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, Nov. 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
- Albuquerque Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, October 18-21, 2018
Over 30 hours of milongas with world-class DJs; three full days of group classes; a giant 3,000 SF main dance floor and two large auxillary floors; custom-baked cakes at evey milonga; self-billed as "one of the friendliest, most welcoming tango communities anywhere"; a tango shoe exchange; "no one turned away or 'wait listed' due to gender or preference of follower or leader role". In Albuquerque, NM: Albquerque Tango Festival
- Felipe and Ayano Workshops in Mendocino, CA, Sat-Sun, October 20-21, 2018
Tango Mendocino sponsors Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda for a weekend of workshops, with classes on freedom of movement, turning dynamics, milonga, and other elements of tango vocabulary. Milonga on Saturday night. At Preston Hall in Mendocino, CA: Workshops schedule
- Gustavo & Giselle seminar, Fri-Sun, October 26-28, 2018
Fifth in Gustavo and Giselle Anne seminar series: Seminar E: changes of turn direction. In Boulder, CO: Gustavo y Giselle
- San Francisco Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, November 9-11, 2018
Self-billed as "3 days of great music and dancing in one of the world's best cities to visit!" Six milongas, plus a lecture on musicality and a film about the milongueros of Buenos Aires. In San Francisco, CA: SFTangoMarathon.com
- Connect 2018 Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, November 23-25, 2018
A "three-day tango experience of open-hearted, magical connection with great DJs, superb teachers, fabulous food and comfortable venues." 7 milongas, 4 classes, 3 lectures, & more. In Ashland, OR: ConnectTangoFest.com
- Gustavo & Giselle seminar, Fri-Sun, November 30 - December 2, 2018
Sixth in Gustavo and Giselle Anne seminar series: Seminar F: total vals: structure, dobles, triples & phrasing. In Boulder, CO: Gustavo y Giselle
- Day of Tango, Fri-Sun, December 14-16, 2018
Eighth annual Day of Tango festival, presented by the Academy of Tango - Texas, celebrated in Argentina every year on December 11 since 1965 in honor of the birth dates of Carlos Gardel and Julio De Caro. Three milongas, "interactive dance workshops" with multiple instructors, performances by international dance champions & instructors, and live music. In Austin, TX: DayOfTango.org
- San Diego Tango Festival, Fri-Tues, December 28, 2018-January 1, 2019
33 classes to choose from, including 4 couples-only advanced packages, 9 milongas, 2 mixers, and a great lineup of instructors. Venue is a "great location on the waterfront with sunsets and good weather, and near great restaurants and transportation options. As always, great DJs and teachers to keep you dancing and learning all weekend long". In San Diego, CA: SanDiegoTangoFestival.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.
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: