Argentinian Tango  on  Saturday afternoons, from 1 – 5 pm   at Saint John’s Community Centre, 37-39 Glengall Grove, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3NE.

‘TangoE14’   Programme for Winter-Spring 2020 :


– Saturday 15th February:    1 – 4.30 pm    Normal afternoon, £5.                               Class  :       1 – 2.30 pm    on ‘Corridas’, ‘Traspies’ and other ways of changing speed or changing rhythm.                                                                                                        Milonga : 2.30 – 4.30 pm.                                                                                          Followed by Performance Group 4.30 – 6.30 pm.                                                                        Block 3, Session 2.


– Saturday 22nd February,                         1 – 5pm Normal afternoon, £5.                     Preceded by Performance Group 10.30am – 12.30 pm, Block 3, Session 3.

– Saturday 29th February,                         1 – 4.30pm Normal afternoon, £5.               Followed by Performance Group 4.30 – 6.30pm. Block 3, Session 4.

– Saturday 7th March,               1 – 4.30 pm. Visiting teacher Fay Laflin, $10.              Class :        1 – 2.30 pm    on “Secrets of great tango”.  Fay says “Tango should be easy, effortless and enjoyable to dance. By looking at the finer details, we can make tiny adjustments, that make a big difference to our dance for ourselves and our partners”.  This class is suitable for all levels except absolute beginners.                                                      Any absolute beginners  should come earlier before the class so we can give them separate tuition.                                                                                                                                        Milonga :  2.30 – 4.30 pm.                                                                                                   Followed by Performance Group 4.30 – 6.30pm. Block 3, Session 5.

– Saturday 14th March, ***** ‘TangoE14’ CLOSED *****
{ ‘Friends of Island History Trust’  Women’s Day in the hall. }

But the PERFORMANCE GROUP will continue that afternoon from 2 – 5 pm
in a different hall near Island Gardens DLR. Details later. Block 3, Session 6.


– Saturday 21st March,    1 – 4.30 pm Normal afternoon, £5.
Followed, 4.30 – 6.30 pm by Performance group; Block 3, Session 7.                                                                                                                                                                                                       – Saturday 28th March,   1 – 4.30 pm Normal afternoon, £5.                                 Followed, 4.30 – 6.30 pm by Performance group; Block 3, Session 8.

– Saturday 4th April,       1 – 4.30 pm Normal afternoon, £5.
Followed, 4.30 – 6.00 pm by Performance group; Final practice.

– Sunday 5th April , afternoon, TangoE14 Performance Group; part of ‘Flourishing Lives’ at the ‘Tate Exchange’ in the ‘Tate Modern’.

– Saturday 11th April, 1 – 5 pm Normal afternoon, £5.

[  This programme is correct at 13th February 2020, but may be amended if we confirm  other visiting teachers, or if the Hall becomes unavailable on a particular day. We would normally be given at least 3 weeks notice of any change.  ]

PROGRAMME in February and March when we do not have visiting teachers or special events:

1 – 2.30pm  CLASS. Currently Tony Lane is leading this, and as always responding  to the requests and needs of those attending. Over the next two months we will work on specific groups of moves which will be beneficial to both normal dancers and members of our performance group.                                                                                                                          This will include basic material and technique. What are the keys to Argentinian Tango as opposed to other dances ?                                                                                                                    If you are a beginner please come early so we can give you more attention.

2.30 – 4.30 pm Our relaxed PRACTICA / MILONGA ( Dance )  playing your requests, mainly ‘Golden Age’ tango. If you have something special you would like us to play, please bring it with you.


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We are working towards performing at ‘Flourishing Lives’ in the Tate Exchange on 5th April 2020.                                                                                                                                                If you are especially keen, and can learn choreographic sequences quickly, we could do with a reserve leader and a reserve follower. Being a reserve means that you will hopefully not be required to perform on 5th April, but can benefit from and assist in the workshops, and be available for any future performance.

Location of the rehearsals: Usually at St Johns Community Centre, 37-39 Glengall Grove, London, E14 3NE. Nearest DLR station is Crossharbour (5 min walk).

Dates and Times: Saturdays before or after normal TangoE14.   See Calendar above.          Not here on a specific Saturday? Please let us know in advance.

Costs: £40 for each block.

Costumes: ladies and men will be expected to source (borrow, buy or rent) a costume. For ladies an outfit that is one colour without prints/patterns and sleeveless, with skirt/ dress ’til around the knee. Men will wear black suits and shoes, white shirts and accessories. To be agreed.

How to apply :

Apply by contacting Anita    07740 137 383       or      a.vandewatering@gmail.com      We can then have a chat to arrange details.  Please leave your phone number.

[1]If unable to pay and you are motivated and committed please do let Tony and Anita know as concessions are available. However, we do need  a minimum of full paying dancers.

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SPECIAL VISITING TEACHERS  are  planned for some Saturdays and we will amend the programme accordingly when details are confirmed.

Previous visiting teachers have included:

– Junior Cervila and Guadalupe Garcia on Follower’s Technique, and what Leaders have to do to help their partner.

