Glasgow Tango Studio

Glasgow Tango Studio founders, Sari Lievonen and Jeff Allan, work together as teachers, performers and event organizers.

Glasgow Tango Studio

About Glasgow Tango Studio

76 Kelbourne Street, Glasgow West End G20 8PR
Glasgow Tango Studio Website
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We have been developing the Tango scene in Glasgow for over a decade. Our teaching concentrates on the style of Argentine Tango best suited to social dancing.

If you can walk, you like dancing with a partner and enjoy Tango music, you will have a stimulating adventure with us as your teachers and guides on your Tango journey.

Our social dances and the Glasgow Practica
The Glasgow Practica was started by Sari and Jeff in 2005. It is an informal event where anyone can practice and dance socially, regardless of their level of experience. It is also an opportunity to ask questions and seek advice on simple technical problems in a friendly environment. If you are keen to enhance your Tango skills, you can book a private session with Sari or Jeff for more intensive work.
Between dances you can enjoy complimentary refreshments and socialise with other participants - an important aspect of our ethos. Regular attendance at the Practica is the best way to become a confident dancer with accomplished floor-craft. The music here is played in tandas (consecutive dances in the same style) but without linking cortinas. You can enjoy all three forms of the Social Argentine Tango during our Practica: Tango, Milonga and Tango Vals.

El Abrazo Milonga
Glasgow's Classic Milonga held at the CCA's creative hub in the very heart of the City Centre. Music at the milonga is golden era Tango milonga & vals played in tandas with cortinas.

About the Teachers
Sari Lievonen

(MFA, MA, Pedagogic Diploma) is a versatile performer, choreographer, dance teacher and visual artist who has worked professionally in theatre and contemporary dance for over 20 years. Her interdisciplinary interests and collaborations led her from early on to explore the field of the visual arts. Currently Sari practices as both a visual and dance artist. Recently she worked as Artist in Residence at the University of Glasgow.
Sari was first drawn to Argentine Tango while studying in Paris in the late 1980s. She saw the now-historic production of Tango Argentino, a spectacle created by Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzoli that re-launched Tango fever in 20th century Europe. Sari immediately started learning Tango and attended the Parisian milongas and practicas during this exciting period. Returning home, she collaborated extensively during the 1990s with Camus Nova, the first Finnish ensemble to play Astor Piazzolla’s music in Finland. Sari relished the challenge of introducing Argentine Tango to Finnish audiences who already had a parallel, indigenous music and dance culture: the Finnish Tango. Sari’s interest in Argentine Tango at that time concentrated on its performance nature rather than the social dimension which is now her passion. Having been immersed in Argentine Tango and its different styles, Sari also has extensive knowledge of dance in general and movement analysis – uniquely qualifying her to promote Tango as a very special language of communication between the two dancers.

Jeff Allan
has been dancing Argentine Tango for the past 18 years. During this time he has taken workshops with many of the maestros including Fabian Salas, Carlos Gavito, Gustavo Naveira, Andrea Misse and Javier Rodrigues. His dancing style has however been most influenced by teachers like Melina Sedo & Detlef Engel, Eric Jorissen, Carol Beauxis and Bernard Casasreales, Carlitos Espinoza & Noelia Hertado. Canyengue was studied primarily with Arjan Sikking & Marianne Van Berlo. Jeff has been a driving force in the development of the Glasgow Tango scene from. His role as co-founder of Glasgow's first weekly milonga, the Tango Bar, organiser of the Glasgow Practica now in its 10th year and the Glasgow Tango Festivals 2006 2007 & 2008. Jeff has earned a reputation as an accomplished Tango DJ much-appreciated for his discerning and dancer-friendly play lists.

Sari and Jeff
have danced together since her arrival in Scotland in 2002. Their desire to work and teach together was a response to the need to take this emerging scene in a direction that put the emphasis on the social aspect of the dance as opposed to learning sequences and material which belong more to a performance style of the dance. Over the years Sari and Jeff have arranged numerous workshops with visiting teachers from Argentina and Europe. In 2005 they launched the Saturday Practica which has become the most popular regular social event in Glasgow, providing the best learning environment in becoming a good Tango dancer. Since establishing their partnership they have run several milongas; like the El Abrazo Tango Club, at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (the CCA) that was started in 2007.

In 2006 Jeff put forward the idea of organizing the Glasgow Tango Festival and was instrumental in making Scotland's first tango festival a reality. Sari worked as the Creative Director for this annual festival from 2006 to 2008, having acquired core funding from the Awards For All and the former Scottish Arts Council. This funding assured the festivals’ high standard of live music with Tango Real from Berlin and workshops and performances conducted by internationally renowned Tango teachers.

As performers, Sari and Jeff have been involved in many public events like the Edinburgh Hogmanay: the Dancin’ Show, the Glasgow Subway Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Aye Write! Glasgow Book Festival. They also participated in the Glasgow International (GI) with their interactive Tango performance project. In addition, they have organized a number of special events like the Tango Afternoons in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Currently, with some of their students, they are working on a pioneering performance project How To Shoot A Tango Dancer with photographer Steven Allan.

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