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GREAT FEST – and now more Practica!

To all who came to the ASU TANGO FESTIVAL and to the TANGO 101 classes. Everyone had a wonderful time even through some glitches. As ASU Tango Club’s first festivalTAngo FEstival they learned so much and are excited to host again next year.
I have posted a link to the VIDEO of Rommel and Daniela’s in-class Demo
I hope that the reminder will keep your enthusiasm for learning this dance.

PRACTICA del Desierto

I want to continue to recommend practicing your tango. And tonite is a great opportunity to do just that! Rommel Oramas and I are hosting our monthly Practica in Old Town Scottsdale at ART of Dance Studio. In a casual and fun atmosphere you can practice your dancing, meet nice people and ask questions about your dancing to Rommel or to me. We like to feature an orchestra to help in hearing and understanding the music of the Goldn Age of tango and tonight’s orchestra will be Enrique Rodriguez.

Tonite at 8pm starts a class and at 9pm starts the practica until 12:00ish!

Art of Dance is located at 7077 E. Main Street in Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Keep dancing!

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Happy New Year!

I can’t believe 2010 is just about over.  It has been a fantastic year for me. I’ve met some fantastic people and have taught some amazing people tango this year.  My students give me a tremendous amount of joy  – thank you!

I look forward to 2011 in so many ways and so should you!

We will be offering 3 tours this coming year for tango lovers.  The Mendoza – Vino y Tango tour: 5 days in Mendoza Argentina exploring wine country.  The 10-day Cultural Immersion Tour – 10 days in Buenos Aires and the 8-day Tango Tour de Lujo. Each with a different pocketbook and objective in mind.

Rommel Oramas and I will be taking the Soy Porteno practice sneakers on the road this year.  We will be visiting several festivals across the country and we are looking forward to bringing some comfort to your feet!  We will also be unveiling the Borgialli Tango Shoe website with shopping and logo.  VERY EXCITING!

Besides my classes at Scottsdale Community College and ASU this semester, I will be teaching my FUNDAMENTALS CLASSES in January.  ALSO, Fridays January 21, 28 and February 4th Rommel Oramas and I will be teaching ADVANCED CONNECTIONS WORKSHOPS at the Art of Dance in Scottsdale.
I will also be teaching in Jerome, Arizona in February!

I am really excited for this festival. Not just because it is on my home turf! or is being hosted by my students or because I will be teaching at it! but MOST IMPORTANTLY the selection of teachers are some of the best teachers in the US (Canada)!  This will truly be a learning and sharing weekend.  Please join us…  Housing hosts and group rates available. 

Happy NEW YEAR!  May all you wish be fulfilled!


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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. 

tango dancers

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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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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Rommel and I will be off to Buenos Aires for our annual Cultural Immersion Tango Tour later this month and we have created an opportunity to have a guest artist (couple) join the Phoenix area (and beyond) Tango Community for a month of teaching, Djing, dancing, and hosting the monthly milonga, the weekly practica and whatever other fun things you would like to ask them to do!!!!

Aja Fenn and Andrew David Burt will be joining us from their Australian and European Tango Teaching Tours.  I have known both of them for many years both socially and dancefully!  I am really happy to have them here….

They are here for 6 weeks.

More information – classes, etc will be announced in the coming days and weeks…

We know you will be very excited and enthusiastic to share with them.

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