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
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.
- Hawaii Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, January 25-27, 2019
A high-level, warm, adult (mature) Tango Marathon for experienced tango dancers. Featuring top DJs, special workshops, inspirational presentations, themed milongas, afternoon alternative practicas, sunset catamaran cruises, Sunday afternoon barbecue by the beach and live music. The Aloha Dancesport Centre features a quality, well-cushioned dance floor and a great sound system that makes this a comfortable and enjoyable event all weekend long. In Honolulu, HI: Hawaii Tango Marathon
- Maxi & Paloma workshops in Salt Lake City, Fri-Sun, January 11-13, 2019
Paloma Berrios and Maximiliano Alvarado bring with them over 15 years of teaching and performing experience, teaching philosophy focused on the fundamentals of the traditional close-embrace tango, and their amazing warm and attentive personalities. 5 workshops, 1 practilonga, 2 milongas, with instructors performing at Saturday milonga. In Salt Lake City, UT: Wasatch Tango
- Fabián Salas & Lola Díaz in Albuquerque, Fri-Sun, January 18-20, 2019
"Fabián Salas is an internationally renowned tango dancer, teacher, researcher and choreographer with over 30 years of experience. He has been awarded Outstanding Personality of Culture due to his distinctive approach to the dance. He teaches with love and talent, combined with a profound understanding of this intricate dance of tango. Lola Díaz is a sweetheart. You'll fall in love with her smile. Her patience and extensive understanding of the dance will make your tango experience a truly wonderful one." 5 workshops, 1 practica, 2 milongas over the three days. Hosted by Tango Club of Albuquerque. At Lloyd Shaw Center in Albuquerque, NM: Workshops schedule
- Encuentro San Francisco, Fri-Sun, January 25-27, 2019
"Encuentro San Francisco 2019 sold out quickly during the pre-registration stage. As a result, formal registration did not occur on November 1, 2019 as originally planned. In the event of cancellations prior to the Encuentro, the organizers will create a couples waiting list. Couples who are interested in being placed on a couples wait list should email their request to Jonathan and Olivia, organizers and hosts." Contact Jonathan & Olivia at email@example.com to be placed on the waiting list. In San Francisco, CA: Announcement on Siempre Milonguero
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: