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Jenny Frances & Ricardo Oria love tango - its music, its song, and its dance. They love the moment of surrender in the arms of your partner, the feeling of losing yourself and yet finding yourself at one with the music, at one with your partner, at one with yourself. They are proud to be part of the tango community: a rich culture steeped in history, which is still of relevance today.
Based in Edinburgh, since 2002 they have developed an international reputation teaching and dancing throughout Europe and at the most prestigious milongas in Buenos Aires-Argentina. They have a strong foundation of study for their dance, from which they build creatively, moved and inspired by the music and the subtle yet powerful conversation within the embrace.
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Since beginning to work together in 2002, Jenny & Ricardo have developed a reputation as one of the leading tango couples in the UK, where they are known for their expressive and spontaneous performance and their detailed and engaged teaching.
They are based in Edinburgh, Scotland where they have their tango school and run their Rumbos de Tango Studio night, which will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2012. In 2003, Jenny & Ricardo organized the first annual Bailongo! tango festival in Edinburgh, now in it's 9th year, to celebrate the flourishing of Argentine tango in the UK.
Jenny and Ricardo's travelling schedule is busy, as they are in demand for workshops and performances. Alongside their work in the UK*, they have been invited to teach and perform in Ireland (Cork, Dublin), Sweden (Malmo, Nörrskopping, Uppsala), Denmark (Copenhagen), France (near Clermont Ferrand), Spain (Mallorca and Menorca), Germany (Berlin), USA (New York & Philadelphia) and Argentina (Buenos Aires).
Tango Festivals in which they have been invitied to participate include Edinburgh International Tango Festival, London Tango Extravaganza, Copehagen Tango Marathon, and Berlin Tango High.
They have performed in some of the most prestigious milongas in Buenos Aires, such as Salon Canning, Milonga10, Porteño y Bailarín and La Milonguita, and they have also danced with Raul Garello’s Orquesta de Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires in the Teatro de la Rivera and in the well-known tango show Taconeando.
In 2003 and 2004 they danced in the sell-out show, 'The Tango Spell' with Pasodos Dance Company in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in Theatres in Dublin, Palma de Mallorca and Lisburn, N. Ireland, where their dance was described as ‘stunning work of elegant movement and feeling’ (Fringe Report). From 2003 until 2006, Ricardo appeared regularly on British TV in the BBC1 tango ident.
They have performed for 20,000 people at the BBC Proms in the Park event in Glasgow in 2009, with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, which was also broadcast live throughout the UK.
Jenny & Ricardo spend time in Buenos Aires each year continuing their studies, practicing and developing ideas.
*Within the UK they have taught and performed in Totnes, Torquay, Camber Sands, London, Eton, Cambridge, Cardiff, Norwich, Leicester, Market Harborough, Bedford, Bramshaw, Coventry, Warwick, Manchester, Carlisle, Leeds, Newcastle, Belfast, Lisburn, Annan, Lockerbie, Stirling, Pittenween, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness.
Jenny & Ricardo understand the effect that dancing tango can have in a person’s life and how tango can enrich each individual, through the personal process of learning the dance and the enjoyment of its practice; through the embrace and the surrender to the embrace; through the journey into the music; and importantly through the wider social effects dancing tango can have on someone.
Tango can teach us to listen, to understand, to extend ourselves beyond our own bodies and to give our attention to the other, without losing sight of ourselves. We dance for ourselves and for our partners, but always with respect to those outside the couple. We search for our own freedom, while taking care of the freedom of others. These elements of Tango can teach us a lot about how to live our lives, and how to share our life with others.
Those who dance tango are fortunate. Together, let’s bring that to as many people as we can.
“I want to thank you so much for what can only be described as the best evening of live music and dance I have seen in years. The band were quite stunning and the atmosphere they created was amazing. When you two came out to dance it was nothing short of magical. My husband and I have been talking about taking lessons in Argentine Tango for ages now. Perhaps we will do it at last.”
“Thanks to you both for a fantastic weekend and for your un-ending patience and good humour.”
Jenny Frances & Ricardo Oria | www.RumbosdeTango.com | email@example.com | 07855 773581
This page last updated: 28 September