Tuesday Tango

Join Isla del Tango for their series of Summer Labs every Tuesday between starting at 8pm at Bottegin Palazzo Xara in Rabat. We will follow with socialising over food & drink al fresco. View their menu here.

In this series of Summer Labs we will focus on the material taught by Maestro Eric Jeurissen. Fee: €6

We encourage you to join us and continue working on your tango.
Class is open to all as you will be working mostly with your partner.

Natalie Debono & Aldo Calleja / Isla del Tango (MALTA)
Isla del Tango School of Argentine Tango (est 1997)
Tel: +356 79603455

Tango in Malta 2016

The Summer Workshops with Maestro Eric Jeurissen were a big success!
The course material and delivery were awesome. Big thanks to all those who participated and fully engaged in the workshops, those who joined for the special al fresco milonga on Wednesday on the beautiful terrace of the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Thanks to the committee and staff at the Royal Malta Yacht Club who made it happen.

Appreciation also goes to Nathalie Mifsud for her cooperation. We loved being at Numero Dos and the food was lovely too!

Enjoy the photos HERE.

Looking forward to have Maestro Eric Jeurissen back between the 15th and 21st of October 2016. The workshops will focus of Clarity, Flow and Elegance with the underlying theme of Communication. These special classes are about the quality of the dance. Booking is open.


Summer Tango Workshops with Maestro Eric: 22- 26 June 2016


22nd June, Wednesday – Workshop A: Beautification of The Ocho

8pm – 9pm | The Royal Malta Yacht Club

22nd June, Wednesday – The Royal Malta Yacht Club MILONGA.  Enjoy an al Fresco milonga between 9pm – 11.30pm.  Fee for dancers: €5. (free entrance for non-dancers)

23rd June, Thursday:  Tango Duo @ Strada Stretta (free entrance)

8.30pm – 9.30pm  | Strada Stretta (Near Yard 32)

Cristina Vilallonga, singer and songwriter known in France and worldwide as the timeless voice of Gotan Projet, sings with Marisa Mercadé, renowned Argentinian- Parisian bandoneoniste.  Together, with a personnel language, they explore the different colours of classical repertoire. Respecting the style and the nature of this music, rhythmical and rooted but naturally open to other cultures, Vilallonga and Mercadé, suggest the melancholic, unrooted feelings and passion that live in tango – doing it always with a contemporary vision. For this occasion the classical repertoire (Homero Manzi, J.L Borges, A. Troilo, Virgilio y Homero Expósito) adds to the original compositions of Cristina Vilallonga. Tango dancers are welcome however the dancing must be done in a very spontaneous way and adapt to the music (without interference).  The main focus should still remain the musician and singer.

24th June, Friday: Workshop B: Rebondos in Tango & Milonga

8.30pm – 10pm | Numero Dos in Mosta.

25th June, Saturday: Workshop C:  Turning Actions.  Boleo, Saccada & Giro

7.30pm – 9pm | Numero Dos in Mosta followed by MILONGA.

26th June, Sunday: Workshop D: Playful & Elegant Moves

11.30am – 12.30pm | The Royal Malta Yacht Club

Join us for Sunday lunch at The Royal Malta Yacht Club. Book soonest.

Workshop A:  € 18 (1hr)
Workshop B:  € 25 (1.5hr)
Workshop C: € 25  (1.5hr)
Workshop D:  € 18 (1hr)
The Royal Malta Yacht Club Al Fresco Milonga :  € 5
Tango Rookie:  Workshops A + D € 35
Tango Devotee: Workshops B + C € 48
Tango Zealot: Workshops A + B + C + D + milonga € 85

Email info@isladeltango.com


  • You will be possibly happier if you contact a tango dancer to partner you for the classes. If that is not possible, you may apply alone but we can only do our best and not more.
  • Dancers: Should you have any particular movement / technique, quality you wish to work on, email us info@isladeltango.com.
  • Dancers not participating in classes are still most welcome to sit and observe.
  • Payment of workshops to be settled before classes.

Reservation & Payment

Get in touch with Natalie Debono & Aldo Calleja on info@isladeltango.com or call 79603455 at your earliest.

Looking forward to all this with all of you.

Aldo Calleja & Natalie Debono / Isla del Tango (MALTA)

Isla del Tango School of Argentine Tango (est 1997)




Proitzer Mühle 2016, Kurs Eric & Ines, Foto Thomas May



Fantastic tango classes with Maestro Eric Jeurissen

It was so inspiring and such a pleasure to have two guest classes by Maestro Eric in April!  We really enjoyed them.  We finished off with a lovely dinner at Grotto Tavern in Rabat and treated ourselves to some amazing food, well prepared and presented.

Many thanks to Bottegin Palazzo Xara in Rabat for supporting the event.


Tuesday Tango Class with Maestro Eric Jorissen

3rd May 2016 – TUESDAY NIGHT!

Guest class for ALL tango dancers including beginners and improvers by Maestro Eric Jorissen: “Snake and Flamingo Moves for Walks and Ochos… The Elegance of Animals”. Price: €20 pp.

Email info@isladeltango.com to book, possibly with a partner of your choice.

Venue: Bottegin Palazzo Xara in Rabat.
Time: 8pm – 9pm

Afterwards, all welcome to join us for a nibble or full dinner at Grotto Tavern in Rabat where we will join the Maestro’s table and enjoy an evening together.
Bill will be paid separately.
A link to their menu is here:http://www.grottotavern.net/#!menus/c790n.
If you wish us to book a place for you at the table, email us at your earliest on info@isladeltango.com.



