Lin & Oliver Krstic started their tango school in 2012 and hold regular classes for all levels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Oliver has come from Switzerland and Lin, from Singapore. Their signature style is the preservation of the traditional, authentic and pure tango danced in Buenos Aires. We asked how is tango lived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Leer en ESPAÑOL
The tango scene in the United Arab EmiratesBy Lin & Oliver Krstic
It is not easy to imagine what the tango scene in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may be like if you have never been to this country. Once you are here however, not only will be you amazed at how vibrant the tango scene is, you will be impressed with the delightful mix of different cultures and nationalities of its dancing communities.
Tango exists predominantly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where we are currently teaching since 2012. It is interesting to note that it was here in Abu Dhabi at the UNESCO meeting in the year 2009 that tango was declared an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’.
Having said that, tango is still very young here. It has all the characteristics of a teenager in a state of exploration in search of its standing in this country and among its tango peers internationally.
There are many dance schools here offering a variety of dances, of which Argentine Tango is a part of. Teachers come from all over the world, as with the students.
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Regular milongas are organised either in hotels, restaurants or in dance schools. Entrances may be free or may cost up to USD15. There are strict rules in this country regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol which means that only hotels and some restaurants are able to offer these. Entrances to the milongas organised in hotels and restaurants are therefore usually free and you pay only for what you consume.
At the dance studios, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks come usually with the entrance fee and are rather informal, friendly and homely. People often bring their own contribution of snacks and birthday celebrations with homemade cakes are not unheard of and very much fun.
Milongas are not as crowded as you would find in more established tango communities, as the regular dancing crowd is still rather small. However, over the years, we notice that to be changing and thankfully, the numbers are growing.
Visitors to the milongas should always check with the organisers as changes occur frequently for many reasons such as religious holidays, changes of venues, timings etcetera..
Music played at the milongas range from the traditional to the eclectic. Dance styles also vary greatly since the many different schools here teach a different interpretation of tango.