From the Chair
Well - it’s been a very busy month for the new management committee and we have quite a bit of news for you.
Firstly – to celebrate the wonderful job done by our volunteers, we are holding a FREE milonga (instead of the practica) on Tuesday 5 December, which is International Volunteers Day. This is an opportunity for all members to say THANK YOU to all who have volunteered during the year.
Staying on the milonga theme, our Christmas Milonga will be held on Saturday 16th December, which is the third Saturday in the month. We might not “deck the halls” but we will certainly have a Christmas tree.
As in previous years, we will be having a New Year’s Eve Milonga on Sunday 31 December with multiple DJs, so expect a real mix of music. We will start at 8.30 pm that night (not 7.00 pm) and go til late…late…late!
There has been much debate amongst members in recent weeks regarding the format of tandas for the traditional milongas. The PTC committee appreciates the valuable input from members on this important matter.
Committee met on Monday evening and there was much discussion on this topic. An underlying theme of ALL the comments we received was of the need for VARIETY. When the music does not ebb and flow, it makes for an unsatisfactory experience. The music needs to inspire dancers to want to dance - and move them to experience the emotion of tango.
The committee’s resolve is to keep the Wednesday, Friday and third Saturday milongas in the traditional tango music style, with a limit of two alternative tandas per night. The Ghetto and fifth Saturday milongas allow for more tandas in the alternative tango music style.
The committee is also exploring ways to guide DJs, experienced and new, in creating playlists that have variety and verve. To quote a comment on being a DJ that came my way recently: “Being a tango DJ is a lot like being a tango dancer, except your dance partner is the whole milonga”
Thank you to those members who let the committee know how important tango is to them.
NOTE: We are closing the club for the whole of January for painting and refurbishment! But don’t worry, you won’t have to go without tango for the whole month. George has offered to arrange milongas in King’s Park, which in previous years have been very enjoyable. They are an opportunity to bring friends and enjoy our beautiful summer evenings outdoors.
We have accepted an invitation from the Town of Cambridge to participate in their Australia Day celebrations, so more on that later.
Talking about the Town of Cambridge – any member who receives a parking fine from the Town for parking in the carpark (without a PTC parking pass) can appeal on the Town of Cambridge website.
Also, if anyone knows of a tango event coming up in Perth, we are quite willing to advertise that event on our big screen provided that the host organisation gives us a USB with the details on it. It can be in the format of a poster or even a little rolling slide show, but don’t make it a 20 minute video , please!
With Christmas decorations in the shops (whatever happened to this year?) I guess it’s timely to wish everyone all the very best for the holiday season, with hopes for a happy and safe time with friends and family.