Tango zoZozial

Tango zoZozial

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Many people take beginners workshops in Tango, some come to our events and Milonga’s in the Tango community but only a few keeps coming back.  – Why is that?

I have for some time thought a lot, about how the Tango community of southern Funen (which i am a part of) could be better at integrating new dancers.

What we as establish tango dancers, dj’s and event makers can do to help them get the best experience when they first enter our community and how we get them to keep coming back.

I remember when I first started dancing Tango; just dancing during the workshop was intimidating. My partner and I actually attended the same workshop 4 times before moving on.

– Why 4 times? Someone might ask.

– Because it was safe.

Nobody had the time to look at us, they were too busy fighting their own battles or feet!

And the first Milonga “oojh boy” I do not dare think about it. It was terrifying.

I had to lead my partner, thinking what steps to use. Keep the pace and the direction on the dance floor, trying not bumping into other couples, fighting to hit the beat of the music on every step. And there was no space – the floor was packed!

I survived and we are still dancing the Tango but now and again when I enter a Milonga the fear creeps up my back and I think of all the excuses not to dance. A crowded floor at a Milonga can still be terrifying. Actually, I believe itis quite common that especially the men get the shakes. But eventually we get over it.

I don’t have all the answers to how we get newcomers keep coming back but I have some ideas and one of them is The Milonga “Tango zoZozial”.

The name Tango zoZozial are inspired by Café zoZozial coffee in Svendborg that also is the actual location for the Milonga but it’s also a statement about the intension behind the Milonga.

Tango zoZozial is meant to be a Milonga where Tango music, Tango dancing and socializing is what it’s all about.

I like to call it social Tango; a place where the music and the dancing is what brings us together but also a place where everything is a bit looser than an ordinary Milonga. A social Tango where everybody talks, dance, socializes and let go of everyday trouble. There is nothing wrong with a regular Milonga where it’s all about dancing, Tango zoZozial is just a little more easy going and hopefully less intimidating to newcomers in Tango community.

Tango is by definition a social dance and the fact that you change dance partners during the Milonga, makes it very social but we can do it better. We can make an effort to dance with dancers we do not know and especially the newcomers with less experience. It is my sincere hope that many of the new dancers will attend Tango zoZozial and that the experienced dancers will give them their time of their life by taking them to the floor.

And the music … yes, the music. There is so much fantastic tango music and so little time.

In my opinion, the music played at a Milonga must be selected based on the dancers’ level of experience with Tango.

And It is essential that I as a dj play music that is accessible to new dancers, with a simple, good and clear beat and I keep doing it for at least the first half of the Milonga.

It is my sincere hope that “Tango zoZozial” can show that if we really try it will happen.

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2015 – Tango dj AppleJack

Last Tango dj job in Denmark this year

Last Tango dj job in Denmark this year

Events Music News

The last DJ job in Dk this year will be a “Tango Clásico” at Morbror Tage Tangosalon along with the hosts Pallet Grondahl and Morten Wadstrøm.

The musical theme of the “Tango clásico” will be Miguel Caló, which for me is the essence of Tango with his amazing Bandoneon and light arrangements – He makes my soul dance.
The second leading role of the evening will be Rodolfo Biagi, his wonderful piano and brilliant sense of rhythm – It’s going to be difficult to sit still.

To spice it up a bit, I will throw a little stardust of Tango Nuevo in between.

It’s going to be at night to remember – You are invited.

Fyns Tango festival 2014 – Playlist on Spotify

Fyns Tango festival 2014 – Playlist on Spotify

Events Music

Just a little tease of what I will be playing at “Fyns Tango Festival 2014”

I will be djing the “Late afternoon Milonga” on saturday oct. 11’th from
16.00 – 19.00 at Studenter huset in Odense.

Lets meet and have fun – Tango dj AppleJack

For full program see http://www.fynstangofestival.dk

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Tango dj playlist – 07. August 2014 – “Tango in the sunset”

Tango dj playlist – 07. August 2014 – “Tango in the sunset”

Music Playlists

Tango dj playlist
07. August 2014
“Tango in the sunset” Christiansminde – Svendborg
DJ – Tango dj AppleJack

