LONDON TANGO WEEK

UK Tango Festival, Championship & Marathon 2020

+ Local Milongas

Due to COVID-19, we are WAITING for a NEW DATE!

24 January 2020 - Registration Open

March 2020 - Workshops Registrations Open

33 hours of Marathon Milongas

24 hours of Workshops

6 hours of Championship

3 Gala Milongas

2 Afternoon Milongas

2 Aferparties (Train Station & Boat)

+ Best Local Milongas before 5th June

Judges, Performers and Coaches

Horacio Godoy & Cecilia Berra

Horacio Godoy & Cecilia Berra

Judges & Performers

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Marcela Duran & Dante Sanchez

Marcela Duran & Dante Sanchez

Judges & Performers

Marcela Duran, known as “The Woman of the Tango”, is an icon of the Tango scene around the world. Internationally acclaimed as a master teacher and iconic performer of the Broadway show Forever Tango, she has increased viewers' interest in learning tango through her presence and style, an influential mentor of many argentine tango teachers and social dancers worldwide. She and her partner Carlos Gavito developed a dramatically close tango embrace in which both dancers leaned forward against each other. Her first connection with tango was through her father, a bandoneón player in a tango orchestras in Rosario, Argentina, where she was born. She has worked as a dance teacher for the Argentine Government, specializing in modern dance and tango. She started to dance tango in 1988 at Salon Canning, and dancing with the great “milongueros” at that time, she has absorbed and learned the essence of tango. She then performed with Forever Tango around the world, in San Francisco in 1994, at the Strand Theatre in London in 1995 where she partnered the legendary “milonguero” Roberto "Alemán" Tonet, and at the Broadway premier of the Walter Kerr Theatre in June 1997, when the show was nominated for the Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for Best Choreography. She also danced for ten years with Carlos Gavito in two classics of the show: "S.V.P" and "A EVARISTO CARRIEGO". Marcela performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy and toured through USA, Canada, Europe and Asia with the show. She has also performed at the Colon Theater Opera House in Buenos Aires in 1999. In 2000 she became the World Champion of the Dance Sport Championship (International Dance Organization) on Argentine Tango. She was also a member of the cast in the Broadway Production of Forever Tango at the Shubert Theatre in 2004. During the period of eighteen years of her association with the show she has performed and taught in 100 cities around United States, Canada, Italy, Portugal, England, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Shanghai, Mexico, Greece, Israel, and others.

Dante Sánchez is one of the greatest Tango referents today. He is one of the most renowned Tango dancers, constantly promoting Tango and Buenos Aires culture. His consecration as the World Tango Champion at the year of 2007 at the age of 19 took him to the highest ranks of Argentine Tango, starting several World Tours, participating in numerous festivals and being part of the cast in the greatest Tango Shows all around the world. His teaching qualities make him one of the most sought-after maestros for both locals and foreign dancers who travel to Buenos Aires to learn from him. In the year of 2017 he formed a Tango couple with Indira Hiayes. Because of his energy and passion for this dance, they were selected to be part of the “Señor Tango” cast, one of the most renowned dinner shows of all Buenos Aires.
Maria Ines Bogado & Roberto Zuccarino

Maria Ines Bogado & Roberto Zuccarino

Judges & Performers

María Inés Bogadostarted dancing when she was 12 years old. She grew up with folklore and received her degree in Folklore Argentino at the Centro Polivalente de Arte de Ezeiza. In 1994 she discovered tango and began studying with Cristina Pugni and Diego Gauna. In 1997 she continued her studies with Carlos Perez and Rosa Forte at the Club Sunderland. During this period she met Sebastián Jiménez with whom she entered into a professional tango partnership. In 2010 they won the title of Metropolitan Champions of Vals and World Champions in Tango Salón. After winning these titles they went on an intensive tour around the world, teaching and performing at the most prestigious tango festivals on all continents. Among other festivals, they participated in: Festival of Tango Salón in Łódź (Poland), Singapore International Tango Festival, Belgrade (Serbia) Tango Encuentro, Tango Festival Porto (Portugal), and Planetango in Moscow (Russia). María Inés and Sebastián decided to pursue new professional endeavors in 2016 and she started to teach and perform with Jorge Lopéz. In 2018 she started to work with Roberto Zuccarino. She continues to travel all over the world, teaching solo and with her partners at festivals, performances, giving private classes, and seminars.

