Spring is in the air in Barcelona...For tango lovers that means the Glorieta is about to open again!
The sunday milonga in Ciutadella Parc. It be fair to say that for many dancers here and especially for me personally, its one of the favourite milongas.
In the open air located in the middle of the parc, next to the fountain, up in the bandstand ( la glorieta) its almost too good to be true. A great selection of music,the lazy sunday -afternoon-in the parc with ur friends vibe makes for a very seductive, steamy milonga indeed.
During the summer months the fountain is lit up by little fairy lights, ducks swim around in its pool. An enthousiastic group of regular tangoers meet up at the round, wooden venue amidst lots of hugs and kisses.
To hours of inspiring tandas they embrace and dance thus forming an ongoing spectacle for surprised passers-by and intrigued unlookers.
Another very popular milonga sunday afternoons and serious 'competition' to the Glorieta is Milonga Gratalonga at Maremagnum shoppingcenter- Sunsetbar, 18.00/22.30 -organised by Maxi. info email@example.com
Other regular milongas on sundays : Milonga del angel by Norma in
Gracia , Club 7 a 9 byJosep and Teresa at Cartagena and Media Luna by Martin at 'El Desbande' also in Gracia.
All pictures were taken during tango in the parc 2008.
As mentioned in the previous post, i recently spent some time travelling in India and giving tango classes in Goa.
In the last month of my stay, last January, i was asked to do a little performance in a place called Aquatica. It had recently opened on a beautiful spot located on Ashwem beach, north Goa. Its a restaurant/loungeclub where they serve the very best authentic Indian cuisine and they have various dj's spinning cool dancemusic. They also host the occasional all night parties.
Doing the show was great fun, as the pics show. One of my students and
long time tango aficionado Roger White formed my dancepartner for the occasion.
I will be back later this year in Goa engaging in various tango activities- check out this blog for latest info and updates on classes and milongas in Goa dec 2009/ jan.2010-
But if ur travelling around India anyway you can always check out the local tango scenes in Bombay, Delhi and Bangalore at www.tangoindia.in
In Bombay i recommend getting in touch with Tim and Malou, a very active, dynamic young couple teaching lindyhop and tango. firstname.lastname@example.org
In New Delhi contact Stina Almroth at email@example.com
Tango is rapidly becoming a serious global phenomena. Even in places like India they have embraced this famous argentine dance. I had the pleasure to spend some time this winter in Goa, famous for its hippy beaches discovered in the sixties. In a yoga/pilates studio neatly situated between Anjuna and Vagator beach i set up my tango classes. Twice a week. The friday class was followed by a guided practica.
The students formed a wide array of inernational long and short term visitors to Goa.
In fact it was so tasty, im already planning my trip for next winter 2009/10!
If all goes according to plan, I'll be back in Anjuna/Goa around dec.2009. There will be more classes, different levels, milongas and the occasional performance.. It seemed that amongst all the -highly recommendable- yoga, meditation, kitesurfing, deltaflying etc. already on the menu, my very own special blend of 'spicy' tango went down very well!
So if you're thinking of hidding out that direction, and interested in brushing up on your tango or just always wanted to learn it, heres your chance.
Get ready for serious sunset milongas. And don't forget to bring the shoes :-o
Just keep checking this blog for any news/updates on the Goan tango experience !
My regular group classes are suspended untill 21 st of April, due to the festive irregularities in the calendar this month!
All private classes are going ahead as scheduled.( By appointment only)
The good news is that the month of April always brings lots of tango activities to Barcelona.
Thanx to the local festivals BioTango( 9/12 April) at La Pantera Rosa and TangoNeta
First one up was the Biofestival/Pantera Rosa.There was much tango joy to be had. Full milongas and good music by dj Sebastian Grenschpun.
This thursday TangoNeta kicks off at the Civic Center in Barceloneta. This is becoming a 'classic', this being already the ninth edition. The organisers of TangoNeta busily hosting two occasions, one in April and the other in September every year. Traditionally there is live music at the saturday milonga and music by dj Fredy.
These festivals tend to draw in lots of exciting tango aficionados not only from Barcelona and surroundings and the rest of Spain but especially from abroad.
Only adding to the ever growing number of tango venues in this city.
And definately puttingBarcelona firmly on the map as a new, emerging tango capital in Europe alongside its bigger tango-siblings Paris and Berlin.
Shortly i'll be posting news on my workshops in a small town in the Emporda.
And i will update links to tango festivals local & global.
In the meantime u can always check out
http://festivals.tango.info for all the latest worldwide info on festivals and tango activities.