Speaking this month we have:
- AGM : The clubs AGM starts at 1:15pm (card carrying members only), then at 2.30 the meeting begins
Hilary Clark — Dancing backwards in high heels
Hilary Clark has been passionate about dance since childhood. She took classes in ballet and various contemporary styles until her mid-thirties when a course of lessons in the Alexander technique started her on an inner journey of discovery and development. She trained and worked as a complementary therapist, as a psychosynthesis counsellor, and as Head of Education and Training for the Faculty of Homeopathy where she was asked to organise a milonga to follow the gala dinner at the Faculty’s bi-annual congress. Knowing little about Argentine tango yet determined to dance at the milonga, she enrolled on a beginners’ course in Bedford and was soon captivated by the dance.
Her trip to Argentina earlier this year, funded in part by the William Wood Legacy Award, combined her love of dance, enthusiasm for travel and interest in the beliefs, rituals and customs of other cultures. From Buenos Aires, where she took one-to-one lessons with a local teacher, danced at several milongas and learned something about the “codigos” of the tango, Hilary travelled by bus to north-west Argentina to discover the history, culture and folk dances of the Andes.
- Derek Brown — Travels around Europe by Boat.After Derek retired he got the sailing bug and after buying a boat in Holland motored it down the Rhine and on the Danube all the way to Istanbul, traveling 3,750 kilometres, during which time they passed through ninety-four locks. The journey crossed Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania before eventually ending up at their final destination, Istanbul, in Turkey.
London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend. Admission costs, £3 for Members and £6.00 Non-members. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting approximately 40 minutes. There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September.