From 4 August 2016 Tango Capital will be broadcasting tango music, news, views and interviews on 2XX fm community radio. Broadcasting will be direct to the Canberra region on 2XX 98.3fm, and streaming live to the internet on http://www.2XXfm.org.au
Venue: First Floor, Sydney Building, 54 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, Australia
Date: This Sunday, 15 May 2016
Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm, followed by tango & canyengue practica for 2 hours
This workshop will cover all the basics of the embrace, the music, the enganche step, and leading and following. Canyengue music will be included in the following practica so you can practice what you have learnt.
The original canyengue (Kan-zhéng-ay) was a dance popular in the suburban districts of Buenos Aires from around 1900, and perhaps as early as the 1880s. In Lunfardo (Buenos Aires slang) the word implies ‘rough’, ‘of low social standing’[i], but this meaning may be derived from previous usage. It may have originally come from a dance call in Ki-Kongo, an Afro-American language of Buenos Aires at the time: kanienge is a call to “Melt into the music!”[ii]. “Rhythmical walking”[iii] is Marta Anton’s translation, or it may mean “lilting walk”[iv] .
Whatever the origin of the name, the precise mix of European, African and Argentine influences and social circumstances that drove the evolution of the dance is now lost, but it co-existed with other couple dances such as milonga and tango liso that emerged in the same milieu. These dances are important precursors to tango as it is known today.
Regular canyengue lessons and practica will start in Canberra on Thursday 31 March 2016 from 7:30 to 9:30pm. The venue will be the Italian Cultural Centre at 80 Franklin Street, Forrest, Australian Capital Territory.
For further details and to register interest, email Ann – firstname.lastname@example.org