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 215 MAIN IN POINT ARENA
Tango at 215 Main is a cozy, welcoming milonga held periodically at 215 Main, a beer and wine bar across from the historic Arena Theater in Point Arena, CA.
Scheduled for one Friday of alternate months, 8 to 11 pm. Next milonga date to be announced. Walter Stillman provides the mostly traditional music.
A $5 entry fee is requested.
For more information, call Hal at 707.799.7879 or email Hal_Ferguson78@POBox.com.
Visit the 215 Main website for more information about this venue.
DROP-IN PRACTICA IN FORT BRAGG ON TUESDAYS
Hosted by The Weller House Inn
The Weller House Inn offers an informal practica on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm, held in the historic redwood ballroom. Everyone welcome, from accomplished dancers to the just curious. Music by various DJs. A $5 floor fee is requested. For more information, contact Terry at 707-734-0961.
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
- Boulder Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016
Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne host the 7th annual Boulder Tango Festival featuring five Argentine tango teacher couples, including Gustavo & Giselle. Two practicas, 24 workshops, three milongas, two demonstrations (tango and folk dance), and other special events. In Boulder, CO: Boulder Tango Festival
- Alejandro Ziegler Quartet on Mendocino coast, Thurs, Oct. 6, 2016
Straight from Buenos Aires, the Alejandro Ziegler Quartet will perform at the Caspar Community Center on Thursday, October 6 for the Tango Mendocino milonga. The Quartet performs classical tango in the style of famous orchestras like Trolio, Pugliese, Di Sarli and Piazzolla. Their unique mix of tango, improvisation and romanticism have gained them an international reputation. Doors open at 7:30 pm; the Quartet performs from 8:00-10:30 pm. $15 at the door. In Caspar, CA: [ No website available. ]
- La Garufa International Argentine Tango Festival, Thu-Mon, Oct. 6-10, 2016
"World renowned tango masters; 20 international artists & DJs; 20 classes to choose from; 4 days and nights of dancing; fashion show and tango show." Plus 11 milongas and 'mixers'. In Vancouver, BC, Canada: La Garufa Tango Festival
- Red Carpet Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, Oct. 13-16, 2016
Over 30 hours of instruction, 20-plus hours of milongas, instructor performances, live music by Alejandro Ziegler. Hotel accomodations included in some packages Register soon; prices go up August 31. In Las Vegas. NV: Red Carpet Tango Festival
- Portland Tango Festival, Thurs-Mon, Oct. 13-17, 2016
One of the longest running festivals in the US, Portland Tango Festival is celebrating its 20th year! Excellent instructors, world-class DJs, superb venues, and a "warm welcome from famously friendly Portlanders". An exclusive track for advanced dancers, and a "Bite SizeTango" track for newcomers. 12 milongas (you read that right), including two alternative milongas. Come, "learn exciting material from our exceptional teachers", and dance a "reckless amount". In Portland, OR: Portland Tango Festival
- Tango Turns Festival, Fri-Sun, Oct. 14-16, 2016
12 ninety minute workshops, 3 (possibly 4) milongas, instructor performances, a group performance opportunity ("for dancers with a bit (or a lot) of desire to dance for an audience"); instructors include Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne, and Federico Naveira & Sabrina Masso. In Los Angeles. CA: Tango Turns Festival
- Seattle Encuentro, Fri-Sun, Oct. 21-23, 2016
The very first Seattle Encuentro, set to begin in the fall of 2016. No website available; for more information, email SeattleTangoEncuentro@gmail.com. In Seattle, WA: Announcement on Siempre Milonguero website
- Albuquerque Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, Oct. 27-30, 2016
The sixth annual Albuquerque Tango Festival, one of the largest and (self-billed) 'friendliest' Argentine festivals in the U.S. Three days of classes with 6 instructor couples (including 3 from NM), 5 milongas, huge dance floor, custom baked cake at every milonga, live music by QTango. In Albuquerque, NM: Albuquerque Tango Festival
- San Francisco Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, Nov. 11-13, 2016
Three days of dancing. Six milongas (two are 'family friendly', ie, babysitter on duty), and two special lectures. Website says "Full weekend pass is sold out", but "A la carte" passes may still be available. In San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Tango Marathon
- Connect Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Nov. 25-27, 2016
Formerly known as the Ashland Thanksgiving Tango Fest, aka Turkey Tango. Originally begun by Clay Nelson, now under new management with Momo Smitt & Courtney Moore. No information on website yet, other than the festival dates and a message saying "Details and open registration coming soon...." In Ashland, OR: Connect 2016!
- International Day of Tango, Sun, Dec. 11, 2016
Il Dia Nacional de Tango is the official "Day of the Tango", created in Argentina to commemorate the birthdays of the famous orquesta leader Julio de Caro and the "legendary and still-revered" tango singer, Carlos Gardel, both born on December 11 (but 9 years apart). Last year there was a festival celebrating the day in Austin, TX, but their website hasn't been updated for 2016. Here are some informative (if somewhat dated) links with more info:: Tango Day; The Tango Life; Day of Tango in Austin, TX
- San Diego Tango Festival, Wed-Mon, Dec. 28, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017
The 11th annual New Year's festival, now in a new location downtown on the waterfront and close to good restaurants & transportation. Eleven milongas and two practicas. Instructors include Maxi & Paloma, Homer & Christina Ladas, and Jay Abling. Schedule of classes still 'under developement'. In San Diego, CA: San Diego Tango Festival
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: