What's New


Bulletin, March 1, 2010

An intense weekend with Gato & Andrea! Workshops focused on time changes and moving in and out of cross system. Saturday's lesson for absolute beginners at 10:15 will precede a practica - an opportunity to work on material from workshops and classes.  No lesson. Cost: $5

MONDAY - Tonight,  Mar.1 & 8 : Social dancing and practica at Jacobs Fine Dining,  6:30 p.m., 2501 McHenry. Practice class material. All levels encouraged. No fee, but you're urged to buy food and/or drink. Come early to eat.

SATURDAY -  Mar. 6
Practica at Juline School of Dance, 144 Woodrow (at McHenry).  11 a.m..
A class for absolute beginners at 10:15.  Cost $5

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MILONGAS: Next Jacobs milonga: Saturday, April 10, with Marcelo Solis.

MILONGAS elsewhere:


Saturday, Firehouse 5 Dance,  2014 9th Street (9th & T)
A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS! La alterNATIVA's Pre-Oscar Milonga! Dressed in your finest. Homer & Christina Ladas perform.  9 p.m. until we drop! Cost $10
@>---- Saturday, Mar. 13 -- At Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento.  SPECIAL   PERFORMANCE BY SANTIAGO CROCE & AMY LINCOLN! Beginning lesson 8-9 p.m.  9-midnight. Cost $15 per person for lesson & milonga; $10 milonga only. (Order on line, lesson & milonga for $10!) DJ: Peter Baldridge


SATURDAYS,  Lake Merrit Dance Center (Hall 1) Tango Universe Milonga
200 Grand Ave. Bay/Harrison Streets  8:30 p.m.-midnight, $9 ($6 after 11 p.m).
@>---- Friday Mar. 12    LAKE MERRITT DANCE CENTER,  200 GRAND AVE JUDY & JON in the BAY AREA PRE MILONGA CLASS & PERFORMANCE at the Milonga Info: OLIVIA & JONATHAN    <mailto:livtango@gmail.com>livtango@gmail.com

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

Sacramento -
Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento
The March Level III class (8:30-9:30 p.m.) will cover steps from  recent guest maestros. Recommended is the Level II class (7:30-8:30) which provides a dose of the technique applied in the Level III class. Classes March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple for all five.
Level I covers fundamentals of Argentine Tango: basic elements of the tango walk (caminada) and introduction of basic steps, emphasizing posture, leading and following skills, and interpreting the music.
Level II focuses on pivots and turns (including giros, left hand turns, right hand turns, etc.), and how to apply all steps learned so far into the social setting.
Level III changes every month but always focuses on technique, musicality, and taking everything into the close embrace.
6:30-7:30 p.m. Level I - Beginning Tango
7:30-8:30 p.m. Level II - Intermediate Tango

8:30-9:30 p.m. Level III - Intermediate/Advanced Tango

Firehouse 5 Studio: 2014 9th Street (9th & T) 
5:30-6:45 p.m.- Guided Practica, Facilitator: Michelle Gorre
6:45-8 p.m. - Open Practica.  $5 for both   
Sacramento Ballet:Sacramento Ballet: 1631 K Street. Embrace Step Pivot, a  four-week introduction to  Tango. Open to the public, Tuesdays 6-7 p.m.
Instructor: Patrick Alessandri  Cost: Series Solo $45/ Couple $80 Single Class Solo $16/ Couple $30
Fresno - Studio 65; 2965 North Maroa Ave. 8-9 p.m. TangStarters Instruction from the very start, beginners, learn at your pace, individualized, slowly building your confidence, no pressure to move at a group pace. $10 per person

Emeryville, Allegro Ballroom. 5855 Christie Ave., Nora Dinzelbacher teaching.

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Beginner Level $12
8:30-9:30 p.m.: Intermediate Level $12
9:30-10:30 p.m.: Practica $6 (Free with class)

Berkeley,   @ Precious Life Wellness Village.  2116 Berkeley Way,  
7 to 8:30 pm All levels special class on "Posture + floor craft + musicality".
<http://www.marcelosolisargentinetango.com/payment.html>Price: $13. Personalized attention to each student.

Spotlight Center for the Arts, 2534 Industrial Blvd., Suite 150, West  Sacramento. Emily Trites teaches introductory tango 6:30-7:15 p.m., Beginning/Intermediate tango 7:15-8 p.m.

