Archive for July, 2009

Color Tango

July 15, 2009

I enjoyed Color Tango over the two nights they were at Negracha. I’m not a fan of live music, they never seem to get it right for dancing but this group is just a step above the rest. Their music was danceable.

As expected, it was impossible to enjoy dancing on Friday, so I enjoyed Thursday night much more. The music seminar on Thursday was very good, well worth the £10 (seminar only) or £25 if you paid for the whole night. If you missed out, then you can order it from various websites such as dancetimes or tangodance101 but its more expensive (I haven’t found a UK based site yet so if you find it please send it to me).

The seminar goes over music from different eras and highlights certain artists. The DVD is similar format to the one presented on Thursday night, various band members would speak and then there would be an English translation.

Dancing on Friday was impossible not because it was packed but because of a couple of couples exhibiting poor floorcraft and crashing into people and knocking them out of the way. Dancing on a packed floor is not impossible, its just more difficult, but when you have a couple of insane dancers (maybe 3% to 5% of the total number of dancers), that makes it impossible. I remember sections of the dancer where there were no insane dancers and the dancing was brilliant. But eventually as I flowed in the line of dance I encountered those couples and had to dance very defensively as it just got stressful.

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UK Tango Championships …

July 8, 2009

The UK Tango Championships was held in Newcastle Upon Tyne in February 2009. I never made it up to Newcastle, a bit too far from London.

Update – the videos are no longer available – I doubt that I’ll find much footage of the championships online but if anyone has some, please do forward it.

The winners of the Salon Tango are Timothy Hospedales & Anja Stellinger whom I see dancing in London often and are quite good.

I’m not sure who the winners of the Stage Tango are but it would be nice to see who their competition was. It would also be nice to know what the scoring criteria was and what was so special about their performance that they deserve the title UK Stage Tango Champions.

I never think stage tango is as good as improvised tango. After a while, all stage tango seems to look the same (except these two, they do look a little different to the rest of the youtube clips out there).