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Firebird Trio - Inspiration Tango

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Learn to tango to live tango music with tango professionals
Monsalvat Art and Wedding Venue
Monsalvat Art and Wedding Venue

Connect with your inner Latin dancer at this inspirational tango lesson and then the Firebird Trio Orchestra afterwards at the stunning venue of Monsalvat.

Firebird Trio
Firebird Trio - All Photography by TRICIA ZIEMER

This trio played to a packed house of enthusiasts, with one hour of tango lessons prior. The dancefloor was packed and the orchestra performance was completely booked out, with standing room, only at the end of the lesson.

Top of their Field Tango Dancers and Instructors give you their experience
Top of their Field Tango Dancers and Instructors give you their experience

First, three skilled instructors take you from stumbling around, stepping on each others' toes, to smooth swaying to the orchestra by the end of the hour. The main instructors were
Jarny Choi and Teresa Lavers.

Jarny Choi and Teresa Lavers
Internationally renowned Tango Dancers Jarny Choi and Teresa Lavers.

According to Monsalvat resources, "These two tango dancers have been at the forefront of the Melbourne social tango scene for decades and share a connection borne of years of dancing and teaching in Australia and overseas". Jarny Choi says "Argentine tango is based on the very principle of two people connecting to each other through tango music, much like the conversation of good chamber music."

Step by step instructions
Step by step expert instructions

These two together, the dancing and the orchestra, made this an outstanding and highly romantic event.

The room was split into two parts with the dance floor on one side, and the orchestra and seats performing on the other side. It worked beautifully. Plus you were surrounded by the latest art display on the walls at the stunning Montsalvat Castle grounds. Well, it is the closest we have to a caste in Melbourne besides the Governor's House, that I know of.

Teresa Lavers demonstrates your line
Teresa Lavers demonstrates your line

What was nice was you did not need a partner; they find one for you. There were even lovely dads with their daughters dancing. It was a lovely sight to see. The instructors are professional tango dancers who give you step by step instructions throughout the hour.
Practice with individual instruction
Practice with individual instruction

Then you get to practice, more instruction and before you know it, you are gliding around the floor feeling glamorous. On the last dance, the orchestra plays the tango and you can really get into the Latin mood.

Grab your partner
Grab your partner

The hour goes very quickly and you are disappointed to have to finish, but there are threats ahead, the concert.

Dad and Daughter learning together
Parents and Daughters learning together

Refreshments available
Refreshments available

Drinks are on the go at cash bar prices. Your choice of a spritz of water, red or white wine. Once you wet your whistle, your ears are in for the next treat. The Firebird Trio is made up of pianist Benjamin Martin, Violinist Curt Thompson, and cellist Josephine Vains. Their performance is sublime.

Violinist Curt Thompson
violinist Curt Thompson

It was a stunning show. You are left refreshed and revitalised and wanting to do more. Non, Je ne regrette rien (no regrets).
No, just one regret.

pianist Benjamin Martin
Pianist Benjamin Martin

It seemed to be a one-off event, that I can tell. But keep an eye on their website for other venues around Melbourne, I am sure they will show up.

cellist Josephine Vains
Cellist Josephine Vains

Put this address in your browser and bookmark it, and try to get to their next concert - And if you like this style of event, Monsalvat has an event on all the time. So check out this website -

It was standing room only toward the end and that says the rest.

Standing room only at Firebird Trio Concert
Standing room only at Firebird Trio Concert
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Why? You love to learn to dance to live music
When: 18 August 2019
Phone: 61 3 9439 7712
Where: Monsalvat
Cost: $25
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