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 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, April 6, 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.
- Workshops with Natalia Hills & Alejandro Aquino, Mon-Sun, Mar. 19-25, 2018
Spring workshops and Gala by International Tango Masters Natalia Hills & Alejandro Aquino. They are offering "a series of Special Workshops on what they are most passionate about: technique, interpretation & choreography and the Forum 'Aquino-Hills'". In Vancouver, BC, Canada: BCTango.com
- Florencia Borgnia & Marcos Pereira in Sacto, Fri-Sun, Mar. 23-25, 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
- NEW! Dancing Fools Tango Fest 2018, Fri-Sun, Mar. 30-Apr. 1, 2018
The Weller House Inn holds its 9th and final Dancing Fools Tango Fest (owner Vivien LaMothe has the Inn up for sale.) Workshops will be offered by maestros Gabriel Missé and Maru. The seminars are progressive & begin with Tango foundation. There will be lectures on tango history & anecdotes of their experiences learning from famous Golden Era tango masters, codes of tango, tango orchestras, & musical interpretation, plus a milonga each night. In Fort Bragg, CA: Schedule and registration info; Weller House Inn [website not updated]
- Montana Tango Uprising, Fri-Sun, Apr. 6-8, 2018
TangoHelena's yearly festival has returned to bring world-class tango instructors and an unforgettable weekend of dancing in Montana's Queen City. Instructors are Gustavo Benzecry-Sabá & María Olivera, Rebecca Shulman, and Christy Cote. A dozen classes and 5 milongas (including 1 Grand, 1 Alt and 1 Late Night). In Helena, MT: Tango Helena
- Port Townsend Tango Retreat, Fri-Sun, Apr. 13-15, 2018
Three traditional milongas, one newer orchestra milonga, and one alternative milonga. Admission $75 per person before March 1 and $85 thereafter. Registration opens November 1 and is limited & role balanced. In Port Townsend, WA: Port Townsend Tango
- Two Moon Tango Encuentro for Advanced Dancers, Fri-Sun, Apr. 20-22, 2018
Advanced level Encuentro open to advanced level dancers with 10+ years experience with Milonguero Style tango. Alicia Pons will be teaching at the encuentro. In Santa Fe, NM: Two Moon Tango
- Natural Tango Festival, the Finale, Thu-Sun, Apr. 26-29, 2018
"Come join Natural Tango at the Mile High City, and experience 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! Amazing performances, live music, super guided practicas, interesting lectures and documentaries, atmospheric venues ... all in a welcoming friendly ambiance!" Unfortunately, the organizers have announced that this is their last Natural Tango Festival, so don't miss it. In Denver, CO: Natural Tango Festival
- Two Moon Tango Encuentro for Intermediate &Advanced Dancers, Fri-Sun, Apr. 27-29, 2018
This Encuentro is open to both advanced and intermediate level dancers with a minimum of 3 years of Milonguero style study and dancing. Familiarity and experience with the codes of the dance are expected. Alicia Pons will be teaching. In Santa Fe, NM: Two Moon Tango
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: