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 Summer 2019 :


– Saturday 24th August, 11.30am – 12.45pm  Seventh week of Performance Group.          See below for details.  Followed by:-                                                                                               1 – 5 pm    Normal afternoon, £5.                                                                                                     Class 1 – 3 pm : Tango Musicality, emphasising Connection and working with     Simple things to do. We will also open the topic of Decorations. The class                       will start with essential walking exercises which we all need.                                               Milonga 3 – 5 pm.

– Friday 30th August 8 pm – 9 pm ‘Argentine Tango for Dummies’. FREE.                            A participatory performance at the ‘Bloom Festival’,  Crossrail Gardens,                        Canary Wharf. See https://space.org.uk/event/late-bloom/                                                      Bring your friends and introduce them to Argentine Tango.

– Saturday 31st August, 11.30am – 12.45pm. Eighth week of Performance Group.              See below for details.    Followed by:-                                                                                             1 – 5 pm    Special afternoon with guest teacher Hernan Brusa.                                            Class        1 – 3 pm Tango Vals with Hernan.                                                                                  Milonga  3 – 5 pm.  DJ  Hernan Brusa.     

– Saturday 7th September,                        11.30am – 12.45pm  Ninth week                                of  Performance Group. See below for details.  Followed by:-                                                                                                   1 – 5 pm    Normal afternoon, £5.

– Saturday 14th September,                     1 – 5pm    Normal afternoon, £5.

– Saturday 21st September,                     1 – 5pm    Normal afternoon, £5.

– Saturday 28th September,                    1 – 5pm    Normal afternoon, £5.

– Saturday      5th  October,                       1 – 5pm    Normal afternoon, £5.

  •      ***  Saturday      12th  October,  NO  TANGOE14  ***                                                          Friends of Island History Trust  OPEN DAY

– Saturday      19th  October,                       1 – 5pm    Normal afternoon, £5.

– Saturday 26th  October,                        11.30am – 12.45pm  Tenth week                                of  Performance Group. See below for details.  Followed by                                                  Guest Teachers : Los Ocampo,  ‘Candombe/Milonga’.

[  This programme is correct at  23rd August 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 has found there is enthusiasm among some of our members to have a separate performance group, and has prepared this proposal. It      started in June. Our next session is 24th August.                                                                            So if you are interested, consider what she proposes, and hopefully you will join us. Some things might be discussed to be agreed by the group, such as costumes. Anyway, your feedback is always appreciated.

TangoE14 Performance Group

Started on 1 June 2019, working towards performing at ‘Flourishing Lives’ in Tate Exchange in May 2020. It is not too late to join – talk to Anita.

For many, performing Tango is a dream! Now is the opportunity to do so at Flourishing Lives festival and the Tate Modern. We are also looking into performing at the Late Bloom Festival on 30th August. It is a local performing arts festival organised by The Space on the Isle of Dogs, taking place on top of the Crossrail station in the rooftop garden (where we have done events before).

We will learn and perform a routine using tango de salon and some stage tango elements to spice it up. We will learn 3 dances; a traditional Tango, a Tango Vals and a Milonga. We will be using a mixture of traditional and Nuevo music.

Worried you don’t have the experience? Don’t fret: there is always a first time, and this time is always the one you will cherish forever. We have enough rehearsals planned to make it work.

About the Performance Group :

The student group will be composed of everyone who is 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, in couples or solo. Couples are expected to also dance with other dancers.

About the rehearsals :

The sessions will be full of energy, fun and much more than just social dancing.
– 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 support. 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 (for those that don’t know; she is 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 managed to perform a beautiful touching 20 minute choreography to live music. Just to illustrate that having an impairment and or no experience is still no barrier for taking part, so stop the excuses now and join in !

Times, costs and location

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, on:
June 1
July 13, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7                                                                                                                                              October 26                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not here on a specific Saturday? Please let us know in advance

There will be more rehearsals throughout the year, at least another 15 minimum- 20 maximum. We’ve planned for the possibility of 30 sessions altogether just in case if we need it.

Costs: £40 for 10 rehearsals of 1 hour and 15 minutes (so probably 2 more blocks/ instalments of £40 each= another £80)[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 me 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:

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

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

-Pablo Rodriguez on ‘The Bliss of Connection’.

– Hernan Brusa, dancing to Melodic and Rhythmic Tangos.

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

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

– 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 23rd August 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’.

  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


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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