Step One, 1920 T Street (at the railroad tracks:), "La Práctica" for all levels with Mike & Alisa  9-10:30 p.m.  ALL levels and beginners are always welcome.

Quarry Ponds - 5550 Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay, 95746 www.quarryponds.com
6:30-7:30 Beginner lesson 7:30-8:30 Práctica Taught by Luis 'El Suave') Cáceres, (916) 807-4210 luiselsuave@comcast.net

Firehouse 5 Studio: 2014 9th Street (9th & T)
6:30 p.m Beginning Lesson 7:30 p.m. Continuing Tango 8:30 p.m Open Practica
Instructors: Chris Peake & Michelle Gorre.   This month: syncopations. $10 drop-in / $3 Practica only (Practica FREE with class)
The Dance Corner - (2927 Fulton Ave. at Marcono Sacramento). across from Town & Country Village, 7-8 p.m. Call Eleni (916) 719-3765 or Sergey (916) 342-6294 for prices. Taught by Luis (El Suave) Cáceres (916) 807-4210 luiselsuave@comcast.net

Walnut Creek   City Recreational Department, 1375 Civic Dr., 
THURSDAY, March 4th @ Social Hall, Walnut Creek. (series)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Latin Rhythms.
7:30-8:30 p.m. Beginner tango class.
8:30-9:30 p.m. Intermediate tango class on "Cadence: How technique is
related to musicality".
Cost: $45 five weeks session.   Register at <http://www.walnutcreekrec.org/>
 Call (415) 412 1866 <mailto:info@marcelosolisargentinetango.com?subject=Schedule>

Firehouse 5 Studio: 2014 9th Street (9th & T)
WHEN: Friday, March 5-7, 2010 , 5:30- 7 pm
'Elasticity in the Open Embrace with Julio De Caro'
Homer & Christina Ladas workshop:  Open Embrace -
Part II of Progressive Series(Note: Part I is not a prerequisite for Part II)
This weekend will focus on the open embrace: developing more
expressive movement, dynamic embrace, and transitioning back
to close embrace. In addition, each workshop will feature music

by a particular orchestra.
@ Firehouse 5 Studio Tango Buenos Aires with Miguel Taillant 7:30-8:45 p.m
Traditional tango taught by Argentine native Michael Taillant!
 $40/month, $70/couple, $12/drop-in. <mailto:tangobravo2k@yahoo.com>
Tango by the River - 128 J Street, Old Sacramento
PRACTILONGA with DJ KENNY BELL every Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. combines the best of milonga and práctica, a place to practice and a great excuse for a party! Practice steps just learned in class, ask a friend to show you something new, or just dance the night away with no dress code. Cost $5. 
Roseville Dance -  3992 Foothills Blvd Suite 175, Roseville 
www.rosevilledancing.net. 6:30-7:30 Beginners' lesson, Call Roseville Dance  for prices. Taught by Luis (El Suave' Cáceres) 916.807.4210 luiselsuave@comcast.net
Lafayette Dance Center, 3369 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Fundamentals & technique class 8-9 p.m.  Intermediate class 9-10 p.m.
Milonga 10 p.m.-Midnight. $17, both classes and milonga,  $7, milonga only.
More info: <mailto:
Or call (415) 412 1866

Firehouse 5 Studio: 2014 9th Street (9th & T) Saturday, Mar. 6 Homer & Christina Ladas workshop:  Open Embrace - Part II of Progressive Series
(Note: Part I is not a prerequisite for Part II)
1-2:30 p.m. 'The Elegant Step-Over Colgada from Close to Open with Lucio Demare' 2:45-4:15 p.m. 'The Leader's Back Sacada from Close to Open with Miguel Calo' *Saturday Evening Performance by Cristina & Homer .

