I’m Having a Vacation

I am going to have a well deserved holiday.

I am taking the MP3 Player (for my Tango Music), my mobile phone (for emergencies only) and leaving my laptop at home.  So there will be no posts from me until my return.

There will be no Tango dancing where I am going, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a few dances on my behalf as there is plenty going on over the next couple of weeks.

I look forward to some more Ask Arlene on my return. ūüôā

June 2009

5th June, FridaySexteto Milonguero @ Negracha

19.30 – 21.00




Mariel ROBLES & Gonzalo ALONSO


ADMISSION Р£ 25 per seat  Рlimited seats available
(includes admission to NEGRACHA TANGO CLUB РMilonga Ecléctica )



21.30 – 05.00


Milonga Ecléctica


Dance demo by Mariel ROBLES & Gonzalo ALONSO
+ Guest DJ’s

11th – 14th JuneTango Extravaganza 2009, III International London Tango Festival

Tango Extravaganza will be taking place again this year.¬† Please find below a sample of the Artists and Musicians that will be taking part in this year’s event.¬† I will be updating you regularly as and when I have more information.¬† In the meantime, please put the 11th – 14th of June 2009 in your diary and don’t leave town!

Confirmed Guest Artists:

Great Argentinean Master and Choreographer of Forever Tango (Broadway) Roberto Reis & Natalia Lavandeira

Tango Champions of Mundial de Tango 2006, Buenos Aires: Carlos Paredes & Diana Giraldo

Great NeoTango Dacers and Masters: Pablo Linares & Patricia Carrazco

Also well known artists: Pablo Nievas & Valeria Zunino  and Cesar Velasquez & Carolina Gonzalez.


From Argentina:  Duo Napoli Casares, Trio Lotox and Singer, Floro Aramburu.
We will also have, for the very first time, a Tango Photo Competition and the Red Carpet Milonga Night + more surprises.


Corrientes and 4 Wild Court.
More Artists and Venues to be confirmed.

****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

13th June, Saturday – Freedom Tango Summer Ball – 7:30 – 11pm

Tango on a Summer Evening ‚Äď a summer ball with supper, tango demonstration and much more.

Senior Common Room, St Mary’s College, Waldegrave Road, Teddington TW1 4SX


14th June, Sunday – Tango Boot Camp Improvers with Stefano & Alexandra – Brighton

Tango Boot Camp

Regular freestyle dancing at milongas is one of the surest ways to improve your tango dancing. We run a number of very friendly, non-intimidating milongas for you to enjoy. These are either as part of our decaDance monthly events or as part of our TangoBootCamp weekends. Tea dances include a fantastic full fat cream tea with sandwiches, scones, and cakes. You do NOT need to have attended the TangoBootCamp coursees to attend any of the milongas.

Visit website for more information: http://www.decadancenights.co.uk/

19th June, Friday –¬† Mid-summer Party @ The Tango Club – 21:00 – 02:00

Come and celebrate the sights and scents of summer in Covent Garden. Slip into your coolest clothes and dance the night away in this lead up to the solstice and mid-summer’s night.

Theme: A Summer Garden

DJing by the Invisibles

VJing by AgentSimon

Food by The Kitchen Bandits

Dancing by You

There is no class on this evening

Ask Arlene…Competing for Dances

From Planeo

Me and my best friend always go to the milongas together. My best friend always has the men falling all over her asking for a dance while I often sit out on the side for much of the evening. She is very flirtatious and her clothes are very revealing. I have talked to different people about it and says that shes not that attractive and that I am much better looking. We are both in our thirties. How do I get whats shes got and get all the dances?

Dear Planeo,

There is no reason to be sitting out dances unless you choose to.

There are a number of reasons why you may not be getting the dances in, and the first question that comes to mind is how good a dancer are you?  Granted, being good looking might get the men over to you to start with, but may not be enough in the long run if your dancing skills are not up to scratch.

Now let’s say you are a competent dancer and an attractive lady but you are still not getting the dancing in.¬† Did you ever think that your friend might be onto something here?¬† If she is not that good looking and maybe relying on revealing a bit more flesh to get the dances in, perhaps you might want to take a leaf out of her book and do the same.¬† If you have issues about what to wear, please have a look at my post on Tango Fashion.¬† Just remember to leave a little bit to the imagination.¬† There is nothing wrong with highlighting your assets.

You also mention that your friend is very flirtatious.  Have you ever thought about putting on a smile or happy face while waiting for a dance?  How about moving about the room and being sociable?  Make friends with other women instead of seeing them as competition.  Go to classes before the Milonga and get to know some of the men.  Network like hell at the Milongas.

How do you think I’ve managed all these years?¬† I’ve worked hard to get to know people and develop my dancing skills.¬† I make an effort with my appearance.¬† I am pleasant to people.¬† I am always smiling.¬† There is a phrase about being the flower to the bee.¬† If you want to attract people to you, you need to make it worth their while.

Did you ever think that the reason your friend is getting all the dances is because she might be actually be a better dancer than you?

Maybe you should sit somewhere else.

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