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, Oct. 5, 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.
- Eduardo Saucedo in Sacramento, Six Thursdays, Sept.
6, 13, 20, 27 & Oct. 4, 11, 2018
Argentine Tango master teacher and dancer Eduardo Saucedo will be teaching 'Off Axis Movements, Part II' over six Thursdays in September and October. This is an excellent opportunity to study regularly with a grand master. A practica will follow the classes. At Tango by the River in Sacramento, CA: Tango by the River
- GV-QTango: All live music tango festival, Thu-Sun, September 27-30, 2018
Erskine Maytorena of Albuquerque's QTango and GVR Argentine Tango Club of Green Valley, AZ, have organized a second live music festival for dancers to be held just south of Tucson, Arizona. (Erskine hosted the first one in Albuquerque last March that was extremely successful.) Five orchestras, with over 20 musicians; 3 milongas, with 15 hours of live music; two dancer musicality workshops accompanied by full orchestra. In Green Valley, AZ: GVR-QTango Fest 2018
- Boulder Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, October 5-7, 2018
Hosted by Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne: 7 couples of teachers; 30 tango classes; 2 practicas; 3 milongas; 6 DJs; Tango shows every night, 9 performances; Argentinean Folk Dance shows; and more. In Boulder, CO: Boulder Tango Festival
- Portland Tangofest, Thurs-Mon, October 11-15, 2018
The 22nd annual Tango Festival originated by Clay Nelson, "the longest running US festival dedicated to the authentic social dance and culture of Argentina". Three great teacher couples; live music on two nights; great DJs; 11 milongas. In Portland, OR: Portland Tangofest
- 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
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 (note: these pages contain graphics):