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.
NEW CLASS SERIES
Feb. 8-22, 2018. Larry Sawyer & Montana, instructors
From Larry: "Montana and I will be teaching a
four [correction] three week beginning tango series the month of February starting Thursday, February 8. Three weeks for $40 for newcomers, $30 for anyone who has had a beginning series before (price may be adjusted). If you know of anyone interested, get them in contact with me. We want preregistration for singles to keep the balance." Classes will be held at the Caspar Community Center. For further info or to register, contact Larry Sawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707.937.3622
TANGO AT 215 MAIN IN POINT ARENA
Tango at 215 Main is a cozy, welcoming milonga held periodically at 215 Main St., a beer and wine bar across from the historic Arena Theater in Point Arena, CA.
Small but warm and inviting crowd and space with decent floor, craft beer, local wines, great sandwiches and small plate eats.
The next milonga will be on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 8 to 11 pm. 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.
- Liz & Yannick in Sacramento, Sat-Sun, Feb. 24-25, 2018
"Renowned tango maestros Liz & Yannick Vanhove return to Sacramento! Winners of the 2012 European Tango Salon Championships, these beautiful and elegant dancers are also excellent teachers ... don't miss the chance to take your tango to another level! They will be in Sacramento teaching group classes and private lessons for one week only!" In Sacramento, CA: Tango by the River
- Liz & Yannick in Healdsburg, Tues, Feb. 27; Sun, Mar. 4; Tues, Mar. 6, 2018
"Liz & Yannick Vanhove, Los Belgas, are returning to teach Argentine Tango in Sonoma County for the third year. These elegant dancers (2012 European Salon Champions) are an experienced and knowledgeable team that teach useful and versatile material in a very fun and approachable style. They are our most favorite teachers and we are delighted to have them back in our tango community." They will also be available for private lessons; see link below for details. In Healdsburg, CA: Liz & Yannick in Healdsburg
- Tucson Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, Mar. 8-11, 2018
A stellar lineup of instructors, including Carrie & Mike from NM, Gustavo Benzecry Saba & Maria Olivera, Homer & Christina Ladas, and more. Tons of classes, 9 milongas, including an Alternative Milonga, a 'Vaquero Fiesta' theme night, a Gran Elegant Milonga and a Grand Milonga All-Nighter. In Tucson, AZ: Tucson Tango Festival
- San Miguel Tango Festival, Wed-Sun, Mar. 14-18, 2018
Intructors are Paloma & Maxi, Liz & Yannick, Moira & Javier, and Yaisuri & John. In the beautiful town of San Miguel. Schedule coming soon. In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: San Miguel Tango Festival
- Workshops with Natalia Hills & Alejandro Aquino, Mon-Sun, Mar. 19-25, 2018
Spring workshops and Gala by International Tango Masters Natalia Hills & Alejandro Aquino. "More details coming soon" says the website. In Vancouver, BC, Canada: BCTango.com
- Florencia Borgnia & Marcos Pereira in Sacto, Sat-Sun, Mar. 24-25, 2018
"The fabulous Marcos Pereira & Florencia Borgnia are returning to Sacramento! Don't miss this chance to study from these lovely dancers & great teachers!" In Sacramento, CA: Tango by the River
- Austin Spring Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Mar. 23-25, 2018
The 14th annual Austin Spring Tango Festival, hosted by the Austin Tango Society. "The Austin Spring Tango Festival is our largest event held annually at the end of March. The Festival runs from Friday through Sunday, and we are proud to bring in the best teachers from all over the world. Each day includes classes and a Milonga (with two on Saturday). On Sunday night, we host our signature event, the Asado Dinner Milonga with both indoor and outdoor dancing. The festival attracts over 300 dancers each year, visiting from all over the U.S. and international visitors as well!" In Austin, TX: Austin Spring Tango Festival
- Argentine Tango USA Championships & Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, Mar. 29-Apr. 1, 2018
"Andrea Monti and the City of Buenos Aires present the ATUSA Official Championship & Tango Festival 2018. Argentine Tango USA is the only Official Branch in the United States to Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup, and it offers both an amazing Tango Festival and the USA Official Tango Championship." In San Francisco, CA: Tango USA Championship & 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.
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: