Wed 4th – Mon 9th
December 2019

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Cape Tango Festival

  • 7 milongas
  • 27 hours of dancing at various locations
  • Live music
  • Participate in upto 8 workshops
  • International renown teachers Sidney Grant & Mario de Camillis
  • And much more!

– this is The tango event in Southern Africa.

 

Come dance with us!

Benefits

The Event Programme

Wednesday 4th to Monday 9th December

Click on the corresponding tab to see the full programme for that particular day.

And if you are not quite tango’d out at the end, join us at our after-party on Tuesday the 10th of December!

  • Early Registration

    Time: 17:00 – 17:45

    Venue: Youngblood

  • Workshop #1

    Time: 18:00 – 19:15

    Venue: Youngblood

    Teacher: Sidney

    Subject: “Walk & Roll”

  • Workshop #2

    Time: 19:30 – 20:45

    Venue: Youngblood

    Teacher: Sidney

    Subject: “You’re Screwed!”

  • Guided Practica

    Time: 21:00 – 22:00

    Venue: Youngblood

    Teachers: Sidney & Mario

    Free for those attending Workshop #1 or #2 (otherwise R50 for drop-ins)

  • First Thursday meet-up

    Time: 18:00 – 21:00

    Venue: starts at Youngblood

  • Workshop #3

    Time: 18:30 – 19:45

    Venue: Waterfront Theatre School

    Teacher: Mario

    Subject: Boleos for Tango

  • Milonga: First Thursday

    Time: 21:00 – 23:00

    Venue: Youngblood

    DJ: Rodney Ehrlich

    (free)

  • Registration & Cheese & Wine

    Time: 19:00 – 19:45

    Venue: St Martini

  • Pre Milonga Class

    Time: 20:00 – 21:00

    Venue: St Martini

    Teacher: Sidney

    Subject: tbc

  • Milonga: Around the World

    Time: 21:00 – 02:00

    Venue: St Martini

    DJ: Matteo Radaelli

  • Workshop #4

    Time: 10:00 – 11:15

    Venue: Youngblood

    Teacher: Mario

    Subject: Milonga 1 – from lisa to traspie

  • Workshop #5

    Time: 11:30 – 12:45

    Venue: Youngblood

    Teacher: Mario

    Subject: Tango – Colgadas for small spaces

  • Optional lunch @ Youngblood

    Time: 13:00 – 15:00

    Venue: Youngblood

  • Milonga

    Time: 15:00 – 18:00

    Venue: Youngblood

    DJ: Tim Hall

  • Pre Milonga Surprise: Let’s Do Magic

    Time: 20:00 – 21:00

    Venue: St Martini

  • Milonga: Golden Era

    Time: 21:00 – 02:00

    Venue: St Martini

    DJ: Joost Brunsting

  • Workshop #6

    Time: 11:00 – 12:15

    Venue: Youngblood

    Teacher: Sidney

    Subject: “Quick-Quick-Slow”

  • Workshop #7

    Time: 12:30 – 13:45

    Venue: Youngblood

    Teacher: Sidney

    Subject: “Let’s Get Hooked”

  • Optional lunch @ Youngblood

    Time: 14:00 – 15:00

    Venue: Youngblood

  • Milonga: Nuevo

    Time: 15:00 – 17:00

    Venue: Youngblood

    DJ: Rodney Ehrlich

  • Pre Milonga Class

    Time: 20:00 – 21:00

    Venue: St Martini

    Teacher: Mario

    Subject: Tango – The Walk & Breath

  • Milonga: Live Music

    Time: 21:00 – 02:00

    Venue: St Martini

    DJ: CTTE + DJ Fulgencio

  • Workshop #8

    Time: 16:00 – 17:15

    Venue: Youngblood

    Teacher: Mario

    Subject: Milonga 2 – Advance Figures

  • Milonga: Under the African Sky

    Time: 17:30 – 21:30

    Venue: V&A Waterfront

    DJ: Sylvia Westcott

    (free)

  • Milonga: After-Party

    Time: 20:00 – 23:00

    Venue: Erin Hall

    DJ: Sylvia Westcott

    (R50)

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DJs Playing

International Teachers

Mario De Camillis

Mario De Camillis

During his 16+ years of tango career, Mario De Camillis has collected a number of awards and has brought his teaching and performances from Argentina to far beyond. Metropolitan Champion in the categories of Vals and Milonga in 2011, Sub-Champion in the category of Tango Salon, and finalist on several occasions at the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires, he has had the pleasure to give tango classes upon invitation by renowned tango schools, for example in New York, Switzerland, Germany and his city of origin, Buenos Aires.

 

Nowadays, he divides his time between New York, Berlin and Buenos Aires – points of departure for his travels throughout Europe and America.

