Mingo & Esther Pugliese Workshops 4-5 July 2009

I don’t usually endorse workshops, but in this case I will make an exception.  I did a class with Esther and Mingo Pugliese when Carablanca used to be at The Welsh Centre and thoroughly enjoyed it.


Mingo & Esther Pugliese Workshops 4-5 July

[Picture of Mingo & Esther]

Mingo & Esther have been dancing together for 50 years.  They have taught many of the current generation of teachers and performers of tango. Mingo was a member of the group that developed the theory and practice of giros. This is a rare opportunity to learn tango from its source.


Saturday 4 July

1    2.15-3.45pm    Tango – structure of giros, variations
2    4.15-5.45pm    Milonga

Venue:    The Urdang, The Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RP

Sunday 5 July

3    2.15-3.45pm    Vals
4    4.15-5.45pm    Tango – ganchos, arrastres, boleos

Venue:    33 Portland Place, London W1B 1QE


Workshops 1-3 are suitable if you have danced for at least 6 months.  Workshop 4 is suitable if you have danced for at least two years.

The content of the milonga and vals classes has been left open to give Mingo & Esther full flexibility.  As there are two tango classes we have taken the opportunity to differentiate them in both level and content.  Mingo & Esther use figures to teach structure, with emphasis on recognising positions and improvisation.


You don’t need to book with a partner.  However, the intention is to have equal numbers of leaders and followers.  So if you book without a partner your booking will succeed only if it is possible to balance the class.

Prices: £20 per person per class.  However, if you book with a partner the price is reduced to £35 per couple.

Email: danny AT carablanca DOT co DOT uk
Phone: Danny Evans on 020-7720-7608

Cheque, bank transfer or cash


Mingo started dancing in 1948, Esther in 1955.  They have been dancing together for 50 years.  Mingo was the youngest member of a group that developed the theory and practice of giros.  Alberto Paz wrote: “Eight years after the transformation of Tango dancing had begun, Mingo joined a prestigious circle of dancers integrated among others by Petroleo and Salvador Sciana. This transformation and the movements that were being incorporated in the Tango continued until 1953-54. Among the people of that era, there were still a few that mixed new and old dancing movements, that is why what Mingo teaches and the way he dances incorporates many principles that were utilized in the old style of dancing. The way to place the feet without raising the heels, for example.”

For the full article see http://elfirulete.wordpress.com/1998/08/16/mingos-golden-anniversary/

Mingo & Esther’s tango is pure and traditional.  Mingo described their teaching as “improvisation by combining all the tango movements: giros, boleos, ganchos, arrastre, barrida etc.”  Esther allows decoration by the woman but only so long as it “never disturbs the man.”  As well as teaching with her husband Mingo, Esther has toured the USA  teaching with their son Pablo.  Pablo Pugliese is one of many well-known tango professionals who have learned from Mingo & Esther.

Mingo & Esther moved from Buenos Aires to Italy a couple of years ago.  This is their only tour since that move and is a rare opportunity to learn from them.


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