The Tango Workbook First Edition

The Tango Workbook First Edition

The Tango Workbook BookcoverIt has been about 5 weeks since I left Phoenix and I’m happy to report that I finished The Tango Workbook in time for the new semester. The Tango Workbook is a 65 page PDF document geared to the beginning Argentine Tango student. It is NOT a how to dance book – it is however, a supportive text for those students who learn visually and like to read what they might have heard or missed in class. I cover milonga etiquette, leader and follower technique reminders, a short history of Argentine Tango history; I talk about pivots, la cruzada, molinetes and more!

I have spent the last several years writing this workbook and have received feedback from students who have actually used it in their Argentine Tango course. Here are some of their comments:
It’s easy to read and to follow along with the class.
I liked the workbook and the information is super useful.
I sometimes miss things in class so when I read the workbook it helped me remember what we learned.
The section on Milonga Etiquette was very helpful. I was so glad that I read it before my first milonga experience. I was prepared!





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It has been 2 weeks since I left Arizona. I have been visiting with my parents, sharing alignment tips with them, and working feverishly on my Car in TexasTango Workbook for the upcoming tango newbies who will be enrolled at ASU. I have been going through old boxes that my parents had stored as well as registering my car in the state of Texas. It has been a busy couple of weeks and the weather has been as emotional as I have been!

In preparing to Welcome 2015, it has been fun to come across new ways to bring in the New Year by goal setting and making resolutions.

3 of my favorite:

1) From David Wolfe: get colored slips of paper and write 20+ goals for the new year in a jar and put the jar away. Open them at the end of 2015 and see what magic you created.
2) From Liz Gilbert: almost like a vision board but more of a mood board. Cut out colors and textures that you want for yourself in 2015 and create a collage. Takes some of the stress off the vision board thing!
3) Forget the resolutions, make a list of those things you are most grateful for, wonderful things that happened to you in 2014, go for at least 10. The End.
What will you do to prepare a great new blank set of 365 days?

Have a Happy New Year!

And a gift to you: the following video from my Ladies Technique Class summary that I did in ABQ after 6 hours of private coaching. Of course, the material has been pieced together from all of my great teachers. I thank them.

See you at the end of February 2015 in Phoenix.

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Happy Holidays Everyone!Christmas Cactus 2014
I made it to Austin, TX after a whirlwind of excitement in Albuquerque, NM where I made a short, but well received presentation on Alignment vs Posture in Tango to 25 or so members of the Tango Club of Albuquerque. Thank you ABQ: Gail, Richard, Kipp, Cynthia, Risa, Daniel, & Michelle. My alignment geeks will be so happy to know that I introduced more folks to the joy of “Toe Sox”! I danced a short time there then rushed to Santa Fe to dance with friends there and then taught some more the following day! Followed by a road trip to Austin with my dear dad! About 11oo miles in my little blue car!

I saw a lot of Texas! And had plenty of time to think and reflect on my intense year and all the wonderful students who have blessed my path. The student learns, the teacher learns, their successes are mine. I love what I do. I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of emotions that others showed me and that I too felt prior to leaving. I think I am still transitioning and laying the groundwork for my new year and new travels. Thanks to all for your support. And to Rommel Oramas, my partner for the last 10 years or so!

So with this I wish my dear community the best holiday season ever. You have all inspired me in so many ways and I thank you. I wish you a new year of happiness, health, and great dances.

Many blessings to you all and remember THERE’S STILL CLASS & PRACTICA ON TUESDAY NIGHTS with Rommel until the end of January.

I look forward to seeing those of you in Phoenix for a workshop in February.


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Tango Packed Week

So much Tango this week!!!

TuesdayPracticando fun @SNAP. Class starts at 7- 8:30pm. 8:30 continues Practica. This will be my last Tuesday night practica and Rommel will take over into January.

Rommel and I will be hosting a free tango class from 7:30 – 8:15pm at Mijana Restaurant followed by performances followed by the Nostalgias Milonga! Come join us for my last Milonga in Tempe.

FridayLast Solana Milonga
7pm – onward @ the Solana Tango Room 335 E. Solana Drive Tempe, AZ. BYOB $5 come share snacks and dancing.

Saturday2 Final Workshops
Rommel and I teach the last of our series of workshops on Saturday.

Be sure that you are subscribed to my Blog so you can follow me on my adventures.

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The Time has Come

Dear Community and Friends,

Teaching at ASUI have seen students come and go and sometimes it’s time for the teacher to move on too. Now is that time for me. The Time has Come. For those who don’t want to read on, I share with you that I will be leaving Arizona on December 16th until March 1st after which I can be found in Europe!

It’s interesting to reflect on my time here. I returned to AZ in 2003 with a plan to build my teaching resume as a modern dance teacher. I had a huge student loan and was working as an exec asst in NYC for a large international branding firm. I was barely dancing. So I thought a return to where I had received my masters would find me work and be a training ground for more experience. What I soon found out was that another modern dance teacher was not really what anyone was looking for but the fact that I knew Argentine Tango turned out to be interesting to the local community colleges. I had taught some classes in NYC and had some ideas on how to approach teaching the dance. So the idea was to be in AZ to teach and then return to NYC to pursue my dream career as a working modern dancer /choreographer.

My return to AZ had me headed in a different direction – clearly. And it was a rocky start – I was working boring desk jobs and teaching a little Argentine Tango. Fast forward – 2 years later I found myself teaching fulltime: all kinds of classes. Shortly thereafter ASU’s Argentine Tango teacher position opened and, of course, I took it.

Fast forward now 9 more years (for a total of 11) I have taught about 20 semesters of tango, more than 1000 students plus several handfuls of community members have all passed through or started tango with me.

It has been a journey I could not have predicted. I am grateful to all who have crossed my path and have shared this adventure. Argentine Tango has been a tremendous vehicle for growth not just in terms of the initial goal of expanding my teaching experience but it has shown me the magic of humanity; how powerful the mirror is; and that life is truly about energy – you get what you give – in simplest terms.

An artist’s path is never straight (or at least I have not known one to be). In order to continue to grow, to be inspired, to create more, the road must continue its course no matter how bumpy or winding.

It has been an honor to share what I know and understand of this beautiful dance and its culture.

I am so grateful to everyone I have met on this path so far – thanks for helping me grow. Thank you for allowing me to share and for sharing with me.

I have 1 wish for this Phoenix area tango community. I know almost every one of you individually and think all of you are wonderful people and it is never expected that you will all be friends but I would hope that you will see as a collective that kindness never hurts. You will need to be generous, kind, and open to everyone for growth to happen.

My web and blog will remain open as will my Facebook account. Please stay in touch and be sure to subscribe to the blog (on the right side) to find out where I will be or what you can do for a healthy body. My Tango workbook should also be finished soon…

There will be a festive departure Milonga on Friday December 12 – So save the date! and Stop by!

In grace and gratitude

Many abrazos to you all

And PS  – If you need a mirror (or 2), furniture, a king bed, a full futon, dishes, file cabinet – please let me know. It’s all going!






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