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Bulletin Dec.4

Roman resumed classes Saturday and will finish out the year. We will meet for classes Dec. 9 & 16, then break for the holidays. Roman is available for private lessons and has openings Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 and Sunday morning (Dec. 10). To reach him: rzapata@comcast.net. or (916) 425-2395.

Also in this bulletin.
1. Memorial To Orlando Paiva
2. A new mini-Milonga/Practica at Deva
3. Video of the Week featuring Glenn Corteza, host of the Golden Gate Milonga, talking about his passion for Argentine Tango.

1. Orlando Paiva / Dec. 1, 1935- Nov. 28, 2006

Tango icon Orlando Paiva died last week of a respiratory illness. He established a standard for excellence in Salon tango. He was recently seen in a cameo in Robert Duvall's "Assassination Tango" movie.

Renowned, loved and respected, he. died in
Rosario, Argentina. Paiva taught the salon style of Argentine tango in his birthplace, the United States, Chile and Japan for more than 45 years, creating at least 160 exclusive figures. His intensely personal style, his impeccable footwork, the sweetness and sensitivity he brought to his partner and the dance itself are legendary.

A dancer's dancer, Paiva has been called one of the best of his generation by Nito Garcia and by Juan Carlos Copes. He performed with Osvaldo Pugliese's and Miguel Calo's orchestra, and with singers like Edmundo Rivero, Tita Merelo and Julio Sosa.
Having emigrated to the United States in the early 70s, he was one of the first to teach salon-style Argentine tango in the U.S. Paiva gave the San Francisco and Los Angeles tango community its founding spirit. On November 14th the government of Rosario put a plaque with his name in the corner of the streets Ovidio Lagos & Guemes. Since that moment that corner is named "Orlando Paiva Corner." Later he was declared as "Distinctive Artist" of the city, celebrated by the entire Tango community.

Condolences to his son, Orlando Paiva Jr. who has conducted Modesto workshops and now lives in Los Angeles, He is now charged with carrying on the legacy of elegance and precision.

2. Mini-Milonga/Practica at Deva, 1202 J St., Modesto, CA 95354 (209)572-3382, on "Art Walk Nights" - the third Thursday of each month. We begin in December - Mark your calendars for Dec. 21, and consider it a "Christmas milonga."

3. Modesto Tangueros went to the Golden Gate Milonga in San Francisco last Saturday. In the Video of the Week Glenn Corteza, tanguero, instructor and host of that milonga, talks about his passion for dancing Argentine Tango in San Francisco.

MONDAY (tonight) Dec. 4. & 11. 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.

SATURDAY, December 9: Classes with Roman at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian, off McHenry. 11 a.m. Intermediate, 12:30 beginning level. Intermediates are encouraged to stay for the beginner class at no additional fee to work on technique and assist beginners. $12 a class per person.

Contact: Mary Menz (209) 522-1571

E-MAIL: fred.herman@sbcglobal.net
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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 - 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 you the fundamentals of Argentine tango. Level III will focus 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.
classes 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).

Ed Loomis & Rebeca Basave teach an intermediate/advanced level "Continuing Tango" class at Step One, 1920 T Street, from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

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!!!
Remember, parking is free on the streets after 8 p.m.!!
MILONGAS - Modesto's next milonga will be January 20, 2007 at Jacobs.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 - 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, and performance.

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 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.
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. Fresno plans a New Year's Eve Milonga! All are invited (and bring friends) to 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, a line dance and maybe a devoted tangueros will teach the 'chacarera' plus....see what other ideas come to mind.
1. Attend?
2. They might offer a bedroom for Modesto friends who prefer to stay.
ALL EVENTS AT Studio 65, 2965 N. Maroa Ave, north of Clinton & the RR tracks.


FROM El Gato & Andrea: Dear Tangueros, If you think of investing in a trip to Buenos Aires , don't miss this great opportunity to travel to the Mecca of Tango with two professional Argentinean dancers and masters, Gato Valdez and Andrea Monti. They will guide you to the best local places during the 14 tour days and will accompany you at all times!
The package includes:
* Airport pick up and drop off in Buenos Aires
* 13 nights, 14 days at a four-star hotel with breakfast
* Welcome dinner
* Tango City Tour (Historic circuit, La Boca, San Telmo, Retiro, Recoleta Cemetery, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Palermo parks and Palermo neighborhood, Mataderos Fair)
* 8 tango classes with excellent teachers (one and a half hours each)
* Colón Theatre visit
* Café Tortoni visit
* A day in the country with"asado," " gauchos show," horse riding, music and more!
* 12 milonga nights (entrance tickets included)
* Tango Dinner Show at one of the best dinner theatres in Buenos Aires
*Guided shopping day
* Farewell dinner
For more information, details & registration, please visit our trip website

montitango@hotmail.com / andretodotango@yahoo.com.ar
(415) 425 0515 Thank you! Andrea & Gato

Until Later
Mary Menz

(209) 522-1571