Tango Fun & Master Classes

Fantastic “Turns With Barriers… Turns Being Larded With Lots of Legs To Step Over” by Maestro Eric Jeurissen followed by the Annual Strawberry Milonga on Friday 29th of April 2016.


Natalie Debono (Isla del Tango), Michael (HIIT Fitness), Maestro Eric Jeurissen (El Corte), Elena Sultana (Strawberry Milonga)


Lavish Afternoon Tea & Dance

We were pampered and we loved it!

Guests at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa were transported back in time to the days of the iconic and lavish Afternoon Tea Dance within the hotel’s grand signature venue, the Villa Corinthia.

On the 24th April, patrons at the Villa Corinthia were treated to Prosecco, scrumptious finger sandwiches, decadent desserts and freshly baked scones, after which they were invited to hit the dance floor to music created by Joe Micallef on drums, George Il-Puse on the saxophone and Godwin Lucas on the synthesiser and vocals.

The evening was compèred by Peter Carbonaro, and held in collaboration with Penhaligon’s, a perfumerie brand exclusively available at Franks.

Isla del Tango’s Aldo & Natalie, Stas & Angelina enjoyed a few beautiful tangos too!

Spring Tango Classes & Events in Malta



An evening of tango accompanied by the fresh taste of strawberry food and drinks!

🍓 Maestro Eric Jorissen will start off the evening by offering a guest class to the experienced dancers (Intermediate) between 8pm – 9pm entitled: “Turns With Barriers… Turns Being Larded With Lots of Legs To Step Over”. Price: €20 pp. Email info@isladeltango.com to book, possibly with a partner of your choice.

🍓 The class will be followed by The Annual Strawberry Milonga at 9pm organised by Elena Sultana. Entrance ticket: €2 + Bring a drink and / or strawberry-filled food in any form and shape that you would like to share.
Venue: HITT Gym, Triq Alamein, Pembroke. HIIT Gym is just opposite the St Michael School (up the road from Sprachcaffe English Language School). The entrance will be marked with the party balloons.

Saturday evening – Milonga organised by Nathalie Mifsud in Mosta.

🍓 SUNDAY 1st of MAY
Tango for a Cause!: Charity Milonguita in the gardens of the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa in Attard. We will tango between 5pm and 6pm but do drop in before and have a look at the lovely artisan stalls at The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Fair! Donation €5 all for Beyond The Moon, a charity Foundation offering dream holidays to sick children & their family.


Sunday evening – Milonga organised by MATA in Valletta.

On Tuesday 3rd May, Maestro Eric will give another guest class; this time open to ALL including beginners and improvers entitled “Snake and Flamingo Moves for Walks and Ochos… The Elegance of Animals”. Price: €20 pp. Email info@isladeltango.com to book, possibly with a partner of your choice.

Venue: Bottegin Palazzo Xara in Rabat.
Time: 8pm – 9pm

Afterwards, all welcome to join us for a nibble or full dinner at Grotto Tavern in Rabat where we will join the Maestro’s table and enjoy an evening together. Bill will be paid separately. A link to their menu is here:http://www.grottotavern.net/#!menus/c790n. If you wish us to book a place for you at the table, email us on info@isladeltango.com.


Natalie Debono & Aldo Calleja / Isla del Tango (MALTA)
Isla del Tango School of Argentine Tango (est 1997)
Tel: +356 79603455

Maestro Eric – April Tango Classes in Malta


FRIDAY 29TH APRIL: Maestro Eric Jorissen will be offering an Intermediate + class (only for experienced dancers) on Friday the 29th of April at 8pm – 9pm entitled: Turns With Barriers… Turns Larded With Lots of Legs To Step Over. €20

Strawberry Milonga to follow from 9pm onwards.

Venue: HIIT Fitness Studio in Pembroke with a lovely floor.

SUNDAY 1ST MAY:  Special charity milonguita taking place at the Corinthia Palace Hotel garden. €5 donation for the Charity Beyond The Moon.  4pm – 5.30pm


TUESDAY 3RD MAY:  Maestro Eric Jorissen will be offering a tango class open to ALL (beginners & improvers welcome) on Tuesday 3rd May at 8pm – 9pm entitled: Snake and Flamingo Moves for Walks and Ochos… The Elegance of Animals.
At 9pm, all welcome to join us for a Social Tango Club dinner afterwards at The Grotto Tavern in Rabat.  Check out the MENU.
Email info@isladeltango.com to book classes possibly with a partner of your choice and to book your place at the Maestro’s table for dinner.

Afternoon Tea Dance



On Sunday 24th April, we will be bringing back the glamour of the traditional British Afternoon Tea Dance at our signature venue, the Villa Corinthia. Patrons to this exclusive event will be serenated by Godwin Lucas and his band, and will have the chance to dance the afternoon away in glorious surroundings. Some tango will be played.

The elegant menu, crafted by our executive chef Stefan Hogan, will include a selection of classics like roast ham and light grain mustard finger-sandwich. This will sit side-by-side to the hand-made cakes and pastries, which include the Vhalrone Ivoire 33% violet parfait. These will be combined by a bubbly prosecco, to share with your guest.

Menu click HERE.

For bookings or further information please contact Corinthia Palace & Spa on 21 440301.


Spring Flowers Milonga


Isla del Tango (Malta) was thrilled to be invited to host an afternoon Spring Flowers Milonguita in the beautiful grounds of Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard.

The theme of the event was Spring Flowers. Tangueros & tangueras donned their flowers and let the vibrant colours and their creativity speak of Spring joy.

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Fair’ is organised to support Corinthia’s chosen charity Beyond The Moon – “We brighten up the lives of seriously ill children and their families with a carefree Beyond the Moon vacation” (http://www.corinthia.com/press-releases/corinthia-hotels-receives-beyond-the-moon-award/).

For more information do not hesitate to contact us on info@isladeltango.com or call 79603455.

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Tango Lessons Malta



Are you residing in Malta or Gozo?  Join us for the upcoming and excellent basis in Argentine Tango.

This course (the whole course is over 8 sessions) covers the fundamentals of Argentine Tango in detail.  We have designed it in such a way that you explore individual movements which will form the basis of your dance without hindering your creativity.  You will use these movements at will as you get inspired by the music and your partner.  This course will provide you with the basic tools to create your enjoyable tango dances.   Please find more information in the flyer attached.

The journey will be as beautiful as the outcome.

Who:   Absolute beginners without background in dance, beginners with some background in dance, anyone who wishes to revisit the fundamentals of tango.

Dates & Times:  Every Monday for 8 sessions starting 13th April: 8.15pm – 9.30pm

Venue:  Nicky’s Dance Studio, De La Salle College, Vittoriosa.


  • Open Tango embrace – The importance of the frame
  • Walking technique
  • The Parallel System
  • The Cross System
  • The Pause
  • The Pivot
  • El Ocho (pivoted figure of eight)
  • Sanguchito
  • Forward Ocho
  • and more.

Price:  € 85 per student.

During and after the course, should you wish to practice tango under supervision, you may join Isla del Tango’s class every Tuesday between 8pm – 9.30pm in Birkirkara. (Class fee €6 to be paid per class).

Course taught by Aldo Calleja and Natalie Debono.

Email info@isladeltango.com or call 79603455 at your earliest to reserve your place.  Feel free to forward this link to people who might be interested.

Looking forward to assist you in your tango journey!

Natalie Debono & Aldo Calleja / Isla del Tango (MALTA)
Isla del Tango School of Argentine Tango (est 1997)

Tel: +356 79603455




Tango Events in Malta

Am amazing turn-out and vibe created at the event ‘Mix It Up! Just for Fun’; an Argentine Tango & Salsa event. It was an experiment that worked, the brainchild of lovely tanguera Flora, hosted by Santana Hotel, fully supported by Happy Rueda and Isla del Tango. It was fun bringing two communities together in the spirit of of latino fun.

Life is Short. Dance.

If you wish to learn Argentine Tango Lessons in Malta, then do not hesitate to contact Natalie Debono & Aldo Calleja of Isla del Tango on info@isladeltango.com or call 79603455.


Regular Tango Classes in Malta

closenessRegular Tango Wednesday with Isla del Tango Malta:

The class is intended for those who have attended at least the Beginners’ Course and have some tango experience.  The Wednesday class will be an intensive ASSISTED practica session to hone in the already acquired movements but better PLUS starting to work on the beautiful close embrace. We’re about quality of the dance.

Venue: Top Floor, Calleja Ltd., 31 Bishop Labini Street, Birkirkara

Fee: €6 per class. Organic, great quality teas will be served on the house.

Time: 8pm – 9.30pm.

Send us word that you will be joining us on info@isladeltango.com


Natalie Debono & Aldo Calleja of Isla del Tango (Malta)

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Give & Enjoy: Join TangoSPA, tango for a cause.

Isla del Tango (Malta)‘s annual charity tango event was a beautiful event in collaboration with Carisma Spa and Qawra Palace Hotel. The event started with a taster class in Argentine tango by Aldo Calleja & Natalie Debono followed by a milonga (social dancing). Meanwhile beauty treatments where offered for those wishing some pampering. Many thanks to Bilgi and Mustafa and the professional therapists who really know how to offer great customer service and know how to treat them beautifully!

The total sum donated to Dar il-Providenza is €292.70c.

Big thanks to all those who helped with promoting the event, donated, those who gave a hand with the set-up: DJ Lamanna, David for registration and Flora & Amanda for the photos and the Qawra Palace staff Mr Farrugia, Mr Cini and Brian!

In full appreciation
Aldo & Natalie

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Argentine Tango Taster Classy by Isla del Tango http://www.isladeltango.com info@isladeltango.com

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Join in a fantastic and fun TANGO & TREATMENTS afternoon on Sunday the 25th of January 2015!
2pm – 3pm: Tango Taster class for beginners – €5
3pm – 6pm: Afternoon Milonga at the Nightingale Club at the Qawra Palace Hotel – €5
2pm – 6pm a number of beauty treatments will be offered at the Carisma Spa at the Qawra Palace Hotel.

Pamper yourself with lavish beauty treatments before or after your tango and let’s splash in the warm pool at the end of the milonga .

Treatment List:
Face Mask – €15
Hair Treatment – €15
Neck, Back & Shoulder Massage (20 mins) – €20
(Free used of sauna, pool & jacuzzi with above treatments).
Use of only sauna, pool & jacuzzi – €5

This event is supported by the generosity of Carisma Spa & Wellness International and we thank them wholeheartedly.

ALL proceeds from the milonga and the treatments will be donated to Dar il-Providenza in Siggiewi.

Your SUPPORT is appreciated.
Email info@isladeltango.com for bookings.


Happy Festive Season

Dear students, tango dancers & friends, we wish to take this opportunity to wish you and your families the very best festive season and may love, peace and tango forever grow warm in your hearts.

Isla del Tango will resume its classes on Tuesday 13th of January 2015 at 8pm in Top Floor, Birkirkara.

Much love

Aldo & Natalie



Malta Tango Marathon


The Maltese Tango Scene is reaching yet another milestone!!

Friday 12th December – Sunday 14th December 2014

You can also follow us on Facebook through the event page and interact with other local tangueri!

DJ Line up:

Friday, 12th December (Numero Dos, Mosta)
David Bugeja (MATA) 20:00 – 23:00hrs
Gordon Pace (Milonguero Malta) 23:00 – 02:00hrs
Saturday, 13th December (Numero Dos, Mosta)
Aldo Calleja (Isla del Tango) 18:00 – 21:00hrs
Michele Maccarone (MicMac, Italy) 21:00 – 02:00hrs
Claudia Borg (MATA) 02:00 – 03:00hrs
Sunday, 14th December (Phoenicia Hotel, Floriana)
Jelena Jakovljevic (Free Soul) 18:00 – 20:00hrs
Matteo Lamanna (MATA) 20:00 – 22:00hrs
David Bonnici (MATA) 22:00 – 24:00hrs​

Milonguero Classes with Susana Miller

Aldo Calleja and Natalie Debono just returned from a week of tango training with gran maestra Susana Miller and classes with brilliant El Corte teachers (Eric Jorissen, Komala Vos and Stefan Wimmer) and non-stop milongas.  It was a beautiful and fruitful experience in which we delved deeper into the techniques of Argentine tango, flow, connection and musicality.

Susana Miller

Workshops with Susana Miller

During salon weekend December
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The gran maestra of the very connected tango style is finally back in Netherlands
She will run a short workshop programme in El Corte

THU 19:00-20:00: TANGO D´Arienzo

SAT 11:15-12:45 Workshop 1: DANZA BIOENERGETICA

‘como usar el cuerpo, postura, caminata’

SUN 15:15-16:45 Workshop 2: TANGO

‘los secretos de los milongueros’

 SUN 17:00-18:30 workshop 3: VALS

‘Ritmo y Giros’


We are nearing th905ab0c47cb146a61b69f083e4e9bdc4e close of 2014 and we have just 2 tango practice classes planned out for you before the Christmas break. Tuesday 25th November between 8pm – 9.30pm. The lab is ‘Experimenting with Turns’. Wednesday 26th November between 6.30pm – 8pm. The lab is ‘Cruzadas’.

Venue: Top Floor, Calleja Ltd., 31 Bishop Labini Street, Birkirkara
Fee: €6 per class. If you take 2 classes in the same week a discount applies. A Christmas milongita for students is planned.  More info in class. Please RSVP. Confirming your attendance will help us with logistics. Pls do it soonest on info@isladeltango.com abrazos tangueri
Natalie Debono & Aldo Calleja / Isla del Tango (MALTA) Isla del Tango School of Argentine Tango (est 1997)

Assisted Tango Practice Sessions



Isla del Tango’s teachers Aldo Calleja & Natalie Debono hold regular assisted Argentine tango practice & focused lab sessions every: Tuesday between 8pm and 9.30pm and Wednesday between 6.30pm and 8pm Venue:  Top Floor, Calleja Ltd., 31, Bishop Labini Street. B’Kara. Price: €6. Reserve your place by emailing info@isladeltango.com or calling 79603455.  These sessions are intended to maximise every part of every learning experience.

  • Get more out of your dancing.
  • Retain more of what you learned.
  • Polish what you have learned and add more.
  • Deepen your understanding and connection to tango.
  • Build friendships in class so it will be easier to find dance partners at the milonga.
  • Build a sense of community.

Abrazos Aldo Calleja & Natalie Debono info@isladeltango.com

Tango Connection

To be present with your partner you must quiet your chattering mind, relax your nervous anticipation, quell your egoistic attachment to winning, your fears of failure and of intimacy.

Tango, A Dance of Love and Death by A. Mead 2000


Tango Thursdays @ Bottegin Palazzo Xara RABAT


Tango Thursdays is all about tango & friends. A beautiful way to spend  summer nights in Malta.


On Thursday the 7th of August 2014, Isla del Tango will be organising Tango Thursdays up north to enjoy one of the finest townships in Malta which was part of the Roman city of Melita, RABAT.

Venue: Bottegin Palazzo Xara, St. Paul’s Street, RABAT.

The first part of the evening will be dedicated to a tango lab + an assisted practica session between 7.30pm and 9pm in the hall (€6). Book your place by emailing info@isladeltango.com.

At 9pm we will move into the courtyard to enjoy an open-air milonga until the cumparsita at 11.30pm. Free.  This is a gift to our tango friends.

Bottegin will be serving food and drinks before and during the milonga, all at reasonable prices.

