Graham and Nathalie have been dancing together since 2014, tango-ing together since 2015, and teaching dance together since Graham launched Jivebeat Dance in 2016. They were initially teaching LeRoc Modern Jive, but after a couple of years they found they were concentrating mostly on Argentine Tango, and so Tangosynthesis was born.
From the start of their respective tango journeys they both knew that tango was a dance that needed to be experienced against a backdrop of as many different kinds of music as possible. It may have started in South America with the bandoneon and violin orchestras of the age, but that was only the start of its evolution and could not be where it stops. A lot of modern music from blues to pop has a tango-suitable rhythm, so where music is concerned they soon decided that there are no rules.
This belief in the inherent flexibility of tango extends to the dance itself, and so although they continue to take every opportunity to learn from the best in the traditional tango world, they are not averse to trying new things in tango or merging it with other styles.
Graham has also trained with Parkinson's UK with regard to teaching dance to people with Parkinson's. Dance, and especially Argentine Tango, has been proven to have significant and beneficial effects for people with the condition, and he is actively looking for Parkinson's groups to work with.
When not teaching dance, Graham is an engineer who designs and repairs things, an electrician, a programmer and designer of websites and other graphic-intensive subjects (including this website), he writes books (crime and sci-fi so far) and occasionally hosts writing workshops and gives lectures at literary festivals, and is a photographer of events, landscapes, and various art projects.
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