Free tango class and demonstration at the Sport and Recreation Show in London, ON

Come out to the Sport and Recreation Show this Sunday for a free tango demonstration and class.

Miguel and Michelle will be there from 2:45 – 3:30pm on Sunday, February 26, 2012.   There is free parking at the Western Fairgrounds.  Check out the schedule here.  Plan to join us and discover what all the buzz is about.

No partner or experience is required.  Tango is social and a lot of fun!  It is for everyone; if you can walk, you can tango!

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Spend time with your tango family

Want to spend time with your tango family this weekend?

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 18 in Toronto for an Argentine Tango class, from 8 to 9:15pm, before the Palermo Tango Club milonga.  The cost of the class includes entrance to the milonga so that you can practice what you have learned.  This milonga has friendly people, classic tango music, a great dance floor, plus free snacks and beverages.  (Location: 95 Danforth Ave, 3rd floor, Toronto (at Broadview Ave.)

On Monday night, Feb. 20, get your tango fix in Hamilton with an intermediate level class from 7 to 8pm.  (Location: Nuvitzo Dance Academy, 4 Newton Ave and King St. W.  in Westdale (Hamilton)).

We are shaped by what we love

I was driving home from our class in London on Sunday night and the sign in front of a local church caught my eye.  It said:  “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love”.

The phrase was thought-provoking and led me to considered how loving tango has changed my life.  I was first captivated by the music of tango after seeing a famous tango show in the 1990’s.  It took me many more years to fall in love with dancing tango.  I flirted with it, eager to discover its highs.  Soon I found myself hopelessly infatuated and suffered emotional ups and downs during classes and milongas; I was in ecstasy when a certain milonguero invited me to dance one week and crushed when he became unavailable the next.

My crush grew into a deeper love when I discovered that tango was not a game.  I no longer pursued my favourite milongueros and stopped evaluating my night in terms of how many great dances I had.  I began to enjoy the process, the social connection and the shared community.  My aha moment came when I was ready to forsake tango forever because I had no time for it (my job was too stressful) and it seemed to have no time for me (we had had a mute falling out).  I went dancing anyway and discovered that I had become someone with the patience and perspective to see that I could love tango unconditionally, even if it felt like it did not love me back.  I could accept its warts (and my own) and continue the relationship.

Over the last 10 years, tango has shaped me professionally and personally.  I married into the tango profession and began teaching tango full-time.  Miguel and I bought a house in Buenos Aires and converted our duo into a tango trio with the birth of our daughter, Livia.   Tango has taught me to listen with all my senses and to lead (and follow!) with all of my heart.  I have learned what it means to be “piola” and “picara”.  I am a patient teacher, partner and mother.  I laugh a lot more now and take myself much less seriously than I did in my pre-tango life.  Tango encouraged me to take risks and face uncertain outcomes, to persevere in spite of difficulties and do it with a smile and in high heels!  I have become a true adventurer in my own life, living in the moment and keen to experience what tomorrow might bring.