Day 3: the Semi-Finals. We were in round 3 and remained #101. We had 3 lovely songs to perform to by the following orchestras: Di Sarli, Troilo and Pugliese. There were 25 total couples that were pared down to 16 couples that will go to the finals tomorrow.
We made it! Keiko did my hair a little differently again tonight and I chose different earrings but kept the same blue dress. I think our dancing went well but could have been better. I was tired today. I am looking forward to a good night’s sleep and spending some time preparing again tomorrow.
Here are the videos of our songs and a short clip with the announcement of our moving on to the Finals tomorrow.
Day 2: End of the Qualifying Rounds 25 Couples moving on to the Semi-Finals.
Rommel and I spent an hour early in the day practicing. I had another fabulous doo by Keiko of Kibuki Hair and Skin.
I decided to wear the same outfit in order to remind the judges of who I was! And I was advised to really go for it… so we did!
Rommel and I made it to the semi-finals. We are 1 of 25 couples moving on. All the Arizona competitors have passed to the Semi-finals. Way for AZ to represent!!!
Rommel was having a conversation with a colleague, a fabulous teacher and beautiful performer, who has been 1 of our fans the last 2 years. He said to Rommel, “Do the judges know what tango salon is? Because of all the couples I see dancing you are the ones who are dancing ‘tango salon’. Maybe the judges need to decide what it is first!” This has been a problem over the years and I too have commented on this in the past. (see previous blogs on tango competition).
So we proudly dance onward!
Rommel Oramas and I are back in San Francisco for the US Tango Salon Competition. This is our 4th year and we are excited to be here. The Marriott where the event is held is always friendly and comfortable.
We also enjoy coming because we see tango friends that we see every year, so it’s a tango reunion of sorts.
This year there are 43 couples competing in Tango Salon! That’s great!
There are 100 couples participating overall this year – there are 14 couples in the Stage Category and they also have additional categories this year for Senior Salon and for Group Choreography.
We are number 101 this year. And the first 2 nights we will dance in Round 4 – the 4th and last group to dance.
I decided this year to have my hair done by a fabulous hairdresser, Keiko of Kabuki Hair and Skin, here in San Francisco. She was amazing. I received so many compliments on my hair
They did not eliminate anyone after this 1st round, which means everyone continues tomorrow.
This year Rommel and I prepared and practiced a lot. We are feeling confident and hopeful that the judges will see us as champions, finally, this year!
This year the competition will not be streamed live. So I will try my best to give updates, share pictures and video.
Day 1 Round 4 videos
See you tomorrow!
There’s another Leading Ladies Workshop on Saturday April 12th at 12:00pm – 1:30pm at the Solana TangoRoom. $15.
Come see why these followers are dancing more and we have fun!
The next Leading Ladies will be on Friday, May 2nd at 7:00pm.
I have openings for Private Sessions for a couple or a single person of any level this Sunday, April 13th at
12:00pm – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Please call me (4804429550) or Email Me if interested.
Literally, the room gets warmer as we get warmer!
Just a friendly reminder that even as I try to cool SNAP Studio off prior to your arrival on Tuesdays, remember tango is about sharing space with others, so if you tend to be a sweater, like a sweaty person, please please please bring a change of shirt or blouse for yourself. Everyone you dance with appreciates this.
We’ll see you all tomorrow, Tuesday night, for an exploration into “Changing Directions”.
As always, send me questions or suggestions if you have them.