Where to dance this summer

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Making summer plans and stuck for ideas? Here’s my pick of the hundreds of tango events happening from now until the end of August.

May

TANGO SECRETS MILONGAS
Bank Holiday Monday 7 May (and other dates), Eton Dorney
Sunday 20 May (and other dates), Chiswick
Friendly crowd and lovely music with host and DJ Irina Zoueva. See the schedule and maps at tangosecrets.co.uk

VIENNA CALLING TANGO MARATHON
Friday 11 to Sunday 13 May, Austria
There’s still time to jump on a plane for this marathon in beautiful Vienna. Full passes €93. viennacallingtangomarathon.com

THE ARGENTINE TANGO & FOLKLORE LONDON MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday 13 May, 5pm, Bethnal Green
A simply massive event, packed with live music. Always popular. tangueando.net

TANGO BETTER WORKSHOPS
Next workshop: Dancers That Amaze, Wednesday 16 May, London
Olga of Tango Better hosts interesting workshops and occasional weekend-long events. Check the site for latest schedule: tangobetter.com

DUBLIN FESTIVALITO
Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May
The little festival with a big spirit. Four intermediate-advanced workshops (limited to 15 couples – register ASAP!) and two milongas. Friendly crowd and sensible prices. dublinfestivalito.com

TANGO ON THE THAMES
Sunday 20 May
One of London’s longest running milongas, TOTT features this month Dante Culcuy and Veronica Vasquez. The location by the river is lovely, especially on a warm afternoon. Details not yet on their website so check Facebook for info: facebook.com/events/199803543957247/

RGTA SPRING FLAIR WEEKENDER
Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 May
Workshops and practicas with Raquel and Alexandr and a Sunday afternoon milonga. Full info and booking at raquel-tango.com

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TANGO FESTIVAL
Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May
Three milongas with live music and a variety of workshops (some are now waiting list only for followers). Schedule, prices and booking at eitf.org.uk

ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL TANGO FESTIVAL
Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May, Kent
The popular festival that always sells out. See what’s still available at englandinternationaltangofestival.com

THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT SPRING BANK HOLIDAY MILONGA
Monday 28 May, 3.30-9.30pm, Kington Langley, Chippenham
Also 19 August Summer Sizzler Milonga

Six hours of dancing with DJ hosts Paul Strudwick and Bärbel Rücker. Address and info at magicroundabout.eu

June

SILUETA SUNDAY TEA DANCE
Sunday 3 June (and other dates), Renhold, Bedfordshire
Lovely afternoon milonga in a picturesque location. siluetatango.com

LEARNING TANGO SUMMER BALL
Saturday 16 June, Hemel Hempstead
The highlight of the LT Summer Festival, the ball will feature two rooms, live music from the London Tango Orchestra Escuela and a performance from Jenny and Ricardo. See the full weekend schedule (workshops filling fast) and book tickets at learningtango.com

COLOMBIA TANGO FESTIVAL
Monday 18 to Monday 25 June, Medellín
Adventure to the other side of the world for this week-long festival in a city famed for its pleasant climate and beautiful mountains. Plenty of dancing, workshops and time to explore. Organised by Jorge Nel and Sandra Milena of Mr Tango Shoes (one of my shoe suppliers), expect a warm welcome and fun-filled schedule. Packages are $1,499 solo or $2,700 for a couple plus flights. colombiatangofestival.com

TANGO BRIDGE WORKSHOP
Wednesday 27 June (and other dates), London Bridge
An evening workshop with special guests, followed by the popular milonga. Always a packed house. Keep an eye on the site for updates and booking: tangobridge.co.uk

July

TANGO Y MAS
Saturday 14 July (and other dates), Great Bookham
For something a little different, head to leafy Surrey for this two-room milonga featuring a mix of traditional, nuevo and tango blues. Friendly crowd and lovely atmosphere guaranteed. jagjive.co.uk

CHE LONDON! TANGO FESTIVAL
Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July, London
A packed schedule of workshops and milongas at London’s annual festival, featuring six visiting maestros and live music. Snap up an early bird price before the end of May at tanguito.co.uk

TANGO WEEKEND WITH RUI AND INES
Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July, Brighton
Carola Degener-Pereira’s Brighton Tango welcomes Rui Barroso and Ines Gomes from Portugal for a weekend of workshops and milongas. Email Carola to get on the list for news and booking.

August

MANCHESTER BIG POP MARATHON
Friday 10 to Monday 13 August, Altrincham
Back for its second edition, this marathon boasts seven milongas. Passes are £115 and include four meals. Registration is role balanced. manchesterpopup.co.uk

CC TANGO BANK HOLIDAY WEEKENDER
Friday 24 to Sunday 26 August, Llandudno
Four workshops with Jenny and Ricardo. Packages from £233. Email Jan for details.

 

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