Book Review: Understanding the Mystery of the Embrace Part 1: Filling in the Blanks of Argentine Tango

Published May 29th 2018Author: Chris Title: Understanding the Mystery of the Embrace Part 1: Filling in the Blanks of Argentine Tango Author: Oliver Kent Pages: 99 Published: October 2017 ISBN: 9781973157298 Link to Amazon Another useful addition to any Tango library no matter if you are just starting out, an experienced teacher, or want toContinue reading “Book Review: Understanding the Mystery of the Embrace Part 1: Filling in the Blanks of Argentine Tango”

Balance your Axis

Published April 8th 2018Author: Chris Axis is word that gets thrown around by some in the tango world and often by those who do not have a good “axis”. In terms of pure definition, axis is an imagery line about which a body rotates. This is fairly simple to understand by just thinking of theContinue reading “Balance your Axis”

How our classes work

Published March 14th 2018Author: Chris In this blog I’m going to talk about the format of the Urban Tango Nights classes, and the teaching philosophies myself and Alison use. We often get comments on how well people we have taught dance and are really surprised how quickly our dancers progress. It is not unusual forContinue reading “How our classes work”

Book Review: Enjoy Getting the Dances You Want : Filling in the Blanks of Argentine Tango

Published March 1st 2018Author: Chris Title: Enjoy Getting the Dances You Want : Filling in the Blanks of Argentine Tango Author: Oliver Kent Pages: 231 Published: June 2017 ISBN: 9781521461044 Link to Amazon An informative read that gives the reader an explanation of many of the disambiguates of the tango scene. The author, Oliver Kent,Continue reading “Book Review: Enjoy Getting the Dances You Want : Filling in the Blanks of Argentine Tango”

Accessibility and Equality in Argentine Tango

Published February 15th 2018Author: Alison ‘Traditional’ Argentine tango Milongas are governed by a set of ‘Códigos’, codes and classes are not free from them either. But are they really required now or have they outgrown their use and are now actually hindering communities? Firstly these codes are not always made explicit to those just startingContinue reading “Accessibility and Equality in Argentine Tango”

Your Responsibility in the Tango Community

Published September 4th 2017Author: Chris So I suppose this blog applies to all dances but I’ve decided to focus it towards tango dancers as this group of dancers tends to bandy the word “community” about the most. To me “community” means a group of people working together to create something bigger and better. Over theContinue reading “Your Responsibility in the Tango Community”

Snobbery in Tango

Published November 11th 2016Author: Chris This blog is about the rambling thoughts that went through my head while watching Strictly Come Dancing over the weekend. For those who haven’t seen it, it was the first time in the 2016 series that the Argentine Tango appeared. It was danced by Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton andContinue reading “Snobbery in Tango”

Is improving technique important for tango?

Published October 13th 2016Author: Chris In this blog I want to discuss an issue that has bothered me for some time, what is improvement? When teaching I have been asked several times what can people do to improve and normally I say “just dance”. However, when browsing the internet I have come across a lotContinue reading “Is improving technique important for tango?”

Ladies Tango Fashion

Published September 14th 2016Author: Alison Tango Fashion I’ve discussed shoes, so let’s move on to clothes! Things to Consider As a dance teacher and choreographer I’ve had to consider and choose costumes for stage performances and I believe these thoughts are just as important for dancing tango socially. There are also a few more considerationsContinue reading “Ladies Tango Fashion”

Are Dancers Attitudes to Nuevo/Alternative Music Limiting Tango?

Published August 4th 2016Author: Chris Last time I wrote a blog trying to highlight issues arising from peoples attitudes surrounding “traditional” tango music and if this is limiting the appeal of the dance. This time around I’m going to try and look at this same issue from the other side. I’m going to explore whyContinue reading “Are Dancers Attitudes to Nuevo/Alternative Music Limiting Tango?”