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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Globe Does The Tango!

Yes, the downstairs bar at the Globe was host to the Tango Jazz Quartet and about 30 swaying, cavorting dancers on Monday Bank holiday afternoon, and a good time was had by all, including people like myself who simply watched. This was an afternoon of Tango and Milonga, which has to be seen to be believed, sensuous, deft twisting movements from the ladies and more firm, almost balletic, motions from the men.
This is danced in couples, with the men leading and the women doing the fancy stuff, and it’s all based on a square, and the woman has to somehow negotiate the movement around the square.
At least this is what I was told by a friend of one of the dancers. Apparently, the Tango originated as an entertainment in the brothels of Argentina.  Mind boggling!
The dancing began at 3pm to a soundtrack, before the band (personnel listed elsewhere) arrived and took over.  They’d travelled up from Aberystwyth that day, and their itinerary had included Paris and Vienna, so Newcastle was lucky to get them.
The band also performed a music only gig that evening at the Globe, which was very enjoyable and is reviewed separately.
Ann Alex  

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