You’ve got questions? We have got answers. Here are your FAQ, covering lots of different topics.
Q: How did the association come to be formed?
A: Formation of the association came about after an invitation was sent to over 100 teachers/organisers in the UK to discuss how they might approach the impending covid pandemic. Right from the first meeting it became apparent that attendees wanted to talk about more than the virus, so separate meetings were held to discuss how everyone could join in with helping each other. Weekly meetings were held over the next eight months, during which everyone had a chance to contribute their views of what could be done and their thoughts on what was needed. It wasn’t a straight forward task, but eventually complete agreement was reached on all matters. At that point the format of how to go forward was discussed and it was decided that everyone wanted an entity that allowed the membership to remain in control and to that end it was decided to form an association.
Q: I dance Nuevo and my friend prefers Alternative, can we still join?
A: You would be very welcome. The association is totally inclusive. When we were forming the association, the members overwhelmingly insisted that all forms of Argentine tango be included, in fact, it was one of the areas where there was no dissension whatsoever.
Q: What’s the association’s view on racism or harassment?
A: The association has a strong view on this area. So strong that we wrote it into our constitution under equal opportunities. Here is what we wrote. The association “… will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexuality, disability, religious or political belief, marital status or age.” We underlined this view with… “Any offensive behaviour, including racist, sexist or inflammatory remarks, will not be permitted. Anyone behaving in an offensive way or breaking the equal opportunities policy may be asked not to attend further meetings or to resign from the group…” This information is reinforced in our terms and conditions which we require all potential members to agree to before joining.
Q: How do I join the association?
Well… as you’re reading the answer to this question, you’re already on our website. At the top of the screen, on the left, you will see a pull down menu titled “New Members”, if you click on this you will see “Join Tier 1” and “Join Tier 2”, choose the Tier you believe that you fit into and follow the details on the screen.
Q: Which Tier should I join?
If you are a social dancer and you simply enjoy Argentine Tango for the dance and the social company that it generates, you should sign up for Tier 2. However, if you are a teacher, organiser, DJ, musician, or are involved, in any way, with promoting Argentine Tango in any form, whether full-time or part-time, you should join Tier 1 as this Tier is being set up to help you in promoting Argentine Tango in the UK.
Q: I live outside the UK, can I join?
The association was created to look after members who live and pay taxes in the UK. it would be difficult for us to provide the type of service that we envisage to offer, for any other country where we do not have the knowledge of those local areas. However, we would be happy to talk to associations from other countries to see whether there are any synergies that could benefit from any form of co-operation. If you do not have an association in your country and you are trying to set one up for your local community, we would be happy to talk about how we created our UK version.
Q: How will you spend our membership fees and, how transparent will you be on reporting financial activity?
Our constitution states that we will present a full report on our financials annually at the AGM. In addition, unless there is a temporary problem due, for example, to us changing our system software, or moving from one banking system to another, we already give details of our finances at every meeting we have, whether that is a general meeting or a committee meeting. We report the number of new members that have joined, the total number of members to date and the income and expenditure to date. Please feel free to ask any questions about finances to the association treasurer at any of our meetings,
Q: Can you tell me more about the committee? What’s it for and who can become part of it?
Anyone in Tier 1 can become a member of the committee. The committee consists of 16 of the general Tier 1 members of the association. They are all volunteers and their job is to look after the day by day running and promotion of the association. The committee consists of four officers i.e. Chairman, Association Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer and twelve members. Each of the committee members is listed on the association website so there is always transparency of who is making the day by day decisions. The committee currently meets once a month and in between the monthly meetings, any points arising are discussed over WhatsApp and where necessary are voted on. Each committee member has one vote and in the event of a 50/50 split, the chairman has a an extra casting vote. Once a year, at the AGM, the members of the committee can retire or choose to remain in office. In the event that a committee member does not attend for two consecutive meetings, as stipulated in the constitution, that member will be asked to resign his/her position by the chairman. In the event that a committee member needs to resign their position due to pressures of normal work, that position will be opened to any volunteers from the general Tier 1 membership.