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 POMEGRANATE STUDIO
Hosted by Susan Miletich
Every three months, 4 times a year, 4th Friday of the month, we will be dancing Argentine Tango at the Pomegranate Studio in Point Arena, California. You are welcome to JOIN US!
Next Pomegranate milonga: FRIDAY, May 24th:
• 7:30 - 8 pm: Warm-up/Practica; guest DJ; Alternative Tango
Just 2 1/2 miles inland from HWY 1, Point Arena, the Pomegranate is a hidden surprise, a great place to dance, visit, celebrate and enjoy our small, friendly coastal Tango community. Come and find Tango in the North Coast woods! Make a Point of it!
• 8 pm - 11 pm: Milonga, DJ TBA, Mostly Traditional Tango
• $5 cover
Bring a flashlight! Snacks and drinks to share are appreciated.
First time? Ride with a friend or contact Susan for directions: 707-529-4485, email@example.com
TANGO AT 215 MAIN IN POINT ARENA
The Tango at 215 Main milonga is no longer happening. The building has been sold, and the new owners have asked the 215 Main business to vacate. If a new venue is found, they hope to re-open in the spring, and if there is space for dancing, we will be welcomed back. We will post any further updates here.
It was fun while it lasted.
INFORMAL PRACTICA AT WELLER HOUSE IN FORT BRAGG, CA
Mondays from 7:30 - 9:00 pm, hosted by Terry Stone
An informal tango practica is held on Monday nights at the Weller House Inn, open to all levels. You may come to work on whatever elements of the dance you want, or just to dance. Occasionally the host has a theme he presents. Cost is $5 at the door. Contact Terry Stone at 707.734.0961 for more info. At The Weller House Inn, in Fort Bragg, CA
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
- San Miguel Tango Festival, Wed-Tues, March 13-18, 2019
The San Miguel Tango Festival offers 40 classes, 13 milongas and 4 practicas. Seasoned, expert instructors teach DJing and Tango classes. There is a Grand Ball on Saturday night. This week-long event includes a benefit clothing sale, proceeds from which go to the non-profit Mujeres en Cambio to benefit impoverished rural women and girls. San Miguel is considered one of the prettiest towns in all of Mexico. Its architecture, art markets, hot springs, cultural traditions and great restaurants make it a perfect destination for a tango festival. In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: San Miguel Tango Festival
- Austin Spring Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, March 28-31, 2019
Austin Spring Tango is celebrating its 15th year of festivals. "We invite you to join us for some Texas hospitality and celebrate the dance that we love. You can look forward to spring weather and a weekend full of dancing!" 3 sets of instructors, 18 classes, 5 milongas; the Sunday milonga features live music by Esquina Tango and includes an Asado BBQ. In Austin, TX: Austin Spring Tango Festival
- Tango Helena Festival, Fri-Sun, April 5-7, 2019
TangoHelena's yearly festival has returned to bring world-class tango instructors and an unforgettable weekend of dancing in Montana's Queen City. Yannick & Liz Van Hove, Homer Ladas, and Sabina Ibes are instructors. 15 classes, 5 milongas, Sunday brunch. In Helena, MT: Tango Helena Festival
- Port Townsend Tango Retreat, Fri-Sun, April 12-14, 2019
The fifth annual Port Townsend Tango Retreat. Held at the Masonic Lodge venue which has a lovely maple floor and is close to downtown Port Townsend's many choices for lodging, dining, shopping, and things to see and do. Enjoy three traditional milongas, one newer orchestra milonga, and one alternative milonga. Registration is now open and is limited and role balanced. In Port Townsend, WA: Port Townsend Tango
- Argentine Tango USA Festival & Championship, Thurs-Sun, April 18-21, 2019
ATUSA Tango Festival, hosted by Andrea Monti and the City of Buenos Aires, brings international renowned maestros from Buenos Aires who will direct the 28 workshops and do two master shows; it also offers a special DJ seminar; 4 milongas; live music; special performances by the USA Official Champions; a singing performance and best recorded music by specialized tango DJs. ATUSA sends the competition winners to represent the USA at the semifinal rounds of the Tango Dance World Cup (Mundial de Tango) in Buenos Aires. In San Francisco, CA: Tango USA Championship
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: