Tango practice in the sun
~ Tango Mango in Devon, UK ~
since 2002

For Dancers: August 18th-27th 2017
(For Musicians it's August 15th-18th - for info click here)

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~The Opening Night ~

Evening Milonga with Live Music on August 18th!

For Dancers, the Tango Mango will start on Friday August 18th at 7pm, with a special
Evening Milonga with Live Music
(it is also the last evening of our 4 day Music workshop, and the participating musicians will play for the dancers).


~The Daily Programme~



About the dancing
The main focus at the Tango Mango is to dance. We offer 10 hours of dancing each day, divided into three dance sessions, each with a slightly different flavour:
*The morning Practica, where traditional music is played and private lessons happen on the dance floor while others dance around them
*The afternoon Dance with a 70/30 mix of traditional and alternative music
*The evening Milonga where traditional music is played in Tandas with Cortinas

This year, we will have three special evenings: August 18th with live music by the participants of the Musician's Workshops, August 22nd and 26th with themes to be announced nearer the time.
Dancing at the Mango is traditional - we cherish a good line of dance, people tend to invite via cabeceo and dance predominantly in close embrace - but more importantly we want everyone to feel welcome, relaxed and free to explore their unique Tango journey.


About the Dancers
At the Mango, we like to foster an atmosphere of support and open curiosity.
We welcome dancers of all levels and especially people who dance both roles. Everyone signs up on their own - there is no waiting list - it is first come first served until the quota is full. If you would like to come with a partner, we recommend booking early to ensure that both of you get a place.
We aim for an equal balance of followers and leaders at the event (regardless of gender), plus an ever-growing number of people who dance both roles.


About the classes

We offer Tango classes for all levels, from the absolute novice to the very experienced dancer, plus a Morning Movement class to help you relax your body and a lunch time singing session to open your heart...:

Morning Workouts with Paras
Wake Up Warm Up Gear Up!
9.30am every day, open to everyone

Let's start the new day with tuning our special musical instrument, our body for dancing! Paras will make use of her life-long experience with different movement disciplines besides tango. The exercises can be quite different day by day as Paras always follows her intuition what fits best.
But one thing is sure: it will make you feel more relaxed, flexible and energised!
Just come and try!

Core Technique and Vocabulary, with Ruth and Frank
10am every morning, for dancers of all levels
This class is for everyone who would like to work on the fundamentals of Tango. Although open to Beginners, it is also suitable for those who would like to learn the other role, as well as anyone who would like to revisit the fundamentals in a way that will bring new insights. Each day will introduce and explore one movement of Tango, such as walking, ochos, turns etc., while never losing sight of other Core elements, such as embrace, posture and musicality.

Follower's Technique
12 noon every day, for dancers with experience from 3 months onward
Mabel and Paras will take turns teaching follower's technique.

Leader's Technique
12 noon every day, for dancers with experience from 3 months onward
Korey and Paul will take turns teaching leader's technique.

Singing with Kate
2pm every day, open to everyone
Do you love the sound of a cappella singing voices? Would you like to be part of it? The after lunch singing session is open to everyone, no previous singing experience or sheet music reading skills are necessary. This is a powerful experience of community in harmony!

We are very happy that Kate will bring her wonderful singing once more to the Tango Mango - she is a performer and teacher of international reputation who is drawn to music that speaks of freedom and people`s courage to overcome opression and pain with their voices. The repertoire will range from South African and Gospel to Eastern European and English folk!

Intermediate Vocabulary
6pm every day, for dancers with experience from 1 year onward
In this class, the focus is on furthering skills for particular movements, such as ochos, boleos, volcadas etc.
Starting from a particular move/sequence, the teachers will introduce and explore its underlying principles. Specific exercises will consolidate the material and embed it in the wider dance repertoire.

Advanced Technique
6pm every day, for dancers with experience from 3 years onward
This class will go into the finer details of technique - posture, embrace, musicality etc. - and explore the deeper quality of our dancing. At this level of dancing, we have learned WHAT to dance, so now the focus is on HOW we dance it...


Please don't join classes that are of too high a level for you - it doesn't improve your dancing - you are more likely to lose rather than gain confidence and you will slow down the progress of the other students in the class.

We recommend booking private lessons in advance. Group classes can be booked the evening before they take place - sign-up sheets will be posted in the hall.

To view availability for private lessons, please click here, choose your day, time and teacher and contact us to book your lesson(s).


Food and Accommodation

To see a list of local B&B's and for more details about staying on Campus, click here

food Food plays a central part - a time to sit down and chat, to rest and replenish before heading into another session of dancing. The meals are so delicious that sometimes you may think that instead of a dance week with food provided, you are taking part in a gourmet week with dancing in between meals!

Bini Sharman will be our head chef again. Her predominantly plant based fayre has a wonderful global influence. All meals are prepared from scratch. Each day you'll be offered the right combination of proteins & carbohydrates to make the Mango activities sustainable, whilst maintaining that all important feeling of lightness & satisfaction.
Where possible we use local, organic ingredients - in fact, some vegetables and salads come from the school garden!


Accommodation - If you plan to stay on site, there is a camping field as well as the option to use some class rooms for simple dorms.The Facilities are basic. Please bring everything you need to Camp or Dorm (bedding, towels, breakfast stuff etc.). Let's face it, this is for the hardy ones amongst us, but they always seem to enjoy themselves tremendously!
Accommodation at the school is getting better this year: Hood Barn, a beautiful two storey straw-bale building, finally opens its doors. You can install yourself and your bedding for the duration of your stay.

Camping will be as always on the lovely field near the dance hall.
Campers will share the simple kitchen in Hood Barn with the dormers.
It is also possible to bring along your mobile home and park up for the event.
Last but not least, our wonderful outdoor hot shower will be available again!
To see a list of local B&B's and for more details about staying on Campus, click here



Both food and accommodation at the Mango are optional. Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements. A list of local restaurants and B&B's will be available soon.


A note to our international visitors:

The Tango Mango has an evergrowing contingent of international participants.
The following points may be of interest for you when planning your Mango holiday:
*There is no need for advance payment, no hassle about sending money to the UK in advance.
*Holidaying in the UK has never been so cheap, due to the value of the british Pound having dropped!
*We (the organisers) speak English, French, German, Dutch, and a bit of Italian and Spanish. If you have questions feel free to write to us in any of these languages.
*Due to licensing, all our Milongas stop around midnight. This means you get a good night's sleep and are ready for another 10 hours of dancing the next day (we start at 10am).
*If you come by car, remember to drive on the left hand side. If you would like to lift-share, please let us know and we'll see if we can link you up with another international participant from your region.


The Tango Teachers

Ruth & Frank Rozelaar (Hosts)
Mabel Rivero (Germany/Argentina)
Korey Ireland (Germany/USA)
Paras & Paul (The Netherlands)


The DJ's

Mike Cummings (Chard, UK)
Scarlett von Boor (Hamburg, Germany)
Korey Ireland (Germany/USA)
Paras Saghi (The Netherlands)
more tbc.


Other Contributors:

Kate Howard - Lunchtime Singing sessions
Paras Saghi - Morning Movement sessions
Bini Sharman - Cook
Sacha Jeffay - Shiatsu
Daren John - campsite supervisor
Kate, Mupia, Ayiana and Zahra-Lina - helpers



prices How much does it cost?
Hopefully the price list to the left is self-explanatory, but here are some hints:
--> The longer you stay, the cheaper the daily rate!
--> Dance passes/session tickets gain you access to the event, teas and coffees included. Choose a dance pass combination to suit the length of your stay, or if you are only there for part of one day, pay by session.

Additions to the dance pass:
Classes are optional. You can buy a carnet of tickets for classes when you arrive and use them during your stay.
Food and Accommodation on campus are optional.
You can specify your choices in the booking form.
If you would like to book any private lessons, we advise you to do this in advance of the event as they tend to book out before the start of the event.

To view availability for private lessons, please click here, choose your day, time and teacher and contact us to book your lesson(s).


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