LONDON TANGO WEEK

UK Tango Festival, Championship & Marathon 2020

+ Local Milongas

5th to 7th June, London

19 January 2020 - Registration Open

16 February - 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” she is an icon of the Tango scene around the world. Marcela Duran, Internationally acclaimed as a master teacher and iconic performer of the Broadway show Forever Tango, she has increased viewer's interest in learning the 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 the tango was thru her father, a bandoneón player in the 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 the tango in 1988 at Salon Canning. Walking the tango for many years, and dancing with the great “milongueros” at that time, she has absorbed and learned the essence of tango. Following her dreams to spread the tango around the world, she came to San Francisco to perform with Forever Tango in 1994. She also performed at the Strand Theatre in London in 1995 where she partnered the legendary “milonguero” Roberto "Alemán" Tonet. Subsequently to her engagement with the show in England, she danced for ten years with Carlos Gavito performing two classics of the show: "S.V.P" and "A EVARISTO CARRIEGO". With Carlos Gavito, Marcela performed for the series "Evening at Pops" with the Boston Pops Orchestra broadcast by PBS. She was part of the original cast members at the Broadway premier of Forever Tango at the Walter Kerr Theatre in June 1997 when the show was nominated for the Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for Best Choreography. 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. For ten years they were teaching around the world with Carlos Gavito sharing their passion for dancing. They were the perfect example of how one can dance the tango on stage without loosing the essence of this popular and beautiful Art form. 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, etc... Once again in 2013 and for the third time! she performed with Forever Tango as the icon of the show at the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway where the show made its premier in 1997 Among all the reviews and comments on her remarkable career, a phrase from the review of the San Francisco Chronicle on December 24, 2010 on her performance with Forever Tango, immortalizes her name as one of the Great Divas on the History of Tango: ”The patina of a great tango dancer can be found in the remarkable Marcela Duran. With her partner they are the least sensational couple on stage, yet they're almost worth the price of admission”
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Maria Ines Bogado & Roberto Zuccarino

Maria Ines Bogado & Roberto Zuccarino

Judges & Performers

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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" 2019

Andrea Dedó (Italy)

Andrea Dedó (Italy)

DJ

Andrea Dedó DJ has an intense background as a musician, dancer and tango teacher along with continuous studies, thanks to which he is always able to interpret the dance-floor to the best. “You are Energy for the milonga!” is one of the best compliments Andrea received after a milonga set. He likes to think the DJ rule is to be always give new energy to the dancers, trying to propose every time the right tanda at the right moment, and kindling the magic of the milonga. For several years, he has been travelling around Europe to play at the best international festivals and marathons. His style is unequivocally traditional. Andrea is the artistic director of the International L’Aquila Tango Marathon & Festival, laquilatangofestival.com, as well as the creator and director of the Italian Tango magazine “El Tanguero” eltanguero.it. From 2009, he is the resident DJ at the “Milonga di Camila” in Italy. “Todo el mundo a bailar!”
Marcelo Rojas (Argentina)

Marcelo Rojas (Argentina)

DJ

Marcelo Rojas is a famous must-see DJ in the tango scene, one of the most renowned in Buenos Aires as well as at international level. He is currently the musical adviser for the Buenos Aires city government, programmer at the official Buenos Aires tango radio station “La 2×4”, DJ at the Confitería Ideal, organiser and DJ at the Milonga Tango Ideal. In 2009, Marcelo won the Martín Fierro prize for best music programme, “La noche con amigos” with Lionel Godoy. He has DJ’d at the best known milongas in Argentina and Europe and participated at major festivals during his travels in Europe and Asia. For many years, Marcelo has also participated at major festivals in Latin America, including the World Tango festival in Buenos Aires, the “Camicando mocca – canyengue” festival, the Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino C.I.T.A., the Campeonato Metropolitano tango show, the Cumbre Mundial de tango Bariloche.
Benjamin Lee (Seoul Korea)

Benjamin Lee (Seoul Korea)

