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 mid-month Friday, 8 to 11 pm. Next milonga date to be announced. 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.
- International Day of Tango, Sun, Dec. 11, 2016
Il Dia Nacional de Tango is the official "Day of the Tango", created in Argentina to commemorate the birthdays of the famous orquesta leader Julio de Caro and the "legendary and still-revered" tango singer, Carlos Gardel, both born on December 11 (but 9 years apart). Last year there was a festival celebrating the day in Austin, TX, but their website hasn't been updated for 2016. Here are some informative (if somewhat dated) links with more info:: Tango Day; The Tango Life; Day of Tango in Austin, TX
- San Diego Tango Festival, Wed-Mon, Dec. 28, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017
The 11th annual New Year's festival, now in a new location downtown on the waterfront and close to good restaurants & transportation. Eleven milongas and two practicas. Instructors include Maxi & Paloma, Homer & Christina Ladas, and Jay Abling. At the Wyndham Bayside Resort in San Diego, CA: San Diego Tango Festival
- Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley, Fri-Sun, Jan. 27-29, 2016
Jonathan and Olivia, Bay area tango instructors specialising in 'apilado' (aka milonguero or close embrace) style of tango, host Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley 2017. This encuentro will feature five milongas and five DJ's playing the best tango songs from the Golden Era. Three dinners, plus wine, Pelligrino, and desserts served throughout the weekend. At the Finnish Hall in Berkeley, CA: Siempre Milonguero
- Portland ValenTango, Wed-Mon, Feb. 8-13, 2017
Going into it's 18th year, the legendary Portland ValenTango is the largest and longest running tango festival in North America. The reasons are simple: friendly community, great teachers, great DJ's, great classes, great milongas, great ambiance and great opportunities to dance and learn for all levels and types of dancers ... and all at a great price! In Portland, OR: Portland ValenTango
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: