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Bulletin Nov. 5, 2007

For those of you who missed it last week on NPR, Robert Fulghum, 70 -year-old author of "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergartes" - is taking on the challenge of learning something else:  tango - and like a true tango junky is in Buenos Aires as we speak.  Listen to his essay posted on our website:  http://modestotango.blogspot.com/search/label/About%20Argentine%20Tango  or

We return to some normalcy this week.  Our  Video of the Week   recaps the last workshop with Gato & Andrea.  The only classes now for a while will be Saturdays at the Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club.  Last Saturday Peter focused on tango's evolution in the 20th century. This Saturday he wants to work on "paradas" and "mordidas". Monday Nights at Jacobs will be practice sessions and not lessons - all levels encouraged to attend, and we all look forward to Tango Buenos Aires at the Gallo Center on Tuesday.


MONDAY - Tonight.  Nov. 5:  We resume our regular night of practice and social dancing  at Jacobs, 2501 McHenry, Dinner and dancing, 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 meeting; some come early to dine. We may dance to 10 p.m. See Monday at Jacobs

TUESDAY -   Nov. 6  Tango Buenos Aires at the Gallo Center.  This show has taken the world by storm with fast-paced rhythms and flawless coordination.  The ensemble, cream  of Argentine tango, includes 12 dancers, six musicians, a singer, dazzling costumes and provocative choreography - a show we all want to catch, Tickets are on sale, a reasonable $30 top for box seats. Order on line from http://galloarts.org.  This also is a chance to spread word of Modesto Tango.  We  will pass out cards advising of our existence at exits as people leave. 

SATURDAY - (Nov. 10):   Classes  at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club.  
200 Norwegian, off McHenry.  Peter Baldridge teaching.
11 a.m.   Intermediate - Will focus on paradas and mordidas.
12:30  -  beginning level. Intermediates encouraged to stay for the beginner class at no additional fee.  Take this opportunity to perfect your technique. $12 a class per person.   Introductory packages available for newcomers which offer nine beginner level classes for $75 (can only be used as the beginner level.)
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OUT OF TOWN:  Some expressed interest in these. To carpool call 522-1571.

Emeryville @ Allegro Ballroom : 5855 Christie Ave.,
Nora Dinzelbacher
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Beg Lev $12
8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.: Int Lev $12
9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.: Practica $6 (Free with class) Ongoing -
At Tango by the River, 128 J Street Old Sacramento :
A new series of   classes begins on Tuesday nights for the month of November:
Level I - Beginning Tango - Tuesdays 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Level II - Intermediate Tango - Tuesdays 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Level III - Intermediate/Advanced   - Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 p.m.
These classes will get you on your way to dancing Argentine Tango socially. In Level I, you learn the fundamentals of Argentine Tango: the basic elements of the tango walk   and  basic steps, emphasizing posture, leading and following skills, and interpreting the music. Level II teaches   ochos and how to apply  steps   into the social setting. Level III changes every month.
Classes taught by Donna Williams and Zak Brown.
Cost is $50 per person/$90 per couple for each series.

ED AND REBECA teach "Tango: Outside the Box." This intensive one and a half hour class followed by a one and half hour práctica means three hours of  tango.
The new series began November 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. (followed by a práctica from 8:30 to 10 p.m.) and runs for four Thursdays (November 1, 8, 15, 22 -- no class on the 29th because it's Thanksgiving!) The cost is $50 per person/$90 per couple for the month; the drop-in rate is $15 (for class and practica). The practica only is $5. This month they teach milonga, fast paced and lots of fun so join us and learn how to play with the rhythms. Students should have first completed Levels I, II, and III of the Tuesday night or Saturday program, or have specific clearance from Ed and Rebeca.  http://www.rivertango.com 

MILONGAS:  Modesto's next is Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008.  Mark your calendars.


 @>---- SATURDAY, November 10 –At Tango by the River: 128 J Street, Old Sacramento  Beginning tango lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 7:45), then   dance from 9 to midnight! Cost is $15 for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only. Both include hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and dance.

@>---- Downtown Milonga! 922 8th Street (between I & J)
Saturday, November 17, 2007  9 p.m. until ??? - Milonga with DJ Chris Peake
A relaxed, casual Milonga with an "urban" feel  $5
 @>---- SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 –At Tango by the River: 128 J Street, Old Sacramento  Beginning tango lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 7:45), then dance from 9 to midnight! Cost is $15 for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only. Both include hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and dance.

