Performances

A Modern Tango class

In Saturday’s intermediate workshop I tackled the idea of dancing to modern tangos and I specifically was referring to a few bands that relate themselves to tango in some way ie: remixing, or through lyrics vs alternative music that you may decide to tango to.
The result of that class left students with a desire for 1) the playlist I used in class 2) the resources I mentioned in class and 3) a video (not of me!)

I begin with the playlist

Modern Class Playlist 0613I struggled with the image but hopefully you can make out a few songs and their artists. In a nutshell I used the artists, Otros Aires Dos, Otros Aires Tricota,  Otros Aires 4, Bajofondo Mar Dulce, and Gotan Project Revancha Del Tango.  I decided on these artist and these songs based on the resources that I used to plan the class. (onto 2)
When I think about alternative music for tango I immediately think of 2 main online resources: 1 is Sharna Fabiano’s neotango playlist and 2 is Homer Ladas’s generous contributions online at http://www.theorganictangoschool.org/DJ_Resource. Here Homer actually includes his playlists from several different milongas. His explanations for how he came up with dj’ing a mix of both golden age and alternative can be found at that link as well.
And lastly, for now!
I have added a video of Chicho y Juana performing to Bajofondo circa 2008. Chicho is remarkable with his musicality, his interpretation of the subtleties of the music and Juana shows us the music through her precision and grace. You will enjoy their live performances when they join us in October 2013. (Get Excited!)

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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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Performance at Salon Canning

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SPECIAL GUESTS JULY 13 – 15, 2012 – DO NOT MISS!!!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting it will be to have this couple with us for workshops and for an evening of amazing performances.

Rommel and I first saw Virginia and Christian dance by accident at a Practica in Buenos Aires. We were on 1 of our tango tours and Virginia y Christianthe students were a little tired so we decided to change the itinerary and go to a practica. We didn’t know much about the scene or that there would be a performance. I remember that I was so impressed by Christian and Virginia precision and line, not to mention their exquisite musicality.

The next couple of years we called on them to teach group classes to our tour group. In deciding teachers for the groups I invite teachers who we won’t see in the US or who we haven’t seen yet. Virginia and Christian have always been a perfect match for our groups. They teach like they dance, precise and generous. They are calm and kind.

We have admired their dancing since then. Rommel particularly likes Christian’s musicality and enrosque turns. These seem to be his signature move. We are so excited to have them in our city and we hope that you will not miss out. I have been getting emails from several organizers throughout the US who wish that they could have this exquisite couple in their city. We are 1 of ONLY 3 stops on their visit to the US.

I promise that you will not be disappointed. Come see them perform at the milonga on Saturday July 14th.

The weekend looks like this:

5 Unforgettable Intermediate/Advanced Workshops

Friday  7:30pm to 9:00pm Vals

Saturday  1:00pm to 2:30pm Milonga I
3:00pm to 4:30pm Milonga II

Special Milonga 9:00pm to 1:00am (includes performances by Los Totis)

Sunday  1:00pm to 2:30pm Enrosques, Sacadas y mas
3:00pm to 4:30pm Virginia’s choice

WHERE: SNAP in the Large Bond Hall of the SCUCC
4425 North Granite Reef Road Scottsdale, AZ

Full weekend pass ONLY $150.00
Individual class $45
Saturday or Sunday day pass $80 (not including the Special Milonga)
Special Milonga with Show $15

(limited private lessons available)

RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN THIS LIMITED ENROLLMENT WEEKEND BY CALLING ROMMEL 928-301-5215

Christian y Virginia in Russia

 

 

 

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2nd Place Champions at the USA Argentine Tango Salon Competition

Daniela and Rommel with 2nd Place trophy

I am happy to announce that Rommel Oramas and I took second place at the USA Argentine Tango Salon Competition in San Francisco this last weekend.

Below are videos from our final day of competition. Each round has 3 songs and thus 3 video links below. Each video shows the finalists that were in Round 1 of the competition. We were #14.

http://youtu.be/K5kQPd8PJws

http://youtu.be/fCz4FOWDP7k

http://youtu.be/uWTVb1NAZYw

We were finalists last year and placed 5th. Ramada and Yumiko were 2nd then and were clearly in favor to win this year and they did. Rommel and I have enjoyed are experiences at the competition. We have met such nice people both years and we do feel a shared camaraderie and sense of community regardless of the competition. I believe that it is this way because of the size of the competition, which is still quite small. I know that the organizers hope that it will grow over the coming years. Their goal is to have a representative from every state compete.

Rommel and I put all of our focus towards the competition for several months. This included training with several teachers, practicing together, listening to and dancing to a wide range of musical choices, and for me, my gyrotonics classes.

Now the question hangs in the air as to whether Rommel and I will go to Buenos Aires for the World Championships in August. I will keep you posted. What do you think?

Thank you all who read for your continued support.

My facebook has received over 100 likes and comments and the support is very much appreciated.

 

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