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.
MONTHLY MILONGA IN POINT ARENA
Hosted by Walter & Raquel
Tango at 215 Main is a once-a-month milonga at "215 Main", a beer and wine bar across from the Arena Theater in Point Arena, CA.
Next milonga will be on February 7, 2014, from 8 to 11 pm.
The milonga is FREE except for the purchase of a drink (non-alcoholic drinks are available).
For more information, call Walt at 707.882.2474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Yelp review of the "215 Main" bar: http://www.yelp.com/biz/215-main-point-arena
ARGENTINE TANGO PRACTICA IN UKIAH
Presented by Salon Tango Club of Ukiah
Salon Tango Club of Ukiah hosts a practica every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
from 6:15 - 8:15 pm at YOMO (Yoga Mendocino Studio), 206 Mason Street, Ukiah, CA.
$12 drop-in fee; a lower sustaining membership price is also available.
For more information please call Benna at 707-895-3883.
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
- Tucson Tango Festival, Wed-Mon, Mar 12-17, 2014:
Acclaimed as one of the "warmest" and "most welcoming" festivals in the US, Rusty and Joanne are offering it again in 2014. Great instructors and DJs, 33 workshops, 10 milongas, 3 practicas, DJ classes, lectures, 'guerilla milonga', and more. Registration is now open. In Tucson, AZ: tucsontangofestival.com
- San Miguel Tango Festival, Thurs-Mon, Mar 13-17, 2014:
Second annual tango festival held in one of the most beautiful towns in Mexico. 36 classes, 6 milongas, and 2 practicas; in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico: sanmigueltangofestival.com
- Vancouver's Spring Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Mar 14-16, 2014:
Gabriela Rojo and BC Tango proudly present the BC Tango 2014 Spring Festival with Workshops and Tango Gala by the spectacular Carlos Barrionuevo & Mayte Valdés and Guillermo Salvat & Silvia Grynt; in Vancouver, BC, Canada: bctango.com
- Austin Spring Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Mar 28-30, 2014:
Whether you are a tango beginner who wants to learn fundamentals with master teachers, a seasoned tanguero who croons to vintage Gardel recordings, or the improvisational tanguera who wonders how she can neotango to Stars of the Lid (they're from Austin, too), this is your festival. Each class session has a beginner, intermediate, and advanced section. Regardless of your level, you'll find a class taught by each of the instructors with your tango needs and experience in mind. In Austin, TX: austinspringtango.com
- Dancing Fools Tangofest, Fri-Sun, Apr 4-6, 2014:
The Weller House Inn offers a new format for this year's Dancing Fools Tangofest: The Dancing Fools Slumber Party. Three days and nights with Pajama Practicas, More Milongas and plenty of time for naps (not!). Some classes too, with Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda. Live music by Seth Asarnow and Ville Hiltula on Saturday April 5, 8 - 11pm. At the Weller House Inn, in Fort Bragg, CA: whi-tango.com/tango/FESTIVALITO.html
- Argentine Tango USA Festival and USA Tango Championship, Thu-Sun, Apr 17-20, 2014:
A unique four-day Tango event including both an international Tango festival (with workshops, performances, live music and social dancing), and the only Official Argentine Tango Competition in the US. To be held at the San Francisco Airport Marriot Hotel, in San Francisco, CA: argentinetangousa.com/
- NaturalTango Festival, Thu-Sun, Apr 24-27, 2014:
"Come 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! Everyone will find something special here where you can immerse yourself in an intimate atmosphere: one weekend of tango history, music, workshops and dancing!" Live music with NaturalTango Orchestra. In Denver, CO: naturaltangofestival.com
- Workshops with Mirabai Deranja, Sat-Sun, Apr 26-27, 2014:
Tango del Sol of Eureka hosts a weekend of workshops with Mirabai Deranja. Recognized as a world class instructor and performer, Mirabai won 2nd place in the 2012 USA Argentine Tango Championship. Having trained intensively for 5 years in Buenos Aires, she now travels the world to teach tango. In Eureka, CA: Workshop flyer at Tango del Sol; Mirabai's home page
- Denver Memorial Day Tango Festival, Fri-Mon, May 23-26, 2014:
Tom Stermitz hosts the 14th annual Denver Memorial Day Tango Festival, a tango festival "by dancers, for dancers". Six milongas, 3 days of classes. Over the Memorial Day weekend; in Denver, CO: denvertangofestival.com
- Burning Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, June 27-29, 2014:
In a unique setting and environment near Mt. Shasta, Burning Tango is designed to be fun, non-competitive, simple, friendly and most of all affordable. No scheduling conflicts -- only one class or milonga happening at a time. Early bird reduced registration before June 21. In McCloud, CA: burningtango.us/
- Nora's Tango Weekend, Thu-Sun, July 3-6, 2014:
Celebrating its 17th year, Nora Dinzelbacher's Tango Weekend features world class instructors, featuring Nito & Elba, Graciela Gonzalez, Lorena Ermocida, Hugo Latorre, among others. Held at the SF Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel, just south of San Francisco in Burlingame, CA: tangoweek.com/
- Seattle TangoMagic, The-Mon, July 10-14, 2014:
"Five beautiful days and summer nights of tango", including an outdoor milonga and salmon bake. 10 milongas & practicas, 20+ classes; in Seattle, WA: seattletangomagic.com/
- Milonguero Tango Encuentro, Fri-Sun, July 18-20, 2014:
Encuentros are gatherings of close embrace, milonguero-style dancers coming together to study, build community and dance the weekend away! These intimate events include great nationally known DJs, a beautiful venue, and upscale milongas with use of the traditional codes of the dance. Space is limited, so reserve soon; in Salida, CO: casatangosalida.com/Casa_Tango/Events.html
- Denver Labor Day Tango Festival, Over Labor Day weekend, probably Fri-Mon, Aug 29 - Sept. 1, 2014 -- exact dates not yet available on website:
Tom Stermitz hosts the 15th annual Labor Day Tango Festival, "for dancers, by dancers". Check back for exact dates, or check DTF website. In Denver, CO: denvertangofestival.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.
Excerpts from the book are available online. Visit their website, http://TheTemptationToTango.com, for more information and to order your copy.
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: