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.
- No further events in July.
- 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
- No known events in September.
- 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.
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):