Sidney Grant

Sidney Grant

In New York City, Sidney is an iconic dancer and instructor. He has taught and preformed both nationally and globally, including Istanbul, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Mexico, Greece and last year in South Africa. He was the 2011 USA Argentine Tango Salon Champion, and a finalist in 2016. His teaching style is known for its organic approach to the close-embrace connection, combining musicality with subtle, sensual movement in the true Argentine Tango tradition. In addition to 18yrs of Tango instruction, Sidney has taught over 15 000 school children in more than 70 NYC schools BALLROOM BASIXTM – an innovative arts-in-education initiative that contributes to childrens’ social and emotional learning by getting them hand-in-hand and eye-to-eye in a poised, positive and polite way. Learn more at www.ballroombasix.org

Workshops

Wednesday

  • Workshop #1

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    "Walk & Roll"
    Teacher: Sidney Grant
    Venue: Youngblood

  • Workshop #2

    -

    "You're Screwed!"
    Teacher: Sidney Grant
    Venue: Youngblood

  • Guided Practica

    -

    Teachers: Sidney Grant & Mario de Camillis
    Venue: Youngblood

Thursday

  • Workshop #3

    -

    "Tango - Boleos"
    Teacher: Mario de Camillis
    Venue: Waterfront Theatre School

  • Workshop #3

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    "Tango - Boleos"
    Teacher: Mario de Camillis
    Venue: Waterfront Theatre School

Friday

Saturday

  • Workshop #4

    -

    "Milonga 1 - From lisa to traspie"
    Teacher: Mario de Camillis
    Venue: Youngblood

  • Workshop #5

    -

    "Tango – Colgadas"
    Teacher: Mario de Camillis
    Venue: Youngblood

Sunday

  • Workshop #6

    -

    "Quick-Quick-Slow"
    Teacher: Sidney Grant
    Venue: Youngblood

  • Workshop #7

    -

    "Let’s Get Hooked"
    Teacher: Sidney Grant
    Venue: Youngblood

Monday

  • Workshop #8

    -

    "Milonga 2 – Advanced figures"
    Teacher: Mario de Camillis
    Venue: Youngblood

Wednesday 4th December

Workshop: #1

Time: 18:00 – 19:15

Venue: Youngblood

Teacher: Sidney

Subject: Walk & Roll

Exploring various walking patterns inline and outside partner, including rhythmic variations, cross system and changes of direction… you’ll be walking and rolling in no time!

Workshop: #2

Time: 19:30 – 20:45

Venue: Youngblood

Teacher: Sidney

Subject: You’re Screwed

An examination of the corkscrew (“sacacorcho”) and it’s various rhythmic and aesthetic interpretations in the dance. The corkscrew is one of Sid’s FAVORITE qualities of movement in tango; you won’t want to miss this class, which will include how to end with a sandwich, volcada and cross—among other surprises!)

Guided Practica

Time: 21:00 – 22:00

Venue: Youngblood

Teacher: Sidney & Mario

Free for those attending Workshop #1 and/or #2 (otherwise R50 for drop-ins)

Thursday 5th December

Workshop: #3

Time: 18:30 – 19:45

Venue: Waterfront Theatre School

Teacher: Mario

Subject: Tango – Boleos

Forward and backward from low to high

Saturday 7th December

Workshop: #4

Time: 10:00 – 11:15

Venue: Youngblood

Teacher: Mario

Subject: Milonga 1 – From lisa to traspie

Double time and sincopa

Workshop: #5

Time: 11:30 – 12:45

Venue: Youngblood

Teacher: Mario

Subject: Tango – Colgadas

Colgadas for small spaces and foot play

Sunday 8th December

Workshop: #6

Time: 11:00 – 12:15

Venue: Youngblood

Teacher: Sidney

Subject: Quick-Quick-Slow

We will examine how this particular rhythmic structure is valuable in a plentiful plethora of particular tango combinations, including ocho cortado, giros/molinetes (right and left) and work with different orchestras to reveal where this tempo/expression fits best.

Workshop: #7

Time: 12:30 – 13:45

Venue: Youngblood

Teacher: Sidney

Subject: Let’s Get Hooked

How to hook “gancho” in a variety of ways to enhance your musicality as both leader & followers. This class will examine displacements and hooks as they relate to different music, including dynamic, timing, rhythm and nuance.

Monday 9th December

Workshop: #8

Time: 16:00 – 17:15

Venue: Youngblood

Teacher: Mario

Subject: Milonga 2 – Advanced figures

Time for pushing the limits

Venues & Accommodation

Venues

St. Martini Church
240 Long Street
Cape Town City Centre
Cape Town
Youngblood Africa
70-72 Bree Street
Cape Town City Centre
Cape Town

Accommodation Options

Tickets & Pricing

To save money, please book your flights and accommodation early. There is a large variety of accommodation available; friends in the tango community, AirBnB, hotels and the more traditional B&Bs.

Workshop Package

R1,120
  • / $96
  • Standard Price

    1 - 3 x workshops @ R160 / $15

  • Discounted Price

    4 - 8 x workshops @ R140 / $12

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Milonga Package

R1,180
  • / $90
  • 7 x milongas

  • 2 x pre milonga classes

  • 1 x special pre milonga event

  • 3 x evening performances

  • 1 x live music with the CTTE

Individual Milonga Package

  • Free to R350/milonga
    (up to $25/milonga)
  • up to 7 x milongas

  • can include 2 x pre milonga classes

  • can include 1 x special pre milonga event

  • can include 3 x evening performances

  • can include 1 x live music with the CTTE

Sponsors

This festival would not be possible without the kindness and support great and small from the following. Click on their logo to find out a bit more about them.

If you’d like to sponsor, contribute or assist in any manner we’d love to hear from you! All input is appreciated. Please contact us with the details of how you’d like to be involved.