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Argentine Tango in Scotland

There are a number of cities where Argentine tango is established or has just started to make an appearance. Edinburgh has had a tango scene for 9 years, started and run largely by the Edinburgh Tango Society. Glasgow has been going just as long, but only started getting organised and building numbers in 2003. Other towns and cities in Scotland got their first taste of Tango in 2001 and are now getting more and more dancers. For residents, there is more and more opportunity to learn and dance tango in a place near you. For visitors, Scotland is well known for its welcome in general, and especially to visiting tango tourists, so we look forward to seeing you soon.

Tango Towns in Scotland

Scotland in Europe

For information on Tango UK wide visit tango-uk.co.uk


Updated July 2006, but some towns may not have the latest information



Tango Capital of Scotland. There are two weekly milongas, classes 5 nights a week, with professional teacher Ricardo Oría and Jenny Frances, a community of over 150 regular dancers (the ETS has 180 subscribers), and regular visits by dancers , musicians and teachers. The Edinburgh Tango Society was formed in 1997, so standards of dancing are quite good. Full details on the ETS website www.edinburghtango.org.uk

Regular Events

Milonga in Counting House 5:30-10pm 3 (beginners class 5:45-7 Free)

Every Sunday
Saturdays Tango Brunch, 12-5pm, Counting House Every Month
Mondays Classes at Dance for All. 8:30 Rumbos de Tango Practica. (also advanced classes, Counting House) Every week,
Tuesdays ETS Practica +Milonga. Counting House, West Nicolson St (upstairs from Blind Poet pub) 7-11pm. £2. Every week
Ricardo and Jenny's Classes at DanceBase 6:30pm intermediate (at least 1 year); 7:30pm absolute beginners, 8pm improvers (some experience) Every week, absolute beginners and improvers. New classes in January
Danny's Classes at the Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Sq. 8-9:30

Every week, Beginners
Wednesdays Lunchtime Class , the Highland Rm,the Pleasance with Toby. 12:45-1:45, Every week, small beginners classes, FREE
Edinburgh University Tango Society Classes with Toby. 7-9pm, Teviot Row Every week beginners and Improvers 1
Lunchtime classes, the Highland Rm,the Pleasance with Toby 12:45-1:45
Every week, beginners, FREE
Monica and Jessie's classes at Dance for All Classes 7-8pm 9-10pm,Dance for All, Every week,improvers and intermediate 226 5533
La Otra Milonga. Every other week. see ETS website
Edinburgh University Tango Society Milonga, Teviot Row House

Other Events


Glasgow how has an up and coming tango scene with over 100 dancers attending the classes every week. There are classes on several days of the week. The are long running classes by Claire on Thursdays at the St Francis centre, with Ricardo and Jenny, Scotland's resident professional tango teacher on Wednesdays evenings, Wim and Catherine on Mondays, John and Sarah, Tuesdays and Danny sand Laura, Saturdays . There is also a regular milionga on Wednesdays. Other events include visiting teachers and special milongas.

For most up to date info go to Glasgow tango site

(Update autumn 2004)


Catherine and Wim
Monday Nights
Beginners Course (10 weeks) 6.15pm-7.15pm
Tango de Salon (10 weeks) 7.30-8.30pm
@ The Post Graduate Club, 13 University Gardens, University of Glasgow
For more information visit www.tangotipica.info or To Book contact info@tangotipica.info.
Ricardo and Jenny
Scotland's resident professional tango teachers Ricardo runs beginners and intermediate classes:
Notre Dame High School,
Observatory Rd, Dowanhill
(Hillhead tube station or Gt. Western Rd (bus numbers 20, 41 66, 59))
Beginners 8:30-9:30 Cost
Improvers 6:30pm -7:30pm
Intermediates 7.30pm -8:30pm
All Clasess 5
Contact Juliette MacDonald (julietteATdymphna.co.uk). ricarditango@hotmail.com
John and Sarah Paterson
: Absolute Beginners Course (10 weeks) 7.30-8.30pm
Improvers/post-Beginners class 8.30-9.30pm 5.(4 concessions)
All classes 5(4 concessions)
@ Notre Dame High School, Observatory Rd., Dowanhill E-mail: johnpmispa@ukonline.co.uk
Danny and Laura
All levels: 10.30am - 12.15pm
Cost: 7
Saturdays @ the Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath St.
Danny: 07973 889990; dani+laura@tango-party.com



Wednesdays 7.30-11.30pm
Regular every week
downstairs @ BLACKFRIARS
Bell St, Candleriggs,Glasgow (5mins walk from Queen St. Rail Stn., 10mins walk from Buchannan St. Bus Stn.)
Free Entrance All Welcome
For any other enquiries e-mail Stuart McCartney Stuiji@hotmail.com

Other Events

Yahoo-group to keep up to date:

The newly set up yahoo-group is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TangoGlasgow



Tango Dundee was established in the summer of 2005, but has not been able to continue as a regular event (2006). However they may run some occasonal workshops.

For more information or to be placed on the e-mail list, please contact Cathrine Holtet on theweevikingATyahoo.co.uk


Regular group classes have temporarily stopped but there is the possibility of getting individual tuition at Beginners level.

For more info please email me (vk2@stir.ac.uk) E-mail Vera.


(Update Feb 2005)

Malcom writes: "We have recently set up Aberdeen Tangueros Society in Aberdeen with Sarah Morris as our teacher. To date we have a regular Thursday night classes and Practica.

Classes and Practica

Every Thursday, Tiger Tiger, Ship Row Aberdeen.

Beginners : 7.30pm

Improvers: 8.45pm

Practica: 9.30 to 10.30 pm

Regular special events i.e. vesting teachers and classes, and regular Milongas. The last event was a masked ball on the 13th of Feb 2005 at which Jenny & Ricardo gave classes and performance. We have run 2 such events since November last year and plan more in the coming months etc."


Malcolm Scott
Mobile 07710 444075
Day - 01224 633121
e-mail :malcolm@21stfinancial.com

Yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tangoaberdeen/ with 90 members (feb 2005)

The Borders

Francis Bertram is one of Scotland's most experienced local teachers. Student of many well known visiting Argentine teachers, Francis is based in the Borders but teaches special workshops all over the country. He is a specialist in Tango and Milonga Techniques and his fun classes are always both well received and attended. He can arrange individual, couple or group classes privately'

Phone Francis for info 07901772948 or check out his website. http://www.francisbertram.com

Phone Francis for info 07901772948 or check out his website.

St Andrews

There are classes at St Andrews University at the weekends with Osiris Parcero

Monday from 8:00 to 10:00 PM

Student Union Building St Mary's Place St Andrews Fife KY16 9UZ

The price is 3 per person.


Newcastle and ther North-East

Newcastle, although not in Scotland, is a near neighbour, and is getting keen with a weekly meetings and workshops by visiting teachers.


Tango in the North East


For more information please contact James ATedinburghtango.org.uk