Day 2 of Qualifying Rounds at US Argentine Tango Salon Competition

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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Day 1 Argentine Tango Salon Championships SF

It was a great first day of rondas at the US Argentine Tango Salon Championships in San Francisco. There are 31 couples competing in Tango Salon and 9 in Stage this year. There are 4 couples representing Arizona! There is a link for the streaming event at: Apparently the deal is that it’s all reruns until Sunday, when they’ll recap Thurs-Sat. and then Sunday’s finals are live starting at 7pm. $15 if you use the coupon ATUSA5OFF.

US Tango Salon Day 1Tyler Litman and Inja Vojnovic were in ronda #1 and were couple #007. Our very own James Bond of tango!!! Rommel and I were in ronda #3 and were couple #019.
Everyone advances to tomorrow night  – Friday – after which they will begin to eliminate.

See Rommel and I performing in the first round below.


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The Most Exciting, Sexy, Hottest Moment in Argentine Tango!

About a year ago I found myself at a festival, being introduced to another dancer from somewhere down south (and to protect his identity we’ll keep it like that!). And this introduction had the implication that we would dance at some point that evening. The pressure was on then… This always makes me a little uneasy. He was introduced to me, he didn’t choose me and I didn’t choose him either! What if he really didn’t want to dance with me at all? I didn’t get to see him dance. Dancing with someone new is part of what tango is all about but an introduction can sometimes backfire as there is a feeling of pressure on both parts.

Little did I know that this person would set a precedence for tango dances to come.

So the time came for us to dance. I don’t remember whether in the end it was a cabeceo or we were just at the right place at the right time at the same time but however it went, we headed to the dance floor. I stood in front of this partner, and as we waited for the music to beginanother embrace there was little of the usual chit chat. The music began, he placed both of his hands gently and firmly on my ribs, and he waited, listening intently to the music or maybe to my heart that began racing in anticipation. His slow approach into the embrace transported me to memories of watching a black and white movie and scoffing at the idea that women actually swooned. I think I could have swooned in that moment from the anticipation and the excitement of this preclude. From his hands on my ribs his right arm continued its journey along my back and his left arm found my right arm hanging by my side as he gradually passed his hand along my forearm until he found my hand in his. Next thing I knew we were embracing and moving together in this passionate dance that was reignited for me in that moment.

Phew! just thinking about it makes me long for that focus-filled attentive embrace again.

How do you embrace? Are you anxious to jump into someone’s arms? Do you miss out on the WHOLE experience? And incidentally he is one of my most favorite dancers and a delicious embrace like that helps his rankings!


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Daniela’s Foot Care Toolkit

With all the time we spend in our high heels and investing in beautiful shoes for our tango journey I think the time we spend out of them is just as important. Here is a short list of things I do when I am not in my heels dancing to take care of my feet: my foundation to dance forever.

1) Rolling the feet
Foot RollerI love rolling my feet out. I use this great device that was gifted to me during my modern dance days. You can use a tennis ball, too. I use it often. Even as I write this blog. I take it with me on trips. It’s an essential for me. Roll roll roll and often!

2) Happy Feet socks or a similar version of Foot alignment socks.
Some of you know that I am currently enrolled in a Whole Body Alignment course, where I have been reintroduced to my foundation: my feet! And these great socks! The goal of the socks is to separate those toes and enervate some of those unused muscles: 26 bones, 33 My Happy Feet Socksjoints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and 1300 nerve endings per square inch of your sole (thanks to Theresa Perales, DPM). The foot is impressive! She recommends starting with about 30 minutes of wearing your Happy Feet socks per day and then gradually work up to sleeping in them. I remember when I first got mine, I could barely stand wearing them for 10 minutes! And I still can’t bring myself to sleep in them…but I notice a big difference in my feet overall. Using the socks has helped to relieve some stress and pressure in my feet. I can’t isolate all of my toes individually but maybe one day my feet will be as articulate as my hands. You can buy them on Amazon. (click on this link Foot alignment socks.)

3) Cold water soak
I never thought I’d become a fan of putting my feet in cold water but even in my early days of tango when I danced for endless hours in Buenos Aires I would find myself sitting with my feet in a sink filled with cold water in the early hours of the morning. And this remains a ritual. After dancing or even after a shower I stand in cold water for a few minutes or longer until my feet almost feel normal again. I always tell people to start off as cold as they can stand it and then stay in it for as long as they can stand it. This one takes some trust to believe that it will actually feel good at all, but it does. I got an email from a student in New Mexico who wrote to remind me that while I had been teaching there he had seen me stick my feet in cold water and therefore, remembering that he did it and found it very helpful to him in relieving his aching feet.

4) Arnica Montana
Arnicais a homeopathic remedy and before you stop reading, it does help some people with bruising. I find that rubbing it on my feet before going to bed also makes me feel relaxed. So this could be the fact that I have to massage it into my feet or that it provides some healing benefits. I believe it helps with soreness. I like to use the cream or the gel that I can find at my local Sprouts or Whole Foods.

5) Calf Stretch and / or Theraband (TM) stretch
Calf StretchThere’s a fabulous calf stretch that I have added to my bag of tools. It too is from the Whole Body Alignment course. I take a towel and roll it up and place 1 foot with the metatarsals on the towel and the heel on the floor. I stand straight with the weight in my heels and then I slowly begin to move the other foot on the floor passed it. I keep my feet in a parallel position, weight in the heels and aim for the rest of my body to be in alignment, in a plumb line, and breathe into this stretch and then change feet. When you do this check to see if your but is sticking out or if your ribs are or what about your chin? Make adjustments to put them back in place and over time see the benefits of this one.
I also use my Theraband or use the towel and place it under my metatarsals and pull my feet towards me. Your feet will be flexing at the ankle joint. Do this with your knees straight and go easy – just a little at a time. I do it lying down and sometimes sitting down. Either way, remember to go easy.

And finally,

6) Massage and Elevate
Better yet, if someone else massages for you, with some arnica or with some lavender lotion. Or I invest in some reflexology or some Thai massage sometimes. Or stick your feet up on the wall for a little while: lie on a bed or the floor and raise them onto the wall and just breathe…..

You can find information online about these ideas and more. Don’t hesitate to ask me about them to or I can show you a demo. That’s the next step – on video!!!

What do you do for your feet?



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Sedona on the 16th – Come and dance!

A Tango Salon*
*Salon: A fashionable assemblage of notables (artists, dancers, statesmen)

The Dream: to create a cohesive community of Tango dancers in Northern Arizona who are interested in improving their dance systematically, consistently, and with commitment.

The OfferingOn Saturday February 16th at the Adult Community Center at 2615 Melody Lane, Sedona we welcome Daniela Borgialli, Director, Educator and Performer… teacher extraordinaire of all dance levels  who is committed to furthering the dance level of our community.  She will hold two classes as follows:

: Semi private group lesson for “oldies” (those with some experience dancing tango)

3-4pm: Beginning class for “newbies” (those who want to learn basics of tango).

4-6:30pm there will be a guided Practica for all levels!

All classes and semi-private lesson are on a sliding scale of $7-$15.
Practica free with the lessons or Practica only is $5.00.

There are two slots open for privates on Saturday February 16th from 11-12; and 12-1 and on Sunday. February 17th from 12-1.

Please contact Jessica Sierra at (928)204-1360 to arrange for privates, and/or  for any questions or concerns.

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