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Bulletin - September 18

Modesto Tango is a non-profit association of
tango aficionados dedicated to sharing the
artistic, cultural and social aspects of
Argentine Tango in Stanislaus County.

Michelle led a great class on basic techniques
last Saturday. Roman returns Saturday, Sept.
23, our last class before our weekend with Gato
and Andrea. Again, intermediates are encouraged
to consider private lessons. The patterns that
Roman teaches require understanding and
technique. He finds it difficult to move us into
a higher level with eloquence. His private
lesson fee is $70; he pays the studio fee if you
use Ruby's studio. He is available Saturday from
8:30 or after class, and is willing to stay late
on Saturday.

I am accepting pre-registration for the Gato &
Andrea workshops, and will accept them until
Tuesday, Sept. 26. The workshops will present a
quick tour of the richness of tango. G & A have
more than 25 years combined teaching experience
and have performed in 20 countries. Their
expertise covers all facets of tango. They are
friendly and speak English. Their teaching style
is based on mastery of posture, balance, axis,
weight changes, rhythm and especially tango
walk. They emphasize interpretation of the music
and expression of emotion in dance. Gato Valdez
performed professionally in 1984 with the
Pugliese Orchestra in the film "Tangos, el Exilio
de Gardel" . He also appeared in other films,
such as "Gracias Maestro", "Evita" and "The
Tango Lesson".

Cost: One or two workshops: $30 per class (per person), - pre-registration $25
3 or 4 workshops: $25 each; 5 or 6 workshops: $22 each
Make checks out to Hugo Valdez or Andrea Monti.
Details in schedule below. If interested in
additional weekday sessions, contact me via
e.mail at fred.her...@sbcglobal.net

VENUE: Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian Ave. Modesto, Ca.
Saturday, September 30
1. (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) All levels : Tango
technique for men and women improve
2. (1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Tango intermediate I -
Tango walk; double time, changes of direction,
simple patterns with entradas and voleos on the
Sunday, October 1
3. (12 noon - 1:30 p.m.) Tango beginners:
fundamentals, walk, basic steps, ochos, links.
4. (2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Tango intermediate II:
Turns with entradas , sacadas. and boleos.
5. (4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Milonga (Three months
minimum dance experience required )
Private lessons available- Sept. 29 - October 3 (day or night)
COST $100 per hour plus $10 studio fee - Available by arrangement


MONDAY, (tonight) Sept. 18 & 25 : Dinner and
dancing at Jacob's Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry.
A chance to work on moves learned in class and
get needed floor time. No fee, but you are
encouraged to order off the menu. We start at
about 8 p.m. An informal gathering; some arrive
early to dine. We may dance 'till 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 23: Classes with Roman at
Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian,
off McHenry. Intermediates 11 a.m. Beginners
(i.e. basics) 12:30 p.m welcoming newcomers.
Intermediates are encouraged to stay for the
beginning class at no extra charge to work on
technique. Cost is $12.

>Ph: (209) 522-1571


OUT OF TOWN: Some have expressed interest in these. To carpool call 522-1571

>EMERYVILLE - Classes with Nora Dinzelbacher. Allegro Ballroom
>5855 Christie Avenue , Emeryville, California 94608
>Beginning Class - 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $12
>Intermediate/Advanced 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $12

Practica: 9:30-10:30 p.m. $5 (free with class; another chance for floor time).

In August Ed & Rebecca study Vals at Step One.
Explore the possibilities of the lyrical and romantic Argentine Vals Criolla.
Tango may be addictive and Milonga spicy & fun but the Vals is heavenly.
Check it out. 8 p.m, 1920 T Street next to the RR tracks.

>Ed & Rebecca teach "Tango Basics" for all levels
>at the Cisneros Studios of Dance, 1924 U Street,
>7 to 8:15 p.m. Contact Ed Loomis at
>TangoB...@pobox.com or 916-368-9451 for info.

La Práctica for all levels with Mike & Alisa at
Step One, 1920 T St. (at train tracks), from 8:15
to 10:15 p.m., only $3 for all levels, beginners
welcome. Another chance to get needed floor time

Twenty-Something Tango 6:30-7:45 p.m. Anyone
with a young attitude is welcome!
Class is appropriate for people interested in
learning the fundamentals of Argentine tango.
No partner required, but bringing a friend is
encouraged to ensure gender balance.
Taught by Chris Peake & Emily Trites. Cost:
College student $25/session (with valid ID)
Non college-student $35/session.
Tango Practica with Zak Brown. Zak hosts a guided
practica on Thursday nights from 8 to 10 p.m.
Cost only $3,
an excellent way to get the floor time needed to
practice your tango--with an instructor's help!
Parking is free on the streets after 8 p.m.

Contact: Modesto Tango Mary (209) 522-1571
E-MAIL: fred.her...@sbcglobal.net
For more information visit

MILONGAS: Modesto's milonga with El Gato &
Andrea performing, Saturday Evening, Sept. 30


Thurs Sept 21 & 28
Mariposa Argentine Tango Club at the Verdi Club

2424 Mariposa St. at Potrero Ave, SF
7:15 - 8 p.m. - Close Embrace Basics
8 - 8:45 p.m. - Int/Adv Close Embrace
9/14 & 21 - Special Guest George Garcia of Honolulu joins Christy & Adolfo
9/28 - Milonga with Christy & Adolfo
8:45 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. - Milonga hosted by Victor
Meneses & Christy Coté with D.J. Emilo Flores
$15 class & Milonga/$13 Milonga only.

(NEW)Fair Oaks
"MILONGA MIRABELLE" 7318 Winding Way, Fair Oaks,
CA 95628 (just west of San Juan)
Hosted by Mirabelle European Pastry Café
Date: 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month -
Time: 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Mini Cover Charge: $5 for dancers (includes two
tickets for drawings at 8 & 8:30 p.m.)
This charge is in support of our host, whether or
not we eat and drink at his establishment. The
Mirabelle will remain open for customers which
will expose Argentine tango to a new area! With
the hope of promoting tango Teachers are
encouraged to put out their flyers.

2 Milongas (Dance Parties) each month on the Second Saturday and Fourth Sunday
Location: House of the Four Winds. 540 Calle Principal in Monterey
2nd Saturday: 8 -9 Beginning/Intermediate Class / $6 per person
9 p.m. Milonga / $12 per person
4th Sunday: afternoon Milonga / 5:30 - 9:30 Milonga / $10 per person


FROM El Gato & Andrea: NOVEMBER 8th TO 23rd, 2006
The general package includes:
1. Round air plane tickets, only if you choose
"Second Option (B)" (see the two options below).
Transfers from Ezeiza Airport to hotel and hotel
to airport.
2. 13 nights accommodation in a marvelous
four-star hotel including buffet breakfast, based
on double occupancy. (Single occupancy is
available on request and the cost difference is
not included).
3. Welcome dinner in a typical Argentinean "restaurant parrilla."
4. City Tour.
5. 8 private group classes with excellent teachers.
6. 11 dance nights at the best milongas and dance clubs .
7. Dinner show at one of BA's best tango houses:
"La Esquina de Carlos Gardel."
8. A day in the country at Estancia "La Cinacina"
with "fiesta gaucha", "asado criollo" (barbecue),
singing, dancing, "gaucho show", country
activities such as riding horses and much more.
9. Guided visit to marvelous, unique Teatro Colón, visit Café Tortoni for tea.
10. Guided shopping for tango souvenirs, shoes and clothes.
11. Last night Farewell Dinner at a nice typical restaurant.
Including the Pulpo's Tango Week with full-package (15 classes!!!)
1. Until August 31st, 2006: U$D 1300
2. Until September 30th, 2006: U$D 1400 ( subject to availability)
Make a deposit of U$D 400 in any of the above cases
Since air fares vary according to trip date and
place of departure, the final tour price will
depend on air ticket prices at time of booking.
The earlier you book, the better your fare. There
are special discounts for groups.
Total payment deadline: October 27th, 2006
http://www.bairestangotour.com.ar/buenosaires1.html for more information.

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>Until later:
>Mary Menz
>(209) 522-1571