The Tango Effect

By Kate Swindlehurst

Parkinson’s and the healing power of dance

Monday, 20 January 2020



Well, I made my usual 13 resolutions (a small superstition due to having been born on the 13th of the month) and promptly broke one: I've had to give myself a holiday from my writing routine to catch up on all the admin which seems to have piled up over Christmas - and to take a few minutes to bring you up to date with the progress of The Tango Effect.

So... I've checked through the final files (for what I hope is the final time!) and the book should be off to press by the time you read this. It's looking really good...

As for celebrating: we're back to Plan A, with an afternoon milonga scheduled for our home ground of St Paul's in Cambridge on Easter Bank Holiday Monday 13th April, from 2.30 to 7.30 - you can see from the photo of the 130+ crowd on New Year's Day just what a lovely occasion this promises to be. I'm hoping that some of you will be able to join us at this event. If you're a dancer, particularly if you're fairly local to Cambridge, you may already have this in your diary. But non-dancers are also very welcome to call in, listen to the fantastic music and stay for a glass of wine. There will be somewhere to sit whilst you soak up the atmosphere; there will almost certainly be cake. (And did I mention that the event coincides with what is a fairly big birthday?) I'm planning to send out invitations but in the meantime it would be helpful, if you are intending to join us and are not a regular, if you could let me know. I'm hoping that friends from Dorset and Cumbria will make it, as well as Ninah Beliavsky from New York and special friend and fairy godmother Louise Ells from North Bay, Ontario. Of course you will by this time already have your copies of the book but there will be a small number available to buy at a slightly reduced price and I am trying to work out the best way (given the ruin that Parkinson's has made of my handwriting) of signing copies. - so do bring your book along if you'd like it signed.

Of course there won't be an opportunity for me to read at the milonga so, for those who can't make the 13th or would prefer a quieter celebration, I'm hoping to arrange an early evening reading in Cambridge, probably at a local bookshop, maybe on publication day itself, April 2nd - details to follow. I'm envisaging a small event. Again invitations to follow, but do get in touch if you'd like to be on my list!

Finally, as promised in the last update, further evidence of the extraordinary benefits of Argentine tango from Nathalie Rodriguez in Buenos Aires and her friend and colleague Jean-Marc Francois. Diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2016, Jean-Marc packed a bag and moved from Belgium to Buenos Aires, where he founded Media Luna, which offers tango holidays for people with Parkinson's and similar conditions, their partners and carers,.both in Buenos Aires and in Dax, near Biarritz. Interested? Click here to find out more. 

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