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
The Tango at 215 Main milonga is no longer happening. The building has been sold, and the new owners have asked the 215 Main business to vacate. If a new venue is found, they hope to re-open in the spring, and if there is space for dancing, we will be welcomed back. We will post any further updates here.
It was fun while it lasted.
INFORMAL PRACTICA AT WELLER HOUSE IN FORT BRAGG, CA
Mondays from 7:30 - 9:00 pm, hosted by Terry Stone
An informal tango practica is held on Monday nights at the Weller House Inn, open to all levels. You may come to work on whatever elements of the dance you want, or just to dance. Occasionally the host has a theme he presents. Cost is $5 at the door. Contact Terry Stone at 707.734.0961 for more info. At The Weller House Inn, in Fort Bragg, CA
UPCOMING EVENTS ...|
A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.
- Liz & Yannick workshops in Sacto, Sat-Sun, February 9-10, 2019
"Renowned tango maestros Liz & Yannick Vanhove return to Sacramento! Winners of the 2012 European Tango Salon Championships, these beautiful and elegant dancers are also excellent teachers ... don't miss the chance to take your tango to another level! They will be in Sacramento teaching group classes and private lessons for one week only, February 6-13, 2019." In Sacramento, CA: Tango By The River
- Portland Valentango, Wed-Mon, Feb. 20-25, 2019
"Going into its 22nd 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! If you've never attended, please join us. If you've been before, please come back." A great lineup of instructors (7 couples) with 11 DJs and the Juan D'Arienzo Orchestra from BsAs playing for the Sat. night milonga. 42 classes to choose from, 13 milongas (5 are alternative), several practicas, plus 3 mixers. In Portland, OR: ValenTango.us
- Tucson Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, March 7-10, 2019
A stellar lineup of instructors, including Maxi & Paloma, Murat Erdemsel, Oscar Casas, Ney & Jennifer, and others. 38 classes to choose from, including Beginners Bootcamp, chacarera, musicality, role of the DJ, and more; 7 milongas (1 alternative). At the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, AZ: Tucson Tango Festival
- San Miguel Tango Festival, Wed-Tues, March 13-18, 2019
The San Miguel Tango Festival offers 40 classes, 13 milongas and 4 practicas. Seasoned, expert instructors teach DJing and Tango classes. There is a Grand Ball on Saturday night. This week-long event includes a benefit clothing sale, proceeds from which go to the non-profit Mujeres en Cambio to benefit impoverished rural women and girls. San Miguel is considered one of the prettiest towns in all of Mexico. Its architecture, art markets, hot springs, cultural traditions and great restaurants make it a perfect destination for a tango festival. In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: San Miguel Tango Festival
- Austin Spring Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, March 28-31, 2019
Austin Spring Tango is celebrating its 15th year of festivals. "We invite you to join us for some Texas hospitality and celebrate the dance that we love. You can look forward to spring weather and a weekend full of dancing!" 3 sets of instructors, 18 classes, 5 milongas; the Sunday milonga features live music by Esquina Tango and includes an Asado BBQ. In Austin, TX: Austin Spring Tango Festival
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: