Southern Cross Tango

Adrienne Gill & Andrew Gill

Andrew & Adrienne Gill are recognized for the artistry & elegance of their tango, beautiful connection and creative choreography on stage. With 19 years experience in the dance industry, Andrew & Adrienne Gill are highly respected performers and teachers of Argentine Tango, and dynamic organisers of tango events in the community.

Original pioneers of tango in South Australia, Andrew & Adrienne Gill established Southern Cross Tango Argentine Tango Dance School in early 1999. Andrew & Adrienne’s engaging, encouraging and innovative teaching style trains their students in improvisational creativity, choreographic skills, precise yet beautiful technique, musicality and rhythmic skills, and a harmonious and dynamic movement quality inspired by a contemporary approach.

In 2015 Andrew & Adrienne Gill were honoured to join the teaching faculty of maestro teachers at CITA, the ‘Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino’ held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, alongside some of the most fascinating tango artists working in the world today.

In 2015 Adrienne & Andrew Gill were recipients of an Arts SA Government of South Australia professional development grant to further their development as international tango artists, and continue to enrich the local community with their unique skills in tango dance and teaching.

Adrienne and Andrew have performed and choreographed for Leigh Warren & Dancers, Victorian Opera, State Theatre of SA and State Opera of SA. Renowned for their creative collaborations with international classical musicians, Andrew and Adrienne have performed with Italy’s Massimo Scattolin, Mirko Satto and Alberto Mesirca, and Australia’s Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Jose Carbo and Anthony Halliday.

Adrienne and Andrew have shared the stage with Argentina’s greatest tango dancers such as Milena Plebs, Demian Garcia and Alejandra Mantinan, and performed most recently in Buenos Aires with couples Lucila Cionci & Joe Corbata, Gustavo Rosas & Gisela Natoli, Nita & Elba, Dana Frigoli & Adrian Ferreyra, and Guisseppe Lotito & Cristina Scime.

Andrew Gill is lead tango dancer in the Leigh Warren Dance production of ‘Maria de Buenos Aires’, performed in Melbourne Recital Centre, OzAsia Festival, and Brisbane Arts Festival. Together Andrew & Adrienne Gill are feature dancers in ‘Jose Carbo – My Latin Heart’ company with Jose Carbo, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, performed in Melbourne Recital Centre and The Playhouse Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.

In addition to her tango dance profession, Adrienne Gill is a freelance actor, appearing in ASHA in the lead role alongside Brendan Rock, Doughie Mowbray and Amy Brooks. Asha was written by Rob George and directed by Dan Bradley, and was premiered in the Clare Valley Film Festival 2015. Together Adrienne and Andrew Gill have made various television and film appearances, including ‘Human Touch’ directed by Paul Cox, and short art-house film ‘Take Photographs, leave footprints’ for SALA Moving Image.

Andrew and Adrienne Gill’s early years of tango development as a professional couple were strongly influenced by intensive training with maestros Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa, Milena Plebs and Ezequiel Farfaro, Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, and Demian Garcia, dancers whose significant investigations into tango methodology has led to the most innovative changes to tango teaching approaches and practice throughout the world.

Andrew and Adrienne Gill are the directors & producers of ‘Buenos Aires in the Vales’ Tango Festival, and have created and performed in tango productions for arts & tango festivals around Australia, in Buenos Aires, New York and Los Angeles. Their collaborations with dancers, musicians, artists, writers and poets has brought the tango arts to a new generation of people.

Andrew and Adrienne’s many performances include festivals such as CITA 2015 (Argentina), Womadelaide, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Los Angeles Fireworks Tango Festival (USA), Buenos Aires in the Vales Tango Festival, Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival, Sydney International Tango Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, Murray River International Music Festival (regional Australia tour) Australian Tango Festival, New Jersey Tango Extravaganza (USA), Adelaide Fringe, Perth Fringe, Cabaret Fringe, Winter Tango and Melbourne Spring Tango Festival.

Adrienne Gill is a tutor at Flinders University Drama School, training new generations of young actors with tango movement skills to enhance their acting practice. Adrienne has also been a dance tutor in schools for Ausdance SA.

Andrew and Adrienne Gill are highly sought after teachers, regularly selling out their ‘Caminito’ Intensive Tango Day Seminars, currently offered in Adelaide and Geelong several times a year. In their home town of Adelaide they present regular tango classes, courses & private tuition, practicas & social dancing events such as Adelaide’s most popular Milongas ‘Tango by the Sea’ & ‘La Calesita’, and sponsor the ‘Community Tango in Geelong’ outreach program in Victoria.

SHOWS & FESTIVALS

Maria de Buenos Aires – Melbourne Recital Centre 2013 (VIC), Victorian Opera & Leigh Warren & Dancers. Directed by Leigh Warren.

José Carbó: - My Latin Heart – Melbourne Recital Centre 2013 (VIC) & Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2013 (SA) performing with Jose Carbo, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan.

Tango Mystique, Buenos Aires in the Vales Tango Festival 2013 (SA), performing with Demian Garcia & Fatima Vitale, Fabian & Karina Conca, Rina Joy Koseki & Nadim Sawaya, & Zephyr Quartet.

Tango on the Parade - Tango shows, workshops, live music & milongas presented by Southern Cross Tango supported by City of Norwood/Payneham/St Peters Council 2013 (SA)

The Night is Tango, St Johns Feast of Music 2013 (SA) performing with Italy’s Mirko Satto & Alberto Mesirca.

Tango Floorshows: Every Generation Festival 2013; Association of the Romanian Community of SA; RICO Latin Dance Festival 2013; Southern Cross Tango Christmas Milonga (SA)

James Bond Tango Floorshow, Music Adelaide corporate event, Adelaide Entertainment Centre 2012 (SA)

Vintage Tango, Buenos Aires in the Vales Tango Festival 2012 (SA), performing with Francisco Forquera & Carolina Bonaventura, Fabian & Karina Conca, Bill Jarman & Chanda Lennie, & Tango Caliente ensemble.

Maria de Buenos Aires – Leigh Warren & Dancers & State Opera of SA, The Brisbane Festival 2011 (QLD) Directed by Leigh Warren.

Speaking in Tongues – State Theatre Company of SA, choreography by Andrew & Adrienne Gill, Adelaide Festival Centre 2011 (SA)

Tango Poetica – Dance works inspired by Australian Tango Poetry 2011 (VIC)

Melbourne Spring Tango Festival Gala 2011 (VIC)

Every Generation Festival, Tango by the Sea 2011 & 2013 (SA)

Maria de Buenos Aires – Leigh Warren & Dancers & State Opera of SA, Oz Asia Festival, Dunstan Playhouse 2010 (SA) Directed by Leigh Warren.

The Mystique of Tango, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Music Festival 2010 (VIC). Adrienne & Andrew Gill performing with Demian Garcia, Alejandra Mantinan, Massimo Scattolin & Anthony Halliday.

Once Upon a Tango - Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival 2010. Southern Cross Tango performing with Demian Garcia, Alejandra Mantinan, Massimo Scattolin, Tangueros, & Tango Bajo.

The Natuzzi Norwood Food & Wine Festival 2010 – Southern Cross Tango dance school, social dance demonstration (SA)

Tango by the Sea & Christmas Milonga Floorshows 2001 - 2012 (SA)

Romancing the Tango & Glamour Milonga – Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival 2009 (VIC) – Southern Cross Tango performing with Milena Plebs, Demian Garcia, Anthony Halliday, Tangueros, Sidewalk Tango & Tango Bajo.

Salon de Pierreries – Friends of Buenos Aires at the Beach - Floorshow 2009 (VIC); Canberra Tango Association – Floorshow 2009 (ACT); A Lovely Afternoon Tea Dance, Geelong Community Tango – Floorshow 2009 (VIC); Ceroc & Modern Jive Christmas Function – Floorshow 2009 (SA)

An Indian Wedding – Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide June 2008 (SA); Tango Futur Concert – Canberra International Music Festival 2008 (ACT); The Great Ocean Tango Road Show – Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival 2008 (VIC); Tango on the Hill Show 2008 (SA)

