It takes two to do the Argentine Tango
For Club de Tango co-founders Lisa De Lazzari and Peter Waller, their love of Tango dancing began in 1998 when they began taking lessons run by a Bueno Aires native in Sydney’s CBD.
But, a year later, their Argentinian friend and teacher decided to move back to his homeland, and in an effort to keep dancing, Lisa and Peter, along with another dedicated couple, decided to continue the classes in the Harbour City.
“What really kicked it off was when we went to Buenos Aires for a holiday for about five to six weeks in 1999, and we found out that a lot of what we were taught in Sydney was not really what was being taught in Argentina at the time,” Peter explained.
“So, we stayed there, learnt as much as we could and came back and started up some more classes for ourselves.”
This marked the beginning of Club de Tango, and upon their return from Argentina, Peter and Lisa kicked off the first weekly Milongas, otherwise known as social dances, in Sydney.
Today, Club de Tango holds regular classes on Tuesday nights in the CBD as well as fortnightly Milonga sessions in Glebe, with people of all ages and skills attending to learn Argentine Tango, a style very different to the Tango often showcased on TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars.
It’s a great dance because the more you get involved in it, the more you still learn.
“It also introduced us to a culture that we hadn’t really known much about,” Peter said.
“Obviously, this is only a fraction and small part of the Argentinian culture but that was one of things too, that became a fascination for us.”
Over the course of eight years, Lisa and Peter would organise annual tours to the South American country for 12 to 20 of their Tango students, which would take them to the local Milongas, as well as include a visit to the Festival of Tango in Buenos Aires.
Despite not having visited Argentina for a while now, Peter and Lisa still travel the world for the dance, following various teachers and shows to help them consistently improve on their skills.
“We would like to expand our knowledge, and that might mean more trips overseas to learn more, but also introduce it to more people, by trying to build up a bigger base of students so they can can see the dance, enjoy it and understand it,” Peter said.
I think Tango, in some respects, has been thought of as an older person’s dance and that’s been hard to get across to a lot of people.
“We’re always trying to learn and to bring more people into the dance.”
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