About Us : Our history from 1998
A tipical Milonga at the Redland Club in Bristol BS6 6TN
Tango West was founded in 1998 at a time when when there was relatively little Argentinian Tango outside London. It was instrumental in bringing Tango to Bristol and much of the surrounding area, with many other groups having made their start with us. The original founders were Iwona Tempowski, Janet Offer, Michele Tedder and Andrew Oldroyd.
Michele and Andrew are now Tango West's principle Directors, (since Iwona's retirement and Janet having left to set up her own school in Cyprus). With 40 years experience between them, they teach, usually on a Wednesday evening and run two Milongas a month on a Saturday and Sunday + a monthly Wednesday Milonguita
Tango West has held thousands of classes and put on and DJ'd at over 400 Milongas since it's inception in 1998
The following pictures and Video clips show just a brief selection of some of our most recent activities.
There is a little more information on the 'Michele & Andrew' page.
The following clip gives an impression of some the hundreds of events we've held over the years since 1998:
Iwona - Tango West's founder in 1998, who retired as Director in 2014
Monica Paz from Buenos Aires teacher of 'Milonguero Style',
With us in 2014 and again in September 2016
This is the third time the Legendary Milena Plebs has visited us now; this time (2015) with Lautaro Cancela.
Milena Plebs with Demian Garcia in 2014
With Monica Paz and friends - September 2016
Recent Tango West Milonga at the Redland Club in Bristol on 3rd May 2015
Michele Tedder, Andrew Oldroyd
Sunday 7th July 2013 - Our afternoon Tango Tea Dance to celebrate Tango West's 15 Years
Many thanks to you all for attending Tango West's 15 year celebration. We thought it was going to be a more low key affair, what with the beautiful weather and the tennis final, but so many turned out to show their appreciation - very heart warming - there was such a lot of good will in the room. Thank you to Pauline Mulford for the amazing cakes and to Andreas & Lyn, Sergei & Anja for bringing us Champagne; not to mention Jana's tireless work keeping everything going behind the scenes.
Biagio Forte playing for us at a recent Tango Cafe Domingo
Gustavo & Maria from Buenos Aires teaching for us in October 2014
Silvia Ceriani - partner of the late Pedro 'Tete' Rusconi.
A fascinating evening was spent on Wednesday 9th July with Silvia, who shared with us some the Milonguero magic of Maestro 'Tete'
Detlef and Melina in 2017