Saturday: Mar. 13 at Tango by the River @ 128 J street Old Sacramento
Workshops with Santiago Croce & Amy Lincoln  teaching and performing the milonga and teaching at the Firehouse 5 the next day: At Tango by the River: 2:30  4 p.m. -- BREAKING DOWN THE ESSENTIALS (Beginners-Intermediate). Break down essential concepts of tango for better comprehension. Attain a higher learning curve and gain the ability to self correct as you uncover technical elements within the fundamentals. Enhance your lead and follow while finding comfort in the embrace and confidence in the steps. Look for
the quality of the movement in the basic steps and well-known sequences of
tango such as ochos cortados, half turns, drags, etc.
4:30-6 VILLA URQUIZA STYLE TANGO (Intermediate-Advanced). This old school neighborhood of Buenos Aires exemplifies a quality of dance recognized for elegance and virtuosity. Villa Urquiza is not to show off fancy figures. It is about finding an entrancing connection with your partner and dancing with musicality and grace. We will work to find comfort, elegance, clarity in the lead, sensitivity in the follow and confidence. This class  will focus on turns. This is not one more class of turning around a chair. You'll learn the elements you need to improve balance, control of direction and dynamics for a more graceful movement. Cost: At the door -- $25 for one workshop or $40 for both Pre-registration (on line or in person) -- $20 for one workshop or $35 for both

Sunday, Mar. 7
Firehouse 5 Studio: 2014 9th Street (9th & T)
Homer & Christina Ladas workshop:  Open Embrace - Part II of Progressive Series (Note: Part I is not a prerequisite for Part II)
1-2:30 pm 'The Pivot/No-Pivot Wrap with Rodolfo Biagi'

2:45-4:15 pm 'Fun Open Embrace Milonga Movements with Juan D'Arienzo'
4:30-6:30 pm 'FREE' Music Jam--All musicians, singers, dancers, & spectators welcome!
PRICES = Individual/Couple  For the workshops
1 Class = $25 ($48)
2 Class = $48 ($90)
3 Class = $72 ($136)
4 Class = $85 ($160)

5 Class = $100 ($185)
TO REGISTER or questions, please contact Michelle Wright:

(916) 295-9815 or sactanguera@yahoo.com

Mar. 14.
TANGO WORKSHOPS with SANTIAGO CROCE & AMY LINCOLN!Together with Tango by the River, Firehouse 5  brings great instructors to teach two workshops on Saturday the 13th at TBTR, perform at TBTR's Milonga that evening, then teach two more workshops on Sunday the 14th at FH5!  Come share in this exciting "community" event!
Discovering those elements in the dance which differentiate Argentine dancers from others. Uncover subtleties bringing more clarity to leading and more comfort and confidence to following. We will work using exercises and sequences that expand our capacity to lead and be led, revealing details that help develop potential in these areas. This will include alternative approaches to improve the intention of leaders and the sensitivity of followers.
1:15-2:45 p.m: Walking with elegance & comfort:  (step projection, axis, balance, elegance, breathing, secrets of the embrace)
3-4:30 pm: Cadences and enrichment of movements (experimenting with different layers of the dance and elements which bring more quality to movements.)
At door:  $25 for one workshop or $40 for both
Pre-registration: $20 for one workshop or $35 for both

The Allegro Ballroom: 5855 Christie Ave.,
4 Week Progressive Beginner Lesson: 2-3 p.m, $12     
Int/Adv Lesson:  3-4 pm, $12. Theme of the Month: Ganchos y Boleos
Instructor: Julian  Ramil Dance Practice: 4-6 p.m, $6 (Free w/Lesson)

Fresno - Studio 65, 2977 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, 93704
All classes held in the Cube - enter at Adornos Art
5-6 p.m.    Beginning  Tango   Start anytime, group setting, learn the walk, embrace, and the starting movements of this lovely dance. Practica is included. 6-7 p.m.    Intermediate Argentine Tango   Continue your study of technique, skills and musicality. Practica is included.
7-8:30 p.m.      Practica Practice time for all levels. Enjoy an unstructured group practice, ask  questions about any aspect.   Cell: 240-3200 

        Tango Tours to Buenos Aires

From  Marcelo Solis:
Nov.19-29. Go to the heart of tango; where the locals go.

 - Air fare from San Francisco
 - Hotel   (double occupancy).
 - 24 hours assistance
 - City Tours
- Shopping tours where locals go for quality and price.

- A day in the country.
- Four tango classes with the best local teachers.
- Milongas almost every evening or afternoon.
- Transportation to all the mentioned activities.

Cost: $2,290. For this early bird price, send a $400 advance (non-refundable).
Phone: 415-412-1866   info@  <http://www.marcelosolisargentinetango.com/>