Renfrewshire Council

Paisley has a passion for Tango

Tango has really taken off in Paisley after the overwhelming success of the town's first ever International Tango Festival earlier this year.

The Paisley International Tango Festival which was part-funded through Renfrewshire's Culture, Heritage and Events (CHE) Fund, took place at the Coats Memorial Church in the summer and saw hundreds of people come along to learn new moves and see the experts in action. The event attracted dance fans from across UK, Germany, Spain and even as far away as Queensland.

The CHE Fund aims to get people involved in culture and unlock the area's creative potential, while building the capacity of the local creative scene. Supporting groups like Paisley Tango through the fund is a key legacy of the town's bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Following the success of the event Paisley Tango launched beginners tango lessons at Elma Whyte Dance School on Friday and Saturday nights which now accommodates more than 40 dancers every week.

Drew Moir, who runs Paisley Tango, said: "The Paisley International Tango Festival was a huge success and really helped put Paisley on the "Tango Map". Without the financial help of the fund the event would never have happened. I have been contacted almost every week by internationally renowned tango teachers offering both congratulations and offers of support for any future events.

"I am now in the process of looking for possible funding sources to have the 2018 Paisley International Tango Festival.

"It's amazing how many people have embraced tango especially considering that up until August this year there was no real tango community in Paisley - we really want to see this continue to grow in 2018 and beyond."

In addition to the festival and the lessons the group also held Paisley's first "Practica", an informal dance where people can practice and socialise and carried out a tango flash mob in Soar Braehead with more than 50 dancers.

Paisley Tango is now taking bookings for its new beginners dance classes starting on the 19 and 21 of January 2018.


Published on 29 December 2017.