Festivals

Day 2 US Tango Salon Competition 2014

Day 2: End of the Qualifying Rounds 25 Couples moving on to the Semi-Finals.

Rommel and I spent an hour early in the day practicing. I had another fabulous doo by Keiko of Kibuki Hair and Skin.
I decided to wear the same outfit in order to remind the judges of who I was! And I was advised to really go for it… so we did!

Rommel and I made it to the semi-finals. We are 1 of 25 couples moving on. All the Arizona competitors have passed to the Semi-finals. Way for AZ to represent!!!

Rommel was having a conversation with a colleague, a fabulous teacher and beautiful performer, who has been 1 of our fans the last 2 years. He said to Rommel, “Do the judges know what tango salon is? Because of all the couples I see dancing you are the ones who are dancing ‘tango salon’. Maybe the judges need to decide what it is first!” This has been a problem over the years and I too have commented on this in the past. (see previous blogs on tango competition).

So we proudly dance onward!

Hair doo Day 2day 2 with David and Jennifer from Austin

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Day 1 of US Salon Competition 2014

Rommel Oramas and I are back in San Francisco for the US Tango Salon Competition. This is our 4th Rommel 101year and we are excited to be here. The Marriott where the event is held is always friendly and comfortable.
We also enjoy coming because we see tango friends that we see every year, so it’s a tango reunion of sorts.
This year there are 43 couples competing in Tango Salon! That’s great!
There are 100 couples participating overall this year – there are 14 couples in the Stage Category and they also have additional categories this year for Senior Salon and for Group Choreography.
We are number 101 this year. And the first 2 nights we will dance in Round 4 – the 4th and last group to dance.
I decided this year to have my hair done by a fabulous hairdresser, Keiko of Kabuki Hair and Skin, here in San Francisco. She was amazing. I received so many compliments on my hair

.Updo Day 1
Blue Dress
Day 1 R & D

They did not eliminate anyone after this 1st round, which means everyone continues tomorrow.

This year Rommel and I prepared and practiced a lot. We are feeling confident and hopeful that the judges will see us as champions, finally, this year!

This year the competition will not be streamed live. So I will try my best to give updates, share pictures and video.

Day 1 Round 4 videos

See you tomorrow!

 

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Taxi Dancing

As we begin gearing up for another season of heavy festival hopping and you’re debating on whether you want to go or not –  try this on for size…Rommel Dancing

Some of you may have read my previous blog on taxi dancing and I recently heard Rommel Oramas discussing taxi dancing in another community and found this information really fascinating  – it means doing some math!

At a typical festival let’s say you buy a full pass (all classes and milonga) – but then you find that you are at the milongas and you don’t dance as much as you’d like and you feel badly about this. We know that tango is a lot about attitude: confidence and feeling good. So I know how at some milongas you might find yourself not dancing as much, maybe due to gender balance issues or who knows.

Here’s a possible solution –  consider getting just a milonga pass or a partial class and milonga pass (ie: 1 day of classes) and to invest the remainder of that fee or the difference on taxi dancing. Before you close the tab – hear me out!

Think about it – a full festival pass could run between $250 – $450. (plus your hotel and your travel there)
10 tandas during a festival with a taxi dancer runs between $100 – $150.

Think about it ladies!!!!

Benefits: with a good taxi dancer:
1) you enjoy a dance, 2) you learn some things  (I learn from dancing all the time), and 3) you’re being seen by other dancers, which gets you more dances over the course of the weekend.

Consider it when you’re planning your next festival.

And I know of an excellent taxi dancer, discreet, handsome, smells good, charming, polite and of course, an excellent dancer who dances for you and with you.

Rommel Oramas – Taxi Dancer – “at your dancing service” – follow him on Facebook!

Don’t spend another festival sitting, not even a little bit.

 

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Festival under Emotions

After big festivals I am confronted once again with the peculiarities of human emotion and the beauty that makes us human.

In the US and in certain cities where dancing is not as frequent as every day, a festival is an opportunity to dance all weekend long. Or at least this is House Milongathe hope for both men and women. For those who have been dancing for many years it is a chance to reconnect with old tango “friends” and dance a few tandas with our favorite dancers who live somewhere else on the planet!

As a teacher, time and time again, students share with me their experiences, both great and not so great. It is amazing that this dance has the ability to make us feel both so happy and sometimes so sad or even angry.

I, myself, have been known to sing made up tango songs with lyrics such as, “oh tango, how you have betrayed me”, half jokingly, of course.

I reflect often on the milongas in Buenos Aires and how it would be if, like many milongas there, it would feel more like a night out for us, too. You tell your friends to meet and you sit at a table together, you converse, you order drinks, you laugh together, you share your Friday night together and dancing is just a part of it. Versus, tonight I am getting dressed up to go dance and if I do not dance I will be upset.

I wonder if sometimes, in our longing for connection, that we project our needs onto unknowing victims.
I have to remember my own advice, my axis is mine, my stuff is mine both energetically and physically. Why would I dump that onto someone who does not know me? Someone who has not earned my trust or my affections?

No matter how many lessons you have taken, how many years you have been dancing, no one owes you anything.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

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Milonga Timing at PRACTICanDo Tuesday

In honor of our milonga classes I am posting the latest video from the Buenos Aires Competition in the milonga category. Very nice dancing…Enjoy!
Class Tuesday May 28th begins at 7:00pm at SNAP

7:00pm – 8:30pm Technique and Paso class
8:30pm – 10:00pm PRACTICA
$15 class+ practica
$6 practica only
SNAP 4425 N Granite Reef Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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