Born from dancing in the open air, under the moonlight, dance partners Annie and Alessandro, embarked upon the creation of Moonlight Tango in 2019.
Their first event in January 2020 was a crowd-funded free milonga with live music by Mendoza Tango Quartet. With cooling summer breezes from the river over 200 music-lovers and dancers enjoyed the magical evening outside the stunning Gallery of Modern Art.
Through the pandemic, Moonlight Tango (MT) continued to curate exciting new tango experiences, including simultaneous live-streaming of Orchestra Romantica Milonguera from BA to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, and a weekend series of Musicality Masterclasses with maestros from Europe and Argentina.
The rebirth of milongas, saw MT host intimate and elegant milongas at C'est Bon Restaurant and Evita Restaurant. Offering free beginners classes with participating local teachers, MT seeks to grow the tango community and introduce the public to this inspiring art form.
In 2022 Moonlight Tango took the step to incorporate and become a not-for-profit association with a small, dedicated, volunteer team.
Moonlight Tango Inc.
Incorporation Number: IA4604844
Annie Hill and Alessandro Costa are co-directors of Moonlight Tango Inc and oversee the creation, curation and operations of MT Inc events.
In 2022 Moonlight Tango delivered their grandest event yet, a three-day tango festival! The 200 dancers from all Australian states and territories and the Pacific region, enjoyed four milongas held in the stunning Ithaca Auditorium in Brisbane City Hal, with live music at two of these milongas and special tango performances. Six workshops with Melbourne-based Rina & Nadim and two classes with local teachers, Rosemary & Greg and Jose & May kept those keen to expand and extend their tango happy and fulfilled. Rina also provided a free Tango for Parkinson's class after the festival as part of MTWF's commitment to and support of Parkinson's QLD. All profits form MTWF22 were donated to PD QLD.
Annie Hill ~ President
Annie is a health researcher specialising in the use of technology and telehealth for rehabilitation, with a focus on neurogenic communication disorders. Annie is a relative late-comer to the world of tango, starting her journey in 2017. With so much still to learn and integrate into her dance, Annie finds herself immersed in tango ~ from classes to practice and social dancing, to curation of MT events, to reading about the many philosophies and tango journeys of others and of course, her first love, the music.
Alessandro Costa ~Treasurer
A native of Sicily but a global traveller Alessandro has lived in Australia since 2018. He is a business analyst and financial manager, with expertise across banking, property development, and information & communication technology. With four languages at his disposal and an eye for design, Alessandro's creativity, marketing and communication skills are a huge benefit to MT. Alessandro began dancing tango in 2017, yet thanks to his dedication to learning and practice, he displays skilful creativity on the dancefloor. He also makes exceptional pizza!
Korey Pagura ~ Secretary
Korey is an accredited clinical social worker (AASW) and a registered Psychologist (Ass. MAPS) with over 20 years of experience working with families, couples and individuals. Korey has a had a long love affair with tango, being part of the original tango troupe in Brisbane in 1998. Korey's dedication to tango is limitless with regular trips interstate and overseas to dance. Korey's care for all around her brings a delicate calmness and clarity to the MT organisation.
Robert Pagura ~ Committee member
Rob grew up in Brisbane and has a wealth of local knowledge. By day he is a Sales Executive helping organisations evolve, innovate and lead through their data journey. Rob has been dancing tango since 2002 and with Korey regularly travels for tango. As with his tango, Rob brings huge energy to MT, assisting the team in all aspects of our organisation and event management.
Our vision is to grow the tango community through the curation of beautiful cultural events that focus on Argentine tango music and dance. Our cultural events aim to expand the tango community's awareness, knowledge and skill across music and dance by connecting our community with tango musicians and dancers across the globe. We are inclusive and welcome all to join us on this journey.
As a not-for-profit association we also donate our proceeds to specifically selected charities, such as Parkinson's QLD (MTWF22 charity).