Learning Tango

Practica and Leading Ladies Coming Up!

Happy August Tangueros/as!
The whirlwind vacation is coming to a close and the fall line-up commences!
Sunday practica resumes August 4th at 6:30pm with an all level class. Tuesday practicas continue as usual (special thanks to Tyler Litman and Acacia Crouch for holding down the fort) and Saturday, August 10th will be another Leading Ladies workshop beginning at 12:00pm at Rhythmic Expressions. I am completely looking forward to that! We’ll start with a Restorative Stretch and dive right into some technique and figures both leading and following. Bring your questions and a towel to roll up. As I have stated previously, I think learning some very basic leading techniques improve our following skills. Come try it out! (Ladies only!)Being tourists

Some of you have been asking about the Saturday workshops and I have yet to post those dates and topics. I will have those soon. I know with all the festivals in the fall and Thanksgiving that there are limited Saturdays which makes scheduling challenging but I appreciate your enthusiasm!

Finally, to say, that dancing in NYC, Boston, and Baltimore has been an exciting adventure: a chance to visit with old tango friends and to make new ones. As I have watched the milonga dance floors I have seen people who have reminded me of tango characters from all my years of dancing. It has been a mirror’s reflection of my experiences: my successes and trials in tango. There are lots of someones for everyone out there in tango world, so enjoy dancing!
And I am reminded that learning to tango most definitely has its stages. But no matter where you are in your journey and no matter where you are the music enraptures, the embrace captivates and it feels good to be a part of something bigger.

See you soon!

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What Tango do you do? Bag the Labels and Make it Delicious!

The labels conversation is back again!
It appears that my tango class to modern music brought up some good questions from experienced dancers and newbies.
I want to start this blog by saying Frazzled femalethere is ONE tango that will be heavily influenced by your community(ies); those you dance with most; the teachers you study with; the music you enjoy (rhythmic vs melodic); and if you travel to other festivals or communities.
The labels you might hear or see are marketing labels for students. In Buenos Aires the labels are used to capture tourists. The older milongueros are not hung up on labels they merely do what they do, dance tango! And the way they share information is through demonstration not necessarily through explanation! You just dance!
Even the new Argentines learning in Buenos Aires become tourists.  If they grew up with the music, if they are just learning, they too become a tourist to find a teacher to teach them tango. As I have said before the labels don’t get you far. In reality in the US they don’t bring in new dancers and the ones who have been dancing merely seek those teachers and dancers who they most like or identify with, to dance with or take classes from.
I have to say from my years of teaching at the University and growing new tango babies every year, I do believe that there is a fundamental ground work that has to be laid for a tanguero/a to find their way, regardless of the style, label conversation. I believe, as Graciela Gonzalez says, that there is technique that is fundamental to all tango dancing.
I remember a famous Argentine tango dancer sharing a story that a student had asked her to dance in a milonga and he started by asking her what style she danced. Surprised, she responded that she danced Tango. I suppose what doesn’t quite come across in this recount is that she didn’t understand what else they could possibly be doing at a milonga. Style was not the question for her. It never is, really. We must remember that tango is about the connection you have with your partner; that partner in that moment to that music.
So before you worry about what style you may or may not be doing, go for the connection and BE present with your partner, you only have that moment, those 3 minutes, so make them delicious.

See previous blogs here Labels Labels Everywhere Part 1 and Part 2.

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Friendly Reminders

Hello Tangueras/os,
Just a friendly reminder that Sunday night practicas are on vacation for the month of July. They begin again on August 3rd.
The Tuesday night practica continues onward through the summer. Come take class and practice your connection!

I will be off to Boston and NYC and will be teaching in Boston on Saturday July 13th. I am looking forward to that so share with your tango friends back east! (Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/146295682223743/)

I am making plans for August – December and curious as to what workshops you would like to see. Send me some ideas and I’ll get those topics planned!

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Workshops and Sunday Practica July Hiatus

This week continues with the Practica on Tuesday night. These will continue through the summer. The Sunday practica will take a vacation for the month of July, so come join us this Sunday June 30th. The Sunday evenings will resume on August 4th.

Also this weekend features 2 more workshops:

June 29 – The Modern Tango vs The Golden Age: Let’s Dance!
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Classes held at Rhythmic Expression 617 S. McClintock Dr. Ste 3, Tempe, AZ (Just north of University on the East side of McClintock. Look for McClintock Center)
$15/ class
PLEASE register in advance so I can balance the class and save you a spot! Call 480-442-9550 or email me!

AND tell your friends about the

BEGINNERS INTENSIVE Continues:
June 29
1:30 – 3:30
Tango Immersion for Beginners including those with no prior dance experience. IS THAT YOU?
PRE-REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED by email
$20
Classes held at Rhythmic Expression 617 S. McClintock Dr. Ste 3, Tempe, AZ (Just north of University on the East side of McClintock. Look for McClintock Center)

Coming in August:

Classes at the new School of Ballet Arizona
More Alignment for your health and for better living classesAnd more tango workshops including Leading Ladies August 10th!

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This Weekend and Next: Workshops for Everyone!

Join Daniela Borgialli for weekend workshops.

For Intermediate / Advanced Dancers
June 22 & 29
June 22 – The Rhythmic Orquestas & How to Dance to Them
June 29 – The Modern Tango vs the Golden Age
12:00 – 1:30pm
Classes held at Rhythmic Expression 617 S. McClintock Dr. Ste 3, Tempe, AZ (Just north of University on the East side of McClintock. Look for McClintock Center)
$15/ class
PLEASE register in advance so I can balance the class and save you a spot! Call 480-442-9550 or email me!

AND tell your friends about the

BEGINNERS INTENSIVE
June 22 & 29
1:30 – 3:30
Tango Immersion for Beginners including those with no prior dance experience. IS THAT YOU?
PRE-REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED by email
$40 for 4 hours of instruction
Classes held at Rhythmic Expression 617 S. McClintock Dr. Ste 3, Tempe, AZ (Just north of University on the East side of McClintock. Look for McClintock Center)

 

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