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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  December   
6
CCC
 
 
13
CCC
 
 
20
CCC
 
 
27
CCC
 

SUNDAYS
Practica

7:30 - 10:00 pm
unless otherwise noted

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

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

Updated 14 December 2018


News &    
Events    

ONGOING:  |||   Milonga every Thursday; Practica every Sunday
|||   Monthly Milonga in Point Arena
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 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, Jan. 4, 2019, 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.

    December 2018:

    • Day of Tango, Fri-Sun, December 14-16, 2018
      Eighth annual Day of Tango festival, presented by the Academy of Tango - Texas, celebrated in Argentina every year on December 11 since 1965 in honor of the birth dates of Carlos Gardel and Julio De Caro. Three milongas, "interactive dance workshops" with multiple instructors, performances by international dance champions & instructors, and live music. In Austin, TX: DayOfTango.org

    • Liz & Yannick Workshops on Mendo coast, Sat-Sun, December 15-16, 2018
      Tango Mendocino brings the wonderful, talented, fun and energetic teachers Liz & Yannick Vanhove, aka Los Belgas, for a weekend of classes on the Mendocino coast. Five classes and a milonga for $75, or $15/class and $10 for milonga. Make this a holiday gift to yourself and visit the coast for these two exceptional teachers. For more info or to register, contact Larry at 707.937.3622 or bysawyer@mcn.org. All events to be held at the Caspar Community Center in Caspar, CA: about Liz & Yannick; Workshops Schedule

    • San Diego Tango Festival, Fri-Tues, December 28, 2018-January 1, 2019
      33 classes to choose from, including 4 couples-only advanced packages, 9 milongas, 2 mixers, and a great lineup of instructors. Venue is a "great location on the waterfront with sunsets and good weather, and near great restaurants and transportation options. As always, great DJs and teachers to keep you dancing and learning all weekend long". In San Diego, CA: SanDiegoTangoFestival.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.


    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
    Full graphics version


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