El Abrazo Tango Club Milonga – Buenos Aires, Argentina 2007; Tango Antiguo – Heritage Milonga, Adelaide Arcade 2007 (SA); Meat Market Tango – Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007 (SA); Womadelaide Festival 2007 (SA); Tango Concert with Mirko Satto 2007 (SA); Tango/Motion Show – Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival 2007 (VIC)

Regional Australia Tour: The Tango Concerts - Murray River International Music Festival 2006 Tour (VIC, SA & NSW)

Meat Market Tango – Tango on the Hill 2006 (SA); Musica Viva – The Chong Liew Dinner, Music to Inspire Fundraiser 2006 (SA); Flash Tango - Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival 2006 (VIC) New Jersey Tango Extravaganza 2006 (USA); Levitra Corporate Function 2006 (SA)

Tango Noir - show at the Forum Theatre, Melbourne - Australian Tango Festival 2005 (VIC); Sydney International Tango Festival 2005 (NSW); New Jersey Tango Extravaganza 2005 (USA); Retro Tango - Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival 2005 (VIC); Tango on the Edge Cabaret Shows & Floorshows 2005 (SA); Tropicana Festival 2005 & 2003 (SA)

Primavera Returns - Show 2004 (SA & VIC); The Tango Tale of Scarlet & Wolf, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2004 (SA) & Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival 2004 (VIC); Tango on the Hill Show 2004 & 2002 (SA); Cabaret Fringe Festival 2004 & 2003 (SA)

Artist Residency: 2003-2004 Weimar Room Cabaret Club (SA) presenting Twisted Tales of Tango on the Edge, Cabaret Shows 2003 – 2004: Tango on the Edge (June 2004); Tango, Puppeteer & Doll (Nov 2003); The Colours of Tango (Aug 2003);Tango on the Street (July 2003); Tangmalion (June 2003); Mirror, Mirror (May 2003); Tango in the Clandestino (April 2003); Twisted Tales (March 2003)

Glamour Australis Show 2003 (SA); Bundaleer Forest Weekend Festival 2003 (SA); Hot Tango Show - Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival 2003 (VIC)

True Blue Tango Show - Buenos Aires at the Beach Summer Tango Festival 2002 (VIC); Dance Spectacular, Adelaide Festival Theatre 2002 (SA); Tango Cabaret, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth Fringe Festival 2002 (WA); Tango Fireworks Festival 2002 (Los Angeles, USA); Salon de Tango, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2002 (SA); Street Corner Man, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2002 (SA); Beyond Piazzolla, The Famous Speigeltent, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2002 (SA); Spanish Fiesta 2002 (SA); Winter Tango Show, Winter Tango Festival 2002 & 2001(QLD)

A Thoroughly Modern Primavera Show 2001 (VIC); Intersecting Worlds – A Tango Show 2001 (VIC); Bedazzled Show 2001 (SA); Womadelaide Festival 2001 & 1999 (SA); McLaren Vale Bushing Festival 1999 (SA)

Television & Film Appearances:

Short Film ‘Asha’ – Clare Valley Film Festival 2014, Prospect Productions 2014, Adrienne Gill in the lead role of ‘Asha’.

City of West Torrens Community Hub Documentary, TAV Productions 2013 - interview with Adrienne Gill & footage of Southern Cross Tango Practica.

The Project (National) 2012; Stateline (SA); Postcards (SA); Dynasties (SA); The Great Outdoors (National); ABC TV Womadelaide Special; Italian television Murray River International Music Festival feature; Tango Channel (Argentina)

Human Touch (2004) – Film directed by Paul Cox, starring Jacqueline MacKenzie & Chris Haywood.

Take Photographs, leave footprints – Film by Tim Walters; choreographed by Andrew & Adrienne Gill; music composed by Adrienne Gill. Screened in SALA Moving Image Program.

Reviews:

José Carbó: My Latin Heart - Review by Ewart Shaw, AUSSIE THEATRE, June 2013

Latin Rhythms at the heart of the Cabaret – Review by Elizabeth Silsbury, ADELAIDE NOW, June 2013.

Maria de Buenos Aires – Review by Heather Leviston, ARTS HUB * * * * ½ August 2013

Maria de Buenos Aires – Review by Andrew Fuhrmann, TIME OUT MELBOURNE* * * * August 2013.

