Argentine Tango classes are held every Monday night at the Uniting Church Hall, 6 Millwell Road, Maroochydore. Cost for the evening $10.
Beginners are welcome to stay on and help themselves to tea and coffee and join in the Practica.
On 3rd Monday, Leigh will run the tango class. Next class 18 November.
On 4th Monday, Amaliah will run the tango class. Next class 25 November.
The Practica is open to everyone who wants to join us for some tango. Tea, coffee and nibbles are provided. It’s a great opportunity to socialize as well as dance.
Amaliah began learning and dancing Argentine Tango in 2002 where she studied with Rio Rhythmics in Brisbane. In 2004, she traveled to Buenos Aries to expand her Tango experience. She began teaching in 2007 on the Gold coast and the following year in Noosa. Currently is teaching in Coolum Beach since February, 2013.
Professional Dance Experience
Trained at the Australian Ballet School as a Classical Ballet Dancer and Modern Dancer, Amaliah danced with the New Zealand Ballet Company, Ballet Victoria and Australian Dance Theatre. She continued her dance career as a freelance lecturer in both Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance as well as starting to choreograph. She received the first Australia Council of Arts choreographic development grant for a year’s work, which enabled her to work with Dance and Theatre companies within Australia, where she built a reputation as a movement director and choreographer. In 1985, she relocated to Brisbane to be Rehearsal Director for the Queensland Ballet Company under director Harold Collins and contemporary dance teacher for Queensland School of Excellence in Dance. Training, choreographing and rehearsing dancers was a passion of hers for twenty years. In 2002 and during a time where she stopped participating in her chosen career to look after her aged Father, Amaliah found Tango.
Leigh is commonly known as the Tango Diva due to writing the Tangonut news for many years.
She started dancing Latin in 2003 and when introduced to Argentinian Tango in 2005, she never looked back. She won the Queensland Argentinian Tango Salon Championship in 2007. Also, She was a Finalist in the Australian Salon Tango in 2007. She was fortunate to be a part of the rapid Tango growth in Brisbane with fanatical weekly home practices to nut out new moves being developed overseas.
Her Australian Teachers include Sandra & Ross Davies, Damian Thompson, Cheryl & John Lowery, Fabio & Anna Robles, Judy Gaunt, Rosemary & Greg Ensbey, and Renee & Doni. She toured Argentina in 2007 and 2009 and has had hundreds of different teacher’s inputs over the years. She has been privileged to have dances with Fabricio Forte, Murat, Carlos Costes and many more.
To Leigh, the fundamental basis of tango is the Connection. She says ‘It doesn’t matter what steps you have in your repertoire, how musical you are, if you can’t comfortably connect physically with another dancer then the dance can’t flow, you can’t relax and the likelihood of injury increases. If you can support your own axis, feel settled with another, then you can fine tune your signals for giving and receiving’.