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Yesterday in our Milonga Workshop, I was working with a group of three followers on their technique.

We were working on a combination of milonga steps: back, change, forward, extend, change, boleo … repeat.

Once they were comfortable - first with the movements and then with the music - I told them they were still missing something: “onda”. Milonga is not milonga unless you give it a bit of “onda”.

Two of them had never heard the word. The third - a Spanish speaker - looked a little mystfied: “Wave?” She asked.

I thought for a second. “Onda” can mean many different things depending on the circumstances. In Argentina, it is not uncommon to hear that a place has “buena onda” - a good energy. If someone dresses well, he has “toda la onda". And if someone does you a good turn, you might say: “que buena onda!” - how nice of you!

When you dance and you give it “onda” it means something subtly different. I grasped for the word in English for a moment and came up with: sass! Ladies, you’ve got to give it some sass! Let the music inspire your movements!

But we know that it isn’t so easy. As a follower - and especially in milonga which is quite a bit faster than tango - your brain is almost completely occupied with just responding to the lead. (And Leaders, yes I know, it is not easy for you either!) Just remembering to do anything else other than simply follow can be quite a task. And of course you’ll also be trying to keep a good posture, extend your legs and all the other technique tips your teacher has given you.

But with time and especially with partners that you have a connection with, this will become less all-absorbing and you’ll feel you have more time to breathe! And - hopefully - you’ll start feeling that you can start allowing your personality to come out.

Remember always that whether we’re learning milonga, vals or tango, our first step is to become a follower and our second step is to become a dancer!

We’re still savouring the memories of our magical Summer Party last Sunday 26th July, celebrating Tango Movement’s 8th Anniversary in London.

The event was a sell-out and as the rain poured down on London town, hundreds of our students boarded our boat for the day, the HMS President.

The party may have been “summer” in name only, but nobody on the boat was paying much attention to the weather. Picture a heady afternoon of tango with twinkly fairy lights and an iconic London backdrop. Now add live music, tango performances, a delicious buffet lunch, a shoe boutique and a massive chocolate cake. And you’ll have a pretty good idea of our amazing afternoon.

We’d like to thank everyone who came and shared such a memorable afternoon with us and for all our students and friends who have made Tango Movement what it is today.

Have a look at our brand new photo gallery for stunning photos of the afternoon.

If you couldn’t be there to share it with us, well then you’ll just have to make sure you’re there for our next big one: our legendary Winter Ball on Saturday 14th November at the Old Finsbury Town Hall!

We had the pleasure of teaching and performing in the New Forest last weekend.

There, in a little village hall in the most beautiful setting (picture thatched cottages and horses roaming across the country roads), you’ll discover something quite unexpected: a perfect tango studio - complete with tango paintings on the wall and a grand piano. Steve and Debbie Morall have created a wonderful environment for tango lovers to immerse themselves in tango in the many events they organise. That’s right Londoners, there are places to learn tango far away from the Big Smoke!

We had a very rewarding weekend meeting new people (and re-connecting with others we knew already), sharing our ideas and watching them discover new angles for their dance.

We were really happy to receive this feedback from our visit:

“What a marvellous weekend! David and Kim are both fabulous dancers and teachers and we loved every minute of it. We both feel we have made progress and have things to practise so we can improve. This is certainly amongst our favourite weekends! We have been left motivated and inspired for both the dance and our own progress within it.”

“David and Kim have something very special to offer and we look forward to our next opportunity to experience their teaching.”

“What a wonderful weekend. David & Kim introduced a variety of concepts in a very structured and creative manner. They cleverly built on aspects covered during the previous sessions leaving all who participated feeling they had 'moved on' and made significant progress. Most impressive was their involvement in each individual taking the time to give focused practical advice and clear demonstrations. To top it all a wonderful weekend of dancing as well during the practicas and milongas thank you!"

"David & Kim's teaching style was excellent and lots of fun, with a marvellous balance between group and individual instruction. It was also a breathtaking delight to watch them dance - one of those rare moments when you know you are in the presence of masters.”

Thank you Bramshaw! We hope to visit you again very soon!

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