Latest TLC Tango Newsletter,  10 December 2016

Dear TLC Tangueros,

Just a quickie to say that tickets for the awesome TLC Ball on Saturday 18 February are NOW on sale!  The 'unpublished' discount TLC price at £20 will only be available THIS coming week at TLC classes before we break for Christmas!!  Otherwise they are £22 via Paypal

We still have spaces available for the Role Reversal workshop TODAY!  So join us on the door - full details below

LOS OCAMPO are back for our Christmas Parties THIS week, Tues/Weds 13/14 December .... and Level 3 & 4 will be in for a treat with  their 'TOP SECRET & playful Tango' classes!   These 2 dates will also be our last 2 nights of 2016 and our Christmas parties before the holidays so please glam it up and join us for the end of year celebration.  See below for details

And finally, if you can't think what to buy your non-dancing friends for Christmas, then give them the gift of TLC - with a dance voucher in any style of dance!  We have them on the registration desk every night this coming week. 

Now read on for all the wonderful events .....
Saturday 10 December   2-5pm
Fun Role Reversal Workshop with Joe & Tracie
Think about your best moments in tango, those dances with the closest connection with your partner and the music. This beauty is created from two roles, the follower and the leader, working in harmony. At the heart of that harmony is a mutual understanding.

The more you grow in your tango the deeper that mutual understanding grows too. It becomes an empathy with your partner. You understand how what you're doing is affecting how they are feeling and what they are doing. You are essentially developing your awareness of the other role.

Wouldn't it be great to be able to heighten that awareness and empathy faster while having new ways of enjoying your tango?

That's what this special workshop is about. Followers will learn some leading skills, and so experiencing that role better understand what leaders are looking for from their following. Leaders will learn some following skills and so experiencing that role better understand what followers are looking for from their leading. And once you get over any initial apprehension about doing the unfamiliar, you'll probably discover that playing the other role can be tremendous fun too! Not to mention a great way to avoid sitting out in classes or milongas. More people to dance and learn with!

Specifically we'll be covering fundamental technique, how to keep a comfortable and clear connection and some ways that connection can break down in the dance so you can better avoid that happening.

This workshop is suitable for all tango dancers, from those who've just finished an introductory course and wish to dive deeper into the dance, to those who've been tangoing for many years.

Benefits you can expect from this workshop:

Better understanding of how to give your partner the connection they're looking for, while dancing your primary role as leader or follower.
Simple ideas for how to avoid losing connection and how to get it back if it happens.
A whole new way to enjoy your tango!
Ability to start dancing more often in milongas and practising in classes*
* There is sometimes a fear from some dancers about trying the other role, or their partners doing that, that it will create confusion. With our careful and structured approach to this workshop there is no risk of that happening.

Saturday 10 December at TLC, St Barnabas Hall, Lodge Road  SO14 6QS

1.45pm    Registration
2-4pm      Role Reversal class for all levels with Joe and Tracie
4-5pm      Assisted practica

£16 /  £12 NUS  /  £14 IOW   -   or £2 extra if paying on the day
Booking required in advance as limited numbers
no need to book with partners

Payable in advance by cash at the classes or Paypal


Tues 13 Dec  - Los Ocampo  Levels 3 & 4 TOP Secret Playful Tango  + SHOW    £14
Entrance for Level 2/3 with Claire will be £12 to include the Los Ocampo Performance
Entrance to the milonguita after 9.30pm will be £6 to include the Los Ocampo Performance

Weds 14 Dec   - Los Ocampo   Level 3 & 4  TOP Secret Playful Tango                   £12
Level 2/3 will have their own class with Claire, entrance £9
Both nights will be held at the TLC Studio, St Barnabas Hall on Lodge Road
Entrance after 9.30pm for the milonguita will be £3 on the Wednesday

Private lessons available at £100 per hour
No booking or partners required in the TLC way

Saturday 7 January 2017 - Sophie Martinez returns - details below
                                           - PLUS the TLC MILONGA IS BACK - see below!! 

Tues & Weds 7/8 February - Mabel Rivero returns
Private classes available - please reply

Next Tango Tasters at TLC:
@ St Barnabas Hall, Lodge Road, Southampton  SO14 6QS

Tuesday 3, 10 & Wednesday 4, 11 January 2017

Please invite all your family & friends to join our vibrant Tango club on either of the above nights, pay £10 (£7 NUS) on the door and we'll do the rest for them!

