TangoMendocino
Milonga & Practica Schedules
Tango Mendocino has resumed both the weekly Thursday practilonga in Caspar and the Sunday practica (1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays) in Elk. Vaccination proof is required. Masks are optional but recommended.
THURSDAYS
Practilonga
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Unless otherwise noted.
Please note: Vaccinated only; masks optional but recommended

 
THU 
Location
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  May   
5
CCC
 
 
12
CCC
 
 
19
CCC
 
 
26
CCC
 

  June   
2
CCC
 
 
9
CCC
 
 
16
CCC
 
 
23
CCC
 
 
30
CCC
 

SUNDAYS
Practica

7:00 - 9:30 pm
Unless otherwise noted.
Please note: Vaccinated only; masks optional but recommended.

 
SUN 
Location
_________________________

  May   
1
ECC
 
 
8
ECC
No practica
 
15
ECC
 
 
22
ECC
No practica
 
29
ECC
 

  June   
5
ECC
 
 
12
ECC
No practica
 
19
ECC
 
 
23
ECC
No practica

KEY: CCC = Caspar Community Center; ECC = Elk (Greenwood) Community Centermaps ]

Updated 21 May 2022


News &    
Events    

ONGOING:  |||   Milonga every Thursday; Practica every other Sunday
|||   Beginning class series in Caspar   
OTHER EVENTS:  |||   Other tango events of interest   
INFO:  |||   The Temptation To Tango by Irene & Larry    |||   Lead vs. Follow    |||   Tango Dance Etiquette    |||   Where do we Dance?   


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    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.


    BEGINNING TANGO CLASSES

    Tango Mendocino has begun a new 5-week beginning class series that started Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 6:50 to 8:00 pm, at the Caspar Community Center. $50 for the whole series. Instructor is Larry Sawyer.

    If you are interested in beginning tango classes, please inquire by contacting Larry via email at bysawyer@mcn.org or by phoning 707.937.0078.

    No prior experience necessary, you only need to be able to walk relatively pain free with decent balance. No partner necessary, but we want to keep the ratio of leaders to followers balanced, so please sign up in advance.

    This is social tango, not the acrobatic exhibition tango you may have seen on the stage or screen. For now, we're requiring vaccinated only. We will have weekly dances so you'll have a place to dance as you learn.


    EVENTS:

    • Tango Sonoma

      For those who may be down in Sonoma County on a Tuesday, here is another opportunity to dance tango:

      SoCo Tango

      Send proof of vaccination to tangosonoma@gmail.com

      Snacks are encouraged, but alcohol is strictly prohibited.

      Directions to Snoopy's


    • Practica Besos

      An ongoing Sunday practica in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, from 2 to 5:30 pm. On May 22, our special guest instructor will be Michele Richards.

      Practica Besos

      "Our own Michele Richards will teach a class on tango role reversal. It is an honor to have her work with us who follow/lead and those that lead/follow." Our practica will follow with Michele as DJ for the day.

      Footloose Dance Studio, 6425 Redwood Drive, Rohnert Park, CA. Class 1:45-3:00 pm; practica 3-6 pm. $20 class & practica; $10 practica only. Cash only. Proof of vaccination is mandatory; masks are optional.

      For more information, visit tangomango.org or call Lizbeth at 707.477.5518


    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.


    Know of an event you think should be listed here? Email it to events@tangomendocino.com


    THE TEMPTATION TO TANGO
    By Irene D. Thomas and Larry M. Sawyer

    book cover 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

    Leaders:
    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.

    Followers:
    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:


    Tango Mango, a S. F. Bay Area Tango Events calendar: http://www.tangomango.org

    B.A. Tango, the S. F. Bay Area Argentine Tango page: http://www.batango.org


    For inquiries about Argentine Tango on the Mendocino Coast:
    inquiries@tangomendocino.com

    A text-only version of this page is available at tangomendocino.com/textonly.shtml


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