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.
MONTHLY MILONGA IN POINT ARENA
Hosted by Walter & Raquel
Tango at 215 Main is a once-a-month milonga at "215 Main", a beer and wine bar across from the Arena Theater in Point Arena, CA.
No 215 Main milonga scheduled for July, 2014.
Next milonga will be on August 8, 2014, from 8 to 11 pm.
The milonga is FREE except for the purchase of a drink (non-alcoholic drinks are available).
For more information, call Walt at 707.882.2474 or email email@example.com.
A Yelp review of the "215 Main" bar: http://www.yelp.com/biz/215-main-point-arena
ARGENTINE TANGO PRACTICA IN UKIAH
Presented by Salon Tango Club of Ukiah
Salon Tango Club of Ukiah hosts a practica every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
from 6:15 - 8:15 pm at YOMO (Yoga Mendocino Studio), 206 Mason Street, Ukiah, CA.
$13 drop-in fee; a lower sustaining membership price is also available.
For more information please call Benna at 707-895-3883.
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
NEW! Late breaking news:
- Susana Miller Workshops, Fri-Sat, July 25-26, 2014:
Famed teacher of close embrace, originator of the concept of milonguero style tango, Susana Miller is making a rare appearance in the Bay area. She will teach two days of workshops at the La Pista dance studio. Not to be missed if you want to improve your milonguero-style dancing! In San Francisco, CA: lapistatango.com
- NEW! Workshop with Mirabai Deranja, Sat, Aug 23, 2014:
A one day workshop with Mirabai Deranja will be held on Saturday, August 23, at the Mendocino Ballet studio, located on State St. in Ukiah. Mirabai is a world reknowned tango instructor based in the SF Bay area. Workshop details forthcoming. For information / registration, contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org. In Ukiah, CA: Visit Mirabai's website, miratango.com
- Workshops with Eduardo Saucedo in Sacto, Sat-Sun, Aug 23 - 24, 2014:
Tango by the River hosts Eduardo Saucedo for two days of workshops. In Sacramento, CA: rivertango.com/edsaretosama.html
- Workshops with Eduardo Saucedo in FB, Fri-Sun, Aug 29 - 31, 2014:
Eduardo Saucedo returns to the Mendocino Coast for a weekend of workshops at the Weller House Inn, hosted by Tango Mendocino. Reserve the dates now! More details will be posted as they become available. In Fort Bragg, CA: No website available
- Denver Labor Day Tango
Festival Marathon, Over Memorial Day weekend, Fri-Mon, Aug 29 - Sept. 1, 2014:
UPDATE 7/10/14: Tom Stermitz hosts the 15th annual Labor Day Tango Festival (now Marathon) "for dancers, by dancers".
Six Seven milongas, now with a total of 41 hours of dancing; three days one day of workshops with Brigitta Winkler and Lazzaro Chionna; guest instructors to be added. In Denver, CO: denvertangofestival.com/
- Workshops with Oscar & Georgina, Sat-Sun, Sept. 13-14, 2014:
Tango by the River hosts Oscar Mandagaran and Georgina Vargas for two days of workshops. In Sacramento, CA: rivertango.com/osmaandgeva.html
- Boulder Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Oct. 3-5, 2014:
Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne offer 3 days of workshops, practicas, milongas, tango shows, & live music. Five different instructor couples will be teaching . In Boulder, CO: gustavoygiselle.com/english/01_Schedule.htm (Scroll down...)
- Portland Tangofest, Wed-Mon, Oct. 8-13, 2014:
Clay Nelson offers another incredible tango festival in Portland, Oregon. Dates are confirmed, but website is sparse on details; keep checking. In Portland, OR: portlandtangofest.com/
- Red Carpet Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, Oct. 9-12, 2014:
Dates confirmed but details are sparse. "More info coming soon"; keep checking their website. In Las Vegas, NV: redcarpettangofestival.com/
- Albuquerque Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2014:
Daniel Boardman presents the 5th annual Albuquerque Tango Festival, with world-class instructors and DJs, a 4,000 sq ft dance floor, a warm and welcoming tango community, high levels of floor craft, and "our signature touch, cake at every milonga". The 2014 festival is shaping up to be bigger, better, and even more friendly. DonŐt miss it. In Albuquerque, NM: albuquerquetangofestival.homestead.com
- Tango Maya Festival, Thu-Mon, Nov. 6-10, 2014:
3rd annual festival to be held at the all-inclusive resort Crown Paradise Club Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Milongas, shows and master tango classes with international artists. A one-day side trip to Tulum is available (extra cost) to see Mayan ruins and swim in a cenote. In Cancun, MX: tangomayafest.com
- San Francisco Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, Nov. 7-9, 2014:
Not much information on their website other than a registration page and a brief history, but those of you who've attended before know what it's about. In San Francisco, CA: http://www.sftangomarathon.com
- Fandango de Tango, Wed-Sun, Nov. 26-30, 2014:
16th annual event held at the downtown Omni Dallas Hotel. Over 100 hours of "tango dancing fun" and over 37 hours of social tango dancing. In Dallas, TX: fandangodetango.com//
- Day of Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Dec. 5-7, 2014
The Academy of Tango, Texas presents the fourth annual Day of Tango Festival with performances by international tango champions, local area tango instructors, professional performers, and musicians; in Austin, TX: dayoftango.org
- International Day of Tango, Thurs, Dec. 11, 2014
December 11 is officially El Dia Nacional del Tango as established by La Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina in 1977 to honor and commemorate the birthdays of the famous orquesta leader Julio de Caro (1899) and the legendary and still-revered and idolized tango singer Carlos Gardel (1890), both born on the same day, nine years apart. The "Day of Tango Festival" (above) is Austin's official recognition of this date. Two websites with info on the "Day of Tango": Day of Tango 1; Day of Tango 2 (the latter is a Bulgarian website)
- San Diego Tango Festival, Dates not yet confirmed...
The 9th annual San Diego Tango Festival will very likely be held at the end of December, probably starting the day after Christmas and going until Jan. 1, 2015, if past years have been any example. The SDTF website has not yet been updated for this year's event as of this posting; in San Diego, CA: sandiegotangofestival.com
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.
Excerpts from the book are available online. Visit their website, http://TheTemptationToTango.com, for more information and to order your copy.
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: