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Survival of the fittest

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This year has got off to a very interesting start in the Tango world, with at least 3 new milongas opening in the London area. It’ll be interesting to see how many of them survive later in the year, but it’s great to have some new variety in the Tango scene.

In our area there hasn’t been a new milonga for several years now, and we sometimes wonder why not. With no new competition it can be all too easy for the existing milonga organisers to get complacent with their offering. The dancers may not complain, but the Tango scene can stagnate if there are no new ideas and energy being injected.

Hold on a minute… what am I saying?! Perhaps it not such a bad thing that we haven’t got any new competition? Well, obviously yes, we certainly don’t want any extra milongas competing with ours! Obviously anything operating in direct competition is bad news for us.

But, then again, on our nights off it’s nice to be able to go out and enjoy a good milonga, with a good atmosphere and our kind of music.  So we like to see other organisers doing well and putting on good events (I’ve ranted on at length about my personal opinion of what makes a good milonga IMHO).

And, to be honest, it helps us to keep focused on delivering the best milongas. We are always trying the improve things, and we work on the little details we hope will combine to make for a great event. You’d be surprised how much we chat and review our milongas; in fact, we’re slightly obsessive about it!

Done and dusted

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Well, Etonathon 2019 is now done and dusted; 5 days, 9 milongas, and countless hours of dancing and friendship.

These long events are always a real challenge to organise and run, because of the sustained work involved.  We have a huge number of dancers attending, and many of them have travelled a long way to join us for the event.  There are guest DJ to be organised and managed, and catering to be arranged with staff to help things run smoothly.

This year threw some new challenges at us also. One evening the ladies toilets all became blocked, which was a bit of a problem with over 60 ladies I the building!  Several intense minutes later an emergency plumber was on his way, and within an hour everything had been sorted out. The next day Sarah was incapacitated with a Migraine, and our kitchen helper could make it in because of flu. So it was all hands to the pumps to keep the show on the road, and we had an amazing response from Sharon, Jo, & Cathy who stepped up and worked miracles.

Ok, so that was the difficult side. But it was all totally worth it because the Etonathon was such a fantastic success, and the final night’s New Years Eve milongas was just brilliant. Honestly, we couldn’t have wished for a better end to Etonathon. The room was buzzing with a fantastic atmosphere, and the spontaneous rendition of ‘Happy Birthday to Charles’ made my night.

Let’s do it all again next year!

Mr Picky

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The Tango scene usually gets quieter over the summer holiday period; organisers take a break and halls get shut down for maintenance work. We’ve taken it easy too, especially in the past when the old venue was shut (often for no reason whatsoever, but that’s another story…). But this year we were kept active; a Sueños Milonga, ‘Junction 8’, two Wedneday practice evenings, private lessons, and the build-up to ‘Septonathon’. And all this during the school summer holidays.

Now we are in September things seem quieter; at least we are running fewer events this month. But the build up for ‘Etonathon’ has already started, plus preparations for our first ever New Years Eve milonga. And that all starts with the guest DJs.

Recruiting the DJ team is a painstaking process, mostly because we are so picky about the guest DJs. We’re out & about at milongas a lot checking out the music, amongst other things, and we also get plenty of suggestions for DJs we might use. It’s part control-freakery and part fussiness, but we find that there aren’t actually that many DJs who we think make the grade for our events.

If we’re approached by a DJ who we haven’t heard in action, then we’ll ask for a sample of a recent playlist, which we can check out at leisure. This is never the same as being in the room at a milonga, but it can give a good idea of how the DJ structures tandas, and the style of music that they prefer. Sometimes it’s a revelation. But often it’s not pretty, with poor choice of tracks and an excessive tendency towards a particular mood or artist.

Anyway, despite needing to meet our high criteria this years DJ team is just about recruited, and their travel arrangements and accomodation will need to be sorted out soon.  Then we’ll relax and look forward to another great event.

‘I love it when a plan comes  together!’