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Los Bomberos Fundraiser Performance

Los Bomberos Wine Bar in Phoenix put on a lovely event October 2nd, to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Rommel and I were excited to be a part of it.  I was asked to include 2 of my students to perform and I asked Acacia Crouch and Ryan Sullivan to perform with us. 

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The preparations were intense not just from the rehearsal end but from the pre-event photoshoot, to costume preparations, the hair and makeup for the photoshoot and then for the final performance.  Material shopping, to fittings all led up to the final event.

Every performance I do I struggle with the fear of the audience’s expectation.  I know that they think they are going to see some really hot babe being thrown across the stage or lifted into the air from some hot passionate embrace, intertwining her legs all over her male partner….  Isn’t this what Argentine Tango is supposed to be?  I’m sure all those reality dance shows portray tango in this way.   From my modern dancer life as a choreographer and performer I think that dance has to be compelling in some way, either entertaining or beautiful or revealing.  So I consider every performance that I do in Argentine Tango as an educational rommel and I experience.  Each time I perform an improvisational tango piece I consider how can I be engaging as a performer? How do I let the audience in as opposed to having them think they are merely looking at a painting, a tableau that is moving but not really saying too much. 

I struggle with these questions when I am watching performances as well.  Can I merely appreciate a nice performance and look at it as if I were merely walking in the museum of art?  But then I get left with the question – what makes me stop at 1 piece to look at it for along time, to appreciate it for a long time?  Or in this case back to the dance, why is it so rare to find a really really beautiful solid piece of improvisational Argentine Tango performance?

In those rare occasions I wonder if the dancers are aware of their connection to performance, to the audience?  how have they been able to transcend the world of improvisation to really draw me in as an audience member? dancing away!

My first response comes from my background as well – which is – you train, just like everything else.  You practice at your improvisation, you practice at performing, you practice at capturing the audience if that is how you choose to do it. 

With all that being said, I have to say that I continue to struggle with my personal high expectations of performances and performers.  I feel that I have an eye for it, that I could train other dancers to capture it, but am not sure how to do it myself. 

I wanted to thank all those people that I came in contact with for this performance who made me beautiful in many ways!
Valeria Soledad and Oscar de Las Salas
Photo shoot makeup: Jose Trifilio and Cle de Peau
Photo shoot hair:  Julie Ahearn at Salon J
Photo shoot: Maria Marta Gimenez with MMG Photography

Performance makeup:  Vincent Brian
Performance hair:  Greg Hartranft for my beautiful color and doo to die for!
Costume: Roberto

Thanks to Ryan and Acacia for their time and efforts and to Rommel for his love for this dance and another performance well done.


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Just in! Daniela’s Interview!

I was recently interviewed by ASU Calendar of Events and they made a little video! 

Daniela’s Interview



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Saturday is going to be fun!!!

PRACTICA del Desierto SATURDAY October 9th

Rommel Oramas and I will be hosting a practica instead of a milonga on the 2nd Saturday of the month.  The 2nd Saturday Practica will be an Orchestral Immersion – with this Saturday’s focus: Carlos Di Sarli. (my favorite!)

The evening begins at 8pm with a Specialty Class for all levels with Rommel Oramas.
Followed by practice practice and more practice from 9:00 – 12:00 (ish!). Rommel and I will be on hand to answer any questions and for dancing 🙂

The 1st 2 hours will be completely focused on Carlos Di Sarli’s music in as much chronology as I can piece together! I will insert tidbits of information regarding di Sarli and his orchestra to contextualize his beautiful music without taking away from dancing time.

The goal will be to have a Guest Tango Music Maven every month to present their favorite songs by the chosen orchestra and why!
We have many talented people in the area who DJ and who have great insight into our lovely Tango Music. We will post our Orchestras for the year on Saturday.

7077 E. Main Street, Suite 11-12
Scottsdale (in Marshall Square behind Occasions by Design)

8pm – 9pm Class with Rommel
9pm – 12ish Practica

$15 for class
$10 for practica
ASU student discounts available

Any questions let us know –, 928-301-5215,

See you Saturday,
Daniela Borgialli
“Practice is your best instructor” – unknown

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FREE Argentine Tango Event – October 14, 15, 21, 22

Tango Legs

Free Argentine Tango

ASU Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace
October 14 & 15
October 21 & 22

6:00pm – 7:00pm FREE Tango class
7:00pm – 8:45pm Open Supervised Dancing
8:45pm – 9:00pm Guest Performances

ASU Night Gallery is located next to Barnes & Noble in
Tempe Marketplace 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway
ASU School of Art and School of Dance in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

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Eat, Drink some more and more….

Here is the link to more of Delisa’s fantastic pictures….

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Wednesday night we went to a little local milonga hosted by Jose y Ana. It was great to see everyone using their new found tango confidence to dance with some locals as opposed to shying away from the idea…

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On Thursday we woke up relatively early – it was still dark out at 8am!  And we had a long drive ahead of us. We were headed to Uco Valley – Valle de Uco.  This is much higher, chillier.  It took us about an hour and 15 minutes to get there.  We were supposed to go to Andeluna and they couldn’t confirm our reservation so we got a last minute visit with La Azul.  A really small bodega.  We had a lovely tour and fabulous explanation of their wine-making process.  Each tasting is individual – and also corresponds to each persons habits.  For example, a person who drinks orange juice will experience the wine very differently than someone who maybe drinks coffee in the morning.  The distinguishing of the acidity will be different for these 2 people.  Luis, our tour”guide” told us that he loves Fernet (this bitter liquor that you add to Coke).  He had to give up Fernet when he became involved in this business – his palate had become used to the bitterness of the Fernet and therefore could not distinguish “bitter” taste in wines. 

We then went off to Jean Bousquet.  This bodega is like a machine – it has lots of machines too!!!  They do not sell their wines in Argentina – they do all their business for export.  We became thoroughly entertained with Bousquet’s German Shepherd pup who just wanted to play.  His name is Buster and whoever would pick up a rock or a piece of wood or whatever and throw it – he would fetch it back.  There were plenty of us in the group who happily obliged him! TOO CUTE!

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Bousquet was interesting to see how as it seemed very hands off in terms of “quality control”.  He advertises that he uses organic grapes in his winemaking. The grapes are planted in soil that contains re-constituted flowers and does not contain pesticides. There are roses planted at the end of every row of grapes. The roses help in discouraging bugs and they use sulfur and copper to ward off any other critters (like wolves, etc) who do not like the smell.  Very interesting. Also their reserve malbec was only $25 – right? 25 pesos….

We then went to Salentien – a very big fancy winery to have lunch and tour.  Well – we had lunch and well, missed our tour!!!!  This winery might be interesting to visit again next year.  They have a museum, a chapel and the restaurant.  The building is built like a cross.  Lunch was ok….. 

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Here’s the gang with a complimentary glass of champagne.  This is our last outing together for this year.  We head back to Buenos Aires later today.  And after that everyone starts their journey back to Arizona.  

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