Hey Everyone!!!

The final days before the Miss Teenage Canada competition have started. There are so many things left to do, I have to buy my gala dress, find appropriate cocktail dresses, pack, relax, and arrive safely at the hotel. Among many of the things we have on our schedule we have to complete three blog challenges. This first blog challenge is to describe what place or touristic event we love in our region.

To start, GTA is centered on the city of Toronto, in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe. We Torontonians often see that our city is quite similar to many other large American cities. However, we have many unique and special qualities that makes us different. Diversity is definitely one of the defining factors of Toronto. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There are entire areas in the city that represent all sorts of culture, such as Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown, etc. and one of the most diversified cuisines that allow you to explore even the most distant countries without leaving the heart of Toronto. Toronto is also a city that offers a beautiful landscape, an incredible skyline, waterfront, and monumental buildings, such as: the CN Tower, Rogers Center, and the Ripley’s Aquarium. It is also the home of some of the greatest sports teams, as the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leaves, and Toronto Blue Jays. There are also numerous cultural festivals that occur at various times throughout the year, as the Ukranian Festival, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Caribana Toronto Festival/Parade, etc. that are all so well known to many tourists and Torontonians that come to our great city each year. However, I would like to dedicate this blog to a discrete, but equally important tourist attraction that truly adds to Toronto’s magic.

Toronto Tango Festival is a four day celebration of Argentine Tango, with workshops for all levels, practicas, milongas, performances and more. When I started tango in May of 2015 at Rhythm and Motion Dance Studio I discovered this wonderful festival that allows one to explore and enrich one’s passion for this wonderful dance, during the longest running Argentine Tango events in Toronto. To my surprise, I discovered that this event not only brings renowned maestros and outstanding DJs, but also tourists from across the world. The first Toronto Tango Festival was held in June 2005 and was an amazing success. The expertise of the instructors and the large number of very talented dancers made this first event a success. The Toronto Tango Festival is organized each year at the Lithuania House, by Elizabeth Sadowska from Rhythm & Motion Dance Studio. Elizabeth has been involved in the Toronto Tango community since 1995 and has been organizing events ever since. The 13th Annual Toronto Tango Festival this year was such a great success, and even though I enjoyed the festivals during the past two years I truly fell in love with the event this year. At this years 13th Annual Toronto Tango Festival three couples from across the world, Martin Maldonado & Maurizio Ghella, Joachim Dietiker & Michelle Marsidi, and Michael Nadtochi & Eleonora Kalganova.

Tango performers at this years 13th Annual Toronto Tango Festival

I primarily fell in love with this years Toronto Tango Festival, due to two outstanding performers and teachers Michael Nadtochi & Eleonora Kalganova. Watching their dance of both love and passion, done so well and with such precision and drama arose the feeling I first had when I watched my first ballet performance and after that asked my parents to sign me up for ballet classes. There performance truly evoked nostalgic images of my childhood; mixed with tango’s powerful and dramatic music associated with immigrants coming to Argentina and the New World, longing for their families that they left behind. There performance and foot work is beyond words, that is why I have attached this video I made of my favorite performance where they combined both tango and ballet into a powerful performance in which I almost cried. (my video was lower resolution, so I added the official video taken at the festival)

Michael Nadtochi & Eleonora Kalganova

Each year at the Toronto Tango Festival their are new masters that truly outperform anything you have ever seen and are truly add their special flare to the tango community across the world. With Elizabeth’s hard work and determination to promote tango in Toronto, there are various upcoming festivals to enjoy, as  Toronto Tango Film Festival (October), Tango Maya (November in Cancun), and Toronto Tango Marathon (January). For more information and insight, I have attached a video at the end of the blog.

I hoped you liked reading my blog post.

“IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO”

Sincerely Yours,

Miss Teenage GTA – Yanna 🙂

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