Kensington College of Business
4 Wild Court
Holborn
London WC2B 4AU

About us

NEGRACHA Tango Club is a world-class tango dance and arts centre where tango aficionados can dance, learn, practice, rehearse, perform, read, expose, watch and talk about Tango Argentino and other related activities.

Milonga NEGRACHA

A milonga is the tango equivalent of a ball, the social event where everyone gathers to dance (Milonga also refers to a faster, merrier form of tango music). Centrally located in the heart of London, steps away from Holborn and Covent Garden tube stations, Milonga NEGRACHA is the UK’s leading and most popular tango club attracting over 200 people every Friday night.

Milonga NEGRACHA is also the only club in London that boast two large dance floor:

MAIN HALL

100% TRADITIONAL TANGO played in tandas and with cortinas.

BASEMENT

Atypical Mix. Guardia Vieja, Golden Age, Tango Nuevo, Guitar Tango, Contemporary Orchestras, a bit of European tango, a pinch of ElectroTango and others beats and special requests.

Práctica NEGRACHA

Is a long-established Monday Tango session at our venue on Wild Court. The space provides dancers with a precious chance to get mighty serious about their tango. Relax, comprehensive and detailed teaching by our experienced maestros, resident and visiting, and plenty of space to work on all aspects and styles of the dance.

NEGRACHA TANGO SCHOOL

NEGRACHA Tango School provides a comprehensive class programme covering all aspects and styles of tango Argentino. Our resident teachers are professional dancers with extensive experience teaching and performing in the UK and abroad. The programme also regularly features special dance and music workshops by international artists, art exhibitions, talks and other tango-related activities.

ABOUT THE TEACHERS
IVAN ARANDIA
Principal Teacher

Ivan Arandia is an Argentinean tango dancer, teacher, choreographer, DJ and the founder of NEGRACHA Tango Club. Ivan trained with Argentinean tango masters such as Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes, Osvaldo Zotto, Gabriel Angio and Natalia Games and Pablo Villarraza and Dana Frigoli amongst other important figures of the tango world. He danced in the movie “Evita" (1996), and participated in "Strictly Dancing” (1997), a Channel 4 documentary on Tango. He choreographed the dance scenes in the Alek Keshishian’s film "Love and Others Disasters" (2006) starring Brittany Murphy. He has also recently featured in the BBC series Dancing Cheek to Cheek (2014) and was asked to choreograph and perform the dance scenes of the documentary “ LEGACY: Rugby World Cup 2015”.

Ivan toured the UK with the tango ensemble Tango Siempre (1998-2001), teaching and performing in the Royal Academy of Arts and various arts centres in the regions. In Australia (2001-2002), Ivan performed for the show "Tango Takes 2" in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne. He also ran various tango workshops in Melbourne and Perth. He performed in the show “La Milonga Interna” at the 2004 Festival do Atlantico in Madeira, Portugal. As a member of the company Tiempo de Tango (2004 - 2009), Ivan danced at the 58 LLangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales and at the Edinburgh Festival. He also toured the UK with Aerial Dance Theatre Company WIRED (2008). Ivan choregraphed the multimedia show TRANSTANGO, which toured the UK in 2010-2012 including presentations in the British Library and and at Kings Place as well as RIVER TANGO - London International Tango Festival.

With over 20-years of teaching experience, Ivan Arandia is currently one of the UK’s top tango dancers and teaches and performs in various scenes in the nation and abroad alone and together with Tara Pilbrow and Paula Duarte.

Having trained and worked as a contemporary dancer for a number of years, the last thing Tara expected was to find herself swept up in the exotic, passionate world of Argentine Tango. She took her first steps in Paris under the tutelage of Carlos Schott and Rosa Forte-Berg, and a year later she travelled to Buenos Aires keen to learn, and to understand more about the history and culture behind the form.

In Buenos Aires Tara studied with many great maestros including Pablo Villaraza and Dana Frigoli, Gustavo Naveira, Mariano ‘Chicho’ Frumboli and Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa.

Tara started teaching in 2007 in Paris. She has taught in France, the UK and in Buenos Aires with a number of partners including Pablo Echeverria, Javier Antar, Matthieu Dupré and Amir Giles. She currently teaches regularly with Ivan Arandia at the Negracha Tango School in London. She shares with her students not only her ample knowledge of tango technique, but also an understanding of anatomy and music enriched by her experience of other dance forms. In 2008 she completed a diploma in Spiraldynamik® Technique, a revolutionary movement concept which has greatly influenced both her dancing and her teaching methods.

As a tango dancer and choreographer Tara has performed in a wide variety of venues, from the Royal Opera House to the British Library. In 2011 she co-choreographed the show Dreaming Cities, for Transtango at King’s Place, and book part in the River Tango Festival, London.

TARA PILBROW
Teacher
PAULA DUARTE
Teacher

Paula is a well-established full time dancer and teacher of the Argentine Tango in London.

She has been a member of Professional Tango Dance companies such as Conexion Tango (Milton y Romina), Rea Danza, Compania Nazional de danza Arcos de Buenos Aires and teaches for schools such as Negracha Tango London, Leandro Palou Tango Academy amongst other London schools and venues. Paula performs Tango in regular weekly shows such as Cabaret des Distractions at Cafe de Paris and Guanabara Club. She is strong in her performing and choreography skills, having been awarded with 1st prize place for best dancer at the 2011 Bormujos international Dance competition. Paula also has an extensive experience teaching the Argentine Tango, she has delivered workshops at international Tango events, amongst world renown teachers such as Geraldine Rojas and Ezequiel Paludi.

Paula loves to work with people with all sorts of experience and watching their amazement as they grow in confidence. It is very rewarding to see how ones perseverance and patience leads to great joy and transformation - that is how teaching the Argentine Tango became her passion. Paula has a very personalized approach and will work closely with you to create something that you can feel totally comfortable and genuine with when dancing. She delivers group and 1 to 1 lessons, as well as private and corporate performances nationally and abroad.