It takes a community to tango
TANGO was the last thing on Italian born Vincent Ferrarella's mind, but in 1999 the now 73-year-old discovered the magic of the dance which changed his life.
Vincent grew up in Argentina and migrated to Melbourne in 1980 due to a military coup which plagued the country from 1974 to 1983.
"I moved to Argentina in 1950 when I was four,” Vincent said.
"I lived there for 30 years and was a body builder from age 16, I even had my own gym, it was my life until 1978 when there was a military coup.
"It was very stressful, people were hijacked and disappeared overnight.
"In the late 70s there was an agency recruiting people, so we migrated to Australia.
"When I came here I didn't speak one word of English. I spoke Italian and Spanish only, so I took six months off school.”
Vincent lived in Melbourne for 24 years and worked as a personal trainer at a large gym.
"One of my clients was an architect and one day he asked me why I didn't take tango,” Vincent said.
"He took me to meet his teachers in 1999 and after my first lesson I didn't want to ever go back, it was too hard.
"They asked me to persist and I did, that's when I fell in love with tango.”
Vincent returned to Buenos Aires in 2003 where he danced professionally and taught tango with his partner Isabel Vera.
"Queensland was on my agenda for many years, I always wanted to come and live in this part of the world,” he said.
"We went all up and down the Queensland coast.
"We're beach people and we fell in love with this place.”
Vincent took up residence in Hervey Bay at the end of 2016 and is holding hope that he might bring tango to the region.
"It has the power to put two strangers together into one, to get their desires to be great lovers and heroes if only for brief moment,” Vincent said.
"The Argentinian tango is all about embrace, about being with your partner 100%.
"We are looking forward to teaching and promoting the Argentinian Tango in the Fraser Coast area.
"We hope in time to host Milonga nights (social tango dancing) in the region.”
For more information on learning authentic Argentinian dance, call Vincent and Isabel on 07 4128 4053.