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.
Our weekend with Gato & Andrea is here! It
starts on Saturday, September 30, with three
workshops in the day and a milonga in the evening
at Jacobs. Then three more workshops Sunday. See
For the more ambitious, a series of workshops are
added on the following Tuesday, Thursday &
Tuesday (Oct. 3, 5 & 10). Information about
those to follow, and on
These 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
Andrea's technique is flawless and she can spot
and correct a problem in an instant. And as a
special treat, a preview of Gato & Andrea dancing
to "Nueve de Julio"
Cost: One or two workshops: $30 per class (per person),
3 or 4 workshops: $25 each; 5 or 6 workshops: $22 each
Make checks out to Hugo Valdez. Details in
schedule below. If interested in the weekday
sessions, contact me via e.mail at:
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
3. (3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Intermediate:
Working on the left side - turns and patterns on
the left side.
Sunday, October 1
4. (12 noon - 1:30 p.m.) Tango beginners:
fundamentals, walk, basic steps, ochos, links.
5. (2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Tango intermediate II:
Turns with entradas , sacadas. and boleos.
6. (4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Milonga (Three months
minimum experience required )
Private lessons available- Sept. 29 - October 3 (day or night)
COST $100 per hour plus $10 studio fee - Available by arrangement
>OUR CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY, (tonight) Sept.25 and Oct. 2 : Dinner and
dancing at Jacobs 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 until 10 p.m.
SATURDAY, Sept. 30: Daytime: Classes with Gato &
Andrea at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club, 200
Norwegian, off McHenry. See above Schedule
Evening: Milonga at Jacobs, 2501 McHenry:
OUT OF TOWN: Some have expressed interest in these. To carpool call
>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
Ed & Rebecca at Step One.
8 p.m, 1920 T Street next to the RR tracks.
Starting in October4 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. In
place of the "Basics" class, Ed will offer a
"Lab for Couples," limited to five couples to
provide each couple with adequate attention. This
format will let Ed work with each couple
separately at their own level or on material they
prefer. Limited with pre-registration, it will
not be open to drop in students. You don't need
to be a "couple" in any other sense of the term,
you just need to be willing to commit to working
together in class for the month.
At The Cisneros Studios of Dance, 1924 U Street, 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Cost: $50 per couple for the month (4 weeks)
Contact Ed Loomis: TangoBear@pobox.com or 916-368-9451 to enroll.
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 at 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
Tango Practica with Zak Brown. Zak hosts a guided
practica on Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost
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.
MILONGAS: Modesto's milonga with El Gato &
Andrea performing, Saturday Evening, Sept. 30
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
9/28 - 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.
"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 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 / $10 per person
UPCOMING TANGO TOURS TO BUENOS AIRES:
FROM El Gato & Andrea: NOVEMBER 8th TO 23rd, 2006
The general package includes:
1. Round air plane tickets, only if you choose
"Second Option (B)" (see the two options below).
Transfers from Ezeiza Airport to hotel and hotel
2. 13 nights accommodation in a marvelous
four-star hotel including buffet breakfast, based
on double occupancy. (Single occupancy is
available on request and the cost difference is
3. Welcome dinner in a typical Argentinean "restaurant parrilla."
4. City Tour.
5. 8 private group classes with excellent teachers.
6. 11 dance nights at the best milongas and dance clubs .
7. Dinner show at one of BA's best tango houses:
"La Esquina de Carlos Gardel."
8. A day in the country at Estancia "La Cinacina"
with "fiesta gaucha", "asado criollo" (barbecue),
singing, dancing, "gaucho show", country
activities such as riding horses and much more.
9. Guided visit to marvelous, unique Teatro Colón, visit Café Tortoni
10. Guided shopping for tango souvenirs, shoes and clothes.
11. Last night Farewell Dinner at a nice typical restaurant.
Including the Pulpo's Tango Week with full-package (15 classes!!!)
A) First Option: WITHOUT AIR FARES
1. Until August 31st, 2006: U$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
B) Second Option: INCLUDES AIR FARES
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