The Tango Effect

By Kate Swindlehurst

Parkinson’s and the healing power of dance

Tuesday, 11 September 2018


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So... the Tango Prom was fairly spectacular, with some excellent traditional Argentinian tangos from singer Nahuel di Pierro and bandoneon players Matias Gonzalez and Lysandre Donoso accompanied by Cambridge-based orchestra the Britten SInfonia, with performances by dancers Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone. This was followed by an exploration of Finnish tango led by soprano Helena Juntunen before Grammy Award-winning pianist Pablo Ziegler took a look at the contemporary tango scene. No millionaires came my way but I did make some new friends up in the gallery and enjoyed a dance or two - thanks to Carlos for partnering me. The whole event was shown on television and is available on BBC iPleyer or for a taste of the event try the 3-minute version

 As the new season of Strictly hits our screens, I'm aware that it's almost a year since Parkinson's & the Tango Effect was launched with Unbound. A massive thank you to more than 200 supporters - most recently Ben Wylie, Kaarina Meyer, Fi Simpson & Wendy Saville - who have pledged, shared and spread the word, giving their time, creativity and expertise and taking the funding for what I believe is an important book to an amazing 85%. We couldn't have achieved this without you!

Now, as the campaign enters its final month, I'm asking you to join me in a last push to take the book forward to publication. If everyone who has pledged their support so far could come up with one more person to approach, that would be a huge help towards that final, crucial 15%. And if you haven't yet pledged, there is still time to do so and share in my book’s success by securing a copy with your name printed in the list of subscribers:

Saturday 13 October will see the grand finale of the campaign (details to follow). See you there!

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