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, Sept. 7, 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.
- Las Mujeres Tango Marathon, Fri-Mon, August 17-20, 2018
Why Las Mujeres? From the website: "The world is kind of funky right now and a bit unsettling, isn't it? We looked around our fairly liberal city, and thought, 'Let's rally everyone together here, in the summer, when the weather is delicious. and let's give women the spotlight for a weekend. Let's attract all the dancers who would like to support that sort of thing, and see what magic energy we can get flowing in the cool, circular space that is Om Culture [a dance venue]. We'll feed people and hug them and book amazing DJs and create a safe space for everyone, regardless of gender (or non-gender) to explore and connect and do this beautiful thing we love that is tango. Are you in?'" While all are welcome to participate, the focus is that all the DJs will be women. Five milongas (including one outdoors with a picnic) with an "unofficial kickoff party" and an extra "after party milonga", plus an optional whale watching excursion. In Seattle, WA: Las Mujeres Tango Marathon
- Tango on the Rocks, Fri-Mon, August 31 - September 3, 2018
Tango on the Rocks Labor Day weekend festival. This year's festival will feature some of the best teachers and DJs in the country, a farm-to-table menu of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, milongas in Denver's most beautiful historic venues, and much more! Four sets of instructors offering multiple classes. Seven milongas, including one at the Cheesman Park outdoor pavilion and a Monday spillover milonga. In Denver, CO: Tango on the Rocks
- International Tango Summit, Thu-Sun, September 6-9, 2018
A tango festival combined with a tango competition. Festival: Sixteen instructors to choose from. Milongas each night will have live music provided by the Sans Souci Orchestra from Buenos Aires. Special workshops for teachers or would-be teachers of tango. Competition: Compete at your level in the style that expresses your tango journey. Separate registration for festival and competition. In Los Angeles, CA: International Tango Summit
- 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
- Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne Seminar, Fri-Sun, September 7-9, 2018
Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne offer "Seminar D, Adornos, walks, and elegance" in their series of seven seminars in 2018. At the Boulder Tango Studio, Boulder, CO: Boulder Tango Studio
- A weekend of workshops with Eduardo Saucedo, Sat-Sun, September 8-9, 2018
Master teacher Eduardo Saucedo offers a weekend of workshops, focusing on the theme "Let's Embrace the World of Milonguero Style ... Get the Look, Get the Feeling, Get the Style!". One workshop on Saturday, two on Sunday. At Tango by the River in Sacramento, CA: Tango by the River
- Seattle TangoMagic Festival, Thu-Mon, September 13-17, 2018
Kristina Ivanova & Anton Sukhanov have taken over from Arthur Newman as organizers of Seattle TangoMagic and are carrying on the best traditions of the Seattle TangoMagic Festival. "It is our hope that you will be enjoying TangoMagic Festival year after year, and we are excited to welcome you in Seattle to experience a joyful bliss of Tango in our community!" 11 classes, 6 milongas, and instructors include Maxi & Paloma and Julio Balmaceda & Virginia Vasconi. In Seattle, WA: Seattle Tango Magic
- 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
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):