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Bulletin Jan.15, 2007

This will be a big tango week in Modesto. Our milonga with Roberto Riobo takes place on Saturday, January 20, with workshops on Sunday, January 21. We look to our mini-milonga /practica at Deva, (1202 J Street) on Thursday, Jan. 18, Patrick's class Saturday before the milonga, and our regular gathering on Monday at Jacobs. There can never be too much tango. Details on each follow.

In this bulletin.
  1. Roberto Riobo to D.J. our milonga and conduct workshops on Sunday.
  2. Mini milonga/practica at Deva.
  3. Today's Video of the Week demonstrates the Ocho Cortado. Please tell us your thoughts for future videos.

1. Roberto Riobo, one of the Bay Area's most popular and respected teachers, will conduct workshops on Sunday, Janurary 21, at the
Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club
200 Norwegian Ave.. Modesto, Ca 95350
$30 per person per workshop, (Private lessons available: $100 hr)
See the Flyer for Workshop Descriptions

Riobo, noted as a tango maestro throughout Argentina, the San Francisco Bay area and Germany, graduated from the University of Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and began teaching at Dinzel International, the Centro Educativo Del Tango in Buenos Aires, continuing at the Academia de Tango in Frankfurt, Germany.Moving to the Bay Area in 1999, he became one of the most appreciated tango dancers and teachers on the West Coast. His teaching style reflects a command of technique and musicality, a deep understanding of the culture and history of the dance, and a creative sense of humor that makes learning tango fun and easy.

2. Two days before our milonga at Jacobs, we will have our "mini-milonga/practica" at Deva, 1202 J Street, Art Walk Tango at Deva
Our gathering will take place again at 7:30 p.m. to coincide with "art walk," an event put on by the downtown art galleries, who stay open on the third Thursday of the month so that people can walk from one gallery to the other. Last month when "art walk" had been cancelled due to it's proximity to Christmas, our group filled up the cafe, Deva is a popular downtown eatery, so we can expect to see art lovers drop in and hopefully get a good taste of Argentine Tango.

3. To whet your appetite for the Riobo workshops, see the Video of the Week , in which Oscar and Mary Ann Casas demonstrate adding sweeps and "toe touching" to the Ocho Cortado. At the bottom of each video is a link to Post a Comment. Please take a moment to tell us what you liked, didn't like, or your thoughts for future videos.


MONDAY (tonight) Jan.15 & 22. 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 urged to order off the menu. We start about 8 p.m. An informal gathering; some arrive early to dine. We may dance to 10 p.m. Monday Night at Jacobs

THURSDAY, January 18. Our mini-milonga/practica at Deva, 1202 J Street, at 7:30 p.m. to coincide with "art walk," Deva is a popular downtown eatery, so we can expect to see art lovers drop in. This will be a good way for people to experience Argentine Tango. Art Walk Tango at Deva

SATURDAY, January 20: Classes with Patrick 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.

At 8:00 p.m. - MILONGA !! Argentine Tango master Roberto Riobo will teach an introductory Tango class, and at 9:00,he will D.J. for social dancing.

This will be your chance to try Argentine Tango in Modesto, or just sit & watch
At Jacobs Fine Dining - 2501 McHenry Avenue, Modesto 95350 - tel. 529-2829
Introductory class and milonga - $10
Milonga/ social dancing only, 9 p.m. - midnight - $5. cover milonga
SUNDAY JANUARY 21, 2007 - Roberto Riobo conducts Argentine Tango Workshops
Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club - 200 Norwegian Ave,
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - All Levels including beginners:
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - Intermediate:


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Some have expressed interest in these. To carpool call 522-1571

EMERYVILLE - Classes at Allegro Ballroom with 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, . Taught by studio owner Donna Williams & Zak Brown; Cost is $35 per person/$60 per couple for each
From 8:00 to 9:30 p.m at Step One, 1920 T Street: Ed Loomis & Rebeca Basave teach an intermediate/advanced level "Continuing Tango" In , January , they are teaching Milonga, from the top down. Make the dance, Milonga, fun for you too. Class is fast paced and fun just like the dance and by February you will be looking forward to the next milonga tanda instead of sitting them out.
Contact Ed Loomis at TangoBear@pobox.com for info.

Tango Technique at Tango by the river, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento 7:00-8:00 p.m.,
Beginning January 10. Class is for leaders and followers and will help you work on balance , posture, walking, and embellishment technique, Class is taught by Rita Yanson; cost for the four-week series (Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31) is $50 per person.

La Practica 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 Pr�ctica with Zak Brown - 8-10 p.m.
Zak hosts a guided Pr�ctica with a Nuevo tango flair on Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m.
Cost is only $3! Parking is free on the streets after 8 p.m.


Modesto's milonga, Saturday January 20 at Jacobs, will feature Roberto Riobo as D.J., who will also teach an introductory class at 8 p.m. Jacob's Fine Dining 2501 McHenry Avenue, Modesto 95350 - phone 529-2829
Introductory class and milonga - $10
Milonga/ social dancing only, 9 p.m. - midnight - $5. cover



SATURDAY, JANUARY 27! - At Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento.
LIVE MUSIC WITH PARLOR TANGO!!! Every year or so are we fortunate enough to get to dance to live tango music. Parlor Tango comes very highly rated. They are dedicated to traditional Argentine tango music composed between 1910 and 1950. Its repertoire of tangos, waltzes and milongas evokes the flavor of black-and-white movies and steamy dance halls. Indeed, Ed Loomis says that Parlor Tango is one of those rare groups that actually gets the traspie rhythms correct in milonga ... so don't miss this wonderful opportunity! As always, there will be a beginning tango lesson from 8:00-9:00 p.m., then dance from 9:00 - midnight. Cost is $15 and includes lesson, dance (to live tango music!), refreshments and appetizers!
PARLOR TANGO is dedicated to traditional Argentine tango music composed between 1910 and 1950. Its repertoire of tangos, waltzes and milongas evokes the flavor of black-and-white movies and steamy dance halls.

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 (traditional and alternative) Cover: $5. The studio is on 8th Street, between I and J. The entrance is left of La Bonne Soupe Caf�. Go up the steep stairs and turn left, following the music. No refreshments so bring food, wine, beer. Parking on the street may be limited. Car pooling advised.

1st and 3rd Sundays of every month - 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Next Milonga Mirabelle - January 7, 2007 - See you at Mirabelle's next year!
"MILONGA MIRABELLE" 7318 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (just west of San Juan). Hosted by Mirabelle European Pastry Caf�. 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 "Caf� La Boca" at 2600 Fair Oaks Boulevard
(at Munroe, diagonally across from Loehmann's Plaza) from 7:30 to 10 p.m, m�s o menos. Contact Ed Loomis, <mailto:TangoBear@pobox.com> TangoBear@pobox.com or 916-368-9451, for info.

The Mariposa Argentine Tango Club
2424 Mariposa St. at Potrero Ave, SF
7:15-8 p.m - Close Embrace Basics with Christy and Adolfo
8-8:45p.m - Int/Adv Close Embrace
8:45p.m-12:30a.m - Milonga hosted by Victor Meneses & Christy Cot� with D.J. Emilo Flores
$15 class + Milonga /$14 Milonga only

Friday, February 16, 8 p.m at Studio 65 , 2965 North Maroa Ave. 93704 (559) 222-6565