Wed 4th – Mon 9th
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!
Wednesday 4th to Monday 9th December
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And if you are not quite tango’d out, join us at some pre-festival activities on Tuesday 3rd of December and/or our after-party on Tuesday the 10th of December!
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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.
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
Wednesday 4th December
Time: 18:00 – 19:15
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!
Time: 19:30 – 20:45
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!)
Time: 21:00 – 22:00
Teacher: Sidney & Mario
Free for those attending Workshop #1 and/or #2 (otherwise R50 for drop-ins)
Thursday 5th December
Time: 18:30 – 19:45
Venue: Waterfront Theatre School
Subject: Tango – Boleos
Forward and backward from low to high
Saturday 7th December
Time: 10:00 – 11:15
Subject: Milonga 1 – From lisa to traspie
Double time and sincopa
Time: 11:30 – 12:45
Subject: Tango – Colgadas
Colgadas for small spaces and foot play
Sunday 8th December
Time: 11:00 – 12:15
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.
Time: 12:30 – 13:45
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
Time: 16:00 – 17:15
Subject: Milonga 2 – Advanced figures
Time for pushing the limits
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.
- / $96
1 - 3 x workshops @ R160 / $15
4 - 8 x workshops @ R140 / $12
- / $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
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.