“Please, just for me, forget the steps…
Hold me, feel the music, and give me your soul.
Then I can give you mine.”
“Tango is about feeling and sensitivity,
otherwise you are just doing gymnastics.
You can do all the steps but it has to have the feeling
and sensitivity of authentic tango.”
Corrientes Social Club is not only one of London’s oldest and largest club but it has been established as a key venue for tango travellers in Europe.
A corner of Buenos Aires’ tango tradition in the heart of London
Established since December 2000 Corrientes Social Club has a weekly programme of tango classes and social dancing in North and South London. Our events at Chalk Farm are run as a private members club, please get in touch to become a member, it is free. All our other events do not have any entrance restrictions.
What our members love about Corrientes and their tango dancing:
Mina and Giraldo work extensively as dancers and teachers touring and performing as well as teaching at regional and local tango schools. They are tango coaches for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing series since 2013. In 2014 they celebrated 20 years of tango dancing, their tango journey started in their hometown Colombia moving to London in 1994 and visiting Buenos Aires on a regular basis for the past 19 years.
Mina and Giraldo were fortunate to have experienced tango in Argentina in the late 90s under the wing of renown tango milongueros from the 40s (Tango Golden Age): Mingo and Esther Pugliese, Carlos Gavito, Puppy Costello, Raúl Bravo and Carlos y Rosita Pérez. They have also trained intensively with the very best exponents of the tango’s rebirth age: Osvaldo Zotto and Lorena Hermocida, Guillermina Quiroga, Roberto Reis, Graciela Gonzalez, Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, Roberto Herrera, Natalia and Gabriel, Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa amongst many others.
The tango from Buenos Aires has been his passion since early age, Giraldo knows deeply about the roots of tango, he is a dedicated tango music collector and a disciplined, highly committed dancer who crosses the Atlantic on regular in search of Buenos Aires’ tango recent evolving.
His artistry and professionalism has been captured in his dancing roles for hit west end production with Midnight Tango, the English Opera House and with touring producers in the UK and abroad.
Giraldo was a guest dancer performing Argentinean Tango at BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in the 2005, 2006 and 2008 series. In 2007 he performed in Carmen, a production by the English National Opera, under the direction of British film maker Sally Potter.He starred in the west end hit tango production MIDNIGHT TANGO with Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent and Flavia. The show opened at the Strand Theatre in January 2011 touring the UK with sold out audiences across the country until July 2013.
Giraldo currently teaches at several tango clubs in London, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol and other regions.
“Choreography for me evolves through working in close collaboration with other disciplines, musicians, writers, visual artists – each bringing their history and influences to the core of my work, tango, to create a passionate performance experience and a new dance language.”
Mina has performed in the film Evita with Madonna, created choreography for Dance a Channel 4-commissioned film, and collaborated with Deborah Bull’s BBC dance season Travels with my Tutu. In 2015 Mina was chosen to play Lucille in the UK film Crowhurst. She directed artLAT (2003-2012), her main works have included the national touring productions:
Tiempo de Tango (2004),Romance DíCarnaval (2006) and Amazonas Spectacular (2012), all tours supported by the Arts Council of England. Mina was invited as guest dancer for the Argentine tango company TANGO X2 during their London season at the Peacock Theatre in 2000. She currently collaborates with BBC Strictly Come Dancing as resident tango trainer for the competing celebrities. She teaches Argentine Tango special workshops regularly in London and the regions including women only pilates and body awareness courses.
Born in Tuchman Argentina, Oscar is a dedicated tango instructor with a folk dancing dance background. His tango journey started 20 years ago
learning from Argentina’s very best tango maestros such us Pablo Veron, Sebastian Arce, Andres Cejas, Junior Cevilla amongst many others. In London he works in close collaboration with Mina and Giraldo at Corrientes Social Club.
Oscar teaches at his own tango club in Hertfordshire and it is invited to teach in clubs around UK, Poland and Italy. His carisma, good sense of humor and accesible approach to teaching have made of him a very popular and beloved tango tutor in London.