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Pelando Variación: Give it all You Got!

Pelando Variación! It literally translates as: Peeling Variation, which hardly illuminates what this is all about. And I have a curious mind so I went on a small quest to understand the word pelando in this context, which meant, ask Carlos (my dad), who didn’t have any idea of how the word worked in this context, therefore, he asked his Argentine friends, who gave a variety of answers! Of course, I reached out to the organizers of this event for their input as well.

The word pelando seems to be slang and very popular today (however, my Argentine younger cousin had no idea what I was talking about!) and the older generation (my father and his friends) also had some trouble with this word.  Sacar a relucir came up, meaning to show off to shine. Also, I was told that it’s a 100% Uruguayan expression!!! I asked Rommel Oramas, who is currently in Buenos AiresRommel Oliver Gaston Rebecca and participated enthusiastically in this Pelando Variacion, who said it’s about showing off a part of the music, in this case the variación. Finally, asking Oliver Kolker, one of the organizers of the competition, who said, “Show me what you got!”

Before I went on the quest for what the heck pelando meant I kept thinking it was peleando!  Which almost sounds the same but peleando means fighting! Which makes me giggle because my crazy mind thinks with all the types of “dance battles” that we have today  – here we go with tango!!! And what a concept!

But now I’m on track. And clearly so are you!!!  Caught up in my 2 loves of language and its reflection/expression of culture and tango!

The brainchild of Oliver Kolker and Gaston Torelli, Pelando Variación is a competition, with great prizes! It entails only dancing the Variación in the music.

What’s the variación you ask?
Not all tangos have one but some of them have tremendous ones:  the part of the music that goes nuts! Sometimes in the middle of a song, more usually at the end, the variación climaxes everything fantastic in the orquesta to this moment in the music. Show dancers are expected to be able to really perform this part of the music. It is the virtuosic part of the song and for me the dancers too, show their virtuosity as they strive to reflect the music in their fast footwork and expression.

This is an excellent way to help tango students understand the music from this vantage point. Often times the tango music seems so complicated or boring to untrained musicians or non-Argentines and I think this is an excellent way to bring aspects of the music to the forefront and to also see how it relates to the dancing. Again, probably bringing up questions like, how can I dance the variación without choreography and just naturally during my tanda in the milonga? Will this mean more variations on musicality classes in the future?

This competition is judged by a panel as well as by the public. Go cheer your friends on! Keeping tango in the community alive! The judges look for: 1) Precision 2) Elegance (Quality of Movement) 3) Musicality 4) Originality 5) Difficulty. And the winner gets, among other things visas to come to the US for a month tour. A great prize as it is so difficult and costly for Argentines to obtain visas to the US for work. 

Here’s the video link to the semifinals of Pelando Variación Semi Finales – you can see the couples individually as they show off and give it all they got! The Finals are coming up on Wednesday October 21 and you can see the scores on Facebook @pelando variación.

 

 

Who is your favorite couple???

http://www.pelandovariacion.com/#!variaciones/c1lug

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Workshops with Daniela and Rommel – Together!

Rommel Oramas and I will be teaching 8 workshops together! This is a fantastic opportunity to get the best of both of us.

2012 SF Competition with Rommel4 Saturdays
November 15 & 22 and December 6 & 13

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
For the Beginner / Intermediate Dancer

November 15 – Tools for a Positive Milonga Experience
November 22 – Tools for a Positive Milonga Experience – Part 2
December 6 – Elegance and Fluidity -Walking and Ochos
December 13 – Elegance and Fluidity – Cruzada and Molinete

$80 for all 4 classes

5:30pm – 7:00pm
For the Intermediate / Advanced Dancer

November 15 – Free Leg vs Standing Leg for the Leader and the Follower
November 22 – Super Cool Moves: boleos, enrosques, volcadas, etc. etc. etc.
December 6 – Dancing to Alternative Music vs Classic Golden Age – part 1
December 13 – Dancing to the Music – continuing sequences  – part 2

$80 for all 4 classes

SNAP (Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place)
4425 N. Granite Reef Rd. Scottsdale, AZ

PLEASE RSVP
Maximum of 16 dancers per class

Classes can be taken a la carte or any 4 for $80. WHAT A DEAL!

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Taxi Dancing

As we begin gearing up for another season of heavy festival hopping and you’re debating on whether you want to go or not –  try this on for size…Rommel Dancing

Some of you may have read my previous blog on taxi dancing and I recently heard Rommel Oramas discussing taxi dancing in another community and found this information really fascinating  – it means doing some math!

At a typical festival let’s say you buy a full pass (all classes and milonga) – but then you find that you are at the milongas and you don’t dance as much as you’d like and you feel badly about this. We know that tango is a lot about attitude: confidence and feeling good. So I know how at some milongas you might find yourself not dancing as much, maybe due to gender balance issues or who knows.

Here’s a possible solution –  consider getting just a milonga pass or a partial class and milonga pass (ie: 1 day of classes) and to invest the remainder of that fee or the difference on taxi dancing. Before you close the tab – hear me out!

Think about it – a full festival pass could run between $250 – $450. (plus your hotel and your travel there)
10 tandas during a festival with a taxi dancer runs between $100 – $150.

Think about it ladies!!!!

Benefits: with a good taxi dancer:
1) you enjoy a dance, 2) you learn some things  (I learn from dancing all the time), and 3) you’re being seen by other dancers, which gets you more dances over the course of the weekend.

Consider it when you’re planning your next festival.

And I know of an excellent taxi dancer, discreet, handsome, smells good, charming, polite and of course, an excellent dancer who dances for you and with you.

Rommel Oramas – Taxi Dancer – “at your dancing service” – follow him on Facebook!

Don’t spend another festival sitting, not even a little bit.

 

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Class at Cooperativa on 1/12/14

For those who were in class on Sunday 1/12 at Milonga Cooperativa I am posting the demo. Thanks to Ed, Paula, and the cooperativa gang for having us. Ed videotaped the demo and didn’t know that it would be useful to all of us!

The class was on Barridas y Ganchos. A big topic to cover in a 1 hour class but a fun combination to keep our brains active. I think learning more advanced combinations can often just remind us of our fundamentals – ie: where is my axis? where is yours?

If you are interested in having Rommel and I at the Milonga Cooperativa to teach a class please let the Cooperativa know.

Rommel and Daniela Demo from 1/12/14

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Day 2 of Qualifying Rounds at US Argentine Tango Salon Competition

The End of Day 2. Rommel and I advance to the Semi-Finals, along with 13 other lovely dancers. We are very excited. Out of 4 couples from Arizona, 2 have made it another day!

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