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Tuesday’s August 5th class will be on Vals. Class starts at 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
I will also be teaching an all levels tango class on Thursday night at 7:30 – 8:30pm at Mijana Restaurant in Tempe.

IMPORTANT:Acacia and Tyler
Tuesdays, August 12, 19 and 26 Tyler Litman will be teaching Tuesday night class and running the practica. Class starts at 7:00pm – 8:00pm for $10 and that will include the practica. He will continue to work on the tango drills and will challenge you with some tango figures and concepts. Practica alone is $6.

Tyler will also cover class at Mijana on Thursdays, August 14 and 21st.

The Tango Newbies from the 1st Tango Blast are coming to the Practica so please welcome them and dance with them and remember they are beginners!

The Next Tango Blast for Beginners is in September. Tell your friends and sign up soon.

 

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Beginner’s Playlist

Here is a sample of a possible Beginner’s Playlist.
Depending on what we are doing in class, I do tend to play a lot of Carlos Di Sarli and Francisco Canaro, these are the names of orchestra leaders and their orchestras were named after them!
Below you have a screenshot of my beginner’s playlist from my iTunes library. On the left you have the name of the song, in the middle you have the name of the orchestra and on the right, the album that it came from. Some of these you can find on Amazon and on iTunes and now on Spotify and Pandora Radio!
The Tango repertoire is so vast that I always encourage beginning students to find a flavor they like. What I mean by this is, do you like music that reminds you of ocean waves or more like pounding steady rain? (Just examples!) You might enjoy the sounds and rhythms of the Grateful Dead or you might prefer the Beatles. (I’m not trying to date myself but hopefully you get what I’m suggesting.) Not all tango music sounds alike and you will probably not like all tango music, at first, or maybe ever! But I guarantee that the more you listen to it, if you find a sound, an orchestra that you like, the more your tango taste will grow, your dance will expand, and you will enjoy it!
Who are your favorite tango orchestras?

beginners playlist screenshot

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4 Week Beginner Blast

I am looking for students, beginners, interested in learning Argentine Tango. 10 students available for 4 two-hour sessions on the following Saturdays:

July 19 and 26
August 2 and 9

Time and location: 4pm – 6pm
SNAP 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd. Scottsdale, AZ

Fee $100
includes  8 hours of Argentine Tango instruction and free pass to 4 tango practicas on Tuesday nights.

Location to be announced. Pre-registration a must. Send me an email of your interest and I will reconfirm.
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(Any student of mine who accompanies a new beginner for this series comes for free. And you can attend the practicas too for free!)

Daniela accepts cash and check and also the possibility to pay for this course via Square Market online
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Surrender vs. Submission

What do you think? As a follower in this dance of Argentine Tango do you think of yourself as submitting or as surrendering? Leaders, do you think of your follower as being submissive or surrendering?

These 2 words came up recently in a tango discussion in relation to the follower’s role in tango. And of course, I thought how much language gets in the way of our actual dance experience but nonetheless I wanted to tackle the ideas for a blog. So I went to Merriam (Webster) first and was not really pleased with what I found for both of these words and, not so surprisingly, they were similar.

Surrender
: to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win
: to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another

Submission
: the condition of being submissive, humble, or compliant
: an act of submitting to the authority or control of another
: the state of being obedient : the act of accepting the authority or control of someone else

Having been brought up as an independent woman, I cringe at the thought of these definitions in relation to my dancing (or to my life!). I don’t think of myself as being or doing either when I dance.

I began to look further, as the person I was conversing with was suggesting that he perceived many dancers as submissive and not as surrendering in the dance. This might be interpreted as the idea of “I am dancing  you” vs “I am dancing with you”. And so I searched further and found myself back in the realm of metaphysics and modern day mystics.

One person who immediately came to mind was author, David Deida, who I know some people find thoroughly amazing and life changing. I found this quote:

The word “surrender” is often interpreted as giving up, as weakness, as admitting defeat. Although this is one way to use the word, we will use it in a different way. Surrendering means letting go of your resistance to the total openness of who you are. It means giving up the tension of the little vortex you believe yourself to be and realizing the deep power of the ocean you truly are. It means to open with no boundaries, emotional or physical, so you ease wide beyond any limiting sense of self you might have.
David Deida

Of course when people think of or refer to Deida they are often talking about sex and funny how that is the case in tango too!

Hannah Marcotti on her website offers us another variation on the theme of surrender:

There is an ease when we learn how to embrace surrender. Feeling without fight. Fear and struggle are met with truth and grace. Releasing and allowing feel spectacular with the flow from stuck into surrender. Surrender is an entry point for joy. Surrender can guide you into stillness, moving, creating, acting and flowing.

And flowing is what we want in our dances. As I have said in another blog, even the English words that we use, Lead and Follow, don’t really do justice to the magnificence of what we do in our roles in this dance.

Think about it and consider your very important role next time you dance.

For more inspiring quotes including Deida’s:
http://www.abundance-and-happiness.com/surrender-quotes.html

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Tangovilla Wuppertal

I think I have finally caught up on sleep. And in between have been enjoying the lush tangovilla flag green of my environs. I have been so well taken care of here at the Tangovilla by my hosts, Stefan and Ralph.

I met Stefan at a tango teacher training session a few years ago. We were paired together on the first day and even though he struggled with english I encouraged him to proceed confidently. That was the beginning of our friendship. When I told him that I wanted to come to Europe, he immediately invited me to his home, the Tangovilla.

I had the pleasure of teaching class to several of his students. He helped me now with the language and the classes were wonderful. I was so happy to hear that his students enjoyed them. I had been a little bit  worried about the cultural differences and cultural perceptions of Americans, or cultural expectations, but clearly this group trusted their teacher, Stefan and the students learned and had a good time. As you might have heard me say, “I have such good students” and even here, this applied!

I have been to a couple of milongas since I have been here and so far, I have to say, that they have similar problems to those we have at our milongas in the States. Can you guess? Lots of sitting women at the milongas! I do have to say that this area has a milonga every night and the numbers of dancers in attendance was great to see. I was told that many of the dancers were away for long weekends and yet, I saw the milongas as being well attended.

This weekend was a tango marathon and we stopped by to check it out. It reminded me of a hot and sweaty milonga in Buenos Aires in the middle of summer. It appears that even though the marathon brings in quite a few people, this isn’t enough to encourage the owners of the restaurant to use/fix/whatever, the air conditioning. WOW – that was 1 hot sweaty place. I did have the pleasure of dancing with the current, 2014 Champion of Tango Salon for Germany. He is Mexican, living in Hamburg!!!  We had a lovely tanda, thank you Alonso Alvarez! He will be off to the European Championship and then to Buenos Aires for the Mundial.

AND speaking of Mundials – this weekend begins the World Soccer Cup. There are flags hanging and bars advertising. Clearly Germany is getting ready! And so am I.

Keep dancing! You can find pictures on Facebook!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152508786684312&substory_index=1&id=619634311

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