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Bulletin Jan. 28, 2008

Direct from Buenos Aires and a world-wide teaching tour Hugo "Gato" Valdez and Andrea Monti return to Modesto for workshops
Eight Tuesdays in February & March, 2008.
Their focus will be musicality - The level will be intermediate.
Feb. 5-12 - Interpret different orchestras: beginning with Di Sarli - simple and slow beats, pauses, stops, embellishments, simple figures and turns; Navigation: line and lane of dance; Close and open embrace.
Feb. 12-19 - Interpret different orchestras: Di Sarli and D´Arienzo -
voleos, simple and double beats, syncopation and coordination in turns and double time steps, sacadas, combinations, embellishments in motion, navigation and connection.
Feb. 19-26 - Interpret different orchestras: D´Arienzo and Biaggi -
Changes of rhythm: musicality, footwork,barridas and simple ganchos, links and different resolutions; Close embrace, Changes of embrace.
Mar. 4 - Interpret Pugliese - Dancing the melody. Interpret silences and violins. Variations. Figures and musicality. Variation of embrace.
Mar. 11-18 - Tango and Vals (for intermediate level and up) Review on previous tango patterns, Interpretation and style. Introduction to Vals: cross system and double time. Changes of front.
Easy patterns for the social dance. Turns and musicality.
Mar. 25 - Vals (intermediate and up) Walks, displacements for vals,
turns and turns with syncopation. Alterations. Musicality. Open embrace and combinations
All classes 8-9:30 p.m. Private Lessons are available by arrangement with the instructor. To schedule email ModestoTango@gmail.com or call (209) 522-1571 Fee: $100/hour + $10 studio fee.
Teaching Philosophy: Gato and Andrea have developed through
many years of experience and work, a teaching method based on the
technique of posture, balance, axes, weight changes, rhythm and
especially on the tango walk, making emphasis on the interpretation
of the music, and on the expression of feelings when dancing.
Cost (per workshop/per person):
$30 - 1 or 2 Workshops
$27 - 3 or 4 Workshops
$25 - 5 or 6 Workshops
$22 - 7 or 8 Workshops

Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian Av Modesto, CA
(Brigsmore to McHenry, Left on McHenry
Immediate Right on Norwegian)

So, in that same vein, the Video of the Week features Gato and Andrea summarizing lessons presented in their fall 2007 workshop series.
They will also be guest artists at our next milonga, scheduled for Friday, March 14 at Jacobs - Mark your calendars.

For our ongoing Saturday classes, Peter began his rotation with technique involved in Giros con Lapiz. This is very technical work and can make all the difference in execution and elegance of the move. Next Saturday he plans to focus on a full turn. Next Saturday, first of the month, will be another opportunity to pay a flat $40 for February.


MONDAY - Tonight. Jan. 28 & Feb. 4: Practica and social dancing at Jacobs,
2501 McHenry. A chance to work on moves learned in class and to 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.
SATURDAY (Feb. 2) - Classes at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club with Peter teaching. 200 Norwegian, off McHenry.
11 a.m. Intermediate - Peter focusing on giros.
12:30 - Beginner - Intermediates encouraged to stay; no additional fee. A chance to perfect your technique. $12 a class per person. Introductory deals for newcomers 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.

Sacramento: At Tango by the River, 128 J. Street, Old Sacramento.
Level I at 6:30,
Level II at 7:30, and Level III at 8:30 p.m. Contact Donna at 916-443-7008 or
donna@rivertango.com for more info. http://www.rivertango.com

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 -

Sacramento: at Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento ED AND REBECA teach "Tango: Outside the Box."
The cost for classes and practica is $50 per person/$90 per couple for the month; Drop-in rate is $15 . The practica alone is $5.
This class and práctica is for students with a broad range of levels, we recommend that students have specific clearance from Ed and Rebeca.
MILONGAS: Argentine Tango Social Dance
@>---- Our next Milonga will be Friday March 14 with Gato & Andrea as guest artists.
(Note this date is changed since the last announcement).


@>---- Friday, February 8 - Studio 65 - 2965 N. Maroa, Fresno 93704
North of Clinton on Left past RR tracks.
8:30p.m "Be My Valentine" Colors of the night: Red, white, black

Buenos Aires Tango Tour with Gato and Andrea!
Time is running out to get in at the $1500 rate.

Trip specially for the Modesto Tango Group, July 12-24, 2008
( but registration open!)
Cost: $1500 per person without air fares if by Jan. 31st, 2008.
$1650 for people who register between February 1st and May 31st.

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

Departure from Buenos Aires: July 25th, Arrival in California: July 26th

How to register
1. Fill in the registration form, sent to each person who requests it by e-mail to us montitango@hotmail.com or andreaygato@gmail.com.ar in order to register.

2. The second step is the deposit to book the trip.
First period: $1500 per person without air fares
Deposit: $400 per person paid 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 by bank deposit to Gato and Andrea to May 31st.

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

Balance: $1000 per person paid by bank deposit to Gato and Andrea by May 31st.

More details at www.tour-tango.com.ar

The trip includes:

*Transfer from airport to hotel and from hotel to Ezeiza airport in private bus.

*13 nights accommodation in a Tango Guest House in San Telmo (La Casita de San Telmo) , including breakfast, double occupancy.
http://www.lacasitadesantelmo.com/english/casita.htm (the whole house for our group!).

*Welcome dinner in a typical local restaurant (all included)

*City Tour in private bus with bilingual guide (8 hours especially designed by us!).

*Walking tour in downtown and Plaza San Martin.

*8 private group tango workshops, one and a half hour each, milonguero
and salon styles (with excellent international well known teachers)

*12 dance nights at the best milongas and dance clubs (best tables booked by us at first line and ticket entrance included)

*Five stars Tango Dinner Show at Esquina Carlos Gardel, the best tango house theatre in BA (all included)

*A day in the country with "fiesta gaucha", "asado criollo", singing, dancing,"gaucho's show", country activities such as riding horses and much more!

*Sunday in San Telmo (visit Plaza Dorrego and experience San Telmo antique and arts and crafts fair)

*Guided visit to the marvelous and unique Teatro Colón & Visit to CaféTortoni

*Guided visit to Recoleta Cemetery and Del Pilar Church (with bilingual guide) +
Walking tour around Recoleta neighborhoods.

*Guided shopping day for tango shoes, clothes and souvenirs

*Guided shopping day for leather clothes.

*Last night farewell dinner at a nice local restaurant parrilla.

*24 hours personalized assistance

Contact Gato and Andrea directly andreaygato@gmail.com.ar ,

Visit our tour website to check other details: