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.
The April milonga at 215 Main is CANCELLED due to scheduling issues. The next milonga will be on Friday, May 19, 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.
- Dancing Fools Tango Fest (DFTF), Thu-Sun, Mar. 30-Apr. 2, 2017
The Weller House Inn is pleased to announce the 8th annual Dancing Fools Tango Fest with instruction by Felipe Martinez, Ayano Yoneda, and Mariana Ancarola, and featuring live music at the April 1 milonga with the Seth Asarnow Duo. 15% Dancer's Discount for early bird lodging. In Fort Bragg, CA: Weller House Dance schedule
- "Tango Uprising" Festival in Montana, Fri-Sun, Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017
TangoHelena's yearly "Tango Uprising" festival has returned to bring world-class tango instructors and an unforgettable weekend of dancing in Montana's Queen City. 5 classes and 5 milongas are scheduled for the weekend. Homer & Christina, Rebecca Shulman, and J. Abling are among the instructors. In Helena, MT: TangoHelena.com
- Salt Lake Tango Fest 2017, Fri-Sun, Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017
From the Wasatch Tango website: "Our spring festival of tango features two pairs of Argentine teachers from Buenos Aires: Gustavo Benzecry Saba and Maria Olivera, and Guillermo Cerneaz and Gaby Mataloni! Invited DJs are John Miller (Colorado), Randy Alan Fisher (Michigan), Tommy Smith (Idaho)." 9 classes & 5 milongas are offered over the 3 days. There will be a screening of Gustavo's documentary "History of the Tango Dance" on Sunday at 11 am, with brunch provided. In Salt Lake City, UT: WasatchTango.org
- Port Townsend Tango Retreat, Fri-Sun, Apr. 7-9, 2017
The Third Annual Tango Retreat hosted by Port Townsend Tango. New, larger venue; 3 traditional milongas, 1 "50/50" milonga, 1 alternative milonga. Registration limited & role-balanced. In Port Townsend, WA: TangoPt.com
- Argentine Tango USA Festival & Championship, Thu-Sun, Apr. 13-16, 2017
A "unique four-day 'Official Tango' event including both an international Tango Festival (with workshops, performances, live music and social dancing), and the only Official Argentine Tango Championship in the USA." Two live tango bands: TangoBC Trio from Argentina, and Seth Asarno y su Sexteto Tipico from San Francisco. In San Francisco, CA: Tango USA Festival & Championship
- TangoBC Trio on Mendo coast, Thurs, Apr. 20, 2017
The TangoBC Trio will be performing at the Tango Mendocino evening milonga on Thursday, April 20. More details to follow. In Caspar, CA: Tango BC
- Eduardo Saucedo workshops in Sacto, Fri-Sun, Apr. 21-23, 2017
Much beloved master teacher and dancer from Buenos Aires, Eduardo Saucedo returns to Tango by the River for 3 days of workshops. In Sacramento, CA: Tango by the River
- NaturalTango Festival, Fri-Sun, Apr. 28-30, 2017
"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! Amazing performances, Live Music, Super Guided practicas, interesting lectures and documentaries, atmospheric venues ... all in a welcoming friendly ambiance!" In Denver, CO: NaturalTango
- LA Tango Marathon, Thurs-Mon, May 25-29, 2017
Billed as "The Endless Summer Tango Marathon", held over the Memorial Day weekend. "35+ hours of dancing; top DJs; beach milonga; flashmob; bonfire; great venues; refreshments provided; full bar on premises; all locations near gorgeous beaches and LAX." In Los Angeles, CA: LA Tango Marathon
- Memorial Day Denver Tango Festival,
Fri-Tues, May 26-30, 2017
Denver's annual Memorial Day Tango Festival has been CANCELLED this year. No reason has been given on the website. DenverTangoFestival.com
- Seattle Tango Magic, Thurs-Mon, June 8-12, 2017
New organizers Kristina Ivanova & Anton Sukhanov inherited Seattle TangoMagic Festival from Arthur (Arturo) Newman who had staged this great celebration for nine years. They feel deeply grateful for the opportunity to own the festival, and for Arthur's continuous mentorship and support. "It is our hope that you will be enjoying Tango Magic Festival year after year, and we are excited to welcome you in Seattle to experience a joyful bliss of Tango in our community!" In Seattle, WA SeattleTangoMagic.com
- Burning Tango, Thurs-Sun, June 15-17, 2017
Clay Nelson once again hosts the very popular Burning Tango in a charming small town on the south slope of Mt. Shasta. This festival is unique in that there is only one class or milonga going on at a time, thus no decisions to make; and it's inexpensive! 5 sets of instructors, including Adam & Tilly (Boston), and Christopher & Caroline (SF Bay area). 6 traditional milongas, 2 alternative milongas, and 2 mixers. In McCloud, OR: BurningTango.us
- Nora's Tango Weekend, Fri-Tues, June 30-July 4, 2017
Nora Dinzelbacher hosts the 20th anniversary Tango Weekend with some of the finest talent from Buenos Aires and beyond. 15 classes and seminars to choose from; a daily "Chamuyo" (instructors' talk); live music with Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto Tipico on select nights. Held at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Hotel, just south of San Francisco, near the SFO airport. In Burlingame, CA: TangoWeek.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 (note: these pages contain graphics):