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Tuesday night Workshops before the Practica

Here is the list of upcoming Tuesday night class titles. I am calling them workshops because it will be less progressive each week and more like a workshop. I look forward to sharing with you.
Each class is $15 but if you want to purchase 5 consecutive classes they will be $10 each – in other words purchase 5 consecutive classes for $50. (This includes the practica). What a deal! Reminder classes start @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

(Classes titles are subject to change.)

February 18 Milonga timing 1
February 25 Milonga timing 2
March 4 Vals combinations 1
March 11 Vals combinations 2
March 18 Something Cool from Maxi/Jesica
March 25 Playful Rock Steps
April 1 Changes of Direction 1
April 8 Changes of Direction 2
April 15 Structure behind Turning
April 22 Turning Variations 1
April 29 Turning Variations 2
May 6 Sacadas 1
May 13 Sacadas 2
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Teaching in Anchorage, Alaska was Wonderful!

Rommel and I just returned from 5 days in Anchorage, Alaska teaching and enjoying their first snow, or more honestly enjoying it from the window of our lovelyDancing in Anchorage host’s house! We had a sunny day, a rainy day and a couple of snowy days!

We taught 5 classes ranging from technique to milonga and simple dancing patterns enhancing the concepts we were focused on.

It was amazing to teach to such an open and receptive community and to receive the support of their more “senior” members.

Sometimes you teach a class and well, frankly, I can feel the resistance to try something new or to embrace a different concept. And I think this is natural on some level but you have to gain students’ trust as an essential part of learning.

Rommel (as always) made his way around the room during the 2 milongas, dancing with all the ladies who attended the classes. His endless enthusiasm and energy are admirable. And clearly the results were mentionable. Community members noted his active participation in the milongas, not as an observer but as a dancer. I find that it is easier for him as a male to ask the ladies to dance. I find that being a woman teacher that often the leaders in a community are shy and tentative to ask the visiting teacher to dance at a milonga. I think this is ok. I think the leader mentality is that he needs to feel confident and not intimidated to ask someone to dance and to this measure I have found that if I pursue this as the guest that it often feels like pressure for the leader. (I know that I feel stressed sometimes as a leader in a new community!) I did make my rounds on Friday night dancing with all the ladies who attended the class at this lovely community-centered-house milonga.House Milonga in Anchorage

The highlights of the weekend were many – our hosts’ fabulous cooking and always having food for us, the openness of the dancers in the classes, the moose that crossed our path, the home studios and Café that were generously offered as teaching spaces and milonga venues. We had 22 people dancing at the same time at the  Saturday night milonga – very fun!

Some things that we hope the dancers will remember are: the tango attitude; all the things you can do with a dowel rod; the importance of their standing legs and their axis positions 1, 2, 3 (3, 2, 1); 50% “up” and embracing the partner and 50% “grounding” or reaching constantly into the earth, and to keep having fun dancing!
Rommel adds: Precision, Practice and Patience; and when all else fails “cross-training”!

Until we see you again Anchorage – maybe via skype for a practica or in Phoenix – keep dancing!

Teaching for us is about building relationships and we so enjoyed embracing tango with you.Sunday's Class

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3 Quick Updates

Firstly, thanks to all for a great workshop this weekend. It was great to explore Pugliese with you. Fantastic dancing! Remember it’s not necessarily about ALL the notes!!

Secondly, a reminder that Practica Tuesday the 21st will be about Milonga timing – should be fun to do drills in milonga timing!!! Come join me at 7:00pm for class and 8:30pm starts the practica (new playlist, I promise!).

Thirdly, How many lady’s want to learn to lead? I am asking because I would like to host a Leading Ladies workshop and would like to know what the level of interest is. Please send me a message.

Lastly, SAVE THE DATES! Next workshops: June 22 & 29th. Intermediate topics (still being determined) from 12 – 1:30pm and Beginners Immersion 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

See you dancing!

Teaching at ASU Night Gallery

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Pugliese – This Saturday!

Maybe the ‘bad boy” of tango music, maybe seemingly complicated music, but when you hear Pugliese it sounds quite dramatic. The intermediate /advanced class this Saturday May 18th is entitled Suspension in Pugliese. What does that mean? Are we talking early Pugliese or later Pugliese? or Who’s Pugliese?
As a teaser, let me tell you that he was born in 1905 but didn’t record until 1943. He was a communist his whole life and in the 50’s spent several years in jail for his beliefs. Which didn’t stop him from writing arrangements and didn’t stop his fans from missing him. When he was in jail a red carnation was placed on the keyboard of the piano in his honor. He passed away in 1995.
I leave you with that and will answer all these curious questions and more on Saturday.
We will learn something about Osvaldo Pugliese’s music and ideas on how to dance to it. And as you know – you’ll be able to use those skills for other orquestas too! (Here’s a wonderful video of Pugliese at the piano and members of his orchestra from different times  – see them play after 6:00)

The Fundamentals Class will continue exploring turns and adding this knowledge into patterns.

I look forward to seeing you at Rhythmic Expressions to explore these topics. If you send me an RSVP that you will be joining I can better ensure that we have enough leaders and followers for the class.

All workshops held at Rhythmic Expressions Studio at 617 S. McClintock Dr. Ste 3, Tempe, AZ (Just north of University on the East side of McClintock. Look for McClintock Center)

12:00pm – 1:30pm Intermediate Level
1:30pm – 3:00pm Fundamental Topics
$15 / class

You can send me an email.

carnation on piano

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Weekend in Prescott, AZ

I am very excited to be heading up to Prescott, AZ to share Argentine Tango with dancers in Northern Arizona at my friends, Earl and Delisa’s beautiful space.

The schedule will be like this:

Friday April 26th 
7pm-8pm Playing with the Music
8pm-whenever – Practica

Saturday April 27th
1pm-2pm Embrace, Walking & Dancing Technique part 1
2:30pm-3:30pm Technique for pivots part 2
4pm-5pm Playful turning combination

Sunday April 28th
1pm-2pm Dancing Milonga
2pm-5pm Milonga

Weekend: $50 pp
Ala Carte Price: $15/lesson, $40 Saturday Only,
$20 Friday Only, $20 Sunday Only

Contact: for more information, to register, and directions to their space.

I will be available for private lessons starting on Friday!

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