ABOUT ARGENTINE TANGO|
Argentine Tango is not the tango you see in Ballroom Championship dancing on TV, nor is it what you might have learned in a Ballroom tango class. Rather, it's the social partner dance that is practiced in clubs in Buenos Aires and all over the world, with an emphasis on the relationship between you, your partner, and the music. It is more sensuous and more intimate than other derivative forms of tango. The movie The Tango Lesson has good examples of both club style and stage Tango. Many ballroom dancers (ourselves among them), once introduced to Argentine Tango, have forsaken the study of other dances to focus solely on this exhilarating, romantic, and intensely passionate dance: the Tango.
TANGO AT 215 MAIN IN POINT ARENA
Tango at 215 Main is a cozy, welcoming milonga held periodically at 215 Main, a beer and wine bar across from the historic Arena Theater in Point Arena, CA.
The next milonga will be on Friday, November 3, 2017, from 8 to 11 pm. Walter Stillman provides the mostly traditional music.
A $5 entry fee is requested.
For more information, call Hal at 707.799.7879 or email Hal_Ferguson78@POBox.com.
Visit the 215 Main website for more information about this venue.
DROP-IN PRACTICA IN FORT BRAGG ON TUESDAYS
Hosted by The Weller House Inn
The Weller House Inn offers an informal practica on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm, held in the historic redwood ballroom. Everyone welcome, from accomplished dancers to the just curious. Music by various DJs. A $5 floor fee is requested. For more information, contact Terry at 707-734-0961.
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
- Albuquerque Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, Oct. 26-29, 2017
Self billed as "one of the friendliest, most welcoming tango communities anywhere." Over 30 hours of milongas with world class DJs; 3 full days of group classes; 3 instructor couples; 3,000 sq. ft. main dance floor plus 2 auxiliary dance floors; custom baked cake at every milonga; fantastic venue in Old Town. At Hotel Albuquerque, in Albuquerque, NM: Albuquerque Tango Festival
- Tango Seminar with Gustavo & Giselle Anne, Fri-Sun, Oct. 27-29, 2017
Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne hold another in their series of tango seminars. The theme is "combining turns with volcadas and sacadas". The seminar, along with a practica and milonga, will be held at the Boulder Tango Studio. In Boulder, CO: Gustavo & Giselle Anne, Boulder Tango Studio
- San Francisco Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, Nov. 10-12, 2017
Well, if you haven't signed up by now, you'll have to put your name on a waiting list. The SFTM is capped at 450 people. The full weekend pass and the 'a la carte' passes are all sold out. Waiting list will be accepted in first come, first serve order, so register soon. In San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Tango Marathon
- Workshops with Cecilia Gonzalez in Utah, Thu-Sun, Nov. 16-19, 2017
Not much info on the website as yet, but most tango dancers are familiar with the incredible dancer and instructor, Cecilia Gonzalez. (She's held workshops on the Mendocino coast on many occasions.) Wasatch Tango Club is hosting; scroll down their calendar to find the workshops. In Salt Lake City, Utah: Wasatch Tango Club
- Connect 2017 Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Nov. 24-26, 2017
"Delve deeply into tango's essential elements ... for a weekend of discovery and bliss." Role balanced. Early bird discount ends October 31. In Ashland, OR: Connect Tango Fest
For more information on tango events in the San Francisco bay area and other major US cities, visit the excellent and comprehensive Tango Mango website at tangomango.org.
THE TEMPTATION TO TANGO|
By Irene D. Thomas and Larry M. Sawyer
Two of Tango Mendocino's own milongueros have written a fascinating book about the attraction of tango and what it's like to learn this complex and engaging dance.
A unique feature of this book is that it includes both a man's and a woman's point of view. Irene's essays give newcomers an idea of what they will encounter, both physically and emotionally, in the process of learning this dance; advanced dancers will recognize themselves and the experiences she describes. Larry's short stories offer vignettes of the tango experience from a variety of perspectives and add an extra dimension that enhances the reader's understanding of the alluring world of tango.
Part essay, part memoir, part history, part fiction, The Temptation To Tango appeals to experienced dancers, beginners just starting their tango journey, those who aren't yet sure if tango is for them, and those who are simply curious about why this dance is so compelling to so many.
Order your copy on Amazon.com
THE IMPORTANCE OF LEAD AND FOLLOW ROLES|
Some may say that Leading is the more challenging role in tango, because from a kaleidoscope of options, continuous split-second decisions require pleasing a partner, interpreting the music, maintaining safety & direction, and uniquely expressing oneself.
Some may say that Following is the more challenging role in tango, because it requires near-psychic sensitivity which must be slightly subdued, while making continuous accurate split-second responses to match a partner, enhance the music, maintain balance, and uniquely express oneself.
With thanks to Polly McBride of Portland, OR -- from her (now defunct) All Things Argentine Tango website.
TANGO DANCE ETIQUETTE|
Here is an informative explanation of the etiquette of the Tango. This is especially good information for new dancers who haven't yet had much experience at milongas or Tango dance workshops, with lots of good general tips plus specific advice for leaders and for followers. More experienced milongueros probably know much of this already, but it's still a good review.
WHERE DO WE DANCE?
Here are maps and driving directions to tango venues on the Mendocino coast: