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Welcome to Tango Kings – Argentine Tango in Cardiff, Wales

Until December 6th 2018 we’ll continue with this format, every Thursday evening at
St. Catherine’s Church Hall, 169 King’s Road, CF11 9DE:

7.00-8.00pm Tango Fundamentals Class (£9 / £6 students – including practica)
8.00-10pm Practica (£4 / £3 concessions)

Open to all levels – absolute beginners are welcome!

Thursday December 13th 2018: No Tango Kings class or practica – go to Sue’s Christmas party instead.

Thursday December 20th 2018: Final Thursday practica at Tango Kings – Christmas Special! – More details to follow 🙂

New format starting January 25th 2019

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What is Argentine Tango?

When danced socially, Argentine Tango is a long way from the spectacular lifts and jerky head-snaps you might recognise from Strictly – and is instead a wonderfully creative opportunity to improvise movements with a partner to the beautiful (and varied) tango music. While the result may not look as flashy from the outside (we’re not always on stage!), the focus instead is on connecting with your dance partner – and with the music – creating an addictive blend which has left countless dancers hooked over the decades!

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What is a ‘practilonga’?

When it comes to Argentine Tango, the most common name for a type of dance evening you will come across is a ‘milonga’ (yes, it’s also the same name used for a style of music danced to alongside tango – it’s confusing at first but you’ll quickly get used to it!). A ‘milonga’ is typically a more formal event, with dancers making more of an effort to dress smartly and there will be a named DJ responsible for choosing the music. A ‘practica’ is typically completely informal (and Tango Kings is certainly informal!) – you can wear whatever you like – just dress in something comfortable to dance (but don’t forget to make sure you’re clean – if you’ve come straight from the gym without a shower it will be less pleasant for those you take into your dance embrace!). A ‘practilonga’ is then an attempt to be somewhere between the two – informal and with plenty of space to practise – and a party as well!

We encourage everyone to share ideas about what works for them in the dance – and to ask others if there’s something they’d like help with. In this way, complete beginners are also welcome – as anyone who has taken even one lesson before can already start introducing the basic concepts to you.

You don’t need to come along with a partner – people generally change partners every few songs or so. We also encourage everyone to try dancing the opposite ‘role’ to what they are used to (i.e. leading and following) – as this can really help with improving your dancing in your own role.

Location

The practica takes place in St. Catherine’s Church Hall, 169 King’s Road, CF11 9DE.

There should be ample parking inside the church grounds – drive through the gates and park around the church.

 

Contact

Join the Facebook group to stay up-to-date with any last-minute changes (or if you’re not a Facebook person, email Daniel and ask to be added to the mailing list!).

The practica is organised by Daniel Gallichan – daniel ‘at’ thegallichans.co.uk

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Links

Tango in Cardiff:

Tango Alchemy – Weekly classes (Wednesdays) with Eduardo

Sue’s Class – Weekly beginners classes on Thursdays with Sue

Dance Connection Cardiff – Marek is a tango teacher with many years of experience who recently moved to Cardiff. He has a beginner’s course which started September 2018.

Tango y Nada Mas – (Mike and Sian’s site – they’ve now handed over their classes to Eduardo – see above – but also still organise monthly milongas)

Tango Edge – Organised a weekly milonga at Barocco until recently. Watch their website for updates!

Tango & Tapas – New venue starting Sunday Jan 20th for monthly Sunday afternoon tango in Cardiff

Facebook: Chris Teasdale keeps us informed of any additional tango events on the FB page Cardiff Tango

New: Tango Calendar for Cardiff. A simple Google calendar for now – but plans are in progress to have a simple tool to find out quickly everything tango-related in the Cardiff area.

Tango in Swansea:

Tango Essence – Weekly classes on Wednesdays

Urban Tango Nights – Weekly classes on Mondays

Tango Dragons Practica at the Dragon Hotel, Swansea, Monday nights, 7-10.30pm.
Fun, experimental all levels Argentine tango practica. Suitable for absolute beginners. Mainly traditional music, with some alternative tango in the mix. See Facebook to contact Kris for more info. £5 /£3 non-waged. *Please give your reg. number to the reception desk to avoid a parking ticket!

Tango in Bristol:

There are many things going on in Bristol – most of which can usually be found on http://www.bristoltango.co.uk/

If you would like any links added here, just send me a message: daniel ‘at’ thegallichans.co.uk