30 May MPG in 2017
The 12 months in 2017 flew by as MPG continued to be busy with providing opportunities to our members and the broader tango community.
The year started with Australian Day milonga @ Buxton Hall. as well as back to back milongas at Bella Union.
After taking a short break we returned with Practicas in February and continued to provide these free to our MPG members.
In March we hosted our first international teacher for 2017 – Murat Erdemsel. This was his 2nd visit to Melbourne and many were looking forward to revisit his style of teaching. All went well and culminated with a Gala Milonga @ Buxton Hall.
Not long after, end of May, we celebrated our 5th Birthday with some cake, bubbly and lots of good tango at Buxton Hall.
Our AGM took place on 2nd of July 2017 with a renewed committee standing in.
July proved to be a extra busy month as we hosted Los Totis – Virginia Gomez and Christian Marquez. They stayed with us for 6 wonderful days. Their workshops were full and included people joining us from interstate to take opportunity of learning from such wonderful teachers, dancers and people – we all loved having them.
September delivered sad new of our venue for week night milongas – Bella Union – closing down. That meant we had to find a replacement which wasn’t easy as it needed to fill “big shoes”. We finished at Bella Union on the 17th October, many were upset for us to loose this quirky place which found place in all of our tango hearts. By the time we danced the last step of tango here we clocked up 4 continuous years of returning here every second week.
After lot of searching we were able to find new venue for our Tuesday night milongas – The Aegean Restaurant in Fitzroy. Nothing will ever replace Bella Union, but The Aegean has welcomed us on the 31st October with our opening and allowed us to continue the tradition of MPG week night milongas. Slowly and surely many started to accept this new venue.
In November we were able to organise a free workshop for MPG members with visiting Argentinean tango maestro Rodrigo Palacios
Our final event for 2017 was our milonga on the 30th December at Buxton Hall and as usual the venue and the event did not disappoint.
Pictures tell a thousand words and here are some from our journey through 2017