Summer Tango in Nelson

5-7 March 2021

Welcome to the 11th Summer Tango in Nelson

your chance to dance all weekend in the warmth of a Nelson Summer!  

3 indoor and 2 outdoor milongas, 5 great DJs and a whole heap of dancing.

"no teaching, no performances …. just joyful dancing in celebration of the milonga"

WELCOME MILONGA                                                                                             DJ Stefan (Auckland)

Friday 5 March 8pm-midnight

Nelson Boys College, 67 Waimea Road, Nelson

Grab a bite to eat in town and then head to the milonga. We will be dancing in the magnificent Nelson Boys College Assembly Hall on Friday and Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoon.  A spacious dance floor and heaps of parking on site.

Substantial snacks will be provided throughout the evening incase you don’t have a chance to eat when you get off your flight!

AFTER PARTY/WIND DOWN                                                                               D JAM’s ipod (Nelson)

5.30 until you get tired.

THE FREEHOUSE, 95 Collingwood St (opposite the Indian Cafe)

If you have time before your flights ... come and have a very relaxed beer and a dance outside or inside depending on the weather. Practice shoes advised. 

Off-site takeaways allowed and there is also a food cart on site.  The very last milonga for those who have the tango stamina!

QUEENS GARDENS MILONGA                                                                          DJ Maida (Auckland)

Saturday 6 March Midday - 4pm 

cnr Bridge & Tasman Sts

Wet weather option, Trafalgar St Hall, Trafalgar St opposite Trailways

Wear a splash of colour and come dance on our huge portable dance floor which will be set up in the middle of the Victorian Queens Gardens under the huge Palm Tree. Rugs on the grass, a few picnic tables and chairs and a great day of dancing awaits. Viva la Vaca will have authentic delicious Argentinean BBQ fare for sale. Bring lots of water if its hot, wear a hat and slap on some sun screen.  If it's raining head to the Trafalgar St Hall on Trafalgar St.

Here’s a map of the Trafalgar Street Hall

Here’s a map of the Queens Gardens

MASQUERADE MILONGA                                                                                   DJ Debs (Christchurch)

Saturday 7 March 8pm - midnight

Nelson Boys College, 67 Waimea Road, Nelson

Head out to dinner first at one of our great restaurants and then come to the milonga for your amazing dessert! Dress up in your masquerade outfit for a real party feel. Nibbles, sweet treats and soft drinks will be available through the evening. Prize for the best masque!

HASTA LUEGO MILONGA                                                                                        DJ Brendon (Nelson)

Sunday 8 March  1pm-5pm                                                      

Nelson Boys College, 67 Waimea Road, Nelson

This is the final formal milonga - a chance to formally say thank you for a wonderful weekend of dancing! Snacks provided, BYO alcohol or special drink, soft drinks and water provided. Throw on some fun Spots and Stripes for a bit of extra fun 😃


Deb Waltenberg - Christchurch 

Deb became a DJ from her love of tango music and dance. She is a resident DJ at Sunday tango in Christchurch  as well as guest DJ at local and national events.

Deb's passion for tango music grew from her many trips to Buenos Aires, dancing and listening to the beauty of tango in the traditional milongas. Over the years she has built an extensive collection of tango music and although her preference is for the Golden Age music, there are some other very special pieces that she shares from time to time.

Deb likes to see the tango music work its magic on the dancers and is always mindful that a DJ has to watch the energy of the dancers and adapt the playlist.

She likes to take the dancers on a musical journey and looks forward to seeing you on the floor at Summer Tango in Nelson!


Maida Zanaboni - Auckland 

Maida arrived in NZ , from New York City, in December 2001 with her music collection.  Listening to and collecting music is her bliss. The dancers joy, when they are dancing to a track that they connect to is her joy. As a dancer herself, her personal taste goes into my choice of music. “In all our travels, I always make it a point to return here with new and interesting tracks that I’ve heard from other DJ's, around the world. My aim is to keep the energy high and leaving the dancers wanting more."

Stephan Reisch - Auckland 

A Tango DJ since 2008, Stephan has travelled the world with tango. He draws his musical inspiration from several visits to Buenos Aires and regular trips to Europe, where he visits festivals, marathons and milongas. He has DJed at festivals in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Russia. His music choice is rooted in a deep appreciation of Golden Age Tango music as an endless source of inspiration for dancing. As a DJ, he enjoys creating a range of different moods throughout the evening and keeping dancers entertained with just the right mix of familiarity and novelty.

Stephan is recently back from Europe where he and Era have been dancing up a storm! Stephan has been doing a little DJ tour through Europe and has packed a lot of inspiration (and some beautiful new/old songs) into his luggage. We are absolutely looking forward to having Stephan DJ our Friday Welcome Milonga.

Brendon Varcoe - Nelson

"Tango and the country of Argentina holds a special place in my heart. I am excited to be able to share my love and passion for tango through my dj'ing. Music is such a big part of my life. As well as playing and studying bandoneon in Buenos Aires, currently I am also studying a Masters degree in Orchestration so my love of the orchestra has given me a deep appreciation for both traditional tango orchestras as well as the many incredible modern tango orchestras. I have tremendous respect for the musicians of today who continue on the tradition of playing live in the milonga as well as those who have gone before. All music evokes emotion and tango music especially, from the dramatic to the playful, the romantic to the melancholic, the best music brings out the emotion in the dance and always when I prepare a playlist I am thinking with this in the forefront of my mind. So expect a playlist full of life, emotion, a little drama and hopefully some fun, because at the end of the day we all come together in this great dance to enjoy ourselves and the people around us."



$115 for the whole weekend

Bank Account:


A Therkleson

11 5250 0186162-55

Please do not forget to type your last name and STiN




1st preference given to those registering for the whole weekend and as a lead/follow couple.  All others put on a waitlist until partnered up.  Role balancing will be seriously attempted so please invite your favourite dance partner!



Please register then pay in cash when you arrive to avoid pesky bank fees and non-arrival of funds.



For those of you coming from out of town,  I recommend staying till the Monday or Tuesday so you can come and party with us at the Freehouse afterward and enjoy the wind down, and then stay for class on the Monday night!





Ferry from Wellington to Picton then bus or hire a car fro 2 hours drive to Nelson


5 hours from Christchurch

5 hours from Wellington (Including Ferry time)

Here’s the facebook link to keep abreast of news







Many travellers who come in groups book a bach for the weekend!  Here’s some great websites to help you find the perfect house in our little city.

For more information on accommodation in the region, the Nelson NZ website is a great place to start looking.



Tahunanui Beach for swimming and walking



No fleas in this market

WOW - The World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum

SUTER ART GALLERY  - Queens Gardens

The 3rd oldest Art Museum in NZ


These are all only a fabulous day trip away. Check out the Nelson Tourism site for more info on the delights which await you.


Visit some local wood working, ceramic and French inspired galleries in the Fishing Village of Mapua, great cafes too for brekkie!


Lord of the Rings jeweller



If participants cancel after paying I will refund the full amount less $10 handling fee.

If I cancel due to Covid-19 you will receive a full refund of the registration fee.



I am looking forward to warmly welcoming you to the very friendly and fun Summer Tango in Nelson festival.  Feel free to ask any questions - I am just an email away.

Yours always in Tango


+64 (0) 27 238 0568


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