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Learn to tango to live tango music with tango professionals
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.