Updates

Terms and conditions

1. Strictly no walk-ins for the Singapore Tango Marathon. Registration at the door will not be entertained.

2. Registration is only confirmed after payment. As there is a limit to the number of participants at the marathon, the organisers will prioritise participants who have made payment.

3. The organisers reserve the right to terminate unpaid registrations at their sole discretion.

4. Registration is non-transferable.

5. The leaders who registered for the marathon, count towards the current gender ratio. Simply tagging to an existing leader registration will not help to balance the gender ratio. Therefore, we are unable to accept follower-only registrations using on this approach.

6. Participants who wish to register as a couple, must register together within the same day. Failure to do so, will be deemed as Single registration.

6. Refund/cancellation is only possible before 10 April 2018, with an administration fee of SGD 30.

7. Participants are requested to observe the traditions of a Milonga and practise good etiquette (floor navigation, acknowledging dancers before entering the ronda) on the dance floor. The Singapore Tango Marathon organisers reserves the right to eject participants who repeatedly fail to observe Tango etiquette. No refund will be provided.

8. The organisers reserve the right to terminate confirmed registrations at their sole discretion, with full refund issued.

9. The event is not opened to members of the public.

Tango Marathons are gaining popularity all over Asia. This year, Taipei will lead the charge with their Marathon in Feb, followed by Vietnam (in Danang) in March and then Singapore in April. In June, Bali will be organizing their first marathon and Hong Kong will close the year with their marathon in Sept/Oct.

Taipei Tango Marathon 2015, photograph by Geff Kim

Taipei Tango Marathon 2015, photograph by Geff Kim

What is the difference between a marathon and a festival?

Marathons do not have live music, they do not have shows. Drinks and often food too is included, and with dancing all day and night the atmosphere becomes very relaxed and social – people who go to many marathons see the same faces again and again so it’s a good way to make many international friends who share your love for tango.

Most marathons have a smaller number of guests than festivals and they are usually strictly balanced in gender, eg: 60 men, 60 women unlike festivals open to everyone and sometimes with a ratio of nearly twice the number of women to men.

Hong Kong Tango Marathon 2015, photography by Bonnie So

Hong Kong Tango Marathon 2015, photography by Bonnie So

Who is it for?
Originally Tango Marathons were just for advanced dancers who just wish to dance and were not interested in classes, shows and live music that you find at festivals, but with more and more marathons all over Europe, and the growing tango communities, the levels have become much more mixed in recent years. There is usually a limited number of people so there is more space to dance, and in general the dancers travel to them from many countries.

(Source: Milonga Ireland)

For us, a Tango marathon is about meeting new dancers from all over the world, building international friendships and focusing on creating that special connection between two people.

It is a way of bringing people together with one clear focus: pure dancing.

If you are interested in joining a Tango Marathon in 2016, contact the following organizers!

Taipei (24-27 Feb 2017)
Organizer: Lin Yutan y Lin Yuhsuan
Website: www.twtangomarathon.com

Danang, Vietnam (24-26 March 2017)
Organizer: Alice
Website: www.tangosalidadesol.com

Singapore (21 Apr – 23 Apr 2017)
Organizer: Tangopura (Contact: Chen Wei Li)
Website: www.sgtangomarathon.com

Bali (TBC)
Organizer: Ratih Soe Kosasie
Website: Coming soon

Hong Kong (29 Sept – 1 Oct 2017)
Organizer: Daisy Tsang
Website:www.laesencia.hk

India (First week of April 2016)
Organizer: Kiran Sawhney
Website: www.delhimilonga.com/delhi-tango-marathon

Special thanks to Geff Kim and Bonnie So for their beautiful photographs of the respective marathons. Visit their albums to view more photos!

singapore tango marathon

(Article re-published with permission from Miles Tangos, “this is my opinion of how things should work, take it with a grain of salt.”)

She walks into the room, kisses and hugs her friends on her way to putting down her shoe bag, and then finding her seat to put on her shoes. She’s looking quite lovely tonight. It seems like she’s kissing and hugging everyone in the room for cryin’ out loud. Finally, she finds a half a chair at the crowded milonga tonight, and slips off her street shoes into what appear to be brand new Madame Pivots, all sparkly and shiny new. Just as she finishes her right shoe, she looks up and is immediately whisked away out of her chair by a favorite lead.

One tanda, two tandas, three tandas, she comes off the floor to get some water, and no sooner does her foot hit the carpet, when another lead takes her by the hand, and off they go. One tanda, two tandas, and off the floor to head for water, and a chair! She’s looking a little disheveled after that last leader. He was a bit rough on her, but she smiled through it, he had some nice qualities. She sits for the first time in 45 minutes, drinking her water, and finally catching up with a friend. Legs crossed, and eyeing the room, and avoiding it at the same time.

Gentlemen, how do you ask this follower for dance ?

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