Tango is rooted in the cultural melting pot of early 20th Century Argentina. It is an exciting, improvised social dance with limitless possibilities. There is a wealth of music to enjoy from the early years of tango, to the so-called golden age, and onwards via tango nuevo to contemporary electro-tango (Gotan Project, Bajofondo Tango Club). Not surprisingly, the dance itself has changed over the years. Glasgow Tango's classes concentrate on salon style tango. Elegant, versatile, contemporary as well as rooted in the communities of Buenos Aires, it is now danced everywhere. Tango de Salon is the common language of Tokyo, New York, Sydney and, of course, Glasgow's dance floors.
Tango In and Around Glasgow
Glasgow has a friendly social tango scene with weekly and monthly opportunities for social dance as well as grander tango balls. Glasgow Tango organises a regular Valentine's and Winter ball, often with live music and performances by professional dancers. These are swanky affairs, but we also have our Sunday Tango Teas four or five times a year. We like to think they are the west of Scotland's most friendly and laid-back milongas, with good food, music and dance. Whatever the tango event, beginners are welcome. Not surprisingly, we encourage our students to put their new found skills into action on the city's tango floors. Apart from Glasgow, there are also milongas a short hop away in Paisley and Stirling. It is worth popping over to the Tango in Glasgow website to get a fuller picture of what is going on.
This exciting práctica runs every Saturday, 2.00 to 5.00pm at Ruchill Kelvinside Parish Church's Mackintosh Hall, 17 Shakespeare St, Glasgow G20 8TH, £5.00. Tango Mac is a práctica for the community by the community, with different volunteer hosts and djs taking charge each week. Take a look at the new Tango Mac website and join the Tango Mac FaceBook group for week-on-week information.
We're delighted that Glasgow's mid-week milonga is back. Every Wednesday from 8.30 to late you can dance in Glasgow at Mango, 373 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3HU. Please check details at the Tango Bar site in case of changes.