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.
Milongas held monthly, normally on the first 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
- Nora's Tango Week, Sat-Wed, June 30 - July 4, 2018
Nora Olivera's 19th year hosting one of the preeminent annual tango festivals in the US. Fifteen classes and seminars daily to choose from. World class teachers, including the venerable Nito & Elba. At the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, CA: Nora's Tango Week
- Marcelo Molina workshops, Four Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2018
Renowned tango dancer and teacher Marcelo Molina returns to Sacramento for 4 consecutive Thursday workshops for Intermediate/Advanced dancers. Marcelo is an excellent tango teacher, whose focus on detail helps his students become ever more elegant and smooth, and thus more enjoyable to dance with. All workshops 7:00-8:30 pm. At Tango by the River in Sacramento, CA: Tango by the River
- Anna Maria Mendieta in concert, Sun, July 8, 2018
Concert harpist Anna Maria Mendieta and her group Tango del Cielo will be celebrating the cultural heritage of Argentina and Spain at the San Francisco Legion of Honor in an afternoon performance. This is a concert only, not a milonga, and will feature exhibitions by tango and flamenco dancers. Anna Maria is also a tango dancer who has visited our Tango Mendocino milongas in the past. Concert will be held at 2:30 pm in the Gunn Theater at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, CA: Anna Maria Mendieta; more info at Brown Paper Tickets
- Joaquin Amenabar musicality workshop, Sun, July 15, 2018
Tango by the River hosts Joaquin Amenabar in a one day workshop called "Musicality 101". Contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 916.443.7008 for more information. At Tango by the River in Sacramento, CA: Tango by the River
- Encuentro Milonguero Salida, Fri-Sun, July 20-22, 2018
Salida Encuentro Milonguero with Liz Haight at Casa Tango in the beautiful mountain river valley town of Salida, Colorado. Satisfy your passion for Tango, Art, and the Great Outdoors -- day & night. Hike, mountain bike, kayak, fish, ski, soak in natural hot springs, visit art galleries, and ... dance Argentine Tango! Contact Dvora (email@example.com) for waiting list information. In Salida, CO: Casa Tango Salida
- Summer Intensive Tango Workshops in Portland, Sat-Mon, July 21-23, 2018
Dominic Bridge teaches a Summer Tango Intensive. 6 workshops + 2 practicas, including a Milonga workshop and a technique class on the walk! At Tango Berretin in Portland, OR: more info and schedule at PortlandTango.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.
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: