4th Day in BA

4th Day in BA

After, what feels like a whirlwind of an arrival, we are already at the end of day 4 in BA.

We arrived on Friday morning to very long lines in EZE (the airport), so long that our luggage was already off the carousel by the time we went through customs/immigration! AND torrential down pours. We crammed all of our luggage and the 4 of us into my uncle’s car, typical Argentine style with luggage in between and on top of each of us! and made it into Buenos Aires to our lovely home for the next 3 weeks.

My star ASU student, Tyler, is on a first major adventure with his brand new first ever passport and his tango sneakers, armed with very little Spanish, he is here, participating in milongas and Leader’s Tango Week with some very fine tango leaders, already eating pasta and empanadas like a local!

It is strange to find myself here without a tour to guide but nice that several ASU students are here for their exchange programs and Tyler, here to dance and experience tango to the fullest. Love having some of “my kids” close by.

Already I have seen my maestra, taken a private lesson with her, been to 3 milongas, and saw “old” friends who I either see traveling or in Buenos Aires! And tonite I will connect with more family.

The weather is chilly – especially for our thinned out Arizona blood! Our housemates have colds and we are fending that off with Vitamin C and Chinese herbs, thanks to J from Flagstaff. So far – so good.Congreso Buenos Aires

We are staying in a lovely tango house near Congreso – which is just a few blocks away from some great milongas and the Congress Building. Of course, we have not seen any of the weather that is in this picture!

I had heard enough about inflation prior to coming here but now being here we are seeing and feeling the impact first hand. The peso has 2 rates, the bank rate and the black market rate, of which there’s plenty of opportunity to purchase the latter. And that is significantly higher than the bank rate, of course. The cost of food is higher, taxis, buses, subways, everything, milongas, shoes – all of it, is higher. Even with the higher exchange rate it seems almost ridiculous to pay so much for that which was so much cheaper even a year ago and even markedly cheaper 5 years ago. It is common to pay between 12 – 14 pesos for a soda or bottled water at a milonga. At the bank rate, that’s $3. The milongas are between 30 – 45 pesos. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot of money but it’s almost normal prices for someone coming from the US. In other words, it’s not a cheap vacation anymore. (12 pesos for a dozen eggs.) It used to cost around 25 pesos to travel almost anywhere in the city by taxi, now it’s double that. From Congreso to Palermo it has been 45 pesos. Those were the milongas we chose for the last few nights.

Today in my class I was reminded – intention before stepping. So I leave you with that idea as well. Where is your intention when you take your steps both as a leader and a follower? Are you taking a step and then arriving where you want to be? Consider the inverse, “I want to be there” and then step there.

we are here!

Tyler and his ghosts!


happy to be among greatness!




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Off to Buenos Aires!

Our flight will take us through Dallas and then on to Buenos Aires. We will arrive on Thursday morning. We have a couple of weeks to train and get more ready!

The competition schedule is as follows:

For Salon TangoTango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup  2012_
Qualifying Rounds: August 20 and 21, 2012, at Centro de Exposiciones.
Semifinal: August 24, 2012, at Centro de Exposiciones.
Final: August 27, 2012, at Luna Park Stadium.

The registration happened online this year and ended yesterday. I am sure there will be a statistic soon as to how many people will be competing this year.

It has also been arranged that Rommel and I will be performing, along with the 1st place winners of the US Tango Salon Competition at the milonga Salon Canning on August 28th. We are very much looking forward to all of this adventure.

