Tango the Japanese way in London

Tango al fresco dancers 2012

Tango Al Fresco in Regent’s Park yesterday was packed out – dance was strictly salon, no space for anything else. It made me nostalgic for the early days when Tango Al Fresco was known only to the few and there was no dance floor, just the gravel and the music.

Tango al fresco dancers 2012

You wore your oldest shoes as they were worn through after an afternoon on that unforgiving surface. But everything changes and it’s good to see them doing so well – all proceeds go to the Royal Parks Foundation for tree planting in Regent’s Park.

Tango al fresco dancers 2012

London-based Japanese are well represented on the tango circuit. Not surprisingly – Argentine tango is popular all over the world and there are plenty of tango venues in Tokyo. I have happy memories of Friday night Zero Hour with Juan Guida in Roppongi.

If you want to learn to tango with a Japanese teacher in London, well, no problem. Paul and Michiko have been teaching for eighteen years at El Once at The Crypt in Clerkenwell (alternate Saturday nights) while Steve and Atsuko teach on Sunday nights at The Factory in North London. Both well worth a visit.

Tango al fresco dancers 2012

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