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Etonathon’s coming…

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Our ‘Etonathon’ event at Christmas time has been running since 2007. To start with it was called ‘Yule Tango’ (geddit?) and included workshops during the day & milongas in the evenings.

Then we decided to ditch the workshops & have afternoon milongas instead, and since then it’s been one of the most popular Tango events. Dancers from all across the UK and beyond can take a break from their relatives, and enjoy a few days of high-quality dancing instead.

About this time of year we start to panic about the arrangements; DJs, Babysitters, & kitchen helpers all have to be arranged. The Hall was booked years ago, but there are still hotel rooms and travel plans that need finalising. To be honest, by the time the event starts it seems that most of our work has been done!

But then there’s 4 days of hosting, dancing, and trouble-shooting to make sure the event runs as well as is humanly possible and everyone has a great time.

Luckily, we have great support from our friends in the Tango community, and it’s a real pleasure to put on an event that’s always so well received.  The advance bookings are already starting to come in, and the DJ team is nearly in place, so we can’t wait for Etonathon 2018 to arrive!

Is that you, Mum?

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Running a Tango event can be hard work, but some things make it all worthwhile, especially lovely feedback from happy dancers. Like this message  we’ve just received from a dancer after last weekend’s ‘Septonathon’:

 

“Sarah, Charles – it would be remiss of me not to express my ongoing gratitude for your sustained time, efforts and energy. It’s said that ‘The only thing that is constant is change’; they also say that you have to ‘Adapt or die’. While that is very true, it doesn’t sufficiently account for ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’. You’ve got the formula just right, which is why I think you run one of the best milongas anywhere and make tango in the UK richer for it. I’m very glad I live only an hour away! Sincere thank yous again from a delighted punter”

 

*blush*

Keeping it all crossed

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There are just a few hours to go until Septonathon 2018 starts and, as usual, we’re starting to get excited and a little bit nervous.

We’ve been running this type of events for many years; they last 3 or 4 days, with guest DJs and a big crowd of dancers coming from all across the UK and beyond. But it still feels like the first time, there are loads of little details that have to be planned and organised, and we still worry that everything’s going to be OK.

We’ve already stocked up on cups, and new coffee machines. Right now I’m checking how to programme the new LED lights, and checking the spare (yes, spare) rope lights. Tomorrow is a very busy day; buying the flowers to decorate the tables, then loading up the car and heading off to Old Windsor to do the first phase of the set-up. This’ll give Sarah some time & space to get busy making the dozens of cakes that we serve throughout the weekend. Later we’ll be at the shops again, stocking up on catering essentials and loo rolls. Yep, it’s a glamorous life!

But the best part is looking forward to seeing all our friends over the weekend. Some really great people regularly travel huge distances to support our Milongas, and we’ll spend the time smiling and laughing with them, in between dances.