YOUR 2024 DJS in Hanmer

Deb Waltenberg - Christchurch

Debs became a DJ from her love of tango music and dance, she is a regular DJ at the Casa Republica Milonga in Christchurch and has been a DJ for several overseas teachers and other tango events. Her passion for tango music grew from her trips to Buenos Aires both dancing and listening to the beauty of tango at the traditional milonga halls. As a tango dancer she likes to feel emotion on all levels, so when she DJs she loves to see the tango orchestras and singers work their magic on the dancers. "My preference is for the more traditional orchestras and of course I have my favourites but I'm very mindful of playing music for all tango dancers. For me when I DJ I try to take the dancers on a journey so I look forward to you joining me in Hanmer at the Sat night milonga where we can share the journey together."

Brendon Varcoe  - Nelson

"Tango and the country of Argentina holds a special place in my heart. I am excited to be able to share my love and passion for tango through my dj'ing. Music is such a big part of my life. As well as playing and studying bandoneon in Buenos Aires, currently I am also studying a Masters degree in Orchestration so my love of the orchestra has given me a deep appreciation for both traditional tango orchestras as well as the many incredible modern tango orchestras. I have tremendous respect for the musicians of today who continue on the tradition of playing live in the milonga as well as those who have gone before. All music evokes emotion and tango music especially, from the dramatic to the playful, the romantic to the melancholic, the best music brings out the emotion in the dance and always when I prepare a playlist I am thinking with this in the forefront of my mind. So expect a playlist full of life, emotion, a little drama and hopefully some fun, because at the end of the day we all come together in this great dance to enjoy ourselves and the people around us."

Junko Kobayashi  - Nelson 

Like many tangueras, Junko loves to travel and seek out dance opportunities wherever she goes. When travel became difficult due to the recent pandemic, she found solace in classic tango music and discovered the pleasure of searching for hidden gems, this led her to start DJ, building on her passion for the tango music. To her, every tanda is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime encounter that cannot be replicated. Have you ever experienced a dreamy tanda where the music, your partner, and you are in perfect harmony? She aims to help you experience more of those magical moments and fun-filled experience through her Djing.

Belinda Glasby- Wellington 

TDj La Chévere 

Belinda’s Dj journey began in Darwin when she was part of the Northerntango community. After 2014, she gained further skills across several landscapes, including local milongas and marathons in Sweden, Denmark, Sydney, and presently in New Zealand. Her repertoire blends the rich legacy of traditional tango orchestras with the refreshing creativity and arrangements of contemporary ensembles showcasing respect for the tango's heritage. Belinda’s primary ambition as TDj is to captivate her audience with carefully curated selections of danceable tangos, valses and milongas,  keeping them away from their seats and ensuring they have an unforgettable experience on the dance floor. 

We are very excited to have Belinda Djing for Winter Tango for the first time!

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