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.
BEGINNING CLASS SERIES IN CASPAR, CA
Thursdays, April 12 - May 10, 2018; Larry Sawyer and Montana, instructors
Larry and Montana are offering a five-week beginning class series on Thursdays, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, April 12 - May 10, at the Caspar Community Center, prior to Tango Mendocino's regular weekly milonga. Larry says, "It will be from the beginning, though will start with some new approaches I think will be insightful and instructive for everyone, so I'm encouraging the beginners from February to take the whole five weeks." Cost for newcomers is $40 for the five weeks, $30 for anyone who has taken a beginning series before. Contact Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707.937.0078 for more info or to register. At Caspar Community Center, in Caspar, CA
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.
Milongas held monthly on a mid-month Friday, 8 to 11 pm. Next milonga date to be announced. 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.
- 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
- Monica Paz workshops in Albuquerque, Fri-Sun, May 11-13, 2018
Las Puertas Events Center hosts a weekend of workshops with Monica Paz, a foremost proponent of milonguero (close embrace) style tango. "Become an additional instrument of the orchestra when you dance tango, milonga and vals. In the five classes, Monica will gradually explain what that means. During the weekend, she will work with the concept that tango is connection with the partner and with the music", with an emphasis on musicality, training the body to be able to express the music, and comprehension of the different musical measures. In Albuquerque, NM: Las Puertas Events; more about Monica Paz
- Missoula Spring Tango, Fri-Sun, May 11-13, 2018
A regional tango gathering. With five milongas, three technique classes, live tango music, a mixer, practica, and men's and women's socials. Classes will be taught by regional instructors, will build on each other, will be focused on spontaneity, and will be appropriate for all levels. Guest DJ's from around the region will be crafting the music for the milongas. In Missoula, MT: Missoula Spring Tango
- LA Tango Marathon, Thu-Mon, May 24-28, 2018
Memorial Day weekend event. "35 + hours of dancing; Top DJs; Beach Milonga; Flashmob; Bonfire; Great venues; Refreshments provided; Full bar on premises. All locations near gorgeous beaches & LAX." (Promotional video on website.) In Los Angeles, CA: LA Tango Marathon
- Encuentro Port Townsend, Fri-Sun, May 25-27, 2018
A milonguero style encuentro that is gender balanced, with limited entry. In Port Townsend, WA: No official website; see announcement on SiempreMilonguero.org; for more info, email Ernie Baird
- Lake Tahoe Tango Retreat, Fri-Mon, May 25-28, 2018
Tahoe Tango presents a Memorial Day Weekend event with tango masters Eduardo Saucedo and Liz & Yannick Vanhove. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe, take workshops with world-class tango professionals, and of course dance tango every night. Registration includes a gourmet dinner & show with performances by the instructors, a chartered twilight cruise on the lake, and a sumptuous farewell brunch. In Lake Tahoe, CA: Tahoe 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: