Yet another successful year for MPG. now nearing 5 years in existence and continually growing and refining what we can offer the Melbourne tango community.
2016 saw us hosting Maxi Christiani & Karina Colmeiro in March – their first time in Melbourne Their workshops were full, all Private classes were booked out and they treated us to a wonderful performance @ our Gala Milonga, these can be found under our “Video” heading.
In May we celebrated our 4th Birthday with some birthday cake and champagne to wash it down with 🙂 Fun was had by all.
And before you could know it we had our AGM in July which saw a new line up on the committee
- President – Jerry Nairn
- Vice President – Liz Pearse
- Secretary – Anna Lindstad
- Treasurer – Aysegul Altug
- Ordinary Members – Caroline Lafargue & Tristan Adolphe
- Honorary Member – Eddie Leoni
Nice group of dedicated people ready to work on behalf of our community.
One of the first decisions the newly elected committee made was to extend availability of free Practicas to all MPG members in recognition of their continued support.
MPG hosted Milonga Para Los Ninos in July with the aim of raising funds to provide some basic essentials for underprivileged children in South America. We donated 3 private classes with some of our Melbourne teachers, we also organized two sponsors providing prizes of tango shoes and clothes. The lucky winners of the 5 prizes were drawn during the milonga and MPG was able to donate $ 2450 to the cause whilst absorbing all running costs.
In August MPG purchased one workshop with an Argentinean visiting teacher – Facundo Gil Jauregui – this was made available to our members free of charge and was very well attended.
Also in August Niki P and her band of wonderful “helpers” facilitated MPG Tango Bazar for shoes & clothes, with both used and new items on offer.
Towards the end of 2016 we were able to offer a “focus” practica for those keen on perfecting their milonga. This was facilitated by one of MPG members, Jim Hayter, and supported by many.
In December – free outdoor milonga @ the Williamstown Rotunda facilitated by Liz & Tristan. This was family friendly event, really well attended, giving many the opportunity to bring along their children, mingle, dance and enjoy picnic. We were very lucky to have DJ Dimmer to offer his services gratis.
Our final milonga for 2016 – MPG Roaring Twenties Milonga was a “roaring success” – excuse the pun. With the highest number of attendees in our history.
All of our social events – Bella Union milongas and Buxton Hall milongas have shown steady growth and yet keep their unique warmth and friendliness.
And our foundation event – Practica – continues to attract good number of dancers.
We now look forward to another successful year – 2017 !!