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.
The next milonga will be on Friday, October 2, 2015, from 8 to 11 pm.
A $5 entry fee is requested.
For more information, call Walt at 707.882.2474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Eduardo Saucedo in Sacramento, All of September, 2015
Tango by the River hosts master teacher Eduardo Saucedo for the entire month of September, during which time he will offer multiple workshops. Eduardo is a phenomenal teacher and dancer; don't miss this opportunity to take your dancing to the next level. At Tango by the River, in Sacramento, CA: rivertango.com
- Boulder Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Oct. 2-4, 2015
Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne host the sixth annual Boulder Tango Festival in (where else?) Boulder, Colorado, with workshops, practicas, milongas, & outstanding tango shows. Four couples instructing. Special discounts for groups coming from out of town. At Boulder Tango Studio, in Boulder, CO: gustaveygiselle.com
- Portland Tango Festival, Thurs-Mon, Oct. 8-12, 2015
Not much information on the website yet, but most everyone knows what the Portland Tango Festival is like -- one of the best in the nation. Now organized by the Portland tango community. Save the dates! In Portland, OR: portlandtangofest.com
- Red Carpet Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, Oct. 15-18, 2015
Four days of workshops, four milongas guided by the maestros, Saturday night Gala Milonga, Exhibition show. Stellar list of instructors. Three nights hotel accomodations (for any two people sharing a room) included in cost of festival package. Red Carpet Tango Productions will honor Nito & Elba "for their exceptional artistic career and for their impressive contribution to the dissemination of Argentine Tango around the world". In Las Vegas, NV: redcarpettangofestival.com
- Ukiah milonga with live music by Tangonero, Sat, Oct. 17, 2015
Scott Fetherston, a tango dancer in Ukiah, is organizing an event in Ukiah featuring classes with Lisette Perelle and a milonga with live music by San Francisco based band Tangonero. Classes & private lessons with Lisette on Sat. & Sun. For Saturday night milonga, doors open at 7, live music is from 8 to 11 pm. Milonga entry is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advance tickets available at the Tango Food Booth at the Fort Bragg Farmer's Market, and at the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah; also online here. No info yet on how to sign up for classes. Refreshments for purchase offered by Tango Foods. Event held at the Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse, 107 South Oak Street, Ukiah, CA: saturdayafternoonclubhouse.com; tangonero.com
- Tango on the Mountain, Sat, Oct. 24, 2015
Camille Cusumano & the owners of the historic West Point Inn are co-sponsoring another Tango on the Mountain milonga at the 110 year-old Inn on Mt. Tamalpais. Live music with Seth Asarnow and Ville Hiltula, all acoustic (there is no electricity -- dance under gas lights!). Entire event is 4 pm to midnight. Beginning class 6-7 pm; buffet dinner at 7:30. Band plays 9 pm to midnight. Between sets, dance to old 78 rpm tango records played on antique hand-cranked Victrola. Guided walk at midnight for view of entire Bay area. Dinner, milonga & overnight stay: $100; dinner and milonga only, $70. Contact Camille at email@example.com or Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, reservations, and directions. At the West Point Inn on Mt. Tamalpais in San Anselmo, CA: West Point Inn website
- Albuquerque Tango Festival, Wed-Sun, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2015
The sixth annual Albuquerque Tango Festival. Enjoy world-class instructors and DJs, a huge (4,000 SF) dance floor, the warm and welcoming tango community, the high levels of floor craft, and their signature touch, cake at every milonga. The 2015 festival is shaping up to be bigger, better, and even more friendly. Don't miss it. In Albuquerque, NM: albuquerquetangofestival.com
- Tango Maya Festival, Thu-Mon, Nov. 5-9, 2015
The fourth annual Tango Maya Fest. An all-inclusive package that includes hotel, all meals & drinks, some beach activities, nightly entertainment in 3 restaurants, etc. More than 24 tango lessons, 3 practilongas at the beach, 4 milongas, 4 lessons for beginners, plus extra events and activities. There will be an opening show with live music, a tango concert on the beach, and more live music for the closing show. At the Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe Hotel, in Cancun, Yucatan, Mexico: tangomayafest.com
- San Francisco Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, Nov. 6-8, 2015
Registration is now open, and the list of events is posted online. Milongas (Seth Asarnow y su sexteto tipico plays for opening night), lectures, & more milongas. Add the dates to your calendar now. You must register with them to participate (email address required). In San Francisco, CA: sftangomarathon.com/
- Connect Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Nov. 27-29, 2015
Popular Thanksgiving weekend tango festival. Registration is now open. Role balance is important and controlled, so enroll early. Multiple workshops, instructors, and milongas. Formerly known as 'Ashland Thanksgiving Tango Festival' and before that, 'Ashland Turkey Tango'. In Ashland, OR: connecttangofest.com
- International Day of Tango, Fri-Sun, Dec. 11-13 2015
In Argentina, December 11 is the official Day of Tango, celebrating the birthdays of orquesta leader Julio de Caro and legendary tango singer Carlos Gardel (born on the same day, but 9 years apart). Both men were influential in the worldwide promotion of tango. With the approval of La Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina, The Academy of Tango-Texas honors this day with performances, workshops, milongas, and more. In Austin, TX: DayOfTango.org
- Homer & Cristina Workshops on Mendo coast, Sat-Sun, Dec. 19-20, 2015
Homer and Cristina Ladas will be teaching a weekend of classes on Saturday, Dec.19th and Sunday, Dec.20th at the Caspar Community Center. All classes $15 each. There will be a milonga on Saturday evening with Homer as DJ. In Caspar, CA: theorganictangoschool.org (Homer & Cristina's website)
- San Diego Tango Festival, Thu-Mon, Dec. 31, 2015 - Jan. 4, 2016
The 10th annual tango festival in San Diego. From their website: "We will ring in the year with an all night Champagne and Cake party and end with a blast of an all-nighter with waffles and the usual goodies. Our motto remains, 'We treat our artists like royalty and our dancers like family.' We provide both a fun environment to enjoy dancing within the line of dance etiquette that we all believe in. We share the same beautiful location with the sunsets, the sailboats and the good weather. So many cool DJs and teachers and so many fun things to do. We can't wait!." At the Kona Kai Hotel, 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: