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Free 'Intro to Tango' Workshop at the markets

posted Jul 3, 2017, 4:29 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Jul 23, 2017, 3:54 PM ]

SoTANGO at the markets: a feast for the soul and the senses!
☆ Workshop venue is located in the grounds of the Marrickville organic markets.
☆ No prior tango or dance experience required. 
☆ Attend with or without a partner.
☆ Learn with a national tango champion
☆ Don't delay your booking as numbers are limited.

"Argentine Tango is connecting, soulful and fun - and easier to learn than you might think! Find out why tango is known as 'the ultimate art of connection' and why it's so much more than a dance!"

Next dates:
September 10, October 22 and December 10
When: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Where: Stirrup Gallery, Addison Road Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville

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Tango at  the markets - a feast for the senses!
Why not combine your lesson with a visit to Marrickville's amazing organic markets. The markets are open every Sunday from 9am - 3pm, rain, hail or shine. Click here for more details.
"From the eclectic to the eccentric, from organic to conventional, eco-friendly, chai-tentingly chillaxing this market would have to be the best Organic Market in Sydney's Inner West."

How to book
☆ Numbers are limited. Bookings are essential for the free lesson ☆
1) To check availability and book please email to
your name and mobile number. Make sure to include in the header 'Marrickville Free Workshop'.  We respect your privacy and will not share your details with any third party.

If you turn up on the day without a booking - the cost for the Workshop is $10 (discounted from our casual rate of $25). 

Please make sure to book - not only to save money and secure your place - but also because this workshop's success depends on knowing in advance how many men and women are attending. We bring in a team of experienced dancers to help balance the gender makeup of the group. It's a lot more fun for newbies when we can do that! 

2) You can invite friends to this workshop but each person must book individually to secure the free lesson.

3) When I receive your email (and assuming availability) I will include your name on the free list and email you details about... 
☆ A Special Offer available only to people attending this free workshop! 
☆ What to wear 
☆ What to expect 

Feel free to contact Sophia if you have any questions. 

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north sydney bondi tango lessons The Stirrup Gallery has a beautiful floor and ambience for tango!
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Some pics from our last Intro to Tango workshops in North Sydney...
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and Bondi...
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Winter Promo: Milonga and Vals Workshops $10 - Offer ends July 12

posted Jun 12, 2017, 7:25 PM by Sophia de Lautour

Argentine Vals, the champagne of dances...
or Milonga - the cheeky playful tequila of dances?

Take advantage of SoTango's special rate of $10 workshops (normally $25)!

☆☆ This offer is available to first timers to SoTango or anyone who has not taken a class with SoTango in 2017 ☆☆

Each workshop is one hour and pitched at a particular level - either Upper Beginner/ Intermediate or Intermediate / Advanced. 

For those at the Intermediate / Advanced level consider taking two workshops on the same night at North Sydney for $20 - treating the first as a warm-up and refresher of fundamentals.

Please book in advance as this helps us to manage the gender balance.

Mondays at North Sydney

@ Presbyterian School Hall, 181 Blues Point Rd, North Sydney (McMahons Point)
7.30pm - 8.30pm: Upper Beginners / Intermediate level
8.30pm - 9.30pm: Intermediate / Advanced level

June 19 (Milonga)
June 26 (Milonga)
July 3 (Milonga)
July 10 (Argentine Vals and Milonga)

Wednesdays at Bondi

@ Waverley School of Arts (top floor) 138 Bondi Road, Bondi
8pm - 9pm: Upper Beginners / Intermediate

June 14 (Argentine Vals)
June 21 (Milonga)
June 28 (Milonga)
July 5 (Milonga)
July 12 (Argentine Vals and Milonga)

Please feel free to call Sophia on 0411 747 949 to discuss.

Vals and Milonga - 7 week course

posted May 28, 2017, 8:55 PM by Sophia de Lautour

Which do you fancy?
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or ....
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If dances could be compared to drinks - tango would be red wine, vals - champagne and milonga would be tequila! 

In the May to July 7-week course we  will be focusing on how to dance the romantic Argentine 'vals' and the cheeky 'milonga' (milonga meaning the dance as opposed to the place).

We are excited about exploring these beautiful dances with you and we know it's going to do wonders for your musicality! Further, it's important to know how to dance milonga and vals if you want to dance tango socially as they are always played at milongas (the place).

The great thing about learning these dances, if you already know some tango, is that you don't have to learn lots of new moves - you an use what you already know - only in a different way to suit the different rhythms. We will teach you how to apply your existing repertoire to milonga and vals, and you might learn a few new moves as well.

Here's more details on these courses which are offered at North Sydney and Bondi. Both venues cover the same content each week - making it possible to swap between them to complete your course.

Lesson videos and study notes are provided with the course.

North Sydney
@ Presbyterian School Hall, 181 Blues Point Rd, North Sydney (McMahons Point)
7 Mondays
May 29 - July 10: May 29, Jun 5, 12, 19, 26 Jul: 3, 10
7.30pm - 8.30pm: Introduction to Vals and Milonga (our Intermediate level - Level 3)
8.30pm - 9.30pm: Vals and Milonga continued (our advanced level - Level 4)

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North Sydney

@ Waverley School of Arts (top floor) 138 Bondi Road Bondi 
7 Wednesdays
May 31 - July 12: May 31, Jun 7, 14, 21, 28 Jul: 5, 12
8pm - 9pm: Introduction to Vals and Milonga (our Intermediate level - Level 3)

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Waverley School of Arts

The following links provide more information:

Next SoTango Student & Friends Outing - Fri May 26 - Ashfield

posted May 22, 2017, 7:58 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated May 25, 2017, 10:20 PM ]

Sophia and Pablito invite you to join them at an exciting new initiative - 'Milonga for Learners' - hosted and organised by a good friend - Alejandro Ibarcena from Buenos Aires!

Here's the details...

8pm - 12am: Milonga 
7.30pm - 8pm: Optional Q & A about milonga etiquette and social tango in general - with Sophia and Pablito in the Bistro Bar (Level 1).
Allow time for parking in surrounding streets or come by train.

Club Ashfield, Level 2, 1-11 Charlotte Street Ashfield (short walk from station)

Dress code:  
Ranging from smart casual to 'dress to impress'.

Level 1 -  Open till 9pm Click here for:  Vivo Bistro Menu

$15 - pay at the door

Bring a Friend for free -  the more the merrier!

If you'd like to bring n​on-dancers (i.e. they've never had a tango lesson)​ ​they attend for free!
If you are trying to entice your friends into trying out tango, this would be a fantastic introduction for them - and just in time for our Complete Beginners courses starting next week :-)

Recommended reading (prior to Milonga)
'Milonga for Learners' is a formal social tango event for anyone relatively new to tango that may feel they are just not ready to dance at the milongas where more experienced dancers attend. This will be a gentle bridge to dancing and feeling more comfortable at milongas around Sydney.

You'll get a chance to:
  • Continue to develop your abilities and confidence whilst having a great time in a formal setting where milonga etiquette still applies.
  • Ask Sophia and Pablito questions about milongas and tango in general.
  • Meet new people.
We look forward to seeing you there!

For seating purposes please RSVP by Thursday May 25 to 
Feel free to contact Sophia if you have any questions.

Next SoTango Student Outing - Sunday June, 4 2017

posted May 4, 2017, 4:08 AM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Jun 3, 2017, 9:17 PM ]

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Tango Synergy, Surry Hills

Sophia and Pablito invite you to join them at the Tango Synergy Practica!

'Practica' is Spanish for practice session. Tango Synergy is a not for profit members’ association for tango dancers in Sydney.

You'll get a chance to:
  • Practice your moves and technique in an informal and chilled out setting.
  • Ask Sophia and Pablito questions relating to what you have learnt in the beginners course, and about tango in general.
  • Meet new people.
Complimentary refreshments and nibbles are provided.

Dress code: There is no strict dress code. You can wear similar to what you wear in class or go more dressy - whatever you like! 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Time: 19:30 - 22:30 
Cost: Discounted to $5 for SoTango students. Pay on the night direct to Tango Synergy.
Venue: Surry Hills Library & Community Centre, Level 1, 405 Crown Street, Surry Hills.

Learn Tango in Bondi or North Sydney starting late May 2017

posted Mar 1, 2017, 9:46 PM by Sophia de Lautour

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 So Connecting, so Soulful...

  • Learn Argentine Tango and find out why it's way more than just a dance! 
  • Tango is connecting, soulful and fun - it will change your life. 
  • Develop confidence and a deeper connection with others.
  • Join Sydney's vibrant tango community. Meet new people or bring a partner.
  • Learn with a national tango champion and receive video lesson reviews and course notes between classes.
☆ Early bird rate for this course ends May 22 
Take advantage of our 'Bring a Partner for Free' offer! (conditions apply)
This limited time offer means that if you bring a partner of the opposite role - you only pay for one person!

For: Complete beginners or people wishing to review and refine tango fundamentals.

North Sydney  May 29 - July 10
(7 Mondays)
6.30pm - 7.30pm: Lesson 
7.30pm - 8.30pm: Studio space provided for you to practice after class (optional)

Venue: 181 Blues Point Road (Presbyterian School Hall)

For more details click here.

Bondi May 31- July 12
(7 Wednesdays)
7pm - 8pm: Lesson
8pm - 9pm: Studio space provided for you to practice after class (optional)

Venue: Bondi School of Arts, 138 Bondi Road

For more details click here.

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So much Fun!

Here's how to book. Bookings are essential - to enable gender balanced classes. We have a team of assistants we can call in to balance up the classes. 
Read here about our very reasonable rates and special offer.

"Difficult to put words to the experience...When they dance they never cease to inspire and touch me with their collected intensity, tenderness and grace... Both Sophia and Paul are consumate teachers - breaking down such an art form into tiny precise chunks with such classic style. 
What is so impressive is how they are spontaneously able to tailor each step to the students present on the night and patiently understand what each of us needs to 'get it'. 
So it is with huge respect and appreciation that I thank them for all that they share of the spirit, love and intense joy of Tango - and the dedication they have when sharing their skill with us - and for bringing together such a great group of people to dance with. 
Thank you! It has brought so much into my life!" (Cherry Manfield, Dec 2015, early childhood teacher, film-maker)

If you are unable to attend on these dates you can cover the same content through private one to one coaching.

You can attend either group or private coaching with or without a partner. Rotation of partners is encouraged but optional.

Next Student Outing - Feb 17 with Murat @ Bondi Beach

posted Feb 13, 2017, 6:03 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 2:48 AM ]

If you'd like to be inspired by the very eloquent, entertaining and soulful tango teacher Murat Erdemsel, currently touring Australia - this is a student outing you do not want to miss! Murat is internationally renowned for his lectures and classes on how to hear and use the beauty of tango music inside our dance. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Murat's lecture last year (can't wait for this one!) and last year's Milonga with Murat at the Pavilion had a wonderful ambiance. So... couldn't resist to pick this event for SoTango's next student outing! 

Here's the details...

Friday February 17

7pm:        Lecture by Murat: "Making magic moments in music"

8pm:        Milonga with LIVE MUSIC by Mendoza Tango Quartet and DJ Sonny

Location: Bondi Pavillion, High Tide Room, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach

☆☆Please RSVP to by end of Thursday - so I can make sure you have space at our table.

We could also catch up for a drink prior to the lecture.

Entry $35 General and $30 for Tango Synergy members
Pay at the door to the organisers - Sydney Tango House.

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The highlights of 2016 for SoTango...

posted Jan 28, 2017, 7:16 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Jan 28, 2017, 8:25 PM ]

Looking back on 2016 the highlight for SoTango was definitely our Milonga Feliz Party! 

What a fabulous note on which to end the year!

Milonga Feliz was an amazing extravaganza / dance party under the stars featuring live music by popular Tangalo orchestra and the vibrant pianist Dan Rojas, along with a mesmerising performance by belly dancer Natalia Grosso. And well done to Maxim Zakharov for his beautiful debut tango performance to live music by Tangalo (song: Canaro's Poema).

The pics say it all!

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Natalia got us all up and shaking our booties!
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Special THANK YOUs to:

☆ Hans Ze- the host with the most!...for opening his beautiful home to us all and providing such a wonderful entertainment space in which to dance and party!...and for being such an inspiration to work with.
☆ Tangalo and Daniel Rojas-Gonzales who were up to their usual standard of brilliance!
☆ Natalia Grosso who blew us away with her vibrant, super powered performance!
☆ Maxim Zakharov for his debut tango performance. Such a pleasure to partner him!
☆ Manuel Garber for his impromptu vocal performance to Tangalo. A pleasant surprise!

THANK YOU to everyone who brought food to share ~ creating such a delicious and multicultural supper!

THANK YOU to the benevolent weather gods for smiling upon us and preparing the venue for Saturday evening! The wind even made an enthusiastic cameo appearance on the night!

THANK YOU to our generous prize donors:

Segolene Nicoloff (Personal Chef and Sangria maker par excellence!)
☆ Robert Kirby (Life Coach)
☆ Susan Lestrange (Portrait Photographer)
☆ Andre Hobday from Lennox Studios, Newtown (Artist)
☆ Francoise Nicoloff (Tomatis Method Coach)
☆ Maxim Zakharov (not only a dedicated tango dancer but also a senior computer programmer looking for work - anyone in need of a meticulous and highly experienced programmer?)
☆ and...SoTango's vignerons in Marlbourough and Mendoza.

THANK YOU to Tango Synergy for kindly lending us their outdoor speaker. A great contribution to the sound quality on the night!

THANK YOU to Pedro Alvarez of Patio de Tango for lending us extra lighting and gear necessary to the night's success.

THANK YOU to Tania Waitokia and John for the use of their ute - indispensable transportation!

THANK YOU to all who donated to the Wayside Chapel Hamper. So much generosity we had to get another basket!

I'd like to echo Paul J Warren's (Pablito) expression of delight at seeing so many of our students dancing on the night - for many this was their first experience of dancing socially! That was so heart warming for me and my raison d'etre as a tango teacher!

Last but not least, THANK YOU to Anastasia Keros whose amazing house party milonga (Belle Epoque) was a big inspiration to Milonga Feliz. A further inspiration fwas Pablito whose beloved milonga in his former Redfern warehouse added a much-needed sense of fun, 'chill' and welcoming inclusiveness to Sydney's tango scene.

May Sydney's tango community have more such fun, chill and inclusiveness in 2017!

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Top left: SoTango's wine from Marlbourough (NZ) and Mendoza (Argentina) was officially launched at Milonga Feliz!

Remaining pics:  Party guests generously donated canned goods and gifts that I and SoTango's trusted door people took along to the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross. As synchronicity would have it, we bumped into our tango friend Ian Colvin who was working in the Wayside Cafe at the time!

Teaching and DJ'ing at Byron Bay Tango Festival - September 2016

Another highlight was definitely the Byron Bay Festival and my collaboration with Byron Bay based tango teacher, artist and good friend Jan Rae.

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Teaching workshop on Adornos with Jan
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The idea for my collaboration with Jan originated while we were celebrating her award for a tango art installation in Sydney. Love the concept of the installation! 

Next Complete Beginners Courses start Feb 2017

posted Dec 22, 2016, 9:38 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Dec 22, 2016, 10:06 PM ]

Make 2017 the year you take up Tango!
Video lesson reviews and notes included with course rate
Click here for how to book
Click here for testimonials
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Artwork by James Curtis at Verve Design

SoTango Student Outing Sat 19 Nov - Marrickville

posted Nov 16, 2016, 12:19 AM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 12:22 AM ]

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La Luna

SoTango outings are designed to give our students the opportunity of visiting milongas around Sydney.

The next SoTango outing is this Saturday at the 15th Anniversary of the tango school Tango Entre Amigos. The milonga will feature live music by the local Tango Orchestra " La Luna " and a group performance by Sydney's tango teachers (including Pablito and myself). Supper will be provided and drinks can be purchased from the bar.

SoTango will be reserving a table for students. Please let me know by this Friday (18.11.16) if you will be attending.

Tango Entre Amigos Anniversary Milonga
Address: Marrickville District Hardcourt Tennis Club, Centennial Street , Marrickville

Time: 8pm to 1am.
Tickets at the door: $30.00
Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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