Our Story

Melbourne Social Tango (formerly Melbourne Practica Group Inc.) is a community of tango dancers who practice, share ideas and skills, and dance Argentine social tango in welcome and inclusive settings.

At the Melbourne Practica Group Inc. Annual General Meeting held 21 July 2019, it was agreed to register the business name of ‘Melbourne Social Tango’ under the business name holder of Melbourne Practica Group Inc. not for profit association.

Our association’s new business name more clearly reflects our mission ‘To offer opportunities for growth and improvement of dancing skills and to build community among social tango dancers in Melbourne and, where possible, the broader Victorian community’.

The new name also reflects the evolution of MPG since inception in 2012. We are building on the strength of past achievements, reconnect and collaborate with tango teachers, event organisers and communities in Melbourne and beyond, and generate social tango activities beneficial to our members and the wider tango community. Over the next few months our online presence, activities and contact details will be rebranded as Melbourne Social Tango.

Our People

President: Liz Pearse

Vice President: Everard Tarascio

Treasurer and Secretary: Victor Bennetts

Ordinary Committee Members: Jim Hayter and Niki Papapetrou

Our Mission

This Statement of Mission and Guiding Principles serves to clarify the aims of the Melbourne Social Tango.

This Statement of Mission and Guiding Principles is not required by law, but instead has been freely developed by the MST Committee to keep the integrity of the Group on behalf of its membership, so that:

(1) members can support, take part in and benefit from Group activities in full knowledge of why it exists and why it continues; and

(2) prospective members can make informed judgments about whether the Group is a proper organisation for them to support, take part in and benefit from.

The Committee will use the Statement to guide the decision-making it undertakes on behalf of the membership.

Mission

To offer opportunities for growth and improvement of dancing skills and to build community among social tango dancers in Melbourne and, where possible, the broader Victorian community.

MST’s focus is social Argentine tango.

MST’s primary aim is to offer opportunities for social tango dancers to develop their dancing skills and to promote the growth of the social tango community through inclusiveness.

The core activities of MST will be:providing regular opportunities for members to practice their tango skills in a relaxed social environment (i.e. practicas);

-providing occasional opportunities for members to dance tango in formal and semi formal social environments (i.e. milongas, various tango events);

-providing occasional opportunities for members to learn new tango skills, including engaging teachers;

-providing information to members and the wider community about tango in Melbourne and elsewhere; and

-publicising and organising demonstrations of social tango and working with others to attract people to social tango.

MST offers not-for-profit activities that compliment the commercial activities of local teachers.

MST encourages both commercial and voluntary tango activities outside the association.

 Independence

MST is and will remain independent of any school, studio, teacher or other organisation.

 Publicity

MST aims to offer information without bias to members and the public about all tango-related activities in the Melbourne area and to offer sources of information for tango outside this area.

MST will give priority to promoting activities organised by MST and to activities that give discounts or other benefits for our members.

 Membership and voluntary work

MST exists primarily through the voluntary work of its members and particularly its Committee.

MST may choose to pay for the professional services of tango teachers and others, including those who are members.

MST may reward volunteers who contribute significant work with reduced or zero pricing for our events.

MST may present gifts to members in recognition of exceptional contributions.

MST recognises that its activities should be limited to those that can be realistically achieved using the available time and human resources.

MST aims to welcome tango dancers from interstate and overseas.