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 POMEGRANATE STUDIO
Hosted by Susan Miletich
Every three months, 4 times a year, 4th Friday of the month, we will be dancing Argentine Tango at the Pomegranate Studio in Point Arena, California. You are welcome to JOIN US!
Next Pomegranate milonga: FRIDAY, August 23rd:
• 7:30 - 8 pm: Warm-up/Practica; guest DJ; Alternative Tango
Just 2 1/2 miles inland from HWY 1, Point Arena, the Pomegranate is a hidden surprise, a great place to dance, visit, celebrate and enjoy our small, friendly coastal Tango community. Come and find Tango in the North Coast woods! Make a Point of it!
• 8 pm - 11 pm: Milonga, DJ TBA, Mostly Traditional Tango
• $6 cover
Bring a flashlight! Snacks and drinks to share are appreciated.
First time? Ride with a friend or contact Susan for directions: 707-529-4485, email@example.com
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.
- Wine Country Encuentro 2019, Fri-Sun, August 16-18, 2019
Jonathan Yamauchi & Olivia Levitt are hosting their 9th national invitational role-balanced encuentro for advanced level milonguero style dancers. Five milongas featuring five nationally renowned DJs playing the best of Golden Era Tango; plus Sunday dinner, Meet & Greet with sushi appetizers, empanadas and tamales during Fri. and Sat. evening milongas, excellent selection of wines, Pellegrino, coffee, tea and tea time treats served throughout the weekend: At the beautifully restored Odd Fellows Hall in Santa Rosa, CA: Wine Country Encuentro
- Las Mujeres Tango Marathon, Fri-Mon, August 16-19, 2019
Based on an original idea by Vivian Konstantakos (Seattle) to empower women in tango, organizers Blair Kaufer and Shelley Goldstein now offer their 3rd tango marathon event with all women DJs. Of course, everyone is welcome, "regardless of gender (or non-gender)". 5 milongas, including an all-nighter on Saturday. Dinner on Friday, BBQ on Saturday, brunch on Sunday. An "Unofficial Kick-off party" on Thursday and an "After Party milonga" on Monday (neither is included in the pass). Milongas Fri.-Sun. held in the beautiful, circular Om Center on the north shore of Lake Union: In Seattle, WA: Las Mujeres Tango Marathon
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: