Tony Ramsay & Kate Isotta are among the most central figures of the tango scene in East Anglia. They started dancing tango in 2000 and were founder members of Norfolk’s first tango group, Tango In The Park. Their greatest inspiration was the milonguero Ricardo Vidort but they were also influenced by many other dancers, notably Stefan & Komala (from the tango school El Corte in The Netherlands).
In 2006 they started a tango práctica in Norwich and it’s been running on and off ever since. They also provided the teaching for the first five years of the Diss Tango group after initially being asked to come for 6 weeks.
Tony & Kate have been developing ways of teaching tango for more than 15 years. Their classes are designed to work progressively and lead to a social tango which emphasises simplicity and musicality. Classes are relaxed and friendly as well as informative and always allow time for individual feedback.
Michael Lavocah started learning tango in London in 1994 with Christine Denniston. Totally addicted for the first four years, he travelled to Buenos Aires in 1995, 96 and 97, at a time when there were few tourists and many milongueros. There he studied with Tete, whose fluid, figure-free style inspired him greatly, but also with Mingo Pugliese, who taught a much more technical dance.
Today Michael is acknowledged internationally as a leading expert on tango dance music. In 2012 he created a new genre of tango writing with his book Tango Stories: Musical Secrets, the dancer’s guide to tango music. His current project is a series of books exploring the great tango orchestras, Tango Masters.
Michael has a busy international teaching schedule. He is well-known as a DJ at tango festivals and marathons. TodoTango asked him to write some articles about tango DJing.
As a tango teacher, Michael is known for his humour, for his ability to convey complex ideas simply, and above all for musicality.