Glasgow Tango Studio

Sari & Jeff have danced together since 2002 and have been involved in developing the Glaswegian tango community ever since. In the early years Sari and Jeff arranged numerous workshops with visiting teachers from Argentina and Europe. Their desire to work together was a response to the need to take the emerging tango scene into a direction that put the emphasis on the social aspect of the dance as opposed to learning sequences and material which belong more to a performance style of the tango. They started teaching regular weekly classes in 2007. Soon after they established a successful practice of private tuition. This complements their group classes and offers a more individual approach to learning for those who prefer a faster route in developing enjoyable social tango dancing.

Our Saturday Practica was launched in 2005. Over the years it has become Glasgow’s most popular weekly social tango event, providing the best learning environment in becoming a good tango dancer. Since establishing their partnership Sari & Jeff have also organised milongas in several different venues. One of them, El Abrazo Milonga at the Centre for Contemporary Arts begun in 2007. It has been accepted to be part of CCA's Open Source Programme and takes place monthly on Friday evenings.

In 2006 Sari & Jeff organised the first ever tango festival in Scotland realising Jeff’s longstanding dream of having a festival in our hometown. The Glasgow Tango Festival took place annually from 2006 to 2008. Sari worked as the Creative Director for the festival, having acquired core funding from the Awards For All and the former Scottish Arts Council. The funding assured the highest standard of live music for the festival with Tango Real from Berlin alongside workshops and performances conducted by internationally renowned tango teachers.

As performers, Sari & Jeff have been involved in many public events like the Edinburgh Hogmanay The Dancin’ Show, the Glasgow Subway Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Aye Write! Glasgow Book Festival. In addition, they have organised a number of special events like the Tango Afternoons in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. They have also taken tango beyond the dance context by participating in the Glasgow International (GI) with their interactive Tango performance project and most recently performed together with ten other Glasgow Tango Studio dancers in a film (collaboration with Daniel Warren and artist Linder) produced as part of the British Art Show 8 in Edinburgh.