Abrazos tangueri

Natalie Debono & Aldo Calleja / Isla del Tango (MALTA)
Tel: 79603455.
Isla del Tango School of Argentine Tango (est 1997)
Tango by Isla del Tango at Bottegin in RABAT

Tango by Isla del Tango at Bottegin in RABAT

Tango Thursdays @ Medasia Playa

Medasia Playa Sliema

Medasia & Isla del Tango Malta collaborated to host 3 Tango Thursdays, an evening of Argentine tango in a superb location, right by the water’s edge.  A chic and mellow ambiance was created, the food and drink offered were of excellent quality.  The dancing was sweet with the help of the local and visiting tangueros/as and our 3 local tango DJs:  Abby Hoffman, David Bugeja and Matteo Lamanna.

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Interested in learning Argentine Tango? Email: info@isladeltango for info.

“Dance Me To The End Of LOVE”

Tango Thursdays with Isla del Tango Malta


Tango Nat & Aldo 2014

The milonga was one big success, beautiful organised and attended to bring out the beauty of the dance, the dancers and the venue.  Big thanks to all involved!  Aldo Calleja & Natalie Debono of Isla del Tango.  The photos were produced by the beautiful photographer and tanguera Angelina Silina.

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The Royal Malta Yacht Club, Ta' Xbiex

The Royal Malta Yacht Club, Ta’ Xbiex

Friday 20th June
9pm – 1am
DJ: David Bugeja
Fee for Dancers: € 5
Event open to non-dancers (free entrance).
Theme Colours: Red, White and Blue / Black
Tables with outstanding sea views available for booking for those wishing to dine.  CLICK for menu. To book email info@isladeltango.com. Those wishing drinks, no need to book tables. If you wish a good table come early.
Natalie Debono & Aldo Calleja / Isla del Tango (MALTA)
Tel: 79603455
Isla del Tango School of Argentine Tango (est 1997)

Tango Maestro Eric Jørissen in Malta: June 2014

We are looking forward for Maestro Eric’s workshops on the 21, 22 and 24 of June 2014.  Besides being Isla del Tango’s mentor, his explanation, delivery and technique are second to none.  His infectious way of living tango will get you hooked😉

Email info@isladeltango.com or call +356 79603455 soonest.

About Eric Jørissen

If Argentine Tango sounds like double Dutch to you, try Eric Jorissen. With a degree in dance pedagogy and 40 years of dancing of which 33 years teaching, and 27 years tango (updated info 24.06.2014), the Dutchman is the perfect person to get anybody onto the dance floor in no time.

Among the world’s tango dancers, Eric stands out with an approach to tango that emphasizes both authenticity and uniqueness. He is the ambassador of a tango that is truly Argentinian, and yet much more – a tango that speaks to dancers all over the world with its fresh, cheerful and warm approach, emphasizing the connection within the couple.

Many tango aficionados contend that only Buenos Aires, the city in whose underbelly tango was born in the late 19th century, has genuine Argentine tango. Yet with his dance centre El Corte in Nijmegen, Eric Jorissen has created what is probably the world’s most famous tango mecca outside of Argentina, a dancer’s paradise where only sleep comes in short supply amid long days and nights of tango.

Maestro Eric when not on the dancefloor :)

Maestro Eric when not on the dancefloor🙂


In Malta, Tuesday is synonymous with Tango Tuesdays with Isla del Tango! Below please find your weekly invitation to join tango teachers Aldo Calleja & Natalie Debono in the guided and assisted tango practice session.  All levels welcome.  All dancers welcome.

assisted tango practica + tea + lab + warm embraces

Every Tuesday between 8pm and 9.30pm in 31, Calleja Ltd. Bishop Labini Street, B’Kara.  Please reserve your place by emailing info@isladeltango.com

Participation fee: 6 euro

We will be serving the refreshing & revitalising Organic India – Tulsi Tea.

Aldo Calleja & Natalie Debono of Isla del Tango


Connection & Flow

My optimal how, being in a state flow


Tango is an experience and a discipline which constantly arouses questions.  Parallels to life abound. The how and why of things.  The experience that I’m searching for, experimenting with and discussing is ‘flow’.  Flow and Connection are the things that keep me coming back for more.

I have lifted off http://dubioblog.com/ the following as I feel that s/he asks the right questions:

“Have you ever been so engaged in something that you lost all sense of time? Do you know the feeling of being ‘in the moment’? If you do, you will probably agree that it is a great ‘state’ to be in. Now, suppose you could organise things in a way that you would be in that state more often, wouldn’t that be great?  A clue to what makes us immerse fully in some tasks, and less in others could be found in the right combination of our capabilities and the challenges posed to us. With a concept called ‘flow’, positive psychologist Mihály Csikzentmihalyi explains how he thinks this works. Csikzentmihalyi defines flow as the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it (source: Wikipedia)”

From time to time I have experienced flow in tango. The feeling is awesome.  Nothing else matters.  Time takes on a different dimension.  Slap bang into the present, we moved as one.  The result is an utter sense on joy.  Breaking it down, I think that one needs a very good posture with a very good connection.  The basic skills need to be in place.  Being comfortable with your skill level, with a nicely grounded sense of being, come right into the present and focus only on the moment.  Just be.  Enjoy!

Natalie Debono

Practising Tango Explained

Daniel Goleman writes:

Hours and hours of practice are necessary for great performance, but not sufficient. How experts in any domain pay attention while practicing makes a crucial difference. For instance, in his much-cited study of violinists – the one that showed the top tier had practiced more than 10,000 hours – Ericsson found the experts did so with full concentration on improving a particular aspect of their performance that a master teacher identified.

Illustration by Maurice Sendak from Ruth Krauss's Open House for Butterflies

Illustration by Maurice Sendak from Ruth Krauss’s Open House for Butterflies

Goleman identifies a second necessary element: a feedback loop that allows you to spot errors as they occur and correct them. He writes:

Ideally that feedback comes from someone with an expert eye and so every world-class sports champion has a coach.

If you practice without such feedback, you don’t get to the top ranks.The feedback matters and the concentration does, too – not just the hours.

Assisted Practica TANGO (& Tea) Session

Tuesday 25th February 2014 between 8pm and 9.30pm in 31, Bishop Labini Street, B’Kara.  Please reserve your place by emailing info@isladeltango.com

We will be serving the refreshing & revitalising Organic India – Tulsi Tea.

Aldo Calleja & Natalie Debono of Isla del Tango

TANGO: Embrace & Connect

Tango Embrace

The Tango Embrace - Isla del Tango

Attributed to Tango e Vita:

Abrazo, ways of embracing
A quietness in the soul is the magic. It makes you able to become aware of your body and how it is affected by its surroundings. Then you can look inward and choose values that are true to your inner self. Detachment is an ability to draw back from the physical impact of unnatural conditioning. It is like creating an island in the stream. The passage of time is often seen as such a stream. A pushing river that flows and flows faster day by day and on which we always have to catch on. Music too can be seen as a stream of notes. The dancer has to keep up with the mechanic time-pitch of a metronome. His consciousness is strongly fixed on potential outcomes. However, music also has the power to make contact with your inner self. When concentrating fully on the music, a whole range of subtle impressions will begin to set. It overlays the image onto another image on each existing instant as it occurs. If one can learn to relax enough, the body will naturally take care of itself, so performing the movements with a graceful naturalness, easiness and spontaneity. It improves the ability to perform without apparent effort. An embrace has such power of peaceful harmony too. It is an island in the stream of time.

Might as well dance ;)

Assisted Practica TANGO Session

Tuesday 28th January 2014 between 8pm and 9.30pm in 31, Bishop Labini Street, B’Kara. We hope to see you all there! . 

Please reserve your place by emailing info@isladeltango.com

We will be serving the refreshing & revitalising Organic India – Tulsi Ginger Tea
Aldo Calleja & Natalie Debono of Isla del Tango

Our Tango wish for 2014

Our tango wish for 2014 is to increase connection…

Connection is a concept immediately understood by anyone who has danced tango for more than a short period of time. It transcends cultures, countries, genders, time. It is the reason for our obsession with the dance, the gift of tango, its opiate. It is a blur of passion and sensuality on a primal scale.

Connection Isla del Tango

Introduction to Argentine Tango B: Experiencing the Connection & Crosses

tangoConnection1Argentine Tango Course…the next steps

We are happy to announce the course:  Introduction to Argentine Tango B: Experiencing the Connection & Crosses between the 24th and 26th of January 2014.  This will build on the Fundamentals and Basics A.

Email info@isladeltango.com to reserve your places soonest!

Introduction to Argentine Tango B: Experiencing the Connection & Crosses

Building on the substantial benefit of the fundamentals of tango, this course is focusing on the connection experienced in the open and closed embrace, taking the normal and alternate walks to a new level and introducing the outside walk.  Transitioning between the walks will be key to confidence building on the dancefloor  together with enjoying learning new steps like the essential the placed ocho and la cruzada.  Time for play with the low boleo for embellishment.  Course fee €60 including free practica session at end of course.  Email info@isaldeltango.com for reservations and questions.

Who:           Those who have already a good introduction to tango fundamentals by following Introduction to Argentine Tango A or otherwise and anyone who wishes to revisit them.

Workshop:   This course will take the format of a workshop. The beauty of the workshop is that we are working together on consecutive days, building from one hour to the next, from one day to the next.  We will maximise what we have learnt by practising in the following week without adding new material so as to let the body understand and absorb the tecnica taught in the workshop.

When:  Friday 24th January:  7.30pm – 9.30pm

Saturday 25th January: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Sunday 26th January: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

+ Free Practica Session (Tuesday 28th January 7.30pm – 9.00pm)

Where: Top Floor, Calleja Ltd, 31 Bishop Labini Street, B’Kara

What: Revision of the change of balance, normal, alternate walk and pivoted ocho.

Low boleos

Connection exercises

Outside Walk

La Cruzada

Introduction to the Musicality of The Tango – dancing to the rhythm

Introduction to floor craft – navigating corners confidently

Introduction to the close embrace

Price:  Price: € 60 (price includes tuition + a free practica session. Improvers (students of Isla del Tango who have already done the same course) may be eligible for a discount.  No reimbursements given for missed classes by students. Payments on first day of class. No deposit but commitment required as we work on trust basis.

Looking forward to continue guiding you on this wonderful journey of Argentine tango🙂


Aldo Calleja & Natalie Debono / Isla del Tango

Isla del Tango School of Tango: Celebrating 16 years of Argentine Tango in Malta



Festive Greetings & 2014 Programme

We wish to deeply thank our students for choosing to participate in classes and events organised by Isla del Tango in 2013. We also take the opportunity to thank  friends who have given a hand and collaborated with Isla del Tango including tango DJs and big thanks goes to other local tango organisations who contribute to the well being of the local tango community.  It was always a pleasure to share the passion of this dance experience with you.  Best wishes to you and your families and may the season be a serene one.

