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, August 23rd:
• 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.
- Dream Tangofest Seattle, Thurs-Sun, May 23-26, 2019
Four couples teaching, including Maxi & Paloma. Either seven or eight classes each day (2 classes simultaneously); 5 milongas with Trio Garufa performing live at Friday night milonga. Taxi dancers available. In Seattle, WA: Dream Tangofest Seattle
- LA Tango Marathon, Thurs-Mon, May 23-27, 2019
Billed as "The Endless Summer Tango Marathon", it boasts of 35+ hours of dancing, a beach milonga, a traveling flashmob, bonfire potluck party, full bar on premises, with all venues "near gorgeous beaches". In Los Angeles, CA: LA Tango Marathon
- Lake Tahoe Tango Festival, Fri-Mon, May 24-27, 2019
World renowned instructors Eduardo Saucedo and Liz & Yannik Vanhove are instructing. 4 days of workshops, 4 days and nights of milongas with both live music and great DJs; the Gourmet Dinner Show on Saturday night, and the Chartered Twilight Cruise around Emerald Bay on Sunday (weather permitting). Optional "Dinner with the Maestros" on Thursday, May 23. In Lake Tahoe, CA: Tahoe Tango Festival
- Salt Lake Tango Fest, Fri-Mon, May 24-27, 2019
The Wasatch Tango Club hosts four days of tango festival over the Memorial Day weekend, with two couples teaching. 5 milongas, including a Canyon Picnic & Asado; plus their traditional afterparty Mystic tango tour, including hot springs, asado, sightseeing of native petroglyphs & rock formations, and more. In Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake Tangofest
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: