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A new series of Strictly Come Dancing is due to start on the BBC tonight. And no doubt this year, as in previous years, the programme will serve up its own particular version of Argentine tango.

And there will be - as there always are - tango aficionados up in arms about it on social media. Equally, however, there will be many of us who have wearily grown accustomed to seeing our beloved tango misrepresented in the mainstream media. And other than a brief moment of irritation or a small squirm of embarrassment, we will move swiftly on to the next story in our news feed.

But, as one dance competition is about to begin, another very different one comes to a close.

In Buenos Aires, the Tango World Championship, El Mundial de Tango, has just crowned its latest champions in “tango salon” (dance floor tango) and “tango escenario” (stage tango).

Watching the footage of the final, I find myself wondering what Strictly fans would make of it. Because the difference between the winning tango and what they’ll see on Strictly, could not be greater.

El Mundial de Tango is the only competition that has any weight at all in the world of Argentine Tango. And contrary to popular belief, competitions in Argentine tango are not considered “the be all and end all”. Indeed they are a relatively recent innovation.

Many tango dancers think competitions can stifle our art form, turning it into a box-ticking exercise. By conforming to the rules or what the competitors think the judges are looking for, competitions risk creating uniformity and banality, inhibiting creativity and individuality.

But there was nothing uniform or banal about the winners of the stage competition this year.

What would a Strictly fan make of it? Well, I’m guessing they might detect a significant lack of bling and plunging necklines. Not that I’m anti-bling - I have succumbed to a fair few sequinned dresses in my time - but tango is so much more classy and complex than the cliché.

A Strictly fan might also miss the slicked-back hair of the classic tango Lothario. Our man is a foppish blond, bucking yet another stereotype.

But perhaps most striking of all, throughout the couple dance with a wrought iron bird cage with a red balloon inside. Around it, in their arms, even attached to their feet, the bird cage is the focal point of their choreography.

What’s it all about? Well, without some knowledge of the music, it is admittedly a little baffling. However, in Argentina, the piece - "Balada Por Un Loco" by Astor Piazzolla - is perhaps as well-known as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and no less surreal in its meaning.

“Love me this way, crazy, crazy, crazy … Climb up to this tender madness in me. Put on this wig of larks and fly! Fly with me now! Come, fly, come!”

You may love the choreography, you may hate it. You may like aspects of it - ideas, movements, musical interpretation - but not everything. You might respect its individuality but find that it fails to capture your heart. Indeed, you may dislike anything that isn’t purest the form of improvised tango salon.

But there’s one thing I think even the harshest critics will agree on. The choreography is different, original and innovative.

When I watch this video, I see dancers following their hearts and giving an honest interpretation of the form. They dance how they want to dance, without worrying about the judges’ scorecards - and it pays dividends.

It’s refreshing to see individuality, creativity and imagination applauded in a world of plastic commercialism and stereotypes. By embracing originality, I feel the judges of the Mundial did something important. I believe - and hope - that they have opened the door to a good deal more creativity and individuality in future competitions. I’m excited to see how tango will grow as a consequence and what the Mundial will give us in years to come.

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!

I just loved receiving this video recently of our lovely students, Ed and Katie, dancing tango at their wedding.

Ed and Katie have been coming to our classes for years but it is a very different thing learning to improvise (as we do in our classes) to learning a choreography. Not to mention the feeling of getting up and dancing in front of a big group of people. Yes, we try to tell ourselves that that group is made up of only family and friends who love us and think anything we do is wonderful, but somehow those butterflies can be hard to shake.

Ed and Katie dance so well in this video that you’d never guess that their choreography did in fact turn into an improvisation when a technical hiccup meant the the tango went on for 20 seconds longer than expected. Can you tell? I couldn’t! I guess all those tango classes learning to improvise paid off!

Congratulations Ed and Katie for your beautifully elegant wedding dance. And congratulations on your marriage. We wish you many years of love, happiness and tango together!

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