Tango Mendocino
Milonga & Practica Schedules
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THURSDAYS
Milonga
7:30 - 10:00 pm
unless otherwise noted

 
THU 
Location
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  July   
6
CCC
 
 
13
CCC
 
 
20
CCC
 
 
27
CCC
 

  August   
3
CCC
 
 
10
CCC
 
 
17
CCC
 
 
24
CCC
 
 
31
CCC
 

  September   
7
CCC
 
 
14
CCC
 
 
21
CCC
 
 
28
CCC
 

SUNDAYS
Practica

7:30 - 10:00 pm
unless otherwise noted

 
SUN 
Location
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  July   
2
ECC
 
 
9
ECC
 
 
16
ECC
 
 
23
ECC
 
 
30
ECC
 

  August   
6
ECC
 
 
13
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20
ECC
 
 
27
ECC
 

  September   
3
ECC
 
 
10
ECC
 
 
17
ECC
 
 
24
ECC
 

KEY: CCC = Caspar Community Center; ECC = Elk (Greenwood) Community Centermaps ]

Updated 28 July 2017


News &    
Events    

ONGOING:  |||   Milonga every Thursday; Practica every Sunday
|||   Monthly Milonga in Point Arena
|||   Drop-in Practica on Tuesdays in Fort Bragg   
UPCOMING:  |||   List of upcoming tango events   
INFO:  |||   The Temptation To Tango by Irene & Larry    |||   Lead vs. Follow    |||   Tango Dance Etiquette    |||   Where do we Dance?   


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    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, a beer and wine bar across from the historic Arena Theater in Point Arena, CA.

    Milongas held monthly on a convenient Friday, 8 to 11 pm, while we transition to a 1st Friday schedule.

    The next milonga will be on Friday, July 28, 2017, 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.


    DROP-IN PRACTICA IN FORT BRAGG ON TUESDAYS
    Hosted by The Weller House Inn

    The Weller House Inn offers an informal practica on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm, held in the historic redwood ballroom. Everyone welcome, from accomplished dancers to the just curious. Music by various DJs. A $5 floor fee is requested. For more information, contact Terry at 707-734-0961.


    UPCOMING EVENTS ...
    A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.

    July 2017:

    • No further events in July.

    August 2017:

    • Portland Tango Campout & Milonga, Fri-Sun, Aug. 4-6, 2017
      The Portland Tango Community is holding a "tango camping trip" again this year. There is camping, hiking, fishing, kayak rentals, cafés, and lots of sandy Columbia River beach to play on, plus tango dancing on Friday and Saturday nights at the Skamokawa Grange Hall. At Vista Park in Skamokawa, WA: Portland Tango Campout

    • Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne seminar, Fri-Sun, Aug. 11-13, 2017
      Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne offer a weekend seminar in Santa Barbara, CA. Gender balanced. Seminar will focus on "the Great 4: Boleo, Sacada, Barrida, & Gancho". Milongas will feature performance by Gustavo & Giselle. At the Santa Barbara Dance Center in Santa Barbara, CA: TangoTurns seminar info

    • María Volonté concert in Fort Bragg, Sun, Aug. 13, 2017, 8 - 11 pm
      The Weller House Inn is hosting a special evening of Argentine Tango music and dancing with Latin Grammy nominee and Carlos Gardel prize winner María Volonté of Blue Tango Project. Volonté, on vocals and guitar, together with her partner Kevin Carrel Footer on harmonica, is "an intriguingly versatile and original Argentinian singer and songwriter; she can mix an intimate treatment of tango classics by the great Astor Piazolla with echoes of late-night jazz and Latin-Blues fusion" (The Guardian). Volonté has performed in the Bay Area and throughout the US many times. NPR called Volonté's art "a potent brew" - and advised its listeners to "consume responsibly". $20. For advance tickets, call the WHI at (707) 964-4415. At The Weller House Inn, Fort Bragg, CA: María Volonté and Blue Tango Project

    September 2017:

    • No known events in September.

    October 2017:

    • Red Carpet Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Oct. 5-8, 2017
      Three day workshop: Experience intense tango, vals and milonga workshops with masterful instructors and be inspired by their uniqueness and personal experiences. "Improvisation Tango Competition", optional for registered attendees only. 4 milongas, live music with Tango BC on select nights. In Las Vegas, NV: Red Carpet Tango Festival

    • Albuquerque Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, Oct. 6-8, 2017
      Self billed as "one of the friendliest, most welcoming tango communities anywhere." Over 30 hours of milongas with world class DJs; 3 full days of group classes; 3 instructor couples; 3,000 sq. ft. main dance floor plus 2 auxiliary dance floors; custom baked cake at every milonga; fantastic venue in Old Town. At Hotel Albuquerque, in Albuquerque, NM: Albuquerque Tango Festival

    • Boulder Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Oct. 6-8, 2017
      Hosted by Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne. Workshops by 6 couples (more than 25 classes); 3 milongas; teacher performances, including folk dancing; discussion time with the teachers; food & wine tasting; private lessons available. In Boulder, CO: Boulder Tango Festival

    • La Garufa Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Oct. 6-10, 2017
      From their website: "World-renowned masters of Argentine tango; 20 international artists and DJs; 20 classes to choose from; 4 days and 4 nights of dancing, cocktails; fashion show; tango show". In Vancouver, Canada: La Garufa Tango Festival

    • Portland Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Oct. 12-16, 2017
      The 21st annual Portland Tango Festival! Top tier teachers, world class DJs, great venues, and a warm welcome from famously friendly Portlanders. "You are cordially invited to dance a reckless amount and learn exciting material from our exceptional teachers. There's an exclusive track for advanced dancers on one end of the spectrum, and on the other we have a cool little program called Bite Size Tango geared for totally new dancers to experience the magic in a tasty little chunk". In Portland, OR: Portland Tango Festival


    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.


    Know of an event you think should be listed here? Email it to events@tangomendocino.com


    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

    Leaders:
    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.

    Followers:
    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):


    Tango Mango, a S. F. Bay Area Tango Events calendar: http://www.tangomango.org

    B.A. Tango, the S. F. Bay Area Argentine Tango page: http://www.batango.org


    For inquiries about Argentine Tango on the Mendocino Coast:
    inquiries@tangomendocino.com

    Tango Mendocino home page
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