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.
The next milonga will be on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 8 to 11 pm. 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.
- BC Tango Trio on Mendocino coast, Thurs, May 24, 2018
The BC Tango Trio aka Mariano Barriero Trio will play for dancing at the regular Tango Mendocino Thursday night milonga, 7:30 - 10:00 pm, $15. At the Caspar Community Center, Caspar, CA
- LA Tango Marathon, Thu-Mon, May 24-28, 2018
Memorial Day weekend event. "35 + hours of dancing; Top DJs; Beach Milonga; Flashmob; Bonfire; Great venues; Refreshments provided; Full bar on premises. All locations near gorgeous beaches & LAX." (Promotional video on website.) In Los Angeles, CA: LA Tango Marathon
- Encuentro Port Townsend, Fri-Sun, May 25-27, 2018
A milonguero style encuentro that is gender balanced, with limited entry. In Port Townsend, WA: No official website; see announcement on SiempreMilonguero.org; for more info, email Ernie Baird
- Lake Tahoe Tango Retreat, Fri-Mon, May 25-28, 2018
Tahoe Tango presents a Memorial Day Weekend event with tango masters Eduardo Saucedo and Liz & Yannick Vanhove. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe, take workshops with world-class tango professionals, and of course dance tango every night. Registration includes a gourmet dinner & show with performances by the instructors, a chartered twilight cruise on the lake, and a sumptuous farewell brunch. In Lake Tahoe, CA: Tahoe Tango
- Tree City Tango, Fri-Sun, June 8-10, 2018
"A weekend of connected dancing in the City of Trees." Registration limited to 100 dancers; role balanced. Ten classes, six milongas. Two class tracks with 3 instructor couples; two great venues. In Boise, Idaho: Tree City Tango
- Burning Tango, Thurs-Sun, June 14-17, 2018
Clay Nelson once again hosts Burning Tango on the slopes of Mt. Shasta. A unique feature of this event is that there is only one class or milonga going on at any time -- no conflicts, no decisions to make! Five instructors, 11 classes, 12 milongas (morning, afternoon & evening, including mixers), some with live music by Redwood Tango Ensemble and Folias Duo. In McCloud, OR: Burning Tango
- Anna Maria Mendieta in concert, Sun, June 17, 2018
Harpist Anna Maria Mendieta will be the guest soloist performing Argentine Tango Music for Harp & Orchestra with the ECHO Chamber Orchestra, music especially arranged for her and featured on her upcoming album. This is a concert only, not a milonga. In addition to her musical skills, Anna Maria is also a tango dancer who has visited our Tango Mendocino milongas in the past. Concert will be held at 7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo, CA: Anna Maria Mendieta; First Presbyterian schedule
- 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
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: