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.
MONTHLY MILONGA IN POINT ARENA
Hosted by Walter & Raquel
Tango at 215 Main is a once-a-month milonga at "215 Main", a beer and wine bar across from the Arena Theater in Point Arena, CA.
The next milonga will be on Friday, February 26, 2016, from 8 to 11 pm.
A $5 entry fee is requested.
For more information, call Walt at 707.882.2474 or email email@example.com.
A Yelp review of the "215 Main" bar: http://www.yelp.com/biz/215-main-point-arena
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
- Portland Valentango, Wed-Mon, Feb. 10-15, 2016
The largest and longest running tango festival in North America, now going into its 18th year. Friendly community, great teachers, great DJs, great classes, great milongas, great ambiance and great opportunities to dance and learn for all levels and types of dancers, all at a great price. In Portland, OR: valentango.us
- NEW! Tango at the Ferry Building, Fri, Feb. 12, 2016
Beatrice Bowles and Terence Clarke of Tango Califia host another free milonga at the Ferry Building from 5:30 to 8 pm, in San Francisco, CA: Map and parking: ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/parking.php
- Workshops with Liz & Yannick Vanhove in Sacto, Sat-Sun, Feb. 27-28, 2016
Tango by the River hosts Liz & Yannick for a weekend of workshops. "Phenomenal dancers & teachers! Don't miss the chance to take your tango to another level!" In Sacramento, CA: rivertango.com
- San Miguel de Allende Tango Festival, Wed-Sun, March 2-6, 2016
Tango festival in one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, a "colonial jewel" that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Instructors include the esteemed Eduardo Saucedo, Santiago & Amy, and others. In San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX: sandiegotangofestival.com
- Seattle Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, Mar. 4-6, 2016
A "weekend of unforgettable dancing in the Pacific Northwest". Enjoy 7 milongas in 3 days! Role balanced, live music, refreshments. Enrollment limited, so sign up soon. In Seattle, WA: seattletangomarathon.com
- Argentine Tango USA Festival & USA Tango Championship, Thu-Sun, Mar. 24-27, 2016
Billed as 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 Competition in the US." Workshops, milongas, competitions, live music with Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto Tipico. In San Francisco, CA: http://tangousachampionship.com/
- Austin Spring Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Apr. 1-3 2016
18 workshops, 6 instructors, 5 DJs, 20 hours of milongas. The ASTF is for dancers of all levels; each class session has a beginner, intermediate, and advanced section. Regardless of your level, you'll find a class taught by each of the instructors with your tango needs and experience in mind. In Austin, TX: austinspringtango.com
- Tucson Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, Apr. 7-10, 2016
The second Tucson festival with the new organizers, Lorayne & Jim Baker. This year's theme is "Springtime in France." A great lineup of instructors, and 7 milongas. In Tucson, AZ: tucsontangofestival.com
- Natural Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, April 21-24, 2016
"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 DJs 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: naturaltangofestival.com
- Monica Paz Workshops in Albuquerque, Sat-Mon, May 7-9, 2016
Las Puertas, a tango venue in New Mexico, hosts Argentine tango teacher Monica Paz for a weekend of workshops. Monica "has vast experience as a teacher and dancer and has taught and/or performed through the world. She is a true master and teacher of milonguero style tango". In Albuquerque, NM: laspuertasevents.com (Scroll down...)
- Denver Memorial Day Tango Festival, Thu-Mon, May 26-30, 2016
The 16th annual Denver Tango Festival, a long running and popular festival "by dancers, for dancers". Excellent instructors, multiple milongas, including the famous outdoor milonga in Cheesman Park. Now under new direction by Peter Simoneau and Alla Lakov. In Denver, CO: denvertangofestival.com
- Burning Tango, Fri-Sun, June 10-12, 2016
Festival located in the historic and scenic town of McCloud, situated on the south slope of Mt. Shasta. The McCloud Ballroom, with its maple dance floor, is the perfect place for a tango festival, according to Clay Nelson, the founder and organizer. Unique in that there is no conflict in classes or milongas -- only one going on at any time, so no decisions to make. Six classes and 7 milongas, including two special mixers. Pre- & Post-Burn events if you come earlier and/or stay later. In McCloud, CA: burningtango.us
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: