November Blog Announcing our 5th Birthday Milonga and more

Story | Article | News | 07 Dec 2018


We are super excited to be writing Leigh Tango’s first ever blog!

What a fantastic month November has been, we have had a great time at our regular Thursday classes, we welcomed new members, developed technique and confidence and have had lots of fun in the process.

Our last Milonga of 2018 was a huge success, thank you to everyone who came along. If you missed it on social media, here is a video from the evening.

Our next Milonga is going to be a really special one, it will be our 5th Birthday next year and to celebrate we are holding a Gran Milonga. Make sure you put 26thJanuary in your diaries for an evening of festivities with us.

The Gran Milonga will take place at The Kursaal Function Rooms in Southend on Sea. The venue is just beautiful, once considered to be the very soul of Southend-on-Sea, The Kursaal has a wonderfully colourful history. Originally opened as the Kursaal Palace in 1901, it was designed by the architects George Sherrin and John Clarke as a Music Hall with an auditorium on two levels and a Ballroom in the centre of the complex. The entire building original had a capacity of 2,000 to 8,000 standing, and apart from the auditorium and Ballroom there were also dressing rooms for artistes and a band room for musicians included in the design. The stage of the Music Hall was built on two aspects, one being an apron stage and the other a thrust stage, and had a depth of 49 foot and a width of 87 foot with a proscenium opening of 31 foot.  What an honour it will be to hold our event at a venue with such a rich history in dance and music.

The Kursaal music hall created a real buzz in Southend on Sea and was the place to be seen at the weekends. We have enjoyed hearing stories from local residents about their grandparents meeting at dances held there. We would love to hear if you have any more history on the venue.

Kursaal Music Hall Skylight

Kursaal Music Hall Southend on Sea








Details of the
Gran Milonga are as follows:
Date: 26 January 2019
Time: 7.30pm-8.15pm (Milonga class with Luis and Samira) / 8.30pm – 12.00am (gran milonga)
Venue: The Kursaal, Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2WW
Entrance: £15 (this includes entry to class and Milonga)
Travel: Trains from London direct to Southend Central from West Ham, Limehouse, Barking and Fenchurch Street.
Parking: There is plenty of parking at the Kursaal or in the car park opposite.

Some more dates for your diary:
We have all of our Milonga dates for 2019 booked and will release further details soon, for now you may want to pencil in these dates:
30 March
25 May
27 July
28 sept
30 Nov

The festive season is fast approaching, our last week at Leigh Tango will be 6 December and we will be having a bit of a party to celebrate the start of Christmas! So please do come along and join us in the festivities!

Our new term starts on 10 January 2019, Luis will be away for the first coupe of weeks so Tom Keenes will be teaching with me on 10 and 17 January.

Tom taught at Leigh Tango with me when the school first opened in 2014, Tom is passionate about both dancing and teaching Tango, we are really looking forward to welcoming him back to Leigh Tango!

Don’t forget we are available during the festive break for those of you who would like to get some practice in before the New Year, so get in touch to book a private class.

See you all soon

Luis and Samira xx