DJ

Benjamin Lee He has regularly played music at many popular milongas in Seoul Korea since 2011. He loves the traditional Golden Age tango songs very suitable for dancing with good energy. He has been invited for various international tango events from many cities of Asia, Australia, Europe, & America. Respecting the great songs of main popular orchestras and the emotion of dancers in milonga, he always tries to play the right tanda for each certain moment. He believes that the most important mission of DJ is to help dancers to be naturally and comfortably immersed in the flow of emotion.
Semeon Kukormin (Russia)

Semeon Kukormin (Russia)

DJ

Semeon Kukormin 'For the past 5 years, Semeon has been the most demanded Russian DJ in the world. During this period, he played at more than 100 international events. He is a resident of many European festivals and marathons. - In the first 5 years of his dj activity, he played at 500 milongas. Semeon is also author of a training course for DJs, and held more than 30 seminars in Russia and abroad.He believes that a DJ should have good conversation skills: he should communicate clearly and listen carefully. А Jewish proverb says: "A person has two ears and only one mouth to listen twice more than to speak." The DJ plays the music, listening to the dance floor with one ear, while the other ear is listening to... let's call it Tango.".
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!
Konrad Krynski (Poland)

Konrad Krynski (Poland)

DJ

Konrad Krynski DJ became a passionate tango dancer in 2008. Shortly after, he became a DJ. Since then he has spent a lot of time on listening and tango music research. He has played at international tango events in many countries (Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Hungary, France, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lebanon, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay).When he is a DJ, you will hear a wide representation of famous, classical tango orquestras ranging from mid-20s till late 50s. All that spiced up with some rare yet exciting and danceable pieces. His main goal is to keep the dancers on the floor by giving the right level of energy through his tandas.

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 27th April) inside the vaults of one of the most iconic train station in London. The music is going to be selected for us by Marcelo Rojas, of the 2×4 radio from Buenos Aires. 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. Konrad Krynski from Poland will delight us during 4 hours with his great selection of Tangos --- 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 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 £16. Since capacity is limited to 160, if you are thinking of attending this afterparty we advise you to either buy the platinum pass or reserve the ticket with the organisers 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 Hall,
    45 Porchester Road, London, W25HS

  • 26-28 April, 2019

  • 450 Spaces Available
    Tickets sale open on January 2019

4:15pm to 5:35pm MAIN ENTRANCE

COMPETING COUPLES' REGISTRATION

Competing couples’ registration and ID checks

5:45 pm Porchester Hall

GENERAL PUBLIC

Doors Open to the general public

6:00pm to 8:30pm Porchester Hall

Championship

Championship Stage & Pista categories

8:30pm to 2:30am Porchester Hall

Gala Milonga

DJ: Andrea Dedó

Late evening Porchester Hall

Performance

Performance by Aldana Silveyra & Diego Ortega

3am to 6am After Party at Iconic Train Station

DJ: Marcelo Rojas

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Workshops with Maestros

Workshops will take place late morning/afternoon

2:30pm to 6:00pm Porchester Hall

Afternoon Milonga

Open for dancers. DJ: Benjamin Lee

5:45pm Porchester Hall

Doors open to the general public

6:00pm to 8pm Porchester Hall

Championship

Championship semi-final

8:00pm to 2:30am Porchester Hall

Gala Milonga

DJ: Semeon Kukormin

Late evening Porchester Hall

Performance

Performance by Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina and Christian Marquez & Virginia Gomez

3am to 7am After party on Sailing Boat

Dj. Konrad Krynski

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Workshops with Maestros

Workshops will take place late morning/afternoon

2:30pm to 6:00pm Porchester Hall

AFTERNOON MILONGA

DJ: Marcelo Rojas

5:45pm Porchester Hall

Doors open to the general public

6:00pm to 8:00pm Porchester Hall

Championship final

8:00pm to 1:30am Porchester Hall

Gala Milonga

DJ: Daniel Tuero

Late evening Porchester Hall

Performance

Performance by Miguel Angel Zotto & Daiana Guspero

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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