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Blue Monday 19-01-2016

It's "Blue Monday" apparently and I don't know about you but already some of my New Year's Resolutions are slipping. So I thought a note to remind you of what you have to look forward to this week might be in order!

3 Reasons To Be Happy on Blue Monday:

1) All our regular drop-in classes are ON. With a class for every level (and 5 levels in total), we're bound to have something for you.

2) It is our final Technique Workshop this Saturday AND my favourite topic: DYNAMICS & CREATIVITY: speeding up/slowing down movements for expression.

3) It's our FIRST NIGHT OUT this Saturday. Venue: The Light Milonga in Shoreditch. We'll be teaching the Intermediate Class and then staying on for long night of music, tango and fantastic company.

Well, I don't know about you but I feel better already!

Un abrazo tanguero,


Rusty Tango 08-01-2016

It’s that time of year again. After the excesses of the festive period,there ’ll be many of you out there thinking of putting on your tango shoes again and seeing how your first few steps feel.

A little wobbly perhaps?

We have only given two classes so far this year and already two different students have come up to me and said just about the same thing: that they were nervous about coming to class that day. And that they they were sure they would have forgotten absolutely everything.

And maybe that is how they felt as they started the class. But watching them from the outside, they looked fine! Their footwork was polished as it had been before Christmas, and when I led them, their following felt light and responsive. Perhaps they felt they were out of practice, but it wasn’t something that their partners or a spectator would have necessarily picked up on.

And I’ve had students come back to class after a much longer period than just a few weeks and to their relief also find that they haven’t lost everything. Yes, they feel rusty to begin with. And perhaps a little apprehensive. But I always tell them that it is only a very thin layer of rust and that they’ll have shaken it off by the end of the class.

The body is a miraculous thing. It remembers so much more than we often give it credit for. I’ve come across students who come back after taking several years’ break and find they can still dance after a few refresher classes.

And I’ve even seen Beginners who danced another form of dance as a child (and never since), doing tango movements in a way particular to that other dance, their body somehow remembering something from the dim and distant past.

Of course, if you haven’t danced for a while, it may be that your muscle strength and suppleness have diminished. But it has a much less dramatic effect in a relatively gentle dance like salon tango than in something more physically demanding like ballet. And in my experience it is quicker to recuperate lost strength and suppleness than build it up for the first time. In other words, your past dedication was not in vain!

So don’t sit at home worrying about your bambi legs, head down to class, brush off the rust and let the dancing begin!

I just have to say this out loud: we have the most wonderful, passionate, warm-hearted students anyone could wish for. We're incredibly grateful for the year we shared with you and can't wait to get started with the next one!

All our classes re-start on Tuesday 5th January. We’ll have our regular programme of drop-in classes for Beginners through to Advanced, our popular Saturday Beginners Crash Course - PLUS an exciting new programme of Saturday Workshops!

We’re happy to be starting the year with our lovely new studio for private classes. It feels so nice to teach in our own space and we know it creates a warmer and more welcoming atmosphere for our students.

This year, we promise to create more inspiring, innovative and supportive classes for you so you can take your tango to the next level and continue to enjoy all the magic that this dance has to offer.

To welcome in a fresh year, we will be celebrating on Saturday 23rd January at the Light Milonga in Shoreditch - our first Student Night Out of 2016! Please join us! More information will be posted on our News page shortly.

Wishing a very Happy New Year to all Tango Movers!

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