Maria de Buenos Aires – Review by Clive Paget, LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE, August 2013

Opera Review by Kate Herbert: Maria de Buenos Aires, Victorian Opera, HERALD SUN, August 2013.

Tango Passion captures rhythm of life on the street - Review by Peter Burch, THE AUSTRALIAN, August 2013

ADELAIDE ADVERTISER: February 2002 ‘Salon de Tango’, by Katherine Goode (****); March 2002, “Street Corner Man”, by Katherine Goode; February 2002, “Song, Dance & Romance” by Raymond Chapman Smith. 

Magazines:

SA LIFE Magazine April 2013, ‘Dancing in the vines’.

FLEURIEU LIVING Magazine Autumn 2013 ‘ Buenos Aires in the Vales’

THE ADELAIDE REVIEW April 2013 Highlight Performing Arts Events, ‘Buenos Aires in the Vales’.

SA 50s LIFESTYLE Magazine April 2013 ‘ Buenos Aires in the Vales’.

SA LIFE Magazine April 2012, ‘It takes two’ & ‘Fancy Footwork’, words by Mary Taylor, photography Peter Hoare.

SA STYLE Magazine, Autumn 2012 Issue, ‘Dance Fit: Tango, seductive, passionate, harmonious’, words by Josie Milton.

THE ADELAIDE REVIEW April 2012, ‘Two to tango’, words by Robert Dunstan.

DANCE INFORMA, December 2008 / January 2009, ‘Tango – the People’s Dance’, words by Paul Ransom.

ADELAIDE HILLS Magazine - Autumn 2010, ‘Step this way’ featuring Southern Cross Tango’s David & Michelle Wheaton.

DB Magazine, March 2007, ‘Meat Market Tango’

WHAT’S ON ALONG THE MURRAY magazine, Summer 2006, ‘International Flavours of music’

ADELAIDE MATTERS Magazine 2001 ‘Tango Queen’ - front page & feature article.

Media Quotes:

“That elegance extended to the dancing of Adrienne and Andrew Gill, tango champions, who performed with an exquisite sense of line and empathy with the music, each sweep of the foot carefully times to the vocal line.” (Ewart Shaw, AussieTheatre.com)

“The blood and soul brothers Grigoryan were his spirited partners and local dancers Adrienne and Andrew out front matched their sinuous movements to the notes” (Elizabeth Silsbury, Adelaide Now)

“The tango dancers, who form an integral part of the production, also are worthy of the highest praise. There is seldom a moment in Warren’s choreographic production where they aren’t enhancing or echoing the story. Andrew Gill in particular is a standout.” (Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine)

“Boogaart also dances with masterly exponent of the tango, Andrew Gill, and other dancers fill the stage with graceful, passionate variations on the tango.” (Kate Herbert, Herald Sun)

“Adrienne & Andrew Gill are highly respected for their sublime performances, innovative teaching methods & community involvement” (SA Style Magazine)

“Thanks to the dedication of young tango tyros like husband and wife team Andrew Gill and Adrienne Jarvis (Gill), tango is filling dance-floors” (Dance Informa Magazine)

“When Senor & Senora Gill hit the stage there’s every good reason to smile” (Adelaide Advertiser)

“Adrienne & Andrew Gill open the performance with all the tango pizzazz that got the audience clapping” (DB Magazine)

“Tango is dangerous … amid the heat of a sultry night, the dancers of Southern Cross Tango seemed to positively revel in the danger, gliding across the floor with barely concealed passion…”(Adelaide Advertiser)

“The combination of Adrienne & Andrew Gill’s tango dancing and Mirko Satto’s peerless accordion music was both exciting and soulful, vividly conveying the complexities of human emotion”(Sunraysia Daily)

“The crew from Southern Cross Tango gave the stage some sparkling and passionate footwork.” (Adelaide Advertiser)

“Impressive were the dancers of Southern Cross Tango, who wowed the Cohuna crowd with their poise, skill and grace.” (Cohuna Farmer’s Weekly)

“The rapture escalates when he (Mirko Satto) is joined by Adelaide tango dancers, Adrienne & Andrew Gill, who enhance his renditions of Piazzolla and Galliano classics.” (The Northern Times)

Press:

Messenger Press April 2012 ‘ Tango Festival’s dance of Vales’ & ‘Tango Time’; On the Coast, April 2012 ‘An Intimate Space’; Southern Theatre & Arts Supporters, March & April Newsletter publication 2012; Sydney Morning Herald, April 2012 ‘ Drop by McLaren Vale’; Messenger Press January 2012 ‘ Takes two to tango’.

