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.
Scheduled for one Friday of every month, 8 to 11 pm. Next milonga date to be announced.
A $5 entry fee is requested.
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.
- Nora's Tango Weekend, Thu-Sun, July 2-5, 2015
Nora Dinzelbacher presents her 18th annual tango festival in the SF Bay area. She bills it as "the largest world-class and most immersive tango event in North America". Instructors include the much revered Nito & Elba, Fernanda & Guillermo, and others. 15 classes a day to choose from, evening "chamuyos" (talks with instructors), nightly milongas with exhibition dances, live music on some nights, and more. At SFO Airport Marriott in Burlingame, CA : tangoweek.com
- Las Puertas Tango Marathon in Albuquerque, NM, Thu-Sun, July 2-5, 2015 (Dates corrected...)
Six milongas at the "legendary Las Puertas event center" in downtown Albuquerque. Door prizes every night. No classes, but private lessons with world-renowned tango instructors available. A stand-alone five-class series of musicality classes by acclaimed Argentine tango musicality author and instructor, Joaquín Amenábar. In Albuquerque, NM: laspuertastangomarathon.com
- Tango in the Square, Sun, July 5, 2015
The San Francisco Parks Trust hosts several free tango events in downtown San Francisco through the summer months. July features live music by Trio Garufa, with a 20 minute beginning lesson by Jonathan & Olivia and DJ music by Polo Talnir. A free introductory tango lesson is offered at 2 pm. From 2 to 6 pm in Union Square Park, San Francisco, CA: bayareatango.org/
- Seattle TangoMagic, Thu-Mon, July 9-13, 2015
Five beautiful days and summer nights of tango in Seattle. Includes live music with The Alex Krebs Orchestra, outdoor salmon bake, & more. In Seattle, WA: seattletangomagic.com
- Casa Tango Salida Encuentro, Sat-Tues, July 18-20, 2015
Casa Tango Salida hosts another encuentro (meeting, or encounter) with hosts Liz Haight and Masami Hirokawa of Santa Fe, NM as instructors. Focus is on close embrace style of dancing. In Salida, CO: casatangosalida.com/Casa_Tango/Welcome.html and casatangosalida.com/Casa_Tango/Events.html (scroll down about half way to find this event)
- New! Mendo Coast Workshops with Shorey & Stanley, Sat-Sun, Aug. 1-2, 2015
Shorey Meyers and Stanley Wu will teach a weekend of workshops at the Caspar Community Center, in Caspar, CA. More details to follow....
- Tango in the Square, Sun, Aug. 2, 2015
The San Francisco Parks Trust offers another of several free tango events in downtown San Francisco through the summer months. August features live music by Redwood Tango Ensemble, with performances by Nora & Ed and DJ music by Rene Quebec. A free introductory tango lesson is offered at 2 pm. From 2 to 6 pm in Union Square Park, San Francisco, CA: bayareatango.org/
- 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 lever. At Tango by the River, in Sacramento, CA: rivertango.com
- Denver Labor Day Tangofest, Thu-Mon, Sept 3-7, 2015 (Dates not yet confirmed.)
The Denver Tango Festivals attract a high level of dancer. Classes have gender ratios close to 50/50. Venues are beautiful locations with great ambience, dance floors, and acoustics. And don't forget the fabulous outdoor milonga sponsored by Tango Colorado at the pavilion in Cheesman Park! In Denver, CO: denvertangofestival.com
- Yo La Tango Festival, Sept. 4-6, 2015
Yo La Tango of Austin presents their annual Tango Festival. With unusual central venues and outdoor activities around town (to give you a feel of Austin), the festival is billed as an "active, fun, varied and budget friendly" event. Nightly milongas have various themes. In Austin, TX: yolatangoaustin.com
- Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne in Portland, Sat-Mon, Sept. 5-7, 2015
Three days of tango seminars, workshops, plus a show with Gustavo and Giselle Anne. The theme is "The Embrace, Distance & Posture". In Portland, OR: gustavoygiselle.com
- Tango in the Square, Sun, Sept. 6, 2015
The San Francisco Parks Trust offers their final free tango event of the summer. September features live music by Orquesta Z, with performances by Mila Salazar and her tango troupe and DJ music by Jordana del Feld. A free introductory tango lesson is offered at 2 pm. From 2 to 6 pm in Union Square Park, San Francisco, CA: bayareatango.org/
- Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne in Boulder, Fri-Sun, Sept. 11-13, 2015
Another three day tango seminar with Gustavo and Giselle Anne. The theme of this seminar is "Milonguero Style". In Boulder, CO: gustavoygiselle.com
- Tango Turns Festival in Santa Barbara, Thurs-Sun, Sept. 17-20, 2015
A four day festival with teachers Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne, and Federico Naveira (no relation to Gustavo) & Sabrina Masso. Plus live music with the Alejandro Zeigler Quartet. In Santa Barbara, CA: festival.tangoturns.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
- 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
Website lacks details as yet -- just says "More info coming soon." But the dates are set, so add it to your calendar now. Also requires registering with them to participate (email address required). In San Francisco, CA: sftangomarathon.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: