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Mimi Santapa in Sheffield

Just back from my Monday tango class… thinking we’re pretty lucky in Sheffield, having three tango classes per week. I usually go Mondays and Fridays. Some people seeking to start tango ask me which is the best to begin with. Not something I would care to judge; I enjoy both for different reasons. Tonight, however, was a little special. We had a visit from Mimi Santapa, a famous teacher from Buenos Aires. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to take classes with Mimi on several previous occasions so when she was at the Sheffield Milonga on Saturday (run by tango Monday-nighters) I made sure I was there this evening.

So what’s so special about Mimi’s teaching? She clearly has a deep knowledge of and passion for tango, and she is able to communicate this through her teaching. It’s not just about learning steps or sequences, it’s also about a feeling for the music, the nuances of lead and follow. Tango is a feeling, and dancing tango well has to be about sharing that feeling with your partner through the music.

Come to think of it, we’ve got a pretty good week. On Friday Bill and Ann Froud are teaching a milonga class in Sheffield.