Winter Tango in Hanmer
13-15 August 2021
Welcome to the 5th Winter Tango in Hanmer
A truly winter wonderland experience
bringing tangueros together for the pleasure of social dancing
under the snow clad Southern Alps in an Alpine Village.
3 days 4 milongas, including a breakfast milonga!
"no teaching, no performances …. just joyful dancing in celebration of the milonga"
ALL MILONGAS ARE HELD AT THE HANMER WAR MEMORIAL HALL
Corner Amuri Avenue and Cheltenham Street, Hanmer Springs
We will start the weekend at Fire and Ice for dinner from 5- 8pm just in time to get to the milonga and dance our socks off!
37 Amuri Ave, Hanmer (opposite the entrance to the Hot Pools)
When you register for the festival please let ME know that you want to come to dinner with us. $25 a head, paid to the restaurant.
WELCOME MILONGA DJ Martyn - Auckland
Fri 13 August, 8pm - midnight
A relaxed milonga to say WELCOME to Hanmer Springs.
Refreshments will be served through the evening, bring your most relaxed and happy selves and get ready to party!
AFTERNOON TEA MILONGA DJ Maida - Auckland
Sat 14 August, 11am - 3pm
Wear something for a tea party! Have brunch at a local restaurant or cafe, then come and have cups of tea and cake and tango the afternoon way. The hot pools beckon before the evening milonga.
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON MILONGA DJ Deb - Christchurch
Sat 14 August, 8.30pm - midnight
Arrive fully decked out in your finest gear! Wintery Milonga treats await you as does a great night of dancing. Mulled yummies and Fruit Mince pies made by Nelson’s famous Roland of Dovedale Bakery will be served throughout the evening.
BREAKFAST MILONGA DJ Brendon - Nelson
Sun 15 August, 10am - 1pm
Yes you read it right - we are having a Breakfast Milonga! Doors will open at 10am for a tasty breakfast of croissants, fruit, meat and cheese, plunger coffee and tea.
If fancy coffee is what you need to get you going, pick one up at a local cafe and join us for brekkie in between tandas.
YOUR 2021 DJS
Martyn Atack - Auckland - Fri night
Martyn has been dancing since 2000. He opened his first milonga in 2006 and currently runs a regular practica in Auckland each month.
He regularly travels to Buenos Aires to catch up with his favourite teacher and prefers to dance in the downtown milongas, where the floors are usually crowded and the music is very traditional. This experience has informed his musical preference which would be described as “Golden Age”.
Martyn has refined his approach to structuring his music over the years and you can expect a three piece tanda in a classical format based on fun and recognisable pieces.
Maida Zanaboni - Auckland - Sat afternoon
"I arrived in NZ , from New York City, in December 2001 with my music collection. That was the beginning of my DJ journey here. Listening to and collecting music is my bliss. The dancers joy, when they are dancing to a track that they connect to is my joy. As a dancer myself, my personal taste goes into my choice of music. In all our travels, I always make it a point to return here with new and interesting tracks that I've heard from other DJ's, around the world. My aim is to keep the energy high and leaving the dancers wanting more."
Deb Waltenberg - Christchurch - Sat night
Debs became a DJ from her love of tango music and dance, she is a regular DJ at the Casa Republica Milonga in Christchurch and has been a DJ for several overseas teachers and other tango events. Her passion for tango music grew from her trips to Buenos Aires both dancing and listening to the beauty of tango at the traditional milonga halls. As a tango dancer she likes to feel emotion on all levels, so when she DJs she loves to see the tango orchestras and singers work their magic on the dancers. "My preference is for the more traditional orchestras and of course I have my favourites but I'm very mindful of playing music for all tango dancers. For me when I DJ I try to take the dancers on a journey so I look forward to you joining me in Hanmer at the Sat night milonga where we can share the journey together."
Brendon Varcoe - Nelson - Sun morning
"Tango and the country of Argentina holds a special place in my heart. I am excited to be able to share my love and passion for tango through my dj'ing. Music is such a big part of my life. As well as playing and studying bandoneon in Buenos Aires, currently I am also studying a Masters degree in Orchestration so my love of the orchestra has given me a deep appreciation for both traditional tango orchestras as well as the many incredible modern tango orchestras. I have tremendous respect for the musicians of today who continue on the tradition of playing live in the milonga as well as those who have gone before. All music evokes emotion and tango music especially, from the dramatic to the playful, the romantic to the melancholic, the best music brings out the emotion in the dance and always when I prepare a playlist I am thinking with this in the forefront of my mind. So expect a playlist full of life, emotion, a little drama and hopefully some fun, because at the end of the day we all come together in this great dance to enjoy ourselves and the people around us."
OTHER IMPORTANT INFO
$125 for the whole weekend
11 5250 0186162-55
Please do not forget to type your last name and WTiH
1st preference given to those registering for the whole weekend and as a lead/follow couple. All others put on a waitlist until partnered up. Role balancing will be seriously attempted so please invite your favourite dance partner!
OUR AUSTRALIAN FRIENDS
Please register then pay in cash when you arrive to avoid pesky bank fees and non-arrival of funds.
HOW TO GET THERE
Driving time from Christchurch and Kaikoura
1 1/2 hrs
Driving time from Greymouth
Driving time from Nelson
3 3/4 hrs
BUS FROM CHRISTCHURCH
There are also two different shuttle companies that run between Christchurch & Hanmer Springs. The Hanmer Springs i-SITE Visitor Centre can assist you with bookings for these. You can call them on 0064 3 315 0020 or email email@example.com
Here’s the facebook page in case you want to hook up with someone and get a lift from ChCh.
Hanmer Springs offers something for all budgets. Freedom camping, Motels, Forest Cabins and also houses to rent (these can be very reasonable if you are coming with some friends)
It is best to do your research and ring motels directly for the best deals.
Hanmer Holiday Homes
Start by checking here for some ideas:
www.booking.com has all the motel and hotel deals
The Hanmer Forest Camp has very reasonable rooms for $25 a night per person. So there is something for everyone, a great place to stay if you want to push bike into town and stay in the country!
THINGS TO DO IN HANMER
FOR THE RELAXED TANGUERO
Hot Pools and massages
Walk up Conical Hill, cycle, mini golf or normal golf!
Restaurants, cafes and great shopping
FOR THE MORE ADVENTUROUS TANGUERO
Ski, bungi jump, jet boat
If you cancel after paying we will refund the full amount less $10 handling fee.
If I cancel due to Covid-19 you will receive a full refund.
MESSAGE FROM ANNE-MAREE
Search out your fake or real furs, hats and gloves and cuddle up in a warm tango embrace in Hanmer Springs for a wonderfully fun weekend with other tango addicts. Feel free to ask any questions - I am just an email away.
Yours always in Tango
+64 (0) 27 238 0568
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