Looking forward to the upcoming blogs……


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Saturday in Flagstaff

Argentine Tango Workshop & Milonga
Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Flagstaff, AZ
With Daniela Borgialli and Rommel Oramas

Workshop at Human Nature Dance Studio
1:00-2:30 pm Social Sacadas (Intermediate/Advanced)
2:30-4:00 pm All about Turning the Giro (Intermediate/ Advanced)
Cost: $15 per afternoon class

Class & Milonga at Canyon Dance Academy
7:00-8:30pm Class-New Fundamental Ideas (All Levels)
8:30-11:00pm Fundraising Milonga
Cost: $15 for evening class and milonga

Bring your checkbook if you want make a separate, tax-deductable donation to help Daniela and Rommel compete in the World Tango Championship in August

Please bring snacks to share during the milonga
For more information or to set up a private instruction contact Nancy Williams at 928-213-0239 or talkwithnancy@yahoo.com
Human Nature Dance Studio, 4 W. Phoenix Street, Flagstaff, Arizona
Canyon Dance Academy, 2812 Izabel Street, Flagstaff, AZ

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Special Weekend with Los Totis

Thanks to everyone who came to the weekend workshops and to the Special Milonga last weekend. What a treat to have this caliber of Viriginia y Christian y classdancing and instruction in the Phoenix area and to be 1 of 3 cities on their first visit to the US. SPECTACULAR!

A few comments were:

“They far exceeded my expectations.”

“I was so impressed with them.”

” I have always appreciated the quality of the events you put on and this was exceptional.”

We had an amazing experience with Christian and Virginia. The classes were not too big which allowed for them to go around the room to each couple and help them individually with their questions. Their teaching dynamic as a couple is very fluid – I am so impressed by this. They are calm and on the same page as they take turns in sharing information about the Virginia y Christian in Classsubject matter without taking too much time to get the points across.

Rommel and I spent 6 hours further training with them to enhance our tango for the Salon Tango Championships which are now about 2 weeks away! We have learned so much and have grown from each teacher we have had the pleasure to work with . The journey has presented us with teachers/guides/mentors who have helped us further understand aspects of Argentine Tango and its music. It is incredible.

Back to Los Totis – I am reminded again and again from this workshop weekend, about the clarity and integrity of the embrace, which is so important; which means connection; which ties into the synchronicity of this dynamic partnership; which to me means that the tango couple works together to create the steps, the lines, the music; which in turn translates to clarity of intention and lead. I always have a huge amount of respect for our dance when I interact with a couple like los Totis… The precision of what they do with such clarity and beauty is an artform.

Los Totis and UsWe will be catching up with them again in Buenos Aires in a few weeks. I am very much looking forward to our continued friendship and tango growth with them.






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I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting it will be to have this couple with us for workshops and for an evening of amazing performances.

Rommel and I first saw Virginia and Christian dance by accident at a Practica in Buenos Aires. We were on 1 of our tango tours and Virginia y Christianthe students were a little tired so we decided to change the itinerary and go to a practica. We didn’t know much about the scene or that there would be a performance. I remember that I was so impressed by Christian and Virginia precision and line, not to mention their exquisite musicality.

The next couple of years we called on them to teach group classes to our tour group. In deciding teachers for the groups I invite teachers who we won’t see in the US or who we haven’t seen yet. Virginia and Christian have always been a perfect match for our groups. They teach like they dance, precise and generous. They are calm and kind.

We have admired their dancing since then. Rommel particularly likes Christian’s musicality and enrosque turns. These seem to be his signature move. We are so excited to have them in our city and we hope that you will not miss out. I have been getting emails from several organizers throughout the US who wish that they could have this exquisite couple in their city. We are 1 of ONLY 3 stops on their visit to the US.

I promise that you will not be disappointed. Come see them perform at the milonga on Saturday July 14th.

The weekend looks like this:

5 Unforgettable Intermediate/Advanced Workshops

Friday  7:30pm to 9:00pm Vals

Saturday  1:00pm to 2:30pm Milonga I
3:00pm to 4:30pm Milonga II

Special Milonga 9:00pm to 1:00am (includes performances by Los Totis)

Sunday  1:00pm to 2:30pm Enrosques, Sacadas y mas
3:00pm to 4:30pm Virginia’s choice

WHERE: SNAP in the Large Bond Hall of the SCUCC
4425 North Granite Reef Road Scottsdale, AZ

Full weekend pass ONLY $150.00
Individual class $45
Saturday or Sunday day pass $80 (not including the Special Milonga)
Special Milonga with Show $15

(limited private lessons available)


Christian y Virginia in Russia




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