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.
Next milonga will be on November 21, 2014, from 8 to 11 pm.
A $5 entry fee is requested.
For more information, call Walt at 707.882.2474 or email email@example.com.
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.
- Albuquerque Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2014:
Daniel Boardman presents the 5th annual Albuquerque Tango Festival, with world-class instructors and DJs, a 4,000 sq ft dance floor, a warm and welcoming tango community, high levels of floor craft, and "our signature touch, cake at every milonga". The 2014 festival is shaping up to be bigger, better, and even more friendly. Don't miss it. In Albuquerque, NM: albuquerquetangofestival.homestead.com
- Tango Maya Festival, Thu-Mon, Nov. 6-10, 2014:
3rd annual festival to be held at the all-inclusive resort Crown Paradise Club Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Milongas, shows and master tango classes with international artists. A one-day side trip to Tulum is available (extra cost) to see Mayan ruins and swim in a cenote. In Cancun, MX: tangomayafest.com
- San Francisco Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, Nov. 7-9, 2014:
Six milongas and two lectures or "discussions" on the craft of tango DJing. Held at two different venues in The City. Full weekend passes half price until October 31 (must register first). Great interview with the incomparable Seth Asarnow who with his Orquesta Tipica will perform at the Friday night milonga. In San Francisco, CA: http://www.sftangomarathon.com
- Miriam Larici & Leonard Barrionuevo workshops in BC, Fri-Sun, Nov. 14-16, 2014:
Gabriela Rojo of BC Tango presents workshops with the fabulous Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo. In Vancouver, BC, Canada: bctango.com; Miriam & Leonardo's website ladetango.com
- Fandango de Tango, Wed-Sun, Nov. 26-30, 2014:
16th annual event held at the downtown Omni Dallas Hotel. Over 100 hours of "tango dancing fun" and over 37 hours of social tango dancing. In Dallas, TX: fandangodetango.com//
- 'Connect' (Ashland) Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Nov. 28-30, 2014:
Connect Ashland Tango Festival (formerly Ashland Tango Festival) presents three days of workshops and eight milongas. In Ashland, OR: connecttangofest.com
- Day of Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Dec. 5-7, 2014
The Academy of Tango, Texas presents the fourth annual Day of Tango Festival with performances by international tango champions, local area tango instructors, professional performers, and musicians; in Austin, TX: dayoftango.org
- International Day of Tango, Thurs, Dec. 11, 2014
December 11 is officially El Dia Nacional del Tango as established by La Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina in 1977 to honor and commemorate the birthdays of the famous orquesta leader Julio de Caro (1899) and the legendary and still-revered and idolized tango singer Carlos Gardel (1890), both born on the same day, nine years apart. The "Day of Tango Festival" (above) is Austin's official recognition of this date. Two websites with info on the "Day of Tango": Day of Tango 1; Day of Tango 2 (the latter is a Bulgarian website but it's in English)
- San Diego Tango Festival, Wed-Mon, Dec. 31, 2014 - Jan. 5, 2015
The 9th annual San Diego Tango Festival will be held at the end of December, at the Kona Kai Resort. "World class DJs and instructors brought to you with the warmth of the San Diego Tango Community." 20 workshops, 11 milongas. SF Bay area's Homer & Cristina Ladas among the 8 instructors. In San Diego, CA: sandiegotangofestival.com
- Two weekends of Tango Bootcamps in Honolulu
Fri-Sun, Jan. 9-11, 2015: Beginners
Fri-Sun, Jan. 15-18, 2015: Intermediate/Advanced
George Garcia of IslaTango presents two weekends of "Tango Bootcamps" in January. Each three-day workshop emphasizes fundamentals and advanced technique. Discounts available for early registration and past participants. At the Honolulu Club in Honolulu, HI: islatango.com
- Portland ValenTango Festival, Wed-Mon, Feb. 18-23, 2015
Clay Nelson once again presents the very popular ValenTango Festival with 14 instructors, 48 classes, 16 milongas, 2 orchestras, 2 performance nights, 8000 sq ft of dance floor, an "Equal Opportunity Two-Song Tanda Mixer Milonga", a special Beginner's Milonga, and much more. In Portland, OR: valentango.us
- San Miguel Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, Mar. 12-15, 2015
Four days of tango dancing in beautiful San Miguel de Allende. 32 classes, 5 milongas; early bird special pricing is $199 (US dollars) until Dec. 31st. In San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX: sanmigueltangofestival.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: