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.
- New Year's Tango Ball in Sacramento, Sat, Dec. 27, 2014
Since Old Sacto can get "pretty crazy" on New Year's Eve, Tango by the River will hold their annual New Year's Tango Ball a little early, in place of their regular 4th Saturday milonga. Traditional music from 9 pm to midnight, then nuevo/alternative music until 1 am or so. Light refreshments provided. In Sacramento, CA: rivertango.com
- New Year's Tango Ball in Arcata, Wed, Dec. 31, 2014
Join Humboldt Tango for a New Year's Eve milonga at the Arcata Veterans Hall from 9:00 pm to past midnight. They will provide hats, noisemakers and a midnight champagne toast; you bring finger foods and drinks to share. In Arcata, CA. For more information, call Lee at 858.205.9832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org: tangodelsol.net
- San Diego Tango Festival, Wed-Mon, Dec. 31, 2014 - Jan. 5, 2015
The 9th annual San Diego Tango Festival will be held at the end of December, at the Kona Kai Resort. "World class DJs and instructors brought to you with the warmth of the San Diego Tango Community." 20 workshops, 11 milongas. SF Bay area's Homer & Cristina Ladas among the 8 instructors. In San Diego, CA: sandiegotangofestival.com
- Two weekends of Tango Bootcamps in Honolulu
Fri-Sun, Jan. 9-11, 2015: Beginners
Fri-Sun, Jan. 15-18, 2015: Intermediate/Advanced
George Garcia of IslaTango presents two weekends of "Tango Bootcamps" in January. Each three-day workshop emphasizes fundamentals and advanced technique. Discounts available for early registration and past participants. At the Honolulu Club in Honolulu, HI: islatango.com
- Portland ValenTango Festival, Wed-Mon, Feb. 18-23, 2015
Clay Nelson once again presents the very popular ValenTango Festival with 14 instructors, 48 classes, 16 milongas, 2 orchestras, 2 performance nights, 8000 sq ft of dance floor, an "Equal Opportunity Two-Song Tanda Mixer Milonga", a special Beginner's Milonga, and much more. In Portland, OR: valentango.us
- San Miguel Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, Mar. 12-15, 2015
Four days of tango dancing in beautiful San Miguel de Allende. 32 classes, 5 milongas; early bird special pricing is $199 (US dollars) until Dec. 31st. In San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX: sanmigueltangofestival.com
- Seattle Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, Mar. 20-22, 2015
Indulge yourself with a weekend of unforgettable dancing in the Pacific Northwest. Seven traditional milongas plus an 'alternative lounge' featuring a mix of alternative, traditional, and live music playing throughout Friday and Saturday's events. In Seattle, WA: seattletangomarathon.com
- Tucson Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, Apr. 2-5, 2015
Rusty & Joanne have retired and turned over the Tucson Festival to new organizers, Lorayne & Jim Baker. The festival is now held in a new, convenient venue and offers exciting new concepts in instruction. 6 instructors, 7 milongas, master classes, private lessons, and more. In Tucson, AZ: tucsontangofestival.com
- Argentine Tango USA Championship & Festival, Thurs-Sun, Apr. 2-5, 2015
The "USA Official National Championship 2015", a four day event that includes a tango festival and a tango competition. Workshops, performances, live music, and social dancing. In San Francisco, CA: argentinetangousa.com
- NaturalTango Festival, Fri-Sun, Apr. 24-26, 2015
Billed as a "weekend full of big and small surprises, precious moments and inspiring people! Experience intense workshops with masterful instructors, and amazing milongas with DJ's who know how to keep the flow alive and the dancers going ALL NIGHT!" Also a "weekend of tango history, music, workshops and dancing". In Denver, CO: naturaltangofestival.com
- Alicia Pons and Luis Rojas in Seattle, Fri-Sun, Mar. 20-22, 2015
Workshops with close embrace specialist Alicia Pons and Luis Rojas. Program and schedule to be announced. Check the All Seattle Tango website for more information. In Seattle, WA: allseattletango.com
- Denver Memorial Day Tango Festival, Thu-Mon, May 21-25, 2015
"By dancers, for dancers", the 15th annual Denver Tango Festival will be held over Memorial Day weekend. DTF website not yet updated, but the dates are set. In Denver, CO: denvertangofestival.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: