The Tango Effect

By Kate Swindlehurst

Parkinson’s and the healing power of dance

Thursday, 7 May 2020


As I write the country is still in 'lockdown' - strange how quickly language accommodates a new reality. Although it seems that the situation is likely to ease soon, I find myself on a list of the 'extremely vulnerable' so am expecting to be holed up here for the foreseeable future.

So thank goodness for the internet! In the absence of opportunities to dance, I've been enjoying online alternatives: a chance to hear dance artist Danielle Teale in conversation with Rachel Elderkin on Dance Dialogues Instagram live yesterday and a fabulous 2-hour weekly journey into Tango by Year (this week 1935) produced by the facebook group of the same name. and hosted jointly by tango DJ Dag Stenvoll (Bergen) and tango music expert and author Michael Lavocah (Norwich). It's open to anyone and is a great opportunity to explore the rich world of tango music. My date with 1935 meant that I missed last night's English National Ballet's Watch Party, the online premiere of Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet, with Lead Principals Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernandez (pictured above). Fortunately the full performance is available to watch on Facebook or Youtube for 48 hours following the live transmission so, even though I've seen the show twice before, I'm still expecting to be glued to my laptop this evening.  

Closer to home, my interview with Leigh Chambers of Cambridge 105 Radio is due to broadcast this Sunday 10th May at 11 am as part of the Bookmark programme: you can listen online at Cambridge 105. I don't yet have a date for the Life Happens podcast which was recorded in the middle of last month.

Earlier this week I was asked to record a reading from The Tango Effect for People Dancing Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK - watch this space!

Inevitably, though, the current crisis has considerably muted the response to the book's publication. So, if you have enjoyed reading The Tango Effect, a reminder that a review on Amazon or Goodreads would be very much appreciated!

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Eleana Ray
 Eleana Ray says:

I'll definitely check out those recommendations. Stay safe. Best Wishes, Eleana

posted 7th May 2020

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