Dear Reader and Lovers of Argentine Tango,
As most of you know, I moved from London, a place where one can dance Argentine Tango pretty much every day of the week, to Eastbourne, where there is no Argentine Tango. It was a sacrifice on my part, but one I do not regret. I absolutely love where I live. However, I would be lying if I said I don’t miss going out a couple of nights a week to experience a close embrace or two, or more, to the Tango music I fell in love with over 10 years ago. However, one must make do with what is available and I have been going back to Salsa and LeRoc and trying new things to fill the void. Yes, the void, as nothing but dancing Tango can reach the parts of me that other dance forms can only scratch the surface. Sort of like that Heineken ad! 🙂
Because we all know that it isn’t just about the dance form, it is about the music first and foremost. I can blast my Tango music every hour of the day and get great joy just from listening to it, but as long as I am still able to walk I yearn for a connection in a close embrace with some like-minded and considerate leader.
Although I have been happy to travel up to an hour in traffic (20 minutes to half hour on the way home max) 5-6 nights a week for the first three years of dancing Tango in London, city driving is a piece of cake compared to driving the same amount of time each way on dark and deserted roads in the countryside there and back to either Brighton or Hove. I have been slack about travelling for Tango since I moved here – except that I would make a trip up to London every couple of months as I had somewhere to stay.
Now that I am quite settled here, an opportunity has come up where I may be able to indulge my passion locally. I have always wanted to own a Tango Bar, where people could come and hang out, drink coffee or alcohol, eat cake or snacks, all while listening to Argentine Tango music – where couples breaking out into impromptu dancing were the norm. Although still a dream and not viably possible at the moment, the next best thing would be to have a lovely place to meet up where drinks and snacks can be had and where like-minded individuals can meet up to learn about Argentine Tango and develop their dance in an organic way. Well, a venue has been offered to me. All I need to do now is find some people to come and someone to help me teach at a very basic beginner level. As I can’t change what some people are trying to do here, all I can do is maybe try to help educate the masses so they can make better decisions and learn about what I love. People want to dance Argentine Tango in Eastbourne.
I have started another blog, Eastbourne Tango which sort of explains what I want to do. It could either be a great success or a disaster, but no one has ever gained anything by not trying. So, I am going out on a limb to try something new and would appreciate all the help and advice I can get. There is a lot I don’t know, but am willing to learn and by exploring the music and composers, I might actually manage to remember the name of the artist and song when it is playing instead of just thinking, oh yeah, I love this song, I know how it goes! 🙂
So that is my plan and I am hoping it all works out. I want you all to know that I thank all of you who read these pages and I hope that I have made your Tango life a little bit easier.