Christine and Adrian Newell have been dancing tango together for more than a decade. Westcourt Tango was born from a desire to share their love of the dance with others, and to increase its popularity within the local area. It is their belief that tango is a dance for everyone to enjoy, and consequently all are welcome to join in with Westcourt Tango events, whether they are beginners, improvers, or more experienced tango dancers. Regardless of where you usually dance or take classes, you are welcome at Westcourt Tango.
The First Introduction to Argentine Tango
Christine is an IDTA (International Dance Teachers' Association) qualified dance teacher and member of the association. She was first introduced to Argentine tango at a festival of world dance arranged by local dance teacher and examiner Rachel Wadey FISTD. The week -long festival, held in Broadstairs, Kent, included many different dances including Flamenco, Indian Kathak dancing, and Argentine Tango.
Christine and Adrian began taking classes with visiting maestros coming to London from Argentina where the dance originated. 'That was when our tango really began to take off, says Christine, 'We began to make real progress with the dance.'
Over the years Christine and Adrian have studied and danced tango with many of the world's best known Argentine tango teachers and dancers, receiving instruction in the UK, Europe, and of course in Argentina.
Something has been gained from each and every teacher, and it would be impossible to mention all the names of those that have influenced, and continue to influence, their dance. However, there are always one or two people that stand out as being very special. For Christine and Adrian those that fall into this category would be Cesar Velasquez, a gifted Columbian dancer, teacher, and choreographer; and Natacha Poberaj, dancer with Miguel Angel Zotto's Tango x 2 dance company, and winner, with partner Fabian Peralta, of the 2006 World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires.
Christine and Adrian are enthusiastic tango dancers, they continue to study and improve their dance, and love to pass on their enthusiasm to those they teach. It is their great pleasure to encourage others to begin their own very special tango journey.
Our teaching is based on the methods taught in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Home of Tango.
From the outset we teach the fundamentals of the dance: good posture, balance, technique, body control, musicality, and elegance in your movements.
Our aim is to produce confident tango dancers who can enjoy dancing socially. To attain this level of confidence it is crucial to consider correct posture, the embrace, and how to lead and follow this beautiful, improvised dance, not only at special workshops but at every class.