ArtBeat 2016 tango taster classes

Have a go at Tango this ArtBeat Festival

This year we have many opportunities to test out your toes and try new styles at our dance events. Today we’re focusing on our two tango taster sessions.

ArtBeat 2016 Tango Events

ArtBeat 2015 tango taster night at CulturaThis year we have two chances for you to learn some new steps in the Argentine Salon style with Zoe and Darren from Tango Northampton.

Both the events are free, so come along and have a try.

The Tango Taster Class on Saturday 25 June, 1-2pm at Avenue Primary School is a great opportunity to learn some new steps ahead of the Tango and Latino Dance Night on Sunday.

Don’t miss Queens Road’s very own “milonga” Tango and Latino Dance Night on Sunday 26 June, 7:30pm at Cultura. A social Latin dance night featuring Tango and Ceroc, hosted by Tango teachers Darren, Zoe, Anne and friends.

What to Expect

Zoe and Darren led the hugely successful tango night at Cultura last year and are back again to seduce Clarendon Park once more. The buzz in the room was fantastic with about 25 participants dancing their hearts out. Most of the people were beginners and novices, so don’t be afraid to come along and give it a whirl and a twirl.

Sound like something you’d like to try? Or maybe you had such a great time you’ll be back for more! Either way, now’s your chance to twiddle your toes to the most beautiful dance around.

Does it really take two? No way! Come along solo or with friends – no partner necessary to enjoy the ArtBeat taster class or Latin Dance Night. These events are open to all.

About the Instructors

Zoe and Darren have been teaching Tango in Northampton for 3 years. Darren has been dancing Argentine Salon Tango for ten years and Zoe for four. Zoe and Darren have learnt from internationally recognised Salon teachers who teach around the world including in the home of tango: Buenos Aires.

Their Northampton-based club is becoming well established and has a brilliant social scene. We are delighted to have Zoe and Darren here in Leicester to help promote this beautiful dance. If you’re interested in finding out more about local classes, check out Tango Leicester or chat to Zoe and Darren after the taster classes.

Tango History

The internet (Wikipedia) describes tango as: “a dance that has influences from African culture and European. Dances from the candombe ceremonies of former slave peoples helped shape the modern day Tango. The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo.”

You can also see some local tango videos on the Leicester Tango website.

Cultura Comedy Night

Everyone’s a Comedian at our Cultura Comedy Night

What’s that? Another ArtBeat first? You betcha! This year we’re thrilled to bring you some rib-tickling local comedians at the Cultura Comedy Night.

Update: Comedy Night Line Up Confirmed!

Jason Neale
Jason is heading to the Edinburgh Festival 2016 with Jason Neale’s Footprint. He got his first gig at DMU Square Mile 2013. Jason is now juggling day job and comedy. Runs “Proper Funny” at Criterion and recently won Best Show & Best Compare at Midland Comedy Awards. Check out his website at:

Kevin Hudson
Kevin is a local resident and accounting lecturer who is taking the plunge into stand up. It’s his first time so give him a huge Clarendon Park welcome. Find out more about Kevin on Twitter.

Sarah Johnson
Sarah has been on the comedy circuit for 16 years and has giggled all over the UK. In 2015 went solo at debut at Alan Seamanship Ship of Fools comedy club, she entered the 2016 Funny Women Awards and has done 12 nights at Edinburgh festival. Find out more at

Rory Campbell
Rory describes his act as smörgåsbord of weird gags, risqué, political comment and it might be a bit rude…

Cathy Loughead
Another Clarendon Park local who tried her hand at poetry stand up at ArtBeat’s Poetry, Tea and Toast yesterday evening.

Matt Hollins
The Leicester Mercury calls Matt Hollins “A genuine original” following his performance at the 2016 Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. What’s more he bagged the 2004 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Check his Chortle profile here!

Adham Fisher
Adham participated in 2016 Dave Leicester Comedy Festival . He is attempting to enter Guinness book of records and describes himself as an “extreme commuter”.

Liz Gray
Liz is a local resident, writer, poet, blogger, novelist and performer. Read more about Liz on her website.

Comedy Night Talent Wanted

The Cultura Comedy Night performances kick off at 8:30pm on Monday 20th June and we’ll be giggling until 10:30pm. The evening will be compéred by our very own Patrick Kitterick, winner of the 1999 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year.

This is an open mic event and we’re on the hunt for more Clarendon Park comedians to join the line-up.

If you think you’re the guy or gal to tickle some funny bones, drop us a line on the contact form and get your name on the list. Performers should rock up around 7:45pm and make themselves known to Deb Lawrence who will be organising time slots.

Good luck, and knock ’em dead! We all love a night of pun.