Ask Arlene…Where to go for a Tango Competition?

I wonder if you can help I would like to take my wife on a holiday abroad to some ware that we would also be able to watch Tango Competition as part of our holiday. Can you help please Many thanks Michael

Dear Michael,

I am not a big fan of Tango Competitions.  I find it a bit strange that an improvised social dance should be judged.  As I have said before, a lot of the feeling of the dance cannot be seen.  So who can really judge that?

I am sure there are some taking place somewhere in the world next year.  We had a few in the UK over the last couple of years which were pretty farcical.  I suppose if you really wanted to see an authentic Argentine Tango Competition, the best place to go would be the home of Argentine Tango, Buenos Aires.  I think they had one not long ago in August, Mundial de Tango 2009 .  It seems as if they offer more than just a competition as it is also a festival which incorporates a Tango Championship.

Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Tango and Scuba Diving!

Not many people know that I have a life beyond Tango, but I do.  In fact, many of us do.  I like to scuba dive.  No, forget that, I LOVE to scuba dive.  I have been diving more than twice as long as I have been dancing.  I took it up for several reasons: 1) to conquer a fear of being underwater with something attached to my face, 2) because I was single and I needed a holiday I could do that didn’t depend on going with another person, 3) because if you scuba dive you don’t have to be alone and it is easy to make friends or just be around other people (if I didn’t take up scuba, I probably would have gone on trekking holidays), 4) I love warm weather holidays and it would add another dimension to my holiday.

I had a taster dive in a private pool, just to see how I got on, because I had this fear.  Well, the fear was only in my mind and I had no problem in the water with all the dive kit on, so I booked my course and got my PADI certification.  I have been to some beautiful places.  I have met some very interesting and wonderful people.  In fact, I have met my Amor on a scuba diving holiday.

I may have more dancing hours under my belt than scuba hours, but I love them both and for different reasons.  If I could scuba dive in the daytime and dance Tango at night, life would just be utterly perfect.

I was tweeted today by Mikeinvan.  He sent me this link on where I could do just that.  Tango in Sharm! What a perfect combination.  I wish I knew about this sooner!  I don’t know who these people are that are organising this event in November, but knowing that there would be a milonga to go to after a day’s diving sounds pretty good to me!  If I don’t make it this year, I am certainly going to the next one!

Tango in Sharm

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