The Mayor’s Thames Festival – September 10 & 11

Alfresco Ballroom Tango

Star performances, cutting-edge workshops, live music and, of course, dancing into the night on London’s vibrant riverside to a mix of classic and electro tango led by Sean A.McGee and El Farabute.

12noon Free Tango Workshop for beginners.

1pm Milonga – Social Dancing – DJ Diego Doigneau
Resident DJ at Negracha Tango Club as well as regular appearances at Carablanca, El Porteñito, Tango at Spitafields, Stardust Milonga, Milonga Bohemiene and Buenos Aires Practica x.

3.30pm Tango Performance – David Benitez & Kim Schwartz
David & Kim have recently choreographed a ballet/tango fusion piece “Tangos En Movimiento” for principal dancers of the Colon Theatre, Buenos Aires, and have danced live on ITV1 with Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean.

3.45pm Milonga – Social Dancing – DJ Diego Doigneau
See 1pm listing for details.

4.30pm El Farabute
El Farabute was founded in London’s milongas in 2009. The duo has since performed in the UK, Germany and Argentina, including collaborations with top tango singers Noelia Moncada and Gabriel Mores.

5.30pm Tango Performance  – Leandro Palau & Romina Godoy
Leandro & Romina have recently produced and choreographed their new show ‘Emociones del Alma’, a world class stage performance with 12 dancers, 6 musicians and 2 singers, set to start touring in Europe in 2012, promising to be a great success within the tango audience and beyond.

5.45pm Milonga – Social Dancing – DJ Diego Doigneau
See 1pm listing for details.

6.30pm Milonga – Social Dancing – DJ Sergius
Sergio is a reputed DJ specialising in lounge music including Electrotango, Tango Nuevo, deep house, latin house  and miscellaneous beats that can be dance to tango rhythms.

7pm Live Music: Sean A.McGee – Nebulosa
Sean A.McGee is currently the UK’s only active Electrotango composer/artiste, his album. Nebulosa has become a hit across the international Tango world and has received rave reviews from many countries including the USA, Australia, Germany and of course, the UK.

8pm Argentine and Latin American beats – DJ Sergius
See 6.30pm listing for details.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David Bailey
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 12:03:43

    So, to confirm, this is separate from “River Tango”, yes? And “River Tango” is the one not on the river?

    Well, that’s not in any way confusing then.

  2. Arlene
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 12:37:17

    Not confusing at all David! The River Tango has always been part of The Mayor’s River Thames Festival until last year. I don’t know why. River Tango is the week after the Mayor’s Festival. At least both are outdoors, but it was certainly impressive dancing in front of The Tate Modern with St. Paul’s in the background. Too bad they can’t have it there again.

  3. John Morton
    Aug 03, 2011 @ 15:11:13

    According to this:
    it is for one day only on Saturday 10th September.

    The location is “The Scoop at More London” which is the amphitheatre
    space by (the new) City Hall downriver beyond London Bridge.

  4. Piers Mason
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 12:57:20

    To confirm as people are posting contradictory info!
    Tango at the Mayor’s Thames Festival this year (2011) is on Saturday in the Scoop at More London. The Map linked to is clearly marked as ‘2010 Map’ on our website, as the 2011 maps is not yet complete!

    Please note that David Beitez & Kim Schwartz have unfortunately had to cancel, they are to be replaced by Cesar Velasquez and Laura De Altube.

    Piers Mason (Marketing Manager, Mayor’s Thames Festival)

  5. Arlene
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 13:05:17

    Hi Piers,

    Thank you for this.


  6. David Bailey
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 13:24:59

    Looking at the programme (, it appears that _both_ weekends are now “River Tango”. Err. OK.

    David “still a little bit confused” Bailey

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