BACK for its second edition, the Bangalore Tango Festival is the brain child of city-based instructor Hubert Tassin. This year, he’s welcoming his dance mentors, maestros Pino Trozolla and Caterina Inglese from Turin, Italy.
Whilst salsa has a dedicated following in the city, opportunities to try tango are fewer and further between. Teaching beginners in the city for the last three and a half years, Tassin now has a core group of around 40 students. “When I arrived in Bangalore, there was nowhere offering tango, but now we’re a small but vibrant community,” Tasssin says.
Fresh from the Auroville Holi Tango Festival, Trozolla and Inglese are excited to be conducting workshops here, as well as in Mumbai and Pune. “We’ve been dance partners for 15 years and we met at a social dance meet in Turin. While dancing, we felt that ‘something special’ that could be developed, and we are able to bring out the best in one another,” says Inglese. Inviting anyone and everyone to, the duo cite tango’s immense reach, saying that it gives you ‘the rare possibility to express your emotions.’
On your feet
Take to the floor, or just enjoy the spectacle:
? Dance lab – Beginners and
intermediate workshops from
4.30 pm onwards, March 21. At Dance Lab, off CMH Road, Indiranagar. Also 4.30 pm onwards, March 22 at Ben’s
Body Studio, Indiranagar.
? Milonga session – Learn a
different variety of Tango, that’s more informal but also faster! Saturday and Sunday, following the regular tango workshops. 8 – 9 pm.
? Showtime – Beginning with
social dancing, the evening will cumulate with an improvised performance by Pino Trozolla and Caterina Inglese. `500 cover charge. 7.30 pm onwards. At Loft38, Indiranagar.
Rs.650 per session,
or Rs.4,000 for all eight. Details: 9741021980