Welcome to the second
Cape Town Tango Marathon

Last years’ inaugural marathon was a great success and we had the pleasure of welcoming dancers from all over South Africa, and internationally.

This year, we'll have two international teachers joining us.

Sidney Grant from New York, who was a big part of the CTTM last year will be returning. We have the pleasure of welcoming Mario De Camillis from Argentina/Basel, who will make his CTTM debut.

Come dance with us!

The Event

7-9 DEC 2018



Thursday 6th Dec

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Welcome Milonga at youngbloodafrica Come early and be part of the First Thursdays in Cape Town before indulging in some Tango. (Meet at youngbloodafrica, 6:00 pm)

Friday 7th Dec

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Cheese and Wine
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Chacarera Class (Virginia Piria Hüge and Jose Luis Pereira Figueroa)
9:30 pm - 2:00 am: Evening Milonga

Saturday 8th Dec

10:30 am - 13:00 pm: Cape Town Walkabout (Meet at the Company Gardens info center, 10am)
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Open air Milonga at the Waterfront
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Evening warm-up class with Sidney Grant
9:30 pm - 2:00 am: Evening Milonga

Sunday 9th Dec

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Warm up class with Mario De Camillis
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Nuevo / Alternative Milonga
9:00 pm - 3:00 am Evening Milonga with the CTTE

Tuesday 11th Dec

Stay a bit later and join us for a Milonga on the 11th of Dec at Spin Street. (R50 entrance fee)

Music &s; DJ's

We're rounding up an amazing crew of artists.
Confirmed talent:

• Fulgencio Samo
• Sylvia Westcott
• Rodney Ehrlich
• Mario De Camillis
• Sidney Grant
• Cape Town Tango Ensemble

Performance dances

Friday evening - Virginia and Jose
Saturday evening - Sidney and Mario
Sunday evening - Local teachers/performers


The pass for the marathon is R900.

The price includes entrance to all the Milongas and classes being offered during the weekend 7 - 9 Dec. Light snacks will be served during the evening Milongas, to keep your energy up.

Payment is due upon acceptance of Registration. Please note that your pass is not refundable and not transferable to another person.

We will try and gender balance the event, so followers get as many leaders to register.

Please book your flights and accommodation early. There is a large variety of accommodation available; friends in the tango community, AirBnB, hotels and the more traditional B&Bs.


Cape Town St Martini Lutheran Church Hall


Sidney Grant

In New York City, Sidney is an iconic dancer and instructor. He has taught and preformed both nationally and globally, including Istanbul, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Mexico, Greece and last year in South Africa. He was the 2011 USA Argentine Tango Salon Champion, and a finalist in 2016. His teaching style is known for its organic approach to the close-embrace connection, combining musicality with subtle, sensual movement in the true Argentine Tango tradition. In addition to 18yrs of Tango instruction, Sidney has taught over 15 000 school children in more than 70 NYC schools BALLROOM BASIXTM - an innovative arts-in-education initiative that contributes to childrens' social and emotional learning by getting them hand-in-hand and eye-to-eye in a poised, positive and polite way. Learn more at

He will again be presenting a series of four workshops over two evenings, after the Cape Town Tango Marathon 2018.

Mario De Camillis

During his 16+ years of tango career, Mario De Camillis has collected a number of awards and has brought his teaching and performances from Argentina to far beyond. Metropolitan Champion in the categories of Vals and Milonga in 2011, Sub-Champion in the category of Tango Salon, and finalist on several occasions at the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires, he has had the pleasure to give tango classes upon invitation by renowned tango schools, for example in New York, Switzerland, Germany and his city of origin, Buenos Aires.

Nowadays, he divides his time between New York, Berlin and Buenos Aires - points of departure for his travels throughout Europe and America. Mario will be teaching a series of four workshops over 2 evenings before the Tango Marathon.

Virginia and Jose

Virginia Piria Hüge is a notary, lecturer and tango dancer. Jose Luis Pereira Figueroa is a lawyer, lecturer, Folklore dances’ choreographer, specifically to the Rio de la Plata region, tango dancer, teacher and DJ.

Both have obtained the Reyes de la Milonga 1st prize popular vote contest which awards waltz, tango and milonga dancers, have participated in the Reyes de la Milonga Rio de la Plata and represented Uruguay at the Universal Expo in Milan. They have given several workshops and seminars at the University of Bolivia. They took part in the Tango World Championships 2018 and made it through to the semi-finals.

Virginia and Jose manage the 1st Milongueros Association of Uruguay (ACEM) and have participated in numerous private and official events, launching of seasons, presentations in festivals, milongas, shows, as well as Heritage Day activities, launching of La Cumparsita outdoor music sheet in San Gregorio, Uruguay.


Mario De Camillis and Sidney Grant will be holding workshops either before and after the marathon. They will also be available for private lessons during their stay in Cape Town. Costs: R500 per 4 workshops or R140 per workshop. R450 per person per private lesson. Venue: TBA

Mario De Camillis

Tuesday 4th Dec

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm:
Milonga - Footwork in single and double time
8:15 pm - 9:45 pm:
Tango - Sacadas from the leader to the follower

Wednesday 12th Dec:
Venue TBC

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm:
Vals - Turns with enrosques y planeos + colgadas for salon
7:45 pm - 9:15 pm:
Milonga - Advanced

Sidney Grant

Wednesday 5th of Dec:
Youngblood Gallery

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm:
“Economy of Movement” - rotation adornments & displacements
7:45 pm - 9:15 pm:
“What a Drag!” - Creative barridas (sweeps/drags) for the leader & follower

Monday 10th Dec
Youngblood Gallery

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm:
“All about the Axis” - cruzadas, calecitas & volcadas
8:15 pm - 9:45 pm:
Musicallity and More! - Syncopation, Llevadas

Registrations for 2018 Cape Town Tango Marathon is now closed.


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