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Argentine Tango community in Bristol

Argentine Tango in Bristol- Tango Note classes and information

Tango Note - Beginners Classes Wednesdays

Flyer imageThomasThomas and YannaYanna run our weekly drop-in classes. If you are interested to try Tango, or need a refresh, this is the class for you. The dance studio is a perfect place to learn: spacious, with a sprung dance floor, wall mirrors and ballet bars.

7.00–8.00pm Class for beginners.
Please arrive a few minutes early.

Class: £8 (Cons£7/B£7), Students 2-for-1 (=£4each), MoveGBMoveGB official partner.
Venue: Dance Studio, 4th Floor, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS13QY (map). Above the Canteen Cafe.


Flyer imageBeginners Milonga
Last Wednesday of every month. Join us to practice your steps without the pressure!

Time: 8.00–10.30pm Beginners Milonga
Milonga: £4 TN students, £5 visiting dancers
Venue: Hours Studio, 10 Colston Yard, Bristol BS15BD
We'll walk there after the class...

Folk House Tuesdays
6-week Beginners course (part I of II) from 13 September 2016

Flyer imageSaaraSaara and ThomasThomas teach this course at the Folk House. This is a fun six-week course to introduce you to the essential techniques of the Argentine Tango. Explore the floor craft, musicality and dance while spicing things up with a bit of Argentine passion and dynamic!

7.45 – 9.15pm Class

Course: £46.60 (£42.90/£34.20).
Venue: Folk House, 40A Park St, Bristol BS15JG
Bookings: via Folk House 0117-9085035
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Rotating Advanced Classes Mondays
Class + Practica

Flyer imageThe Tango Note crew: BassemBassem, SaaraSaara, ThomasThomas, YannaYanna and AaronAaron will be rotating teachers for our Monday night advanced classes. Explore your technique and musicality (preferably 1+ years dance experience). The teachers will run a practica/milonga after every class.

See the calendar for who's teaching.

7.00–8.00pm Advanced class with rotating teachers

Class: £8 (Concs £7).
Venue: Hours Studio, 10 Colston Yard, Bristol BS15BD


Flyer imageMonday Milonga
Practica / milonga after the Monday classes... hosted by the teachers of the Monday class (see the calendar for who's hosting). Join us to practice your steps without the pressure!

8.00–9.30pm Practica with rotating DJs (see class teachers)

Milonga: £4 TN students, £5 guests

#1 Harbourside 2nd Sunday every month
Class & Milonga

Flyer imageThomasThomas and SaaraSaara invite you our dance evening at #1 Harbourside, together with live music by Tango Calor.

Tango Calor will transport you to the backstreet Milonga clubs of Buenos Aires while Tango Note teachers will kick start the evening with a taster session of basic Tango Steps. Mirek Salmon on bandoneon, Juan Carlos Gómez Pastor on guitar and Indira Roman on vocals.

7.00–7.30pm Introduction available - ask Thomas or Saara
7.30-9.30pm Tango Calor (live music)
9.30-10.00 DJ Mariposa

Lesson+Milonga: Free entry - please contribute to the bucket.
Venue: #1 Harbourside, No.1 Canons Rd, Bristol BS15UH
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Tango con Alma Sundays ~2 months (see calendar)

Flyer imageWe invite you to something quite special on Sunday- Tango at The Alma Tavern. Come and dance or just have a drink and listen to the sounds of authentic Argentine tango. Live music by Tango Calor and hosted by SaaraSaara.

Mirek on bandoneon + musicians.

DJ Mariposa will play traditional tango tandas with alternative and danceable cortina's in between live music sets.

7.00–7.30pm DJ Mariposa
7.30-9.30pm Tango Calor (live music)
9.30-10.30 DJ Mariposa

Milonga: Free entry - please contribute to the bucket.
Venue: Alma Tavern, 18-20 Alma Vale Rd, Bristol BS82HY

About Us
Tango Note community

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We are Tango Note, a group of Argentine Tango enthusiasts (Tangueros) who enjoy dancing, teaching and organising dance events (Milongas) for Bristol's Tango community. Since 2007 we offer relaxed, varied and inclusive classes and events. We encourage different styles of Tango dancing and encourage you to develop your personal way to dance. We enjoy live music, traditional tango music, as well as encourage our DJs to add alternative, suitable and fun music to play. Do check the DJs links for their music styles. DJ music styles: DJ Mariposa (60/40 Traditional/Alternative), DJ Bassem (80/20 Trad/Modern-Nuevo-Alt), DJ Yanna (70/30 Trad/Non-Trad). The Tango Note crew: Thomas, Saara, Bassem, Yanna and Aaron. Thomas, Saara, Bassem, Yanna and Aaron. Gift Card image

For private classes, events, weddings and gift cards, please contact , and for performances and live music: or any of the crew.

