‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY!

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

Lambeth

London

SE1 7EH

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tango on the Thames’ 7th Birthday Party!

 

Seven years – and counting! Tango on the Thames, welcomed our first dancers on 31st October 2010 – I checked!

Come and help us celebrate in style on Sunday 29th October 2017 with a class given Hernán Brusa and Alexandra Wood, a performance by prize-winning duo, Ariel Manzanares and Laísa Souza, with Hernán and Ariel sharing the DJ’s responsibilities to bring us some wonderful music.
I would like to think Tony Walker would have approved!
To come, please register here, NOW! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/29th-october-tango-on-the-tham…

£15 Class + Milonga
£12 Milonga only
(…collected at the door).

Hernán Brusa
Hernán Brusa is a tango teacher and performer who was born and grew in Buenos Aires. His tango career began in 1998 during which time he has studied with maestros: Alejandra Mantiñán, Gabriel Angió and Natalia Games. He has performed on several of the most famous stages in Buenos Aires, moving in 2009 to teach tango in Tokyo. Returning to Europe in 2014, he now lives and works in Milan, as well as in London, Istanbul and Brussels, Hernan’s lessons are based on connection, musicality and style

Alexandra Wood
Alexandra has been teaching tango for 15 years, she trained in classical ballet and later contemporary dance, she worked professionally as a contemporary dancer. She trained in dance and other performing arts for 6 years, in the latter three she studied and gained BA hons degree in Dance. She continues to train and study all forms but her passions for Argentine Tango formed her career.

Her tango training took place mainly in Buenos Aires. She had the privilege of performing in many milongas in Buenos Aires. She studied with many masters including Miguel Angel Zotto (with whom she had the honour of teaching) Osvaldo Zotto, Los Dispari, and the incredible Misse family especially Andrea Misse as well as along with many other teachers.

Alexandra co- created the first Argentine tango school in London, Tango in Action in 2002.

She now runs ‘Alexandra Wood Tango school’ in London and enjoys travelling to teach and perform internationally.

She performed in the stage hit Midnight Tango, and was the dance captain and performed with the show for 2 years! she also performed for Milos Karadaglic for The BBC classic Brit awards, and on This morning. She danced on The Zingzillas! In 2013 she performed on Strictly Come Dancing. She tours currently in the UK performing with Tango Motion with Tango Siempre and creates Tango holidays. Www.alexandrawoodtango.com

Ariel Manzanares
Ariel started his dance career 12 years ago, in those 12 years he trained with the best references of the world tango, Sebastián Achaval and Roxana Suarez, Carlitos and Rosa Perez, Pancho Martinez Pey and Lorena Ermocida, Horacio Godoy, etc. He exhibited at the most prestigious milongas in Buenos Aires.
He performed in various European tours through Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, England, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, etc. In 2013, he entered the renowned company Forever Tango, performing a season on Broadway and then touring the USA. and Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic. He has been finalist of the World of Tango 6 times in the category Tango Track twice achieving the 4th position (2010 and 2012). In 2017 dancing with Laísa Souza he reached the final of World Tango, obtaining the 11th place in the competition.

Laísa Souza
Laísa Souza has trained as a professional dancer from 2003, working with Brazilian Social Dances in Brazil. In 2008, decided to specialize herself in Argentine Tango, she moved to Buenos Aires where she earned a degree in the National University of Arts, (UNA) for Folklore with special mention in Tango and where she performed for the show “Si no te amase” directed by Junior Cervila ; for “Voz Tango” of Verónica Salmeron, for “Salsamba” with which she relocated to Macao for 6 months, for Piazzolla Tango Show in Buenos Aires and for the show “Latidos” of Leticia Fallacara and worked as a performer and Tango Instructor for MSC Orquestra.
She was finalist of the Metropolitan Championship 2013, in Buenos Aires in 3 categories, milongueros del Mundo, Vals and Milonga. And in 2017 she and her dance partner Ariel Manzanares, won the 11th place in the Mundial Championship in Buenos Aires.
While pursuing her performing career, she has been teaching and performing Tango in Europe (England, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy and Switzerland) Asia (China and India) Africa (South Africa and Mozambique) and South America (Argentina, Brazil and Colombia) for almost 9 years.
Links to videos:
Tango Salón
https://www.facebook.com/souza.laisa/posts/10214185521183075

Tango escenario
https://www.facebook.com/inessa.dekhtyareva/posts/10213621956449412