Graham will be back at Learn to Tango Kent

18 Oct 2018 - by Graham

From November I'll be back to teaching Tango in Tunbridge Wells at Learn to Tango Kent for a while. This will be on Monday evenings in the Showfields Hall, so if your week is a bit short of tango, or you just want to see your regular teacher out of his natural habitat, then pop down to Tunbridge Wells and join in. Mark is teaching the beginners' class from 7.30pm, then I will be teaching the improvers and intermediates from 8.30pm. Practice from 9.30pm-10.30pm.

The address of the hall is:

Showfields Hall
1, Rowan Tree Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent. TN2 5PX

You may want to check that postcode if you're using a SatNav, as there seems to be a bit of dispute between them as to where that goes. The address is correct though.


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Price increases

21 Aug 2018 - by Graham

It is an unfortunate fact of life that things tend to get a little more expensive over time, and whilst we've held off for as long as we can, the time has come for us to put up the prices. 

So from the 1st September, all classes will be going up from £8 to £9 on the door. We will still be doing our "5 for 4" offer through the website or at any venue, so you can pre-buy 5 classes (to be used whenever you like) for £36. Go to the Buy and Save page on the website... 

X-Tango Alternative Milongas will be going up to £12 on the door, or £10 pre-booked. We will be adding the booking facility to the website in the next few days, but you can always pre-book at any of our classes.

As stated in the previous post, the Guided Practilongas at St Luke's will be £6 for this year as a trial price. This is an on-the-door price only with no facility for pre-booking.

Hopefully that all makes sense. As always, if you have any questions then please ask.


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All Change at Sevenoaks

21 Aug 2018 - by Graham

We are still on our summer break at Sevenoaks, but when we come back a lot of things will be changing. I sent out all this info in the newsletter last week, but as I know that a lot of you don't get that for various reasons, here it is in blog form as well.

So what's changing? Well, for a start, we are re-opening on the 6th September, and when we do we will be at:

St Luke's Church Hall, 30 Eardley Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1XT

The eagle-eyed among you will immediately spot that the 6th is a Thursday. Class nights at Sevenoaks will be on a Thursday from now on.

We are also temporarily dropping the smooth jive part of the class so we can concentrate on tango. I know that this will annoy some of you as smooth jive is the main reason for you coming, but there are a number of good reasons for us doing this. I won't try to explain them all here though; that's a subject for another post.

Our monthly X-Tango Alternative Milongas will still be on Fridays and will still be at the Community Centre, so this means that classes won't be interrupted every few weeks. Please note that our next X-Tango is on the 28th September as we cancelled the late August one to avoid clashing with Herstmonceux (see below).

Additionally, one Friday a month we will be running a "Guided Practilonga" at St Luke's. These will be a 2-hour practice session with no class but plenty of help around if you need it. We will mix up the music at these, so there will be plenty of opportunity to try out different dance styles if you want. We will be trialling these at £6 on the door for this year.

So that's a lot of stuff happening in Sevenoaks! In summary:

  • Classes are moving to Thursdays, and will become all tango, with beginners at 8pm and improvers / intermediates at 9pm.
  • We are moving to a new hall for classes - St Luke's Church Hall
  • We are adding a guided multi-genre practilonga at St Luke's, one Friday a month
  • X-Tango will stay monthly and will stay at the Community Centre

Got that all in your diaries? Good. There may be an exam... 😉


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Graham will be teaching at Learn to Tango Kent

27 Jun 2018 - by Graham

Yes, that's right, for the whole of July (and possibly some of August) I'll be teaching Tango down in Tunbridge Wells at Learn to Tango Kent. This will be on Monday evenings in the Showfields Hall, so if your week is a bit short of tango, or you just want to see your regular teacher out of his natural habitat, then pop down to Tunbridge Wells and join in. I'll update this post with the format of the evening once I know the details, but the address is...

Showfields Hall
1, Rowan Tree Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent. TN2 5PX

You may want to check that postcode if you're using a SatNav, as there seems to be a bit of dispute between them as to where that goes. The address is correct and confirmed though.

See you there in July!


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Tango Synthesis is Here!

22 Apr 2018 - by Graham

As most people probably know by now, when I started teaching tango at Jivebeat it was almost entirely by accident. A random decision to give the regulars at Sevenoaks a tango taster class one evening (you can read about that here) soon became a regular feature, and pretty soon more people were finding us because of the tango than were finding us for modern jive. This was not a problem for us as we love teaching both, but after a few months we started to realise that people were being confused by the name. Tango at Jivebeat...? Is it really tango? Is it "modern jive in a tango style"? How can modern jive and tango be even slightly compatible?

We hadn't thought of this, as since we knew what we were doing we just assumed everyone else would as well. Jive and tango are two separate classes that happen one after the other, and although the music we play varies from week to week we always try to get at least a few crossover tracks into the playlist so people can choose what they want to dance even in the same track. It made sense to us, but a couple of months ago when we were talking to people who had been actively looking for tango classes but who had skimmed over Jivebeat purely because of the name, we realised it was time to make a few changes.

And so Tango Synthesis was born.

If you already come to Jivebeat for our regular classes or X-Tango Milongas then other than a few logo changes you probably won't notice a lot of difference. Tango Synthesis is made up of all the same people as Jivebeat, with the same class format and no plans to split things up any differently to the way they are organised now. Membership, the loyalty scheme, prepayments, and everything else will continue to be run under the Jivebeat name, but advertising and branding of our tango classes and events will change.

Tango content will start to move onto the Tango Synthesis website, but for now it will continue to be on the Jivebeat site as well so Jivebeat remains the one-stop-shop for everything we do. This may change in a few months though as everyone gets used to the new branding, so if tango interests you then start finding the Tango Synthesis website, our pages on Facebook, and any other social media accounts that we may announce.

Welcome to Tango Synthesis! The new home for Jivebeat Tango.


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