Isla del Tango will resume with its activities with the much enjoyed weekly assisted practica sessions every Tuesday between 8pm and 9.30pm in B’Kara starting on Tuesday 14th of January 2014. We will be serving the refreshing and revitalising Organic India Tulsi Tea to warm you up!

The ‘Part B ‘ of the Fundamentals & Basics – Experiencing the Connection & Crosses course will take place in the weekend between the 24 – 26 January 2014 in B’Kara. This weekend bash will take your tango a notch higher🙂.  Email info@isladeltango.com for programme.

Warm abrazos and all the best xx

Aldo & Natalie


Trio Tango Sonos + Victoria Arenillas & Leonardo Elias (Amartango): Saturday 30th November 2013 – MITP, Valletta

Amartango & Tango Sonos Malta 2013 Amartango

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Sent as a gift by the Embassy of Argentina in Rome to the Maltese public a live trio Tango Sonos and a performing couple Amartango at MITP Theatre, St Christopher Street, Valletta.

Isla del Tango students together with students from different local tango organisations, enjoyed the music by Tango Sonos, the performance by Amartango and danced at the milonga organised by DJ Nathalie.  It was an excellent tango evening.  Abrazos.

Video & Photos Credit:  Tanguera Angelina Silina

National Day of Tango 2013

National Day of Tango
National Day of Tango
An assisted practica session in honour of the great masters of Argentine Tango.

Wednesday 11th December 2013 between 7.30pm and 9.30pm

Fee: € 6

 Reserve your place:  info@isladeltango.com

 VENUE:  Top Floor, Calleja Ltd. 31, Bishop Labini Street, B’Kara.

 Aldo C. & Natalie D. / Isla del Tango (MALTA)

Isla del Tango School of Argentine Tango (est 1997)

Tel: 79603455



“There is a big difference between dancing in class, dancing socially, and practicing. You cannot get the most out of your dance without all three”.  The class is where you learn these things intellectually. You work out in your mind how the steps work, where your feet go and what your torso does. The practica is where you put this knowledge into your body. When your body remembers it for you, that is when you can reliably and comfortably perform the technique at a milonga, without worrying about whether you did it right. The only way to turn intellectual knowledge into body knowledge is repetition. Practice” Kara Ohlinger.

nonSOlotango Christmas Party

nonSOlotango Christmas Tango Party!

Isla del Tango Xmas Party

In the spirit of Being, Sharing & Giving,  Isla del Tango school of Argentine Tango in Malta is happy to join the Christmas cheer and organise a Christmas milonga party called ‘nonSOlotango’ on Saturday the 14th of December 2013 between 8.30pm and midnight. The chosen venue is So Galerie, Iklin. All welcome.

The organising team is to date made up of Liliana Fleri Soler, Aldo Calleja, Natalie Debono and DJ Matteo Lamanna.  Between us we will rent out the venue, get some wine and prepare the music.

We need 2/3 people to join the organising team and give a hand in the kitchen i.e prepare nicely the food brought at the beginning of the milonga and wash up at the end. We also need 1 person on the team to take care of the photography.  Please come forward. 

Those attending the milonga party are kindly asked to bring some (savoury or sweet) food to share.  Make it nice and be proud to present it.  Let us know asap what you will be contributing so we don’t have a lot of repeats.

This milonga will be free entrance but we will be going around with a collection box for Dar tal-Providenza (home of people with special needs). Be generous please.

Email info@isladeltango.com asap to reserve your place and with the help of all, let’s make this a lovely Christmas tango party to remember🙂


Natalie & Aldo

Tel: 79603455

Isla del Tango School of Argentine Tango (est 1997)


Introduction to Argentine Tango A:  Tango fundamentals and basic technique

solo tango


This course covers the fundamentals of Argentine Tango.  We have designed it in such a way that you explore individual movements which will form the basis of your dance without hindering your creativity.  You will use these movements at will as you get inspired by the music and your partner.  This course will provide you with the basic tools to create your first tango dances.  The journey will be as beautiful as the outcome.

Who:   Absolute beginners, beginners and anyone who wishes to revisit the fundamentals of tango.

The course starting on Friday the 15th of November is also appropriate for those who do not have a dancing partner.  The dates for this course are the 15th, 22nd and 29th November and the 6th of December.  Time 7.30pm – 9pm.

Where:  Top Floor, Calleja Ltd, 31 Bishop Labini Street, B’Kara

What:   Open Tango embrace – The importance of the frame

Walking technique

The normal walk

Alternate Step

The Pause

The Pivot

El Ocho (pivoted figure of eight)

Price:  € 60 per student (this includes tuition and a FREE practice session)

Course taught by Aldo Calleja, assisted by Natalie Debono.

Email info@isladeltango.com or call 79603455 at your earliest to reserve your place.

Looking forward to assist you in your tango journey!

Otoño de Arrabal Tango Night

Advert Milonga

What a beautiful lovely event it was!!  The ambiance was stunning thanks to the collaboration with Bottegin Palazzo Xara, the music was tops by Gordon Pace and the dancing was lovely by all who participated.  The draw for Argentine wines was a special touch which all enjoyed thanks to P.Cutajar Wines & Spirits.  Many thanks also to Malta Inside Out who does great work and promotion.  Isla del Tango is appreciative of all the effort by a number of people who made the event a successful and stunning one.