Francisco Canaro y Carlos Roldan – Besame mi amor – Tango
Francisco Canaro y Carlos Roldan – Queja indiana – Tango
Francisco Canaro y Carlos Roldan – Su carta no llego – Tango
Leo Mathisen – Take it easy – part 1 – Cortina
Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Tipica – Don Juan – Tango
Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Tipica – Organito de la tarde – Tango
Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Tipica – El once – Tango
Leo Mathisen – Take It Easy – part 2 – Cortina
Paul McCartney – My valentine – Wonderland
Annett Louisan – Gedacht ich sage nein – Wonderland
Diana Krall – Temptation – Wonderland
Leo Mathisen – Take It Easy – part 3 – Cortina
Francisco Canaro y Eduardo Adrian – Necesito olvidar – Tango
Francisco Canaro y Eduardo Adrian – En el viejo cafe – Tango
Canaro Francisco y Eduardo Adrian – Sombras nada mas – Tango
Leo Mathisen – Watch the Birdie – Cortina
Alfgredo de Angelis y Dante y Martel – Flores del alma – Waltz
Alfgredo de Angelis y Dante y Martel – Soñar y nada mas – Waltz
Alfgredo de Angelis y Dante y Martel – Ilusion azul – Waltz
Benny Goodman – If I had you – Cortina
Astor Piazzolla and his band – Oblivion – Wonderland
Pablo Ziegler Quique Sinesi Walter Castro – Flor de lino – Wonderland
Apocalyptica – Nothing else matters – Wonderland
Benny Goodman – If I had you – Cortina
Francisco Canaro y Carlos Roldan – Asi se baila el tango – Tango
Francisco Canaro y Carlos Roldan – Va a cantar un ruiseñor – Tango
Francisco Canaro y Carlos Roldan – Rosa de tango – Tango
Benny Goodman – Oh lady be good – Cortina
Pedro Laurenz – Maldonado – Milonga
Pedro Laurenz y Rodolfo Biagi – Campo Afuera – Milonga
Pedro Laurenz y su Orquesta Tipica – La vida es una milonga – Milonga
Benny Goodman – Nice work if you can get it -Cortina
Gotan Project – Tango square -Tango Nuevo
Carlos Libedinsky – Dos – Tango Nuevo
Sharon Shannon – Libertango (feat. Kirsty MacColl) – Tango Nuevo
Leo Mathisen – Leo’s idea – Cortina
Aníbal Troilo con Floreal Ruiz – Naranjo en flor – Tango
Aníbal Troilo con Floreal Ruiz – La noche que te fuiste – Tango
Aníbal Troilo con Floreal Ruiz – Yuyo verde – Tango
Leo Mathisen – Anita – Cortina
Carlos di Sarli – Catamarca – Tango
Carlos di Sarli – Racing Club – Tango
Carlos di Sarli – Nobleza de arrabal – Tango
Billie Holiday – All of me – part 1 – Cortina
Gare du Nord – Pablos blues – Wonderland
Tindersticks – Another night in – Wonderland
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Your heart is as black as night – Wonderland
Billie Holiday – All of me – part 2 – Cortina
Alfredo de Angelis y su o.t. – A la gran muneca – Tango
Alfredo de Angelis y su o.t. – A media luz – Tango
Alfredo de Angelis y su o.t. – El tango club – Tango
Billie Holiday – Romance In the dark – part 1 – Cortina
Adolfo Carabelli – Alma – Tango
Adolfo Carabelli – Cantando – Tango
Adolfo Carabelli – El cabure – Tango
Billie Holiday – Romance In the dark – part 2 – Cortina
Santiago Hernandez & Isabelle Rune – Santiago’s dream – Tango Nuevo
Alexkid, Astor Piazzolla – Luna [ TangoDjAppleJack Remix ] – Tango Nuevo
Bajofondo – Borges y Paraguay – Tango Nuevo
Billie Holiday – Romance In the dark – part 3 – Cortina
Juan D’Arienzo y Jorge Valdéz – Yo se que te adoro – Tango
Juan D’Arienzo y Jorge Valdéz – Destino de flor – Tango
Juan D’Arienzo y Jorge Valdéz – Que dios te bendiga – Tango
Gare Du Nord – Beautiful day – Cortina
Rodolfo Biagi – Campo afuera – Milonga
Rodolfo Biagi – Picante Tango – Milonga
Rodolfo Biagi – Por la güella – Milonga
Jamed Brown – Make it funky – Cortina
La Negra – Los Celos – Wonderland
Féloche – Silbo – Wonderland
Stromae – Formidable – Wonderland
Gare Du Nord – Cool down – Cortina
Miguel Calo y Raul Beron – En tus ojos de cielo – Tango
Tom Waits – Closing Time – Time to close the floor