CERVANTES TAPAS & ITALIAN BISTRO - 1119 21st St (between K & L)
Every Tuesday Night   6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

@>---- Every first, third, and fifth Sunday: "Milonga Mirabelle" 7318 Winding Way (just west of San Juan), Fair Oaks, Calif. 95628, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover.  Next: November 18th, 2007. 

@>---- Every second Sunday: Dancing at Giovanni's Pizzeria from 7 to 9 p.m.
Natomas Town Center (same  as It's a Grind) 2701 Del Paso Rd #100.
Next: November 11th, 2007.

@>---- Every fourth Sunday: Dancing at "It's a Grind" coffee house,
 2741 Del Paso Road in Natomas Town Center (Del Paso Rd exit from I-5)
from 7 to 9 p.m.  Next: November 25th, 2007.

Thursday:  La Mariposa Milonga/Verdi Club -
*2424 Mariposa Streeet, San Francisco, CA

Gato & Andrea will take our Modesto group to Buenos Aires
There is still time to register for the 13-day trip starting July 11. They have their minimum, eight. There is room for six more, a maximum of 14. 

July 12-25th 2008 - their winter.  Cost:  $1500 per person without air fares if registered in the first period, $1650 for the people who register later. See below:

Departure date: July 11th    Arrival in Buenos Aires: July 12th

Departure from Buenos Aires: July 25th / Arrival in destination: July 26th

How to register

1. Fill in the registration form,  We have it on line:  Registration Form  - e-mail to  montitango@hotmail.com    Andrea will inform you how to make the deposit .
or just e-mail any inquiries to montitango@hotmail.com

2. The second step is the deposit to book the trip.

Deposit:  $400 per person paid directly to Gato and Andrea  by bank deposit before January 31st, 2008.

2nd payment: $600 per person (cash) paid directly to Gato and Andrea while teaching in Modesto up to March 20th 2008 (receipt will be given)

3rd payment: $500 per person paid by bank deposit to Gato and Andrea to May 31.

Second period (late registration): $1650 per person without air fares
Deposit: $650 per person (cash) paid directly to Gato and Andrea while teaching in Modesto from February 1st to March 31st 2008 (receipt will be given).
Balance: $1000 per person paid by bank deposit to Gato and Andrea up to May 31.

More details  at www.tour-tango.com.ar   Click "Comments" button in our website to read what other people who have come with us to BA think about our trip!)

If you have any questions :  www.gatotango.com

The package includes :
1. Transfers from Ezeiza Airport to La Casita de San Telmo & back.
2. 13 nights accommodation in a marvelous tango guest house (La Casita de San Telmo) , including breakfast, double occupancy.  http://www.lacasitadesantelmo.com/english/casita.htm
3. Welcome dinner in an Argentine "restaurant parrilla" (grilled meat).
4. City Tour.
5. Eight private group classes (milonguero, salon) with excellent teachers.
6. Nightly milongas at the best milongas and dance clubs.
7. Dinner show night at one of the best tango show houses in Buenos Aires: "La Esquina de Carlos Gardel" Transfers in/out.  Attend a world-class tango show at a traditional restaurant, taste a delicious meal as you watch a superb spectacle. The incredible skills of the dancers, the fantastic atmosphere, excellent cuisine and flawless service make an experience you won't forget.
8. A day in the country with "fiesta gaucha", "asado criollo" (barbecue), singing, dancing, "gaucho show", country activities such as riding horses and more. Transfers in/out.
9. Guided visit to the unique Teatro Colón. Visit to Café Tortoni for tea. (Drinks not included)
10. Guided visit to Recoleta Cemetery and Del Pilar Church, Walking tour in Buenos Aires Design. Visit tomb of Eva Perón, heroine of Argentine history whose presence in this cemetery still is rejected by the upper classes. (We will finish in Buenos Aires Design, the first and unique thematic mall completely dedicated to design, construction, equipment and indoor home decoration, a block from Recoleta Cemetery.)
11. Guided shopping for tango souvenirs, shoes and clothes.
12.  Farewell Dinner at a nice typical restaurant.