I’ve never gone this long without tango since I started dancing.
In theory, I’m in a better position than most, in living with a tanguera. Steph doesn’t normally dance with me often – our levels are too far apart – but desperate times might have forced desperate measures! Except she’s been ill for three weeks with either flu or COVID-19 (the online GP was playing safe by presuming it to be the latter, but there’s no way to know without testing) …
Continue reading A 12-minute break in the tango famine
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?
I had a private scheduled with Fede and Julia before the apocalypse, and we decided to try a video lesson as an experiment. This did lead to a bit of an argument between us …
Continue reading Another tango first: a remote private via video
One of the four questions I posed last time was this:
What measures can we take to ensure schools, teachers and milongas survive that long? […] I personally would be willing to continue to pay for cancelled classes and milongas, in order to ensure their survival. I’ve heard some others say the same thing. Are enough of us of the same view?
I’m delighted to say the answer is a resounding ‘yes’ …
Continue reading Supporting milonga organisers and schools during the coronavirus suspension
So far, to my knowledge, nineteen London milongas have closed for now: Mayfair Milonga, La Mariposa, Carablanca, I Love Mondays, Tango Garden, Tango 178, Tango Bridge, Etnia, Madame Yvonne, Tango Space, The Light, La Davina, London City Milonga, Tango E14, Tango Amistoso, Corrientes, Milonga la Tanguera, Negracha and The Mercer.
The remaining ones will doubtless follow suit in the next few days; at this point, London tango is essentially suspended.
The London tango community appears split on the issue, with four main views being expressed …
Continue reading The coronavirus conundrum: four questions for the London tango community
I must say that coronavirus was not a category tag I ever imagined creating for this blog!
Tango Terra is always quieter on a Sunday, and more so this week. I think some are now deciding to err on the side of caution where the coronavirus is concerned. I heard also that the Tango Space milonga the previous evening was very quiet too …
Continue reading Getting my fix in while I can, as more London milongas close
There’s been a lot of discussion recently about how the tango community should respond to the coronavirus outbreak. By virtue of spending 12 minutes at a time in close embrace with someone, and doing that with perhaps ten or twelve different people in an evening, we clearly run a significantly greater risk of transmission than the average person.
The virus is already circulating in the European tango community, including a British tanguera who caught it there and is currently in the Royal Free (fortunately she is well enough to be posting on Facebook about it) …
Continue reading Thoughts on tango and the coronavirus outbreak