Guardian Messenger May 2010, ‘Adrienne Gill’, True Local Business Profile; Guardian Messenger & Southern Times Messenger January 2010, ‘Passion for dance’

Guardian Messenger July 2009, ‘A connection with Tango’; Southern Times Messenger July 2009, ‘Dance winter blues away’

Adelaide Advertiser, February 2008 “Valentines Day” – Southern Cross Tango photo feature.

Adelaide Advertiser, March 2007, “Meat Market Tango”

‘Exotic Entertainment’; The Sunraysia Daily, January 2006, ‘Murray River International Music Festival’; Cohuna Farmers’ Weekly, February 2006, “Tango Treat”; The Northern Times, February 2006, ‘Passionate Performances on the Murray’; Echuca Moana Tourist News, February 2006, ‘Fine Musicians at Murray festival’; Golden Rivers Country Tourist News, February- March 2006,

Adelaide Advertiser: June 2004, ‘Fringe adds glitz’ by Paul Lloyd; October 2004, ‘Forget the bridal waltz, step out to a Latin rhythm’; October 2004, ‘More than two can tango: Latin American dance is taking Adelaide by storm’, by Tim Lloyd; March 2004, ‘The Tango Tale of Scarlet & Wolf’ review by Jamie Morgan.

Adelaide Advertiser, August 2003, ‘Teaching audience to tango’ by Megan Lloyd; The Pulse, Messenger Newspaper, August 2003, "Landscape colours captured in tango show", The Pulse, Guardian Messenger May 2003, ‘Deliciously wicked Tango’

The Echo, Geelong, January 2002, ‘Tango Passion hits Anglesea’

The Leader, June 2000, ‘Spanish dancers come to Nuriootpa’; The Herald, June 2000, ‘Tango set to tantalise the Barossa’

Tango Australis - Australian Tango Journal, 1999-2012

Websites 2012-2013: SA Tourism; Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism; Dance Informa; Ausdance SA; Adelaide CBD News/Brock Harcourts; Simply Snippets; Tango Australia; Messenger Press Online April 2012; Adelaide Now; Arts Hub; Limelight Magazine; Time Out Melbourne

Radio Interviews

Coast FM (SA) 2012; Tribe FM (SA) 2012

Southern FM Spanish Radio “Projection Sur” (VIC) 2010

ABC Radio 891 Breakfast with John Kennealy (SA) 2008; The Pulse FM Radio (VIC) 2008

Festivals, 5 EBI Radio 2007 (SA); ABC Radio (VIC) 2007

Afternoons, ABC Radio 2004 (SA); Life FM Radio (SA) 2004; Drive, ABC Radio (SA) 2004

La Bomba, 5UV Radio (SA) 2000; ABC 5AN Radio (SA) 2000 & 1999

Testimonials

“Every time they (Adrienne & Andrew) dance, they break my heart” (Sergio de Pieri, Director of Organs of Ballarat Goldfields Music Festival)

‘You two did such an amazing job, a really top class effort (also loved your performances!) (N Sawaya, Tango DJ, VIC)

‘Congratulations on a world class act’ (T Naylor SA)

“I never cease to be amazed by what these guys (Adrienne & Andrew) come up with …Talent upon talent!” (M Galli, VIC)

“We have been inspired and enchanted by the Tango; we now have an increased desire to dance better and to keep on learning.” (I & K Thomas, VIC)

“It is such a joy to come to your classes and you are so wonderful at making people feel comfortable...that has been an enormous contributor to my gaining confidence.”(T Goodwin, VIC)

“We have been enriched by your wonderful lessons and examples of the Argentine Tango as it should be performed and enjoyed. How beautiful you make it all appear and how gorgeous you both are” (Barb McDermid, Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism)

