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As promised here is Aja and Andrew’s Teaching Schedule for Art of Dance in Scottsdale – so far.  I know that they are working on other special workshops throughout Arizona as well as local additions.  But here is the steady 6 week course options

Beginning May 24th – July 1st



Thursdays 7pm – 8:30pm VALS, MILONGA and MUSICALITY
followed by:
THE PRACTICA 8:30pm – 11:00pm

$15 for a drop-in class or
$90 for any 6-week series
ASU student discount available

ALL Classes held at Art of Dance Studio 7077 East Main St. Suite 11-12 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ph: 480-626-0090

For more information or to register contact Aja and Andrew directly: OR 206-753-7377 OR

Andrew and Aja have over 20 years of combined Argentine Tango and dance experience. They have lived in Buenos Aires immersed in the milonguero culture, dancing traditionally and studying various styles. Andrew still makes him home in Buenos Aires teaching. Aja has been on tour teaching and dancing in the U.S. and Australia. Andrew joins us from his European tour where he taught, danced and Dj’ed in Moscow, Vienna, Amsterdam, throughout Ireland and London.
Aja and Andrew share a vision to encourage integration and connection within the body, the music, and the embrace. They bring a holistic understanding of the dance and are looking forward to their time in Arizona. Visit for more of their activities.

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“El Abrazo” – student’s reflection

Some of you may know that by teaching at the University I often have between 40 – 80 students per semester in my tango classes.  I teach 2 levels of Tango at Arizona State University. They are both credit courses which means I have a curriculum and grading.  I have wanted to post some of the great things my students do and say as part of this blog and so I start today with the following post.  I often ask my students to discuss different Tango aspects and / or concepts.  Here is one response from this semester, regarding the embrace:

The Argentine Tango embrace is the most caring embrace. So many things are happening in the embrace. Starting with the leader holding the hand of the follower. So many places in society we see people holding hands. Mothers and Fathers holding their child’s hand, protecting them, guiding them, and showing them the world; lovers holding hands while they walk so that they may express their feelings for each other without words. Then there are friends who hold hands in excitement, joy, fear, and to offer support during hard times. Holding hands offers the dancers more than just a place to put their free hands it gives the pair support, guidance, and protection. Then there are the arms around the back. The leader supporting the follower while the follower reciprocates the act. The hug is more than a greeting or show of emotion. It is everything the handholding is but with the added physical, and mental support. There are many reasons people hug because it can heal a lot more than a band-aid can. A hug between two people says, "I am listening." In the embrace it offers the partners the ability to listen to each other and then begin dancing.
The embrace is to Argentine Tango as the plie is to ballet. Without the plie the dancer isn’t going anywhere. In fact without the plie the dancer will get injured and isn’t able to support the move to come. In just the same way, without the embrace the dancers are not going anywhere and the next move to come won’t be supported.
Thus the embrace, in Argentine Tango, is the most caring embrace. The embrace is better than a hug because it offers the pair more than just a handhold and more than what a hug can offer. The embrace offers the pair, both a hand hold, a hug, and the support from each other to move into the next step.
Kathleen Fall 09

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My Las Cruces / El Paso Experience

Las Cruces - The GANG

As some of you already know, I was teaching in Las Cruces / El Paso on November 20 – 23, 2009.

I flew into El Paso and had a delightful lunch with Joanie (dancer, owner of El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy) and John (lovely student).  Joanie had a great day planned for me:  privates and a little performance with Tommy at the milonga that evening. 

On Saturday and Sunday in Las Cruces, we worked our buns off in 3 hour sessions.  Even though both session were very mixed levels I continued to encourage all levels to work with their partners and to execute what they did know effortlessly.  As I always have stated you start with what you do know, or that which makes sense and you build from there: adding on 1 piece at a time, always making sure that you and your partner are still on the same page, or on the desired foot, might be the better analogy!  This is always a challenge, I suspect for most teachers, trying to keep "everyone" entertained and challenged.  But I also know that it is up to the student to keep challenging themselves as well. 

Everyone was incredibly nice, open, generous of spirit.  I am so grateful to everyone who worked very hard to make my trip possible.  I think I even have to go so far as to thank Will S. since he’s the first one from Las Cruces who drove to take a lesson from me, first contacting me in November 2008.  So thank you Will for helping to introduce me to your now former community!  Jack and Karen and Cris and Nicky came soon after and how wonderful to watch them grow as dancers and to have them as friends too! 

It was great to share dances with Tommy, who has a nice sense of the music and was totally fun even if his ribs were hurting him.  I hope he is feeling much better.  El Paso - Joanie and TommyJoanie really knows her students (I think this is a sign of a good teacher) and was very kind to set up privates and bring some of her students to Las Cruces for the weekend.  It was so nice to "talk shop" with her.

I have received some of the feedback that Nicky has gathered and forwarded to me and it sounds like most everyone had as wonderful a weekend as I did.  I will go back and look forward to it enthusiastically.

Thank you LAS CUCES and EL PASO!!!!

Daniela did a wonderful job connecting with the attendees. She was very
positive and extremely talented. The way she explained moves was exceptional. I truly think I now have enough confidence to tackle the dance that I once disliked very much.
Daniela has wonderful energy, an engaging teaching style and did a great job of addressing skills for all levels. I’m happy that so many of our Las Cruces dancers attended and feel that our community will be strengthened due to the experience.
I was quite pleased with the workshop with Daniela. I thought it was a great success. We had all levels of Tango background and knowledge. It was interesting to see how everyone worked together to learn and improve on this most wonderful dance.
I really enjoyed the weekend workshops and feel like it was time and money well spent. I found Daniela to be a delightful person to be around and appreciate the way she presents the dance, making it not only a good learning and practicing experience but a fun time as well.
I think that it was refreshing, educational, and good for our developing community to have a playful voice like this here— one, who, at the same time, comes with recent experience of how the thing is being danced in Buenos Aires.


Darryl in Las Cruces
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September 12th MILONGA!


Saturday September 12th at the Art of Dance, School of Ballroom and Latin
In the heart of Downtown Scottsdale’s Gallery District – there will be a class and a milonga to follow.

7 – 8pm Introductory Argentine Tango Class with Rommel and Daniela
8pm – 1am Milonga
DJ – Dr. Milonga (Steve Mumaw)

FREE Intro Class
Milonga = $8
ASU students Welcome with ID – $4
7077 East Main Street
Suite 11-12
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Plenty of parking on the street in front or in the back of the building or in the parking garage behind the studio (enter on N. Marshall Avenue)
At this point no alcoholic beverages allowed in the space.
AND we have a couple of small surprises for you…. SO DON’T MISS OUT!

Rommel and Daniela will be your hosts. We look forward to introducing this lovely space to you.

Let’s Tango!

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Previous Blogs from Tours 08 and 09

2009 Cultural Immersion Tango tour


2008 Cultural Immersion Tango tour

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