We offer gift cards ...a perfect present!
For £99 [Paypal], you can get three private classes with any of the Tango Note teachers. Also, we can make out a card for one class at £39 [Paypal]. Please contact Thomas for more information.

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Tango Note performances

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Bassem Saara TangoNote video Yo Soy El Tango.


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Thomas’ dance style is of the salons in Buenos Aires: smooth movement of the embracing couple across the floor. His teaching enables you to join a Milonga with confidence. The Tango is demystified and subtleties are explained in detail, using geometry and physics of movement. Important areas are communication between the dancers in the embrace, good, clear and accurate leading, musicality and the improvisation with steps, music and floorcraft. Thomas learned Tango in Berlin in 1997 and has taught and organised events and communities, in Ireland and UK, since 2000. He founded Tango Note in Bristol in 2007. Facebook image   Business Card image


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Saara is an ardent tango dancer, teacher and performer. She aims to establish authentic connections through creative movement and improvisation, body awareness and exploring individual expression. She has danced tango for many years, mainly learning in Finland, Argentina and the UK. She has extensive professional experience in physical theatre and dance, singing, storytelling, Argentine Tango and event organization. She has studied Community Music; Community Dance and Acting; Applied Theatre and is qualifying MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
Saara djs as DJ Mariposa: 60/40 Traditional/Alternative. Facebook image   Business Card image


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Bassem has been training and performing for more than 15 years, dancing Argentine Tango, Argentinian Folk dances, ballroom dances, Cuban Salsa and African dances. As a dancer, Bassem has trained under the most established names in Europe (Gustavo Gomez, Marina Carranza, Pablo Tegli). Bassem followed his passion, training as a professional dancer and as a teacher in Buenos Aires (Eric Dinzel, Arte Nuestro professional dance school – Mabel Alvarez and Beto Leis). With Bassem’s knowledge of movement and dance, any tango step becomes an easy and natural movement. Bassem aims to teach in a fun and enthusiastic way. He likes to focus on the embrace and the connection inside the couple, allowing you to freely express yourself through your interpretation of the music.
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Yanna has been dancing Tango since 2005 and teaching since 2009. She has taught internationally, in Holland, Germany and the UK. She has further experience in jazz/ballet, theatre, choreography, community dance theatre and film. She runs events, parties and festivals. As part of her qualification, she did teacher training. Her emphasis within the dance is quality and connection. She leads and follows in a sensitive and delightful way.
DJ Yanna: 70/30 Trad/Non-Trad, or all Traditional.   Facebook image   Business Card image


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Tango: to misquote Bukowski: “dance: with your whole body, dance to the beat, life’s driving force; dance to the melody, your vision for life; dance like your life depends on it, until your feet bleed and your heart feels like it’s going to burst, and then do it some more.” If you want to develop your dance, then first be prepared to tackle yourself. If you’re prepared for that, you will enjoy my workshops.   Facebook image

General Information
...about Tango, classes and events

Argentine Tango is a couple dance originating from Argentina around 100 years ago. It is danced socially, not competitively. The emphasis is to connect with your partner and with the music, moving around floor in an improvised and responsive way. Dancing Tango is a walking dialogue between two people for the duration of a few songs.

If you are new to Tango, we recommend Thomas & Yanna Wednesdays class.

Classes have no pre-booking: just drop-in. Workshops and courses will need pre-booking. A partner is not essential, but bring someone if you can (we encourage changing partners in class). Wear suitable shoes (eg dance shoes with leather soles or similar). Ideally the shoes should not be too grippy on the floor, but allow you to turn. Wear comfortable clothes; Tango is a walking dance, so it is not hot and strenuous. Loyalty cards may not be accepted at all classes (eg if class bookings via the venue). Please respect floorcraft. We can't take responsibility for: lost/stolen items, your health and safety. Big hair: best tied/held back, so it's away from your partner's face.