The 2nd International Kuala Lumpur Tango Festival 2009, organized recently by the Kuala Lumpur Tango Club was a runaway success judging by the accolades dished out by the participants who came from far and wide. Held over 4 days from April 9 to 12, there were milongas, workshops, private classes, guided practices, and performances at various venues namely; Little Havana, Piso Tango, (both in the fine dining enclave of Bukit Ceylon), the Annexe Gallery at Central Market and the Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association (KLDA) at Wisma OCM.
The finale to the 2nd International Kuala Lumpur Tango Festival 2009 was the Argentine Tango showdance performance by three renowned couples from Argentina at the "Tango Tradisi" Gala Dinner & Dance held at the Royal Selangor Club, Dataran Merdeka on April 11. The 3 couples who were specially invited to teach and perform at this festival were acclaimed tangueros and tangueras, Guillermo Merlo & Fernanda Ghi, Adrian Veredice & Alejendra Hobert and Enrique & Guillermo De Fazio, otherwise known as the Macana Brothers (picture).
The Argentine Tango is one dance where it is perfectly alright for a man to dance with a man. How this came about could be traced to historical events. During the 19th century, many young men from Europe emigrated to Argentina to seek a better life there. Due to a shortage of women then, the men started to dance the Argentine Tango with each other. Stevedores who were working in the ports also practised dancing with each other in their free time while waiting for the ships to dock. Hence was born a tradition in which men danced with each other.
The Kuala Lumpur Tango Club has been instrumental in promoting Argentine Tango in Malaysia. It was formed in 2003 by Marguerite Brodie, who by the way is also an accomplished Ballroom and Latin American dancer. Marguerite and her partner, Andreas Lehrke presently teach Argentine Tango at some of the clubs in Bukit Ceylon and also at the Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association (KLDA) in Wisma OCM at Jalan Hang Jebat. For more information regarding their classes, please check out www.tangomalaysia.com or call 012-3151008/012-6628022.