just the pre-milonga class and sometimes we simply hang out with you al!

With Kim back from maternity leave, now seems like an ideal time to plan our next Night Out. Watch this space for news of our next one, coming really soon!

UPDATE: Our next night out is our Christmas Party on Friday 25th November and guess what, you're invited! Click here for all the information. We hope you'll join us - it's going to be a great night.

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