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 2019-2020 :

– Saturday   14th    December,   CHRISTMAS  PARTY                                                                                           and Guest teachers  ‘ LOS  OCAMPO ‘.                                                                              Class on Tango Vals 1-3 pm, £12.                                                                                                       Christmas Milonga 3-5 pm, £5. DJ Fredy Tincopa.

PLEASE  COME  EARLY  FOR  THE  CLASS,  OUT  OF  RESPECT  FOR                                                  THE  TEACHERS  AND  YOUR  FELLOW  STUDENTS.

– Saturday    21st   December,     ****   CLOSED   ****

– Saturday   28th    December,     ****   CLOSED   ****

– Saturday    4th      January,                   1 – 5pm    Normal afternoon, £5.                      Preceded by Performance Group 11.30 am – 12.45 pm. Block 2, Session 6.

– Saturday    11th     January,                   1 – 5pm    Normal afternoon, £5.                      Preceded by Performance Group 11.30 am – 12.45 pm. Block 2, Session 7.

– Saturday    18th     January,                   1 – 5pm    Normal afternoon, £5.                      Followed by Performance Group.

– Saturday 25th January, 1 – 5pm Guest teacher and DJ; Hernan Brusa, £12.      Followed by Performance Group.

– Saturday      1st     February,                   1 – 5pm    Normal afternoon, £5.                      Followed by Performance Group.

[  This programme is correct at 11th December 2019, 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 when we do not have visiting teachers or special events:

1 – 2pm  CLASS. Currently Tony Lane is usually leading the first class, and as always responding  to the requests and needs of those attending.                                                                                          ‘BASIC  MATERIAL’ for everyone, beginners or advanced.
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.                          We may split the class according to needs, but often join everyone for basic exercises.                                                                                                                                                                 Alternatively, there is lots of room for people to practice on their own.

DANCERS’ may be suggested at any time during the first half
of the afternoon as appropriate.

2.00 – 3 pm  CLASS. Currently Anita van de Watering usually leads the second class, developing themes and improving techniques.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Or you can practice on your own.

3 – 5 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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PERFORMANCE GROUP :  Anita found enthusiasm among some of our members to have a separate performance group, which started in June. The 10th session of the first block with a ‘Tango’ routine was on 26th October.                                                                              The second block { Tango Vals and Tango } started on 2nd November, (£40 for the block of  10 classes).  Future classes may be either before or after TangoE14  (either at 11.30am – 12.45pm or 5 – 6pm). Timing will depend on preferences and Anita’s availability.                       So if you are interested please talk to Anita.

We are working towards performing at ‘Flourishing Lives’ in the Tate Exchange on 5th April 2020. It is not too late to join.                                                                                                                      We will learn and perform 3 routines using tango de salon and some stage tango elements to spice it up; a traditional Tango, a Tango Vals and a Milonga.

Worried you don’t have the experience? Don’t fret, there is always a first time, and it is one you will cherish forever. We have enough rehearsals planned to make it work.   The student group will be composed of those who are willing to dance tango in a performance. You don’t have to have lots of experience just willingness to learn and to commit to the performance and rehearse. So, unless you are a complete beginner, you can join the group.
– Take your Tango dancing to the next level and learn 3 exciting routines;
– Meet new people and join an inclusive group;
– Learn the art of stage performance;
– Perform in front of a friendly and appreciative audience at community events.
– Improve posture, expression and musicality, lead and follow skills.
Anita van de Watering will lead the sessions with Tony Lane’s help. We will accompany you through this creative process with close up guidance and support.

Anita has done 4 performance projects with community groups. The last project was for a documentary that later won 2 awards. It was about a woman with cerebral palsy (non verbal in her communication and in a wheelchair with limited arm and leg movements) and the able bodied dancers were often people that had never danced before.  They performed a beautiful touching 20 minute choreography to live music. Which shows that having an impairment and or no experience is still no barrier for taking part. So stop the excuses now and join in !

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

Dates: Saturdays before normal TangoE14 in the morning, 11.30am-12.45pm, or afterwards from 5 – 6pm.                                                                                                                                  Not here on a specific Saturday? Please let us know in advance.

There will be many rehearsals throughout the year. We intend to have three blocks of 10.

Costs: £40 for 10 rehearsals of 60 – 75 minutes.[1]

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 11th December 2019.

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.

9 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.

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