Canyengue in Canberra

Coming soon to Canberra…

…a regular Canyengue event for those who wish to learn or practice Canyengue.

Canyengue is a a low-impact couples dance that is an early precursor to Argentine Tango. Danced since the 1900s and perhaps as early as the 1890s, it languished from the 1930s onwards, but has been revived since the 1980s and this playful, improvised dance has now regained much of the popularity it enjoyed a century earlier.

Regular lessons and practice will be offered from 7:30 to 9:30pm on Thursdays in blocks of 4 weeks. A half-hour extension class will start from 7.30, followed by a half hour of fundamental techniques from 8:00. From 8:30 there will be a one-hour practica, offering canyengue dancing  to a variety of music in a social atmosphere.

  • Leading this event are Ann Smith and Myk Dowling: Ann attended workshops in Canyengue with “El Gallego” Manolo and Marta Anton in Buenos Aires in 2009, and performed at Launceston’s Festivale in 2011. She has developed her understanding of the dance most recently with Myk over 2 months in Buenos Aires in 2015, this time with Manolo and Nelson. Myk and Ann led an introductory workshop on Canyengue in 2015 and presented a solo Canyengue dance as part of the Tango Social Club of Canberra’s demonstration at the National Folk Festival 2016.

Interested? Email Ann –

Canyengue in Buenos Aires

Marta y Manolo 2* MANOLO (“El Gallego”)

Sadly, his wife Marta has died but, together with his friend Nelson, the legendary Manolo is continuing to promote the revival of Canyengue.

SATURDAYS: 13:00-14:30: Centro Cultural Borges, top floor of Gallerias Pacifico , Salon 3 of the Tango Esquela. These lessons are at a set price payable to the Esquela.

MONDAYS: 20:00-22:00: Junin 143, Balvanera. This assisted practica conducted by Manolo and his assistants is run on the basis of donations (consider around 50 pesos per person). Enquiries: 4657-8781 or 15-5920-0945.

THURSDAY: 20:22:00: General Hornos 238, Barracas. Again, this assisted practica is run on the basis of donations of around 50 pesos per person.


Laura Collavini 1* LAURA COLLAVINI is also demonstratingand teaching.

She provides  a different perspective, excellent teaching technique, and a valuable role model for followers:


p: (Argentina) 15-6258-1329;