Absolute Beginners can join on either of the above nights, then the course continues until 28 February / 1 March

The discounted 9 week course fee is £72 (£48 NUS) and the initial £10 is deducted from this.
Sophie Martinez workshops - Sat, 7 January

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the sensational Sophie in 2 separate workshops:

All levels are welcome with at least 9 months regular Tango experience (including Crossed System), as Sophie will give easy and more challenging options along the way

This will be a small group, with limited spaces, so that we can give more individual attention – please book & pay in advance
If possible, please book with a partner, but if not don’t worry!

11:30 - 13:30   Spicy Crosses – moving the ladies free leg
                        + Unusual Pasadas & adornos / decorations

Exploring the mechanics of different types of both crosses & pasadas (step overs), in crossed & parallel system, at different moments, different rhythms and adapting each possibility to dance these on the social dance floor, with ladies embellishments and decorations.   We will also combine these according to the music and always respecting the line of dance

13:30                Lunch Break (please bring your own lunch - tea/coffee/drinks will be on sale)

14:30 - 16:30   Charming & unusual Barridas to surprise the lady
                       + Unusual Pasadas & adornos – different to above

Exploring different ways to perform unusual Barridas (sweeps of the foot) & Pasadas (different to above)
Analysing the technique necessary to realise a fluid barrida, focussing on the grounding of the supporting leg in order to get more freedom in the free one. Sophie will give more ladies decorations to embellish these movements and decorations

16:30             15 mins practice

16:45              Finish - so that we can get ready for the TLC Milonga in the evening!

20:00              TLC Milonga until midnight - a fantastic night of dancing at TLC

Both workshops will be focussing on the communication and sharing the connection between the partners so that both have the chance to decorate, express the music and the moment

Either workshop can be booked on it’s own, but dancers will have more benefit from working on the cumulative technique used in both workshops.  Contact me to book your place

£20 for 1 workshop
£35 for both
The facebook event for the TLC Milonga is here:

TLC Ball
Saturday 18 February 2017


If you have not been to the wonderful TLC Ball, you are in for a real treat!

This is a fantastic unique event and we have 4 beautiful ballrooms in which to dance or mingle:

Sizzling Salsa with 2 awesome DJ's: Internationally renowned Julian the Duke from London & our very own DJ Grooves (mixing Cuban Salsa & Mambo with a Latin flavour of Bachata/CCC

Tantalising Argentine Tango dancing to the beautiful Tango Siempre Quartet  and top TLC Diva DJs Debbie & Claire until 1am (70% traditional / 30% neo)

Smooth Swing with the superb Andy Kale  & his Jive & Swing Jukebox until 1am

Hot Kizomba in the 'Courtyard' hall with master DJ Steve until 1.30am

8pm Doors open
9pm Live Tango Siempre
1am close Tango & Swing
1.30am close Salsa & Kizomba

All 4 ballrooms have SUPERB wall to wall dance floors
Excellent sound systems
The most friendly and social party vibe
Full licensed bar
Dress to impress for this spectacular event
Large attended cloakroom available
FREE car parking behind the venue in both car parks after 6pm

Please note this event no longer sells out, as we have more capacity with 4 rooms open - so the event no longer sells out. You can purchase your tickets on the door, but they will be more expensive

Larissa will also bring her divine selection of DSI Shoes - so bring your credit cards!!

£20 until 16 December at classes only - the unpublished discounted price for TLC dancers
£22 until 31 December
£25 until 9 February
£30 thereafter and on the door

Students with ID £15 anytime and on the door (if NUS students are not able to pay for tickets at TLC Classes, please bring your ID with you on the night of the Ball and pay £15 cash on the door)

Strictly no refunds

All tickets available from any TLC classes or club nights or by Paypal - see website for online payments:

And finally, I would like to say a HUGE thank you for all your continued attendance at TLC throughout the year, and your enthusiasm for dance, come rain, hail or sunshine!   We have a fabulous group of Tango dancers at TLC and I know that Charles, Claire, Debbie, Gill, Joe, Josephine and myself love sharing our passion of dance with you all!   Without all of YOU and the team,  TLC would not be where it is today !   Thank you all so much

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas, an extremely happy New Year and looking forward to seeing you all back on the dance floor next year ... starting Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 January

With fond regards
Tracie and the TLC team