– German Landeira on Embrace, Connection, and Rhythms – Biomechanics applied to movement ( BAM ).

– ‘Los Ocampo’ ;  Omar Ocampo and Monica Romero
on ‘ The evolution of Tango dance ‘, ‘Traspie’, ‘ Milonga ‘, ‘ Tango Vals ‘, ‘ Canyengue ‘,                             and ‘ Chacarera ‘.

– Pablo Nievas and Valeria Zunino.(See Video page ).

– Hernan Brusa, dancing to Melodic and Rhythmic Tangos, and to Tango Vals.

– Pablo Rodriguez on ‘The Bliss of Connection’.

– ‘ Il Faut ‘ tango guitar duo, Flavio Romanelli and Marcos Martignano (See Video page).

– Anthony Howell ( See Video page ) and Lindi De Angelis.

– Fay Laflin, on ‘Essential technique’.

– Alejandro Figliolo and Lucas de Buenos Aires.

– Alex Barberi.

– Mike Lavocah’s  ‘Rough guide to Tango Orchestras’.

– Raquel Greenberg.

– Lora Hudson.

– Jan Nicol.

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‘TangoE14’ is at Saint John’s Community Centre
37-39 Glengall Grove, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3NE.

normally £5 for the whole afternoon, but a price increase will apply when we have visiting teachers.

FREE TEA and COFFEE available throughout the afternoon. Sometimes kind souls even bring tasty snacks to share.

Dockland’s Light Rail ‘Crossharbour’ , walk down slope, cross Eastferry Road at crossing, then keep going straight ahead across pavement. You are then on Glengall Grove. The hall is 150 metres down Glengall Grove on the Right Hand Side.

Or Buses  277, 135, D6 and D8 to ASDA ( Crossharbour ).
Walk through path ( on right of Health Centre car park ) which takes you directly to Glengall Grove and St John’s Community Hall.

For a map of the area click on http://maps.google.co.uk and enter the postcode E14 3NE.

‘TangoE14’ provides a great opportunity to develop your skills in Argentine Tango, learn something new , and share what you know in a friendly relaxed group.

TangoE14 intends to be open as indicated if possible, but there may be some days when the Hall will not be able to be used. We have been told that we will get fair notice when the hall is not available. This website is updated regularly, and was last updated on 13th February 2020.

If in doubt phone:      

Tony Lane                               020 7538 3852                                    or                          

Anita van de Watering       07740 137 383        to confirm details.




MIKE LAVOCAH’s books –                                                                                                         – ‘Tango Stories: Musical Secrets’ ;  very informative and enjoyable reading.     – ‘Tango Masters: Anibal Troilo’.                                                                                             – ‘Tango Masters: Osvaldo Pugliese’.                                                                                     – ‘Tango Masters: Carlos Di Sarli’.                                                                                         – ‘Tango Masters: Juan D’Arienzo’.

  Mike was our visiting teacher on 8th November 2014 with his ‘Rough Guide to Tango Orchestras’. On 13th October 2018 he talked about ‘The Big Four – D’Arienzo, Di Sarli, Pugliese and Troilo’.                                                                                                      He also has some Tango CDs for sale.
Check out his websites:
http://www.tangomusicsecrets.co.uk             and



You can listen to Argentine Tango on the internet, for example try :





Many students ask about the words, meanings and translations of Tango songs.
Go to this site and click on the songs you want, in both Spanish and English:


Amy’s  beautiful shoes for tango dancers and brides, has ‘Turquoise’, ‘Mr Tango’ and ‘Dancesport’ shoes, and can do custom made. Quote code ‘ANITA 15’ for 15% discount    (as at 6 August 2018).                                                                                                                              Amy D. Krishnaswamy<amy@amysshop.co.uk>,
www.amysshop.co.uk   (if you have any difficulty getting the website, then please phone)    Phone +44(0)1737 668252
Mobile +44(0)7856 236433

Cervila shoes, Junior Cervila and Guadalupe Garcia.                          http://www.cervilashoes.com                                                                                                 info@cervilashoes.com

Ken’s economically priced ballroom shoes, suitable for Tango. May have some shoes at sale prices.                                                                                                                  http://www.rippledance.co.uk



The photo at the top of this page is of Tony Lane and Kylie James, and was taken at Dunedin railway station New Zealand by Julian O’Hagan in March 2010.

10 Responses to Home

  1. sun choi says:

    put comments by mistake into website box.sorry

  2. Fredy Tincopa says:

    It’s me Fredy, I am coming tomorrow to see your Milonga
    Un Abrazo


  3. Blossom says:

    I recently started coming to E.14. The atmosphere is welcoming and lively. The practica is organic, creative, knowledgeable and supportive, I enjoy Saturday afternoons here.

  4. My husband Dave and myself are looking forward to learning tango on the Island. Thrilled that you’re here. Thank you

  5. Very much looking forward to teaching here.

  6. abaelhe says:

    Tony, c u next time, Beijing.

  7. Jenifer McDonald says:

    please can I join your mail list or FB group if you have one

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