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.
Scheduled for one Friday of every month, 8 to 11 pm. Next milonga date to be announced.
A $5 entry fee is requested.
For more information, call Walt at 707.882.2474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Yelp review of the "215 Main" bar: http://www.yelp.com/biz/215-main-point-arena
ARGENTINE TANGO PRACTICA IN UKIAH
Presented by Salon Tango Club of Ukiah
Salon Tango Club of Ukiah hosts a practica every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
from 6:15 - 8:15 pm at YOMO (Yoga Mendocino Studio), 206 Mason Street, Ukiah, CA.
$13 drop-in fee; a lower sustaining membership price is also available.
For more information please call Benna at 707-895-3883.
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
- Connect Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Nov. 27-29, 2015
Popular Thanksgiving weekend tango festival. Registration is now open. Role balance is important and controlled, so enroll early. Multiple workshops, instructors, and milongas. Formerly known as 'Ashland Thanksgiving Tango Festival' and before that, 'Ashland Turkey Tango'. In Ashland, OR: connecttangofest.com
- International Day of Tango, Fri-Sun, Dec. 11-13 2015
In Argentina, December 11 is the official Day of Tango, celebrating the birthdays of orquesta leader Julio de Caro and legendary tango singer Carlos Gardel (born on the same day, but 9 years apart). Both men were influential in the worldwide promotion of tango. With the approval of La Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina, The Academy of Tango-Texas honors this day with performances, workshops, milongas, and more. In Austin, TX: DayOfTango.org
- Homer & Cristina Workshops on Mendo coast, Sat-Sun, Dec. 19-20, 2015
Homer and Cristina Ladas will be teaching a weekend of classes on Saturday, Dec.19th and Sunday, Dec.20th at the Caspar Community Center. All classes $15 each. There will be a milonga on Saturday evening with Homer as DJ. In Caspar, CA: theorganictangoschool.org (Homer & Cristina's website)
- San Diego Tango Festival, Thu-Mon, Dec. 31, 2015 - Jan. 4, 2016
The 10th annual tango festival in San Diego. From their website: "We will ring in the year with an all night Champagne and Cake party and end with a blast of an all-nighter with waffles and the usual goodies. Our motto remains, 'We treat our artists like royalty and our dancers like family.' We provide both a fun environment to enjoy dancing within the line of dance etiquette that we all believe in. We share the same beautiful location with the sunsets, the sailboats and the good weather. So many cool DJs and teachers and so many fun things to do. We can't wait!." At the Kona Kai Hotel, in San Diego, CA: sandiegotangofestival.com
- San Diego Tango Festival, continues from December 2015 through Jan. 4, 2016
See writeup above. At the Kona Kai Hotel, in San Diego, CA: sandiegotangofestival.com
- 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
- 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/
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: