Tango in Edinburgh

A Brief History

Tango was reintroduced to Edinburgh in 1997 by teachers David and Biljana (TangoMania) from London. From nothing, there are now 70-80 people dancing tango, at classes, practicas and salons. In May 1998, Dancebase, a local dance school brought Marcelo Mazia from Buenos Aires to teach tango full time, and Marcelo ran regular weekly classes at Dance for All Studios. Other teachers visit from Europe and Argentina. Tango in Scotland was given a boost by Sexteto Canyengue and the Dancers Tango 5 from The Netherlands visiting in 1997 and 1998 for 3 weeks in the Festival. A similar show with a new orchestra, Quinteto Tango come for 3 weeks in 1999. Tango Pasion, a tango show from Argentina gave many people their first glimpse of tango, and strong media exposure for tango events and the Society has helped tango take off in Scotland .

Edinburgh Tango Society

Edinburgh Tango Society is a voluntary association formed in October 1997 to promote tango in Edinburgh and Scotland. It arranges practices, workshops, salons and other events. It also promotes events organised by other organisations. Subscription is £10 for the year which goes towards running events, and gives subscribers a compliation CD, reduced rates for workshops (above beginner level), access to the library of books, videos and CDs, and a quarterly newsletter 'Tango Escocia'with details of tango events in Scotland. Mail James or Toby for more information. The ETS is run by volunteers and helps promote tango events in Edinburgh, and knowledge about tango culture in general. The Society has links with groups in other cities and helps in developing tango in Scotland and the North of England. An Annual General meeting is held every year to consult members of the Edinburgh Tango community on activities for the year.

Here are some pictures taken over the first few years of tango in Edinburgh

Pictures of the ETS weekend in the mountains 2000 and 2001

News for Spring 2002

Since Ricardo Oría our new professional teacher from BsAs has come to Edinburgh things have really developed, with the standard of dancing improving, and many new people taking up tango. There are more events and dancers than ever, with over 130 ETS members. The regular weekly venues, NBs, the Balmoral Hotel Bar on Sundays and The Counting House on Tuesdays are always full, with up to 50 people. So far this year we have had several vsiting teachers: Alex Krebs from the USA, followed by Eric Jorissen from the Netherlands, and Julio Mendez and Gisela Schuster from Buenos Aires teaching at the Spring weekend at Firbush on Loch Tay.

Ricardo teaches three weekly classes at DanceBase (in the new Grassmarket dance studios), three classes in Dance for All, at lunchtime classes at Edinburgh University. Later to come to Edinburgh are Rudolfo 'El Chino' with a weekend of intense Milonga in May , and Biki and Muso in June. This years summer ball will feature Tango Lamoure, a tango trio from BsAs, who visited Edinburgh last summer.

The Saturday Salons (the ETS party) continue on the last Saturday of the month. The fifth edition of Tango Escocia is just out with news, listing and articles on tango and tango in Scotland. Tango is also spreading. Glasgow now has a regular milonga, and more classes with a number of different teacher, and there are classes in the Borders, Stirling and Aberdeen.