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GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

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Guests such as 91-year-old Dame Maizie Barker-Welch were seen kicking up their heels at the recent launch of the Barbados Argentine Tango Club.

Argentine Ambassador Gustavo Pandiani opened the doors of the Embassy at Hastings recently for the introductory Saturday evening of tango, introducing the Argentine dance form to more than 100 guests invited to the event.

The first hour was dedicated to tango beginners with two instructor couples demonstrating the basic movements to those unfamiliar with the traditional South American dance. But the more advanced such as Minister of Youth Adrian Forde, choreographer Eronica Burgess and National Cultural Foundation’s dance officer Alicia Payne showed off their adeptness on the dance floor.

New CEO of the National Cultural Foundation, Carol Roberts; Senator Crystal Drakes; and Barbados’ new ambassador to Brazil Tonika Sealy Thompson were among the guests.

Ambassador Pandiani announced the new tango club would be moving around the island giving several performances in 2019. (GC)