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Bulletin Dec.18

A number of us went to San Francisco last Friday to see Leading Ladies of Tango, a great performance featuring the who's who in tango on East and West coasts. If an opportunity arises to see it again,do so.

After class on Saturday, we celebrated Roman's birthday at the India Bistro, our old practica venue. A good time was had by all.

There are no classes for the next two weeks, but you can still get your tango fixes, in town on Monday and Thursday, and out of town as well.

Sue Levy invited us to her home to view the DVD "Tango Fatal" by Carlos Copello Saturday, (Dec. 23). This one-hour movie's flimsy story line offers an excuse for a lot of good dancing. Let's get together at noon and bring a pot luck offering. Call me for directions 522-1571, or email

Also in this bulletin.
  1. Our mini-Milonga/Practica at Deva's this Thursday.
  2. Roberto Riobo to be guest artist at our next milonga
  3. The Video of the Week offers a journey to the Buenos Aires underground tango culture.

1 A "Christmas milonga" this Thursday, Dec. 21 at Deva, 1202 J St., Modesto, CA 95354 (209)572-3382, This opportunity to dance in this popular downtown eatery is scheduled to coincide with "Art Walk Nights" each third Thursday, Even though "art walk" is cancelled this month for Christmas, we will launch this opportunity to dance downtown. Food and beverages will be available.

2. Roberto Riobo, dancer, historian and teacher, agreed to be guest artist at our next milonga at Jacobs on January 20. One of the Bay Area's most popular tango instructors, he began his teaching with the Dinzels in Buenos Aires. His knowledge of the history of tango is extensive and he is currently conducting a teacher's training program for tango instructors. Be sure to mark your calendars for January 20. More information will be forthcoming.

3. This week's Video of the Week offers a journey to the Buenos Aires
underground tango culture, where the elusive soul of tango is to be found. Many thanks to Frankie for suggesting this one

MONDAY (tonight) Dec. 18. Dinner and dancing at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry. A chance to work on moves learned in class and get 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 to 10 p.m. There will be no gathering at Jacobs on the next two Mondays, Christmas and New Years Days.

THURSDAY, Dec 21. "Christmas mini milonga" at Deva, 1202 J St., Modesto, (209)572-3382, Take this opportunity to dance in this popular downtown eatery . Food and beverages will be available.

SATURDAY, December 23: No classes, but a potluck gathering a Sue Levy's house to view Carlos Copello's movie, "Tango Fatal" For directions
Contact: Mary Menz (209) 522-1571 or E-MAIL: fred.herman@sbcglobal.net
For more information visit:

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

EMERYVILLE - Classes at Allegro Ballroom. Glenn Corteza fills in for Nora Dinzelbacher in December.
5855 Christie Avenue , Emeryville, California 94608
Beginning Class - 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. $12
Intermediate/Advanced 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. $12
Practica: 9:30 -10:30 p.m. $5 (free with class; another chance for floor time).

TUESDAY: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., At Tango by the river, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento
Beginning Argentine Tango (Level I)
Intermediate Tango (Level II) 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
Intermediate/Advanced Tango (Level III) 8:30-9:30 p.m.,
Levels I & II teach fundamentals of Argentine tango. Level III focuses on dancing at the milongas, line of dance, floor craft, navigation, taking what you already know and making it fit the music AND the other dancers on the floor. Taught by studio owner Donna Williams & Zak Brown; Cost is $35 per person/$60 per couple for each series ($20 for students/$40 for student couples).

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

Twenty-Something Tango At Tango by the river, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Classes are taught by Chris Peake & Emily Trites. Cost: College student
$25/session (with valid ID) Non college-student $35/session.
Then: Tango Práctica with Zak Brown - 8-10 p.m.
Zak hosts a guided Práctica with a Nuevo tango flare on Thursday nights from
8:00-10:00 p.m. Cost is only $3! Parking is free on the streets after 8 p.m.!

MILONGAS - Modesto's next milonga will be January 20, 2007 at Jacobs, featuring Roberto Riobo as guest artist.


SATURDAY, Dec. 23, 8:00 PM At Anne's house : 3129 D Street
Please bring something delicious to eat, favorite music if you'd like, and your
smiling faces and dancing feet! Please RSVP by email or phone 447-2976.

SATURDAY, DEC. 30! - NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA at Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento. Beginning tango lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 7:45), dance from 9 to midnight! Cost is $15 for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only; both include hors d'oeuvres & refreshments.

2nd SUNDAY / Time 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. - at Giovanni's Pizzeria Milonga
( 2701 Del Paso Rd in Safeway Shopping Center Town Center -
Del Paso Rd exit from I-5 - East)
Contact: Joanne Miyao (916) 215-1020 cell or Betsy Gordon (916) 601-8824 cell

Where: 922 8th Street, Sacramento
Time: 9 p.m. until people stop dancing (2 a.m., 3 a.m.?...)
Music: Tango (both traditional and alternative) Cover: $5. The studio is on 8th Street, between I and J. The entrance is left of La Bonne Soupe Café. Go up the steep stairs and turn left, following the music. Refreshments will not be provided, but feel free to bring food, wine, beer. Parking on the street may be limited. I advise car pooling.

1st and 3rd Sundays of every month - 6 - 9:30 p.m.
"MILONGA MIRABELLE" 7318 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (just west of San Juan). Hosted by Mirabelle European Pastry Café. Mini Cover Charge: $5 for dancers (includes two tickets for drawings at 8 & 8:30 p.m.) This charge is to support our host, whether or not we eat and drink there. 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.
Every THURSDAY evening at "Café La Boca" at 2600 Fair Oaks Boulevard
(at Munroe, diagonally across from Loehmann's Plaza) from 7:30 to 10 p.m, más o menos. Contact Ed Loomis, <mailto:TangoBear@pobox.com> TangoBear@pobox.com or 916-368-9451, for info.

Mariposa Argentine Tango Club at the Verdi Club <http://www.sfmariposaverdi.org/> www.sfmariposaverdi.org
2424 Mariposa St. at Potrero Ave, SF
7:15-8 p.m. - Close Embrace Basics 8-8:45 p.m. - Int/Adv Close Embrace
8:45 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. - Milonga hosted by Victor Meneses & Christy Coté with D.J. Emilo Flores
$15 class & Milonga/$14 Milonga only.

New Year's Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31: 9 p.m. NEW YEAR'S MILONGA at Studio 65. Everyone is invited to attend a dessert party with champagne/sparkling cider at Studio 65 to ring in the new year. Along with loads of great tango music, there will be a swing or two, teach a line dance and, maybe one of our devoted tangueros will teach the 'chacarera'.
Four bedrooms are available for travelers who prefer to stay the night. Thanks to all who have already RSVPd. Call with any questions or if you want details regarding staying over, Kathy and Guy / Fresno Tango Society
At Studio 65, 2965 N. Maroa Ave, north of Clinton & the tracks.


Gato & Andrea offer a 14-day tour accompanied package.
• March 30th to April 14th 2007.
If interested please check our webpage soon! There are already 8 people registered.
To reserve your place at the promotional price make a deposit of $300 before December 31st.