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So I did it! I kept dancing tango until the night before my baby was born.

I did it for my first pregnancy four years ago and now I’m happy to say I also did it for my second.

And not just because I didn’t want to give up teaching the classes I love until the last minute, but because I so enjoyed the feeling of dancing tango with my baby bump.

There is something quite amazing dancing while pregnant. I felt completely at peace with myself, freeing up my self-expression. The movements felt natural and for some reason I didn’t feel uncomfortable or unstable wearing my 9 cm tango heels. I know it is difficult to believe. Outside of class, I shed my wedges mid-way through my pregnancy and would only wear the flattest of flats when walking on the street. But in my “Comme Il Fauts” I felt completely happy.

Yes, at times tango’s close embrace was compromised by my ever-growing bump and more showy moves were out of the question. But somehow salon tango felt so much easier than walking to the dance studio from the tube station.

Although in many ways it is a wonderful feeling to be pregnant, in the final months you do feel a little like a baby elephant going about your daily activities. Just walking at a normal pace would produce a pain in my side or hip - very frustrating for a person who likes to run from one activity to the next. Yet, I never once felt a twinge when dancing tango. Maybe it was all those lovely endorphins that tango is meant to release. I’ll never know. But I am very grateful for it.

This video shows me improvising at the end of our Wednesday night Improvers class on the very night before the baby was born:

Just under two weeks after the birth, watching the video with my “now you see it, now you don’t” bump, is already incredible to me. Was that really me? And I’m so happy that as my little girl gets older, I can show her the video and tell her that was you inside my tummy just the night before you were born.

And I'll just also leave you with a few more videos of me dancing tango with my baby bump. Here at 7 months pregnant at the Che Tango Festival in London:

David and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our second daughter, Amélie Rose, who was born on Thursday 14th July, weighing 2.7 kgs/6lbs. She is absolutely gorgeous!

We are now enjoying a 2-week break while we all get to know each other. Our full programme of classes will resume in August. And I hope to return from maternity leave by mid-September.

We hope you're all enjoying a wonderful summer and we're looking forward to seeing you in just over a week's time!

Your Feedback 15-04-2016

It’s always wonderful to receive glowing feedback from students. It’s good to know that we’re still on the right track. Here are some of the lovely messages we’ve received recently which we’d like to share with you:

“Just wanted to tell you that I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to the Good  Friday South Bank tango event, and danced for 2 hours with familiar faces. I loved it so much I decided to go to the Saturday afternoon milonga at Tango Garden. I couldn't believe that I danced the whole time.

I did have several compliments about my feet and was asked who teaches me. I proudly said Kim and David,the reply was OH! So that explains it !!!!!!  They're fantastic teachers and very stylish.

Since the weekend I have been floating on a cloud and waking in the night with the music in my head. My head is consumed with tango, it's so crazy.

I'm so glad I found you lovely guys, I really couldn't wish for better teachers. You put so much into your teaching you really deserve to see some rewards.”

“Thanks for such a lovely lesson! I wanted you to hear what [another student] said (and I agree with) "not only are you both great teachers and great teachers together, you also make every single person in the room feel special." This is such a great gift you have and probably something I have never seen before. Everyone goes away feeling good about themselves.”

“Lovely class last night. Great moves as always and so nice to see some of the students from when we first started your classes...London can count themselves lucky to have such high class teachers.”

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