Tango Extravaganza Photo Competition

****First Tango Photo Competition Call****
Calling all professional and amateur photographers!!!
Please join the First International Tango Photo Competition at Tango Extravaganza 2009, London.

Take the chance of having your work published on our internet site.
Photos by the finalists will be displayed at the Tango Extravaganza venues.
Fantastic prizes will be announced soon.
Conditions will be forwarded to participants who are interested.

Please write to: calidanza@hotmail.com



Ask Arlene…What makes a superlative Tango teacher?

There are seemingly many good tango teachers in London (and perhaps some not so good). But what makes a superlative tango teacher as opposed to just a good teacher. What qualities are needed and who in your view would fit this bill?


Dear Wildcard,

You are coming out with them fast and furious these days.

I am having slight déjà-vu as I feel I have already touched on the topic of teachers in my previous post Ask Arlene…About Private Lessons.

To be perfectly frank, I really do not want to get involved in a naming names scenario.

Some things that I think would make a superlative Tango teacher, in no particular order:

  • Teach the basics and then move people up levels when they can master that.
  • Teach some etiquette and about the line of dance.
  • Teach musicality. People need to know the difference between a Tango, a Vals and a Milonga.
  • Be articulate. Just because someone can dance well, does not mean they can teach well.

I am sure there are more that can be added to the list.

I will leave it to the readers to make other suggestions or to tell us what made an experience good for them.

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