Roberto Zuccarino started to dance tango at the age of 15 years in Mataderos neighborhood, with his first teacher Oscar Hector, in the traditional Glorias Argentinas Milonga. He performed with many renowned tango teachers, but he adopted like his master to Silvio Lavia. His career as a professional dancer started with a show in "Galerias Pacifico" with the famous orchestra "Los Reyes del Tango" He joined the show "Estela Raval y los cinco Latinos" performed in different theatres of Buenos Aires like Astros, Opera, and the prestigious Luna Park. Also, they traveled with the show around the interior of the country. He participated in the show "Morocha y Pasional" produced by Gerardo Sofovich in the Metropolitan Theatre on Corrientes Avenue. He worked in the most prestigious tango dinner shows like Sabor a Tango, Esquina Homero Manzi, El viejo Almacen, Cafe de los Angelitos and Boca Tango. He has performed in traditional milongas of Buenos Aires like Sin Rumbo, Sunderland, Salon Canning, Glorias Argentinas, Torcuato Tasso, La Baldosa, Porteño y Bailarin, and El Trovador. Between 2005 and 2008 he toured with the show "Tango Fever" and "Opus Tango" performing in different theatres of Korea. In 2010 he traveled with "Tango Emotion" Company in Japan, Tokio. In 2009 he traveled to Russia to represent the historic tango house "Cafe de los Angelitos" As a director, he directed the show Querido Tango". Also, he presented in Brazil as a choreographer of "Tango Viaje al Sentimiento" Company, performing in different theatres like the "Memorial of America Latina" doing more than 40 presentations. As a producer and director, in 2011 he created his first show "Tango y Nada Mas", presented in "Margarita Xirgu" theatre, for more than four months. With Maria Ines Bogado since 2018 he is participating in some of the most established Festivals around the world!
Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina

Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina

Competitors Coaches

Stefania Colina started her career as a ballet and contemporary dancer in the “Orlama” School at the age of 4. She graduated at 17, after 13 years of intense training, and became a teacher of the school. During that time she had the opportunity to experience many dance styles that were taught as a complement to ballet and that is how she met with tango and Juan Martin.

Juan Martín Carrara started dancing when he was 13 years old as a ballet and contemporary dancer and an actor of musical comedy. At the age of 16 he entered in the Nacional Academy of Dance of Uruguay and was selected for the “Young Ballet”, touring all the theatres of the region as a performer of modern and classical ballet. After a few years he met with tango and at the same time with Stefania and from that day, a passionate life-changing story started for both of them.

Together they left all they had in Uruguay and moved almost immediately to Buenos Aires with nothing more than their intense desire to dance and teach tango. After a few years of working hard at improving their level and knowledge, they won the “Intercontinental Championship” in 2009 and the Uruguayan Tango salon Championship in 2012. Since then, Stefania and Juan Martín have been teaching and dancing around the world.

They perform regularly in the milongas of Buenos Aires with prestigious orchestras such as “Color Tango”, “Los Reyes del Tango”, “Orquestra Sans Souci”, “Orquestra Mariano Mores”. In the last years they have been in some of the most important festivals and events in Europe, America, and Asia. Their fame and uniqueness comes from their elegance, sensuality and musicality. They dance with an immense respect for the tradition and the music, and yet keep working on new forms of expression and their own development. They are also known for their successful and engaging teaching method which allows to hear and feel what is most intangible in tango.

The DJs for our "marathon-like festival" 2020

Olga Agapova (Russia)

Olga Agapova (Russia)

DJ

Olga Agapova DJ has been playing music since 2008 on regular milongas, festivals and events in Saint Petersburg: Argentinean Holidays, White Nights Tango, Tango Grand Weekend, Days of Tango, Saint Petersburg Tango Marathon and also in other cities of Russia: Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Pskov, Tula. She was djing on the events and marathons in Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Turkey, Poland and Israel. Olga is passionate for Argentina and milongas of Buenos Aires. She prefers traditional tango music that inspires people to dance.
Mik Avramenko (Ukraine)

Mik Avramenko (Ukraine)

DJ

Mik Avramenko made his first steps to become a tango DJ in his childhood: he’s got a music education, he played music for the school radio and also chose sound(acoustics) as his major. His tango life started in 2007, at first as a dancer, a year later as a tango DJ. Now he is a DJ at regular milongas, festivals and marathons in Kyiv as well as other cities in Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Germany, France, Switzerland, Czechia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland. Mik’s aim as a tango DJ is to sense and improve the mood of each dancer in the hall, all variety of the Golden Age music is his instrument to do that. His capability to chose and combine music harmoniously helps him to create a special atmosphere and make people dancing until the final chord of La Cumparsita.
Laura Iaru (Romania)

Laura Iaru (Romania)

DJ

Laura Iaru comes from Bucharest (Romania). She has been Dj-ing since 2009 and touring for Dj'ing in many countries. Apart from Bucharest and the rest of Romania, Laura has been Dj-ing and touring along the years in: Italy, France, Turkey, Ukraine, Sweden, Moldova, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Qatar, Switzerland. Currently, she is based in Zurich, teaching tango at Cuartito Azul Tango school and Djing in local milongas and abroad.Laura loves Djing mostly Golden Age danceable pieces and her great satisfaction while Djing is to see people happy on the dance floor. She also traveled a few times to Buenos Aires between 2008 - 2015 and spent time in milongas Porteñas were she has learnt about tango music mainly from her maestros Javier Rodriguez & Andrea Misse and from old milongueros & Argentine Djs as well.
Horacio Godoy (Argentina)

