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. The next milonga will be on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 8 to 11 pm. Ely Gilliam 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.
- Seattle Tango Workshops, Tues-Wed, Jan. 10-18, 2017
All Seattle Tango is sponsoring Maximiliano Alvarado and Paloma Berrios, who will teach a week of workshops at the Underground Studio in Seattle, WA: Seattle Tango Workshops schedule
- 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
- Tango Workshops in Sacto, Fri-Sun,Feb. 24-26, 2017
Renowned tango maestros Liz & Yannick Vanhove return to Sacramento, sponsored by Tango by the River. Liz & Yannick are winners of the 2012 European Tango Salon Championships. Beautiful and elegant dancers, they are also excellent teachers. In Sacramento, CA: River Tango Workshops schedule
- Tucson Tango Festival, Thu-Sun,Mar. 2-5, 2017
The Tucson Tango Festival is moving to the 1st weekend in March starting in 2017 and to a new venue, the Casino Del Sol Resort, a four star destination resort located close to many tourist sites. This year the Festival is offering 28 classes and 7 milongas. In Tucson, AZ: Tucson Tango Festival
- Fiesta de Tango, San Miguel, Wed-Sun, Mar. 8-12, 2017
San Miguel's Fiesta de Tango offers 28 classes, 8 teachers, 7 milongas, plus guided practicas, 2 lectures, terrific taxi dancers, and lots more. In San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX: San Miguel Fiesta de Tango
- Seattle Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, Mar. 17-19, 2017
Indulge yourself with a decadent weekend of embraces, musical inspiration, and unforgettable dancing in the Pacific Northwest. New venue: China Harbor's Lake View Ballroom, with a "breath-taking view of Lake Union". Stay an extra night and come back for the Monday night milonga! In Seattle, WA: Seattle Tango Marathon
- Austin Spring Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Mar. 24-26, 2017
"The ASTF is your festival, whether you are a tango beginner who wants to learn fundamentals with master teachers, a seasoned tanguero who croons to vintage Gardel recordings, or the improvisational tanguera who wonders how she can neotango to Stars of the Lid (they're from Austin). Each class session has an all-level, intermediate, and advanced section. Regardless of your level, you'll find a class taught by each of the instructors with your tango needs and experience in mind. In fact, our topics are so enticing that you'll find your biggest dilemma is choosing which class to attend. Don't worry though: you can attend as many or as few events as you desire." In Austin, TX: Austin Spring Tango Festival
- Dancing Fools Tango Fest, Fri-Sun,Mar. 31 - Apr. 2, 2017
The Weller House Inn is pleased to announce the 8th annual Dancing Fools Tango Fest with instruction by Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda et alia, and featuring live music at the April 1 milonga with the Seth Asarnow Duo. 15% Dancer's Discount for early bird lodging. In Fort Bragg, CA: Weller House Dance schedule (Website not yet updated for DFTF.)
- Argentine Tango USA Festival & Championship, Thu-Sun, Apr. 13-16, 2017
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 Championship in the USA." In San Francisco, CA: Tango USA Festival & Championship
- NaturalTango Festival, Fri-Sun, Apr. 28-30, 2017
"Come and experience a weekend full of big and small surprises, precious moments and inspiring people! Experience intense workshops with masterful instructors, and amazing milongas with dj's who know how to keep the flow alive and the dancers going ALL NIGHT! Amazing performances, Live Music, Super Guided practicas, interesting lectures and documentaries, atmospheric venues ... all in a welcoming friendly ambiance!" In Denver, CO: NaturalTango
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: