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Tango in the Terminal

Posted on March 28, 2011

 

About 40 tango dancers took the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dance to live music at Heathrow’s Terminal Five check-in area. This celebration of British Airways’ first direct flight to Buenos Aires included a free tasting of Argentine wines, courtesy of Gaucho, and a live band, Tango Tres.

The event was well received by those passing through Terminal 5, many of whom spent a while tasting the wines while watching the dancers. Rita Flindell, tango enthusiast and passenger service representative, said: “I’ve always dreamed of dancing at Terminal 5. Look at this space: it’s made for a milonga.”

One of the members of British Airways staff, who volunteered for this special shift, went straight from dancing with us to take passengers’ tickets at the departure gate.

Photograph © Carole Edrich

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Now acting editor of Discover Britain magazine, she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success.

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