Horacio Godoy (Argentina)

DJ

Horacio Godoy soon the Bio!.
Daniel Tuero (Argentina)

Daniel Tuero (Argentina)

DJ

Daniel Tuero DJ was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, and has been dancing tango for the last 20 years all around the world, from Australia to Canada and from South Africa to United Arab Emirates. Almost a decade ago, Daniel has been developing tango scene in Russia, especially in cosmopolitan Moscow, not only as a dancer and teacher but also as a TangoDj, by creating an intuitive style that allows dancers to feel the flavour of Argentinian milongas not only during the tandas, but also during the cortinas, when people connect again with each other and with the surroundings, to search for the following partner's invitation. The mood, he believes, must follow this wonderful process. Cities like Tokyo, Rome, NYC, and of course Buenos Aires, have been dancing his classics and modern orchestras in different events that has shared with artists like Juan Carlos Copes, Sebastian Arce, Javier Rodriguez, Julio Balmaceda, Chicho Frumboli y Juana Sepulveda, Sebastian Achaval y Roxana Suarez, Los Totis and many more. Local milongas (Villa Malcolm, Las Malevas, DNI), tango marathons (Abrazo Beirut, Caliente Antalya, Winter Vilnious) and Festivals (Planetango Moscow, Milongueros Night, Remolino Ukraine). He djed at the last 3 editions of the Russian Tango Championship and Festival (Preliminaries Mundial Argentina) and for the first time in London in 2019. UK get ready to rock it out!
Our Surprise dessert DJ

Our Surprise dessert DJ

DJ

DJ TBC soon

Amazing Venues

Porchester Hall

Porchester Hall

5 Milongas in the stunning Porchester Hall, with wooden sprung dance floor, in an all encompassing venue hosting both the festival and the championship.The Porchester Hall’s classic art deco design and understated elegance make it the ideal location as the main home of the UK Tango Festival & Championship.The main hall’s grandeur and versatility have seen it play host to concerts from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse and Pink Floyd; TV broadcasts such as Monty Python’s ‘The meaning of Life’ and Channel 4’s ‘ as well as countless legendary parties.Also on site is the Duchess of York Suite, as well as the original 1929 swimming pool and Turkish Spa, which are in high demand among event organisers and participants alike.Located in central London, the Porchester Hall is within walking distance of Royal Oak, Bayswater and Queensway Tube stations.
Train Station

Train Station

This year again we are doing the first after-party on Friday night into Saturday morning (3am to 6am 6th June) inside the vaults of one of the most iconic train station in London. The music is going to be selected for us by TBC. What a perfect marriage sanctioning again the relation between Argentina and UK in railway matters. In fact, it was the British government that invested in building and developing the first railway network in Argentina. That’s why some of the stations in Buenos Aires still bear English names.
Mercia Boat

Mercia Boat

Our second Afterparty will be taking place on Saturday night into Sunday morning - 3am to 7am, sailing the Thames on ''The Mercia". Dj. TBC will delight us during 4 hours --- The boat will sail from Crown pier, will stop once at 5am to let people off, and will continue sailing the Thames until 7am. For festival marathon & platinum passes the entry is included. For festival golden passes and competitors there is an additional fee of £8. For people without passes, the entry is £18. Since capacity is limited to 160, if you are thinking of attending this afterparty we advise you to either buy the marathon or platinum pass or reserve the ticket with the organizers before going to the boat.

COMPETITORS' COACHES

We are delighted to announce coaching and feedback for the competitors with the Maestros Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina. They will be running 2 seminars dedicated to coaching the contestants.

WORKSHOPS WITH MAESTROS

8 Maestros will be teaching a range of workshops throughout the festival and will also perform over the three nights.

MILONGAS IN PORCHESTER HALL

7 milongas and 33 hours of dancing! 5 Milongas in the stunning Porchester Hall, with wooden sprung dance floor, in an all encompassing venue hosting both the festival and the championship. Plus 2 after milonga parties (3am to 6 or 7am) in amazing venues: on Friday at an iconic train station and on Saturday on a boat sailing the Thames.In total - 33 hours of pure social dancing with people from all over the world!
Porchester Road, London W2 5HS

LOCATION: Porchester Hall

Located in Bayswater, Paddington; Porchester Hall is within walking distance of Royal Oak, Bayswater and Queensway Tube stations which are on both the Hammersmith & City and Central Lines.

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