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

At the Rudolf Steiner School, Dartington,
near Totnes, Devon TQ9 6AB

The only spaces still available are to locals in the evenings - please get in touch via email with me if you'd like to book these. There will be no drop-in option, everyone has to book in advance!
You cannot use the booking form anymore to reserve a space!

For private lessons, please click here to view availability and then contact us to book your lesson(s).

Come and celebrate our last ever Tango Mango!

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~ The Dates ~

August 14th-16th Orquesta Tipica Workshop for musicians more info
Friday August 16th - opening evening for Dancers, with live music!
Saturday August 17th - Sunday August 25th - Tango Mango



~ The Teaching Team ~

For the Musician's Workshop Days:
Fernando Maguna (Orquesta Tipica Coach)

..and for the Mango:
Ines Moussavi(Berlin)
Korey Ireland (Berlin)
Natalia Agüero & Agustín Venturino (Argentina)
Siobhan Richards & Oliver Kruse(Berlin) (Gouda)
Ruth & Frank Rozelaar (Devon)
Kate Howard - Singing (Scotland)

Ines & Korey Photo: Frank Burkert

~ The DJ Team ~

Natalia (Argentina)
Agustín (Argentina)
Siobhan Richards (Gouda)
Oliver Kruse (Gouda)
Korey Ireland (Berlin)
Jimini (Amsterdam)
Yanna Esbensen (UK)
oliver kruse

~ The Kitchen team ~

Natalie Waldbaum (lunches)
Bini Sharman (dinners)
The team of helpers is yet to be confirmed

~ The Wellness team ~

Treat your body to a Shiatsu or a Deep Tissue Massage:
Shiatsu - Sacha Jeffay
Deep Tissue Massage - Frank Rozelaar



~ The Daily Programme ~


Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th
9.30 Singing with Kate
10-11.30 Core Elements with Ruth & Frank
12-1pm Open Role Class with Siobhan & Ines
6-7pm Intermediate class with Natalia & Agustin

Monday 19th till Friday 23rd
9.30 Singing with Kate
10-11.30 Core Elements with Ruth & Frank
12-1pm Open Role Class with Ruth & Ines
6-7pm Intermediate class with Natalia & Agustin

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th
9.30 Singing with Kate
10-11.30 Core Elements with Ruth & Frank
12-1pm Open Role Class with Ruth & Ines
6-7pm Musicality class with Ines & Korey

Sunday 25th Final evening with live music (tbc): Dancing until midnight, then Mango stories till they run out!
Bring a pillow and a blanket and make sure you don't plan anything important on Monday morning!


~ Dance Passes ~

*As before, there will be options of differing lengths - individual sessions, 1 day, 3 day, 6 day and full season. The choice is yours!

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 (it's a large hall!)
*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 live music on the opening evening: August 16th with the participants of the Musicians' Workshops.
The final weekend of the Mango will also include some special surprises, and we will go on late, LATE on Sunday 25th, the last night - don't plan anything important the next day...

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.
At the Mango, we like to foster an atmosphere of support and open curiosity, and we welcome dancers of all levels, especially people who dance both roles.


~ Private Lessons & Group Classes ~



Private lessons

A number of teachers will offer private lessons throughout the event. If you would like a lesson, it is advisable to book it in advance. This can be done per email or through the booking form. You can check private lesson availability here

Group classes

We offer Tango classes for all levels, from the absolute novice to the very experienced dancer.
This year, there will be three 'courses', spanning across the week. Each class will also be accessible as a drop-in class, but for those who would like to join a course for several days, there will be a sense of progression in the material. Those who book a course for the duration of their stay will also benefit from a price reduction (minimum 3 days).
Group classes can be booked the evening before they take place - sign-up sheets will be posted in the hall.

Core Technique and Vocabulary, with Ruth and Frank
10am every morning, for dancers of all levels, focusing on Beginners and Improvers
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.
frank and ruth
ines and ruth


Open Role, with Ines and Ruth or Siobhan
12noon every day
This is a class for all those who are able to and like to dance both the leading and the following role. We will explore Tango, Vals and Milonga, incorporating the fact that we have a group of people who can fluidly exchange roles. This class will have a more exploratory nature than the other classes, we hope to find new possibilities, and together push the limits and expand our knowledge of the dance.
Photo: Frank Burkert
Tango Vocabulary and Technique,
with Natalia & Agustín
6pm every day, for intermediate and advanced dancers
More details on these classes coming soon!


~ Live music at the Mango ~

*August 14th-16th: Workshop Orquesta Tipica with Fernando Maguna (instrumental only - no dancing)
Fly-on-the-wall Tickets are available for non-musicians - more info
*August 16th (7pm til midnight): opening evening of the Tango Mango for dancers - with live music by the workshop Orchestra.
*This year, we will have Kate Howard with us again - an amazing singer and choir leader. She will sing with those who want to, every morning. No need to have ever sung in a choir or to be able to read music. Just come along and enjoy the full sound we can create together.
* Throughout the Mango, we aim to make a more informal space for people who would like to play or sing Tango music, just for fun, without the pressure of bringing it to a performable state.


~ On site meals and accommodation ~

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!

food Lunch menu outline:
"The lunch menu will consist of delicious and healthy two course vegetarian meals with a mix of traditional British and international cuisine (with a twist), fresh salads and desserts. In every meal you can expect a main dish such as a quiche, bake or stew, a side dish of either grain, potatoes or vegetables and 2 or 3 different salads: a green leaf salad, a pulse/grain/potato based salad and one other seasonal salad, followed by a dessert such as fruit salad, cheesecake or pastry. Each meal will be accompanied by freshly baked bread, and yoghurt or cream to go with the dessert. While there will always be something on the table as a vegan and gluten free supplement, the menus are not designed specifically with special dietary requirements in mind. Where possible, ingredients are organic and locally sourced."(£8)

Dinner menu outline:
"The evening meals will be lighter - a delicious home made soup with fresh ingredients from the school's garden and a Mezze-style buffet to choose from, accompanied by bread, butter and spreads, followed by a light desert. These meals will be suitable for those on special diets, such as gluten free, dairy free or vegan. Where possible, ingredients are organic and locally sourced."(£6)

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 (all you need to sleep in and on, towels, breakfast stuff etc.). Let's face it, this is for the hardy ones amongst us, but they always seem to enjoy themselves tremendously!
We have a dorm too: Hood Barn, a beautiful two storey straw-bale building, has three class rooms, male and female showers/toilets and a simple kitchen. 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!



accommodationprices On-campus accommodation includes one meal per day. You can choose to have either lunches or dinners.
The on-campus participants can either book themselves in for the second meal that's not automatically included in the dance pass, or do their own thing. There is a small kitchen in Hood Barn with limited facilities, so you may want to bring your own camping stove. There are also several good food venues within easy driving distance of the school.

People who are staying off-campus will also be able to book in for lunchtime or evening meals with advance notice, provided there is space.

*As it is our last Tango Mango, we will have one celebratory day, which may well include a BBQ (yes, with meat too!) - dependent on the weather.
To see a list of local B&B's and for more details about staying on Campus, click here


~ The booking system ~

SIGN UP ON YOUR OWN!!! No need to find a partner!
1) Everyone signs up on their own, whether they are coming with a partner or not.
2) There are three roles: a) a follower, b) a leader, and c) a person dancing both roles. Please choose the role that fits the description of your dancing (rather than what you'd like to do in the lessons).
3) We aim to balance roles (not gender ratio!), so there is a limited amount of places for each role. Hence, if you would like to come to the Mango with your (dance-) partner, it is a good idea to sign up early to secure both your places!

To book your place, click here

where we are


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 small print:
Our host, the Rudolf Steiner School has a policy of no alcohol on their grounds. As the organisers of the Mango, we ask you to respect the following :
*No alcohol anywhere on the school grounds, including the camp site.
*No smoking anywhere in the school grounds, except in the designated areas.
*Please be discreet with Photography - some people are not happy to be photographed, so do not publicise online any photos that you take, unless you have the consent of the organisers.
*No photography during classes or private lessons.


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