To bring you some jolly good Christmas dancing, Tango on the Thames are joining up with friends, Tango Terra and Queer Tango London to give you our Joint Christmas Cracker of a milonga, which includes –
Los Ocampo, aka Oscar Ocampo and Monica Romero, who invite you to their speciality – an enjoyable CHACARERA CLASS!
Alfredo Martin Espindola and his musical friends who will be playing some jolly good LIVE MUSIC for us to dance to!
Later, a thoroughly enjoyable performance by Los Ocampo!
…plus some seasonal Christmas treats in terms of food, all included in the price of £25!
We need give the St Thomas’s caterers an idea of numbers for the food by 6th December, so if you plan coming, it would help us if you buy your tickets now, or by the 5thDecember – HERE!
Our usual splendid venue:
The Shepherd Hall
St Thomas’s Hospital
Westminster Bridge Rd
Note this is on SATURDAY 16th December:
6.00 pm Chacarera Class
7.00 pm – midnight Milonga
We very much look forward to welcoming you!
Los Ocampo are Mónica Romero and Omar Ocampo, a partnership of over 30 years made up of performing, teaching and sharing Argentine Tango and Folklore around the world. They have a rich dance background and began dancing at an early age, meeting when they were dancers in the Carlos Copes tango company in Buenos Aires and later becoming a stage couple and marrying in 1984.
Their charismatic stage presence and personalities combined with their elegant style, creativity and extensive knowledge make them hugely popular with audiences and students alike. They have performed on some of the most prestigious world stages, both with their own dance company, Tango Bravo and as part of international shows, such as: Mariano Mores; The Carlos Copes Tango Show; and Tango Pasión with the renowned Sexteto Mayor, and where they were original cast members and toured with the show for over 17 years. Los Ocampo are the directors and organisers of the annual National Argentinean Festival of Folkloric Dance, Encuentro con Los Maestros.
Los Ocampo divide their time between teaching at their schools around the world, touring widely and performing at prestigious international venues. They are also official adjudicators at the annual International Tango Championships in Argentina and other international competitions. They are often engaged as cultural and artistic ambassadors for Argentine music and dance. Los Ocampo are masters not only of Argentine Tango, but also of Argentina’s folkloric dances, such as Chacarera, Zamba and Malambo.
They are sought after as coaches and have trained, and choreographed for, celebrities and professionals of Latin & Ballroom as well as Tango and Folkloric. Their motto is “dancing around the world”, this they do with great verve and generosity, their good humour and approachable nature is what is remembered by their students and colleagues.
Alfredo Martin Espindola
Martin is a dedicated dance practitioner and performer in both tango and contemporary disciplines. His focus and approach have been influenced by his previous experience as a high-profile athlete and coach on the world stage. This experience developed an acutely analytical awareness which he brings into his dance work.
He is a creative independent thinker who dedicate his time exploring ways of enhancing our relation with movement through dance. From a very early age, and due to the lack of insightful technical approach,he began his own training methods, which led him to the top of his field, at that time track and field, sprinting events, representing Argentina in international competitions several times. Having acted as a consultant in the Argentinian National Sport Centre helping Olympic and world stage athletes is among his most worthy experience in the is field.
Martin was awarded a degree in Physical Education, with contemporary dance as a chosen subject, at Jorge Coll, Mendoza, Argentina.
Martin has studied both classic and new style tango intensively for the past 15 years.
He further developed his contemporary dance skills through the Viviana Lasparra’s school in Argentina and is currently under mentorship, training with Jean Newlove, Laban’s Personal Assistant for a number of years. Additional influences have been through observing the work process at attending classes and workshops with Richard Alston, Fernanda Pratta, Hofesh Schetcher and Fred Geridh, among others. Having researched for many years sphere dynamics, he also incorporates this fundamental element to his ground-breaking take on movement and dance.