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 CLASS SERIES IN CASPAR, CA
Thursdays, January 9 - February 6, 2020; Larry Sawyer and Montana Jones, instructors
Larry and Montana will be teaching a five week beginning tango series starting Thursday, January 9th, from 6:30 to 7:30, at the Caspar Community Center, prior to Tango Mendocino's regular weekly milonga. The class will run five weeks straight at the same time and day. Location is the Caspar Community Center. Cost for first time tango students is $40 for the series, which includes free admission to the milonga immediately following the classes; $30 for those who have taken a beginning tango series before (does not include free admission to milonga). Contact Larry at email@example.com or 707.937.0078 for more info or to register. Arrive early! At Caspar Community Center, in Caspar, CA
TANGO AT POMEGRANATE STUDIO
Hosted by Susan Miletich
Every three months, 4 times a year, 3rd 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: March 20, 2020:
• 7:30 pm - 11 pm: Milonga, DJ Ely Gilliam, Mostly Traditional 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!
• $6 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
- Temporarily discontinued...
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: