Saturday, 10 January 2009

Fire and Flame chic

Dress Code: Chic and elegant No jeans No trainers

The Fire and Flame Ball (31st Jan, near Marble Arch, see website) has an actual dress code.

In the tango scene, there's quite a lot of scope for signalling what kind of dance you prefer by how you choose to dress. The signals are not very reliable, and do not have fixed meanings, but they're there. The same approach might work for a milonga.

I'm full of curiosity about the relationship between who turns up and what they wear. Will anyone who always wears jeans, suddenly appear in a proper pair of trousers? Will bandanas be discarded, and in favour of what? Will T-shirts disappear, and if so, what will replace them? Who will, and who will not, brush his hair? Or will anyone who'd have to change his usual appearance, simply stay away? And what will be my own reaction to changes?

I did have my outfit clearly in mind, but I think I'll have to change it because of the cold. Not every dress delivers at a sub-zero bus stop. We'll see.

Anyway, if you want a ticket you can pay online, and it's cheaper if you book this week. Scroll down for the paypal thing to pay online, or you can send a cheque if you're quick. There might also be places at the workshops, but for those you'd better ring or email Brigitte, whose number is on the site. Adrian and Amanda are great, I've posted videos of them before (here's one). And there will be shoes.

7 comments:

ghost said...

I'm guessing that the "no jeans / trainers" plus the choice of DJ means it's going to be traditional music. So I suspect the jeans and trainers neuvo crowd will probably skip it rather than dress up.

Did I miss a subtltey on the page you linked to or are there no real descriptions of what the workshops are about?

Arlene said...

They are standard improvers workshops. At least someone has the right idea. They are very good if you haven't done a class before.

ghost said...

Thanks

David Bailey said...

Why's the URL "paris-tango"? Me confused...

msHedgehog said...

That's Brigitte's brand name (the organiser). It's where she's from, I think.

Arlene said...

Brigitte is from Paris and she organises events in London and in Paris. I Tangoed in Paris the first time through Brigitte as she organised two workshops one summer. It was fab.
Ghost: no problem

David Bailey said...

Pah, still seems like a silly URL :)

I dunno, I'm more tempted by the Decadance evening (http://www.decadancenights.co.uk/index.html) that night, even though it's a long way away.

Decisions decisions...