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Tell us something about your home town.
I have two – London where I grew up, and Buenos Aires where I lived from 2007 until 2014. Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango and so much of that city – the sights, sounds, smells, the memories and culture – can be found in the tango lyrics.
What keeps you motivated?

Tango music and my students. However tired I am, the music always lifts me and I always feel energised after teaching too.

Tell us a funny dance story.
I was at a tango show in the west end. I was using my binoculars as I didn’t want to miss a thing. My eyes were trained on a fantastic redheaded dancer when she popped right out of her dress! It was a lesson in wardrobe malfunctions.

How do you like to relax?
Take a long bath. A sauna would be even better.

Can you cook? If so, what’s your signature dish?
I’m better at baking cakes, but it would have to be “empanadas con jamon y queso”, argentine pasties filled with ham and cheese. Washed down with a glass of Malbec.

What is your TV viewing guilty pleasure?
Come Dine With Me re-runs. Compellingly rubbish viewing.

What film always makes you cry?
I don’t get to see anything other than kiddie stuff these days, but I’m sure I shed a tear during the Postman Pat movie when I was pregnant and hormonal.

Name a skill you’d like to learn?
Driving. I’ve had loads of lessons but still haven’t passed. It’s a sore point…

Name one place in the world you’d like to go.

What piece of advice would you pass on to your 16 year old self?
You don’t need to go to university. I dropped out of two (Bristol and City), but loved my 2 years at dance school (Laban).

Jane is teaching Argentine Tango every Tuesday, 19:00-20:30. To find out more about her and her class, check out the class description, visit her websiteread her blog or follow her on Twitter