These are just some of the comments we received:

“First of all we would like to thank you for an incredibly enjoyable evening that we had last night.   We all (including the children) really enjoyed it immensely.  It was a remarkable event and we look forward to attending similar ones in the future. Please find as promised, the link for the forthcoming MPO Concert of PIazzola’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.   We are looking forward to the event:  http://www.maltaorchestra.com/events/event/the-four-seasons-of-buenos-aires. Thank you once again.”
“First of all, prosit for yesterday’s event: it was lovely and well organised”

“I’m really sorry I missed the milonga yesterday… It has been reported to me that it was a wonderful milonga…”

“Good day to you both , I will kick off by congratulating you for  such a delightful evening  and an idea that is badly needed from what I have encountered so far.  I gather the idea of all those attractive women sitting  so far out of reach, is an Argentine custom?   The entire event was  gracefully executed and I will do my very best to attend your dance lesson on the 30th. It is now vitally important that I rapidly develop my dancing skills.  Cheers”

* Photo by Angelina Silina

* Photo by Angelina Silina

 Otoño de Arrabal Tango Night

(Meaning: Autumn of the Suburbs.  Also ‘arrabal’ comes from Arabic, the same root as ir-Rabat.)

Enjoy the sounds of Golden Age Argentine Tango brought to us by Tango DJ Gordon Pace Flores (El Profesor) and take pleasure in the interpretation of the music by the tango dancers.

Date: Sunday 20 October 8pm – 11.30pm.  Those present at the milonga between 8pm and 9pm are entitled to a draw for excellent Bodegas Callia Argentine Wines.

Theme:  The colours of autumn.  Wear the colours of autumn and experiment with berries and leaves.  For inspiration CLICK HERE.

Venue:  Bottegin, St. Paul’s Street, Rabat (Sala tal-Każin ta’ San Ġużepp)

Entrance: €5 at the door. The ticket entitles you to a €5 discount on courses & practicas taught by Aldo Calleja in 2013/2014

A fully stocked bar and restaurant will be available. If you wish to reserve your table email info@isladeltango.com or call 79603455.

Isla del Tango (MALTA) wishes to especially thank CORE GREEN ecoFood & ecoEventsBeacon Hearing AidsCallia Wines by P.Cutajar and Bottegin Palazzo Xara, Rabat for their support to organise this event.

P.Cutajar Wines & Spirits

Callia Argentine Wine

Bottegin Palazzo Xara Rabat

Bottegin Palazzo Xara Rabat

Tropical WholefoodsBeacon Digital Hearing Aids

Fiesta de Quince: a glimpse of the celebratory milonga commemorating the start and the development of the tango movement in Malta.



Event concept and management by Natalie Debono for Isla del Tango (MALTA)

Venue:  Palazzo de Piro, Mdina (event manager – Vanille Simeon)

Date:  Saturday 27 October 2012

Guest of Honour:  Maestro Eric Jørissen (El Corte)

Singers:  Deborah Harrison who also premiered her tango nuevo ‘La Farfalla’ and Laura Best.

Photography:  Raisa Tarasova

Sponsors:  Organic Colouring System, Perfect Look Beauty Salon Mellieha, Verve Boutique Naxxar

Poster: Blushline Creative Solutions

“Dear Natalie, we still often think of the beautiful hours at Palazzo de Piro. It was like a dream! Tango dancing in a great palace, birthday party with a delicious cake, the jazzy voices and, and . . .You and all the co-organizisers again many, many thanks. My husband took some photos. We will surely meet us again next year, with tango shoes on our feet. Warm greetings from cold Germany”. Ursula

“First of all, it was a lovely sparkling evening, the venue was excellent!!!! Well done!!!!!!!!  In fact it was a breath of fresh air to have an occasion where one can dress up to a classy occasion.  I believe it was very, very well organised, we found our table immediately and for the amount we paid, it was excellent. I wish to congratulate you and Aldo for organising this lovely event!!!!!!!”  Irene

15 years of Argentine Tango in Malta

15th years of Argentine Tango in Malta

Argentine Tango was brought to our shores by Isla del Tango 15 years ago. It has been a pleasure to start and assist in the growth of a community of tango dancers, to observe the profound changes in a number of people, the smiling faces, the connections…may we have many more years of tango together.

Tango Night at the Royal Malta Yacht Club

Royal Malta Yacht Club, Ta’Xbiex, Malta




Tango is a vibrant and playful dance between two people. It is rich in expression, improvisation and connection and is danced in both modern and traditional styles.

It is often described as a passionate dance, because of the close connection partners can have, the character of the music.
Isla del Tango brings to the Royal Malta Yacht Club the unique language of dance to the Club’s terrace, giving you the opportunity to enjoy beautiful tangos, dance to it, listen to it…

On Wednesday 22nd June, for this occasion, our restaurant will be serving a delicious selection of Tapas, however pre-booking is required.

Don’t miss out on an enchanting evening of dancing, so give us a call on +356 21 333 109 to book your table.

Dancers: €5.
Free for non-dancers.
Those who wish to also see the football game, a big screen is available in the bar area.

For more info email: info@isladeltango.com or call 79603455.