Guest post: Dispatches from the Tango Queens Congress

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This is a guest post by Maria, a friend who attended the first Tango Queens Congress, billed as an opportunity to ‘give the women in tango a chance to connect with other women, share their stories and discuss the complex experience of being a woman in tango.’

There is a new verb in the tango world, coined by Veronica Toumanova after the congress. To queen: to meet other tango women for dancing, laughing, talking, sharing, hugs, support, solidarity, emotion, knowledge, wisdom, patience and love. If I add yoga, this sums up perfectly what we did at this tangueras-only event, a new format in the international tango events scene … 

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A really fun lesson, and a great evening socialising

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Tonight’s tango itinerary was the Thursday intermediate lesson with Luis and Natalia, and then … a dilemma! It was the monthly Tango Space drinks, which I always enjoy, but also Tango Terra.

It wasn’t feasible to do both, so a decision needed to be made …

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There’s a long gap between Sunday and Thursday …

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I’d been considering cutting back from three milongas a week to two, allegedly to give myself a saner schedule, though the smart money would be on me using the time to try new milongas.

However, last week had cast doubt on the idea of giving up the Tuesday one. Plus, when I think about it, there’s a very long gap between Sunday and Thursday …

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One worrying moment at Tango Terra, and two great ones

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I learned my lesson from last time: namely that there is no point being there at 3.30pm when the milonga officially starts.

It began last time at around 4.20pm. I did enjoy socialising beforehand, though, so decided a 4pm-ish arrival would be about right …

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A double sacada I may actually be able to do, and introducing a tearful friend to Tango Terra

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I loved tonight’s intermediate lesson with Luis and Natalia.

The eventual aim was a lovely flowing circular sequence with a double sacada. It’s again the sort of thing that would have had me running for the hills a few months ago, but tonight I was able to keep up with the various versions along the way, and I think the final one too. We actually ran out of time on that one, so I can’t be 100% sure as there was no opportunity to video it, but I’ll try it at Saturday’s practica and we’ll see …

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Tango was teasing me tonight

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I’d said to Steph earlier that I was considering dropping the Tuesday milonga from my schedule.

I hasten to add that’s not because there’s anything remotely wrong with it. Rather that, just as I did with my classes, I was wondering whether it was time to take a saner approach to my milonga schedule. I currently do three milongas a week, and was contemplating reducing it to two …

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