“Excellent teaching, quirky & unexpected performances” (A Jefremov, ACT)

‘Wonderful, wonderful Tango concert last night. Couldn’t have been a soul there who didn’t adore it. Thank you all for giving us such pleasure’ (K Bickford, SA)

‘What a great weekend, production, opportunity etc. Thank-you for bringing the range of teachers together for this event, the exposure to different ways of thinking about movement was greatly appreciated. There are many parallels I found with Aikido camps, including the massive 'presence' which is evident when good, experienced teachers are out in front leading a class. I'm routinely grateful that we have that all the time here in Adelaide: we are very fortunate to have you both teaching’ (D Dempsey, SA)

A huge congratulations and thank you for the most amazing festival!! I can honestly say that I have never been to anything quite like it before and it was simply wonderful. You did us all proud. I loved every minute of it… Your skills are world class as was the event’ (M Daniel, VIC)

‘Just a quick note to say how much Don and I enjoyed last weekend - so well organised by you both - lots of attention to detail and lots of great tango. Loved the stage show - you all danced superbly, and really enjoyed the workshops - we enrolled at just the right level so were not intimidated but learnt heaps - and most of all to enjoy ourselves when we dance.’ (D & V Aldridge, SA)

‘Just wanted to let you know we had a great time, really enjoy the whole weekend and we think you guys done a wonderful job organizing the full event. Venues were great, accommodation very comfortable, not to mention very friendly staff, they done a great job looking after us. So Well Done!!! Another successful Tango Weekend!’ (F & K Conca, NSW)

‘A sincere & grateful thank you for inviting Chandra & I to your most excellent Festival Ady & Andrew. Even in Anglesea it was and still is the best thing Australia has on offer’ (B Jarman, VIC)

‘Congratulations to both of you on your very successful Buenos Aires in the Vales Tango Festival. We all appreciate what effort this must have taken, and that things must have been very difficult at times, as they do, but you two came through like the professional champions that you are, and made it look effortless and smooth, thoroughly enjoyable and a festival to remember’ (S Varnes, SA)

‘Congratulations on orchestrating a wonderful event. I can just imagine how much work went into the organization! I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect and thank-you both very much.’ (C Hunt, VIC)

‘Congratulations on a great festival. I’ve been to quite a few by now and this was right up there with the best, topped off by the wonderful setting in the Vales. I heard lots of positive comments from visitors. Well done.’ (G Menzel, SA)

‘Many thanks for a lovely Tango Festival in the Vales. It was definitely worth the trip from Queensland! We didn't get to meet you personally, but just wanted to let you know your energy and attention to detail was appreciated’ (C Dyer, QLD)

‘Many thanks again for bringing Francisco and Carolina and Fabian and Karina to South Australia, and for such an enormous job arranging the McClarenVale Festival! It was lovely too that you invited Mark and Kellie of Siempre Tango to perform as local tango teachers. We are all tango-enriched and indebted to you and Andrew for your efforts, and your cool and ingenuity when things went amiss! (E Rosenfeld, SA)

‘Thank you for putting so much effort into creating a really special, successful and enjoyable Tango Festival. The events were great fun, and the workshops were just tough enough to raise a sweat and cause panic, without encouraging suicidal tendencies! The festival feels like a landmark in our efforts to get to grips with the tango thing, and has somehow been a real eye-opener in terms of attitude, approach, commitment and method. We were able to circulate with a friendly, supportive and helpful group of people, and it was a good excuse to dress up (for the Vintage Milonga). It must have been a massive effort on your parts, but for us it was well worth it. (D & K Olds, SA)

“I had heard great things about your festival, but I have to tell you it was way, way better than I expected, even after what I'd heard. You guys and your team did a fantastic job in every respect, from the quality of the organisation to the great faculty, classy acts and fantastic decorations! I have only recently discovered the tango world and thought I was a convert before, but I'm an absolute convert now!” (G Southwell, VIC)

“Thank you, thank you thank you - My first Buenos Aires at the Beach and I enjoyed the whole experience and felt the weekend was well rounded, and am so glad I was part of it. Performances were lovely, decorations fabulous, great workshops. I made some new friends, got to know some of my fellow Victorian Tango community a little better” (M Thomson, VIC)

Southern Cross Team

Pam & Richard Jarvis

(Photo: Pam & Richard Jarvis)

Pam & Richard Jarvis’s life changed in 1989, on hearing the newly released recording of Astor Piazzolla’s recording of ‘Zero Hour’. They have since acquired a massive library of tango recordings from Argentina and across the world, studying the history and evolution of tango music, dance and poetry.

In 1992, when a tribute to Piazzolla was part of the Melbourne Festival, they were there. They were there when Doug De Vries formed his New Tango Quintet. When David Backler arrived in Melbourne from New Zealand (via the UK and Barcelona) they found a teacher who knew how people were dancing in the milongas of Buenos Aires. They became students around 1996, and within weeks paid the first of many visits to tango’s birthplace, where they danced and became friends with the people of the milongas who had kept tango’s flame burning. In Buenos Aires they grew to respect the spirit of tango, and understand the tango legacy.

In their quest they have taken classes with great Argentine dancers and teachers including Poche Luna, Demian Garcia, Edith Paez, Graciella Heredia, Carolina Bonaventura, Julio Balmaceda & Corina De La Rosa, Miriam Larici & Hugo Patyn, Milena Plebs, Ezequiel Farfaro, Diego Di Falco & Carolina Zokalski, Aurora Lubiz, Carlos Copello & Alicia Monti, the late milonguero Nestor Rae & Patricia, Pablo Veron & Noelia. They have studied with Australian teachers, Bill Jarman, Christian Drogo, Fabio Robles, David Backler and the incomparable Adrienne & Andrew Gill, and supported the tango circles of Melbourne and Adelaide. Pam Jarvis is a writer, tango historian, poet & dancer, and is the Editor of TANGO AUSTRALIS journal.

Although never planning to become tango teachers, Pam & Richard have happily passed on their knowledge to those who are interested, and now find themselves fostering and teaching the new Community Tango in Geelong group. They love it – and feel that this is the way they can give back to Tango what they have received. Pam & Richard were part of Buenos Aires in the Vales Tango Festival teaching faculty, & have performed in numerous tango shows, including Intersecting Worlds, Tango on the Edge, A thoroughly modern primavera, Buenos Aires at the Beach, Geelong Blokes Day Out, Tango Angels & many other productions.

David & Michelle Wheaton - Southern Cross Tango in the Hills

(Photo: David & Michelle Wheaton)

David & Michelle Wheaton have been dancing with Southern Cross Tango for a number of years, & began teacher training in 2009. David & Michelle joined the teaching faculty of Buenos Aires in the Vales Tango Festival in 2012, & teach Southern Cross Tango classes in the Adelaide Hills. David & Michelle have performed in various Southern Cross Tango shows, including Vintage Tango, Once Upon a Tango & Tango on the Hill. David & Michelle have featured as Tango Teachers in the Adelaide Hills Magazine Autumn 2010 edition.

David studied modern ballet and jazz with a number of dance schools in Adelaide, including the Australian Dance Theatre. In the early 1980s, working as a choreographer with the Adelaide Theatre Group, he combined dance and drama to create a number of performance pieces specifically for non-dancers. Michelle’s passion for tango dancing & her life-long involvement with horse riding & technical training, gives her a unique understanding of connection concepts stemming from both disciplines. David & Michelle are also Practica hosts & occasional guest DJs for Southern Cross Tango.

Kylie Clifford

(Photo: Kylie Clifford.)

Kylie Clifford has been dancing with Southern Cross Tango since 2002 & has featured in many Southern Cross Tango produced cabaret & theatre shows since 2003, including Vintage Tango (Buenos Aires in the Vales), Tango on the Edge, Primavera Returns (SA & VIC), Meat Market Tango (Adelaide Fringe), Scarlet & Wolf (Cabaret Fringe, Buenos Aires at the Beach) Romancing the Tango (Buenos Aires at the Beach) & Womadelaide.

Kylie has travelled to the UK, Los Angeles, New York & Buenos Aires to further her tango dance training, & continues to study under mentors Adrienne & Andrew Gill. During 2010, Kylie became a Southern Cross Tango Class Demonstrator, Practica host & occasional guest DJ.