I like my new tango shoes!

November 9, 2007

Wednesday my new DNI tango shoes arrived from Buenos Aires with a friend!

DNI-Beige-Blue2

I immediately tried them out at the milonga and they are absolutely fantastic! They dance like a dream! Very good and comfortable fit. They have 3 cm french heels, higher than any of my older shoes (all Susana Artesanal with 2.5 cm straight heels).

The soles are special too, the front sole has an oval rubber piece in the center and suede around it, clever design and it works. I used to dance on suede soles, but the past 2 years I preferred rubber for better grip and stability. Rubber soles are perfect on most tango floors, while suede can often be too slippery. The DNI soles try to combine the best of both worlds.

It’s a different feeling with the higher heels, I still have to get used to the slight change in balance (respect to all women…), but I like it. I think I will order another pair 🙂

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Bajofondo: capturing the energy

November 2, 2007

On Halloween there was a Bajofondo concert in Hasselt, it was the second time this year that I saw them and as always it was an excellent and exciting concert, not to be missed! It’s so good to see the fun and pleasure that these guys have on stage. They were even wearing Halloween masks!
Moreover, I bought the new CD “Mar Dulce” and had it autographed by Santaolalla, Ferres and Supervielle! Yes! I’m happy 😉

I tried to capture the energy and action of the concert in photographs, just as I try to capture the action of tango dancing. I like to see movement in photographs so it’s not all sharp and crisp. It’s more impressionistic I guess…

Here are my attempts:

Martin Ferres:
Martin Ferres Martin Ferres bandoneon action

Ferres-Casacuberta with Halloween masks:
Ferres-Casacuberta Halloween Tango

Javier Casalla:
Javier Casalla Javier Casalla

VJ Veronica Loza dancing on stage:
Veronica Loza

DJ Supervielle:
Supervielle

The Audience:
audience blown away

Warsaw milongas city trip

October 3, 2007

Last weekend I went to Warsaw with a tango friend from Brussels, mainly to dance tango and to visit some of our polish tango friends. We stayed in the Oki Doki Hostel, in the new center of Warsaw and close to all the milongas.

It was not my first visit to Warsaw and I remembered a reasonable level of tango there, not exceptional, but I was also much less experienced at the time. So without too high expectations we prepared for our first milonga on friday night, Chłodnej Milonga.

Chłodnej Milonga

A nice big floor and to our delight good music and quite a few very good polish tangueras. ‘Comme Il Faut’ shoes seemed to be very common 🙂
See a video of this milonga on Youtube.

This was an excellent introduction to the warsaw tango community! Almost every tanguera we danced with asked if we would come to the Sunday afternoon milonga as well, it was their favorite and the best in Warsaw. Unfortunately our plans were to go to Kraków on Sunday and dance there…
But the seeds of doubt were planted in our heads, also because of my bad tango experience in Kraków before the summer. So on Saturday morning we decided to leave Kraków for another city trip and stay in Warsaw!

On Saturday we went to the Złota Milonga (Golden Milonga).

Złota Milonga

A round room, a quite slippery floor and a lot of ‘tango decoration’. We were quite early and there seemed to be only a few beginners dancing, we feared for the worst… But then all our favorite tangueras from friday arrived! The music was good again (thank you DJ Luiza, for the music and for the very nice tandas that we danced!) and it turned into the milonga with the most fun!

On Sunday we went to the much anticipated ‘Comme Il Faut’ afternoon milonga in ‘Klub 55’ in the Palace of Culture and Science.

Milonga Comme Il Faut

This place had the most ‘real’ tango atmosphere with only very traditional music by DJ Radek, who danced in Brussels milongas a few times already. It was not as big as the other venues, with a good floor, all our favorite tangueras were present and a few new ones were written on our favorites list. This was clearly the milonga where all the good dancers came, also a lot more good male dancers than the other milongas.
Check Pawel’s pictures of this milonga.

On Saturday night Luiza had invited us to come to her Sunday night milonga as well, but we were just too hungry and tired after the ‘Comme Il Faut’ milonga (I’m sorry, Luiza …)

We’ll certainly return to Warsaw for tango, if you want to try out the Warsaw tango community check Akademia Tanga Argentynskiego or the milongas page at Blautango, we highly recommend it!

Google Maps See a map with the locations in this post

Tango night on the Frigate “Ara Libertad”

September 13, 2007

Last Sunday a tango night was organized on the Argentine frigate “Ara Libertad” in Antwerp by Tango aan de stroom.

Argentine sailing ship with tango in Antwerp

Dancing on the wooden deck of this large sailing ship was quite a special and romantic experience. Although the deck was slightly curved and sloping I didn’t have too much trouble dancing and keeping balance. Any inconvenience was more than made up by the whole atmosphere of being on a ship and the background of the river.
The nice thing was that even some of the Argentine sailors were dancing in their uniforms!

Argentine ship with tango Argentine sailor dancing with Belgian woman

Google Maps See a map with pictures of the Ara Libertad

“Are you a good dancer?”, she asked.

August 9, 2007

A woman walks up to me:

“Are you a good dancer?”

“erm???…”

That was the weirdest way anyone ever asked me to dance…

“I haven’t danced for a while and otherwise I go crazy.”

“oh… you haven’t danced yet tonight?”

“yes I have, but it’s been a while.”

“u huh…”

I must admit that it was an open air milonga with lots of unknown people, beginners and non-dancers, but still…
And she was not so experienced as I found out.