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Modesto Tango Bulletin, February 15, 2016

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On Monday - TONIGHT!! , we return to our old home on McHenry Avenue.  Famiglia Bistro, the old Jacobs site under new management has opened it's doors to us.  We will meet there for a social dance and practice.  We hope we can work with the new management and bring more business to the restaurant. As we very much want the restaurant to see us as a positive, we encourage as many of you as can to come.  They have placed no minimum on what our individual purchase might be, but it would be good to order some food or drink from their menu.


This weekend we also have the opportunity of working with  Gustavo Benzecry-Saba & Maria Olivera, Tango masters from Buenos Aires  at Capital Dance Center, 11270 Sanders Dr. Rancho Cordova. 

Saturday Feb. 20 Intermediate Vals  1:30 to 3:00 pm, Intermediate Milonga 3:15 to 4:45 pm  $25 for one workshop, $45 for both

Sunday, Feb 21, 6:00 -  7:00 pm Intermediate Tango -  $18 pre-milonga workshop, $12 for Milonga with a performance by Gustavo & Maria.

Until later, Mary
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MONDAY ( Feb.15 & 22 )  7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Social dance and practica at the Famiglia Bistro, 2501 McHenry Avenue.  Our old venue under new management.  A chance to work on lesson material.  No fee, but we are encouraged to buy food and/or beverages.


WEDNESDAY: February 17, 2016  Class  at  Modesto Senior Center   at  211 Bodem Avenue. Class will focus on basics.  2:45 p.m.  No fee.  Instructor, Mary Menz


SATURDAY: February 20, 2016 -  Class  at Studio V ,  4345 Spyres,  going over much of the material that Patrick gave us.  11 a.m.  $10





Fridays at Tango on Broadway, 2416 18th St. (just off Broadway)  Milonga: 8 pm - midnight,  $10

$10, includes snacks,  BYOB.



Tango by the River, 128 J Street, 2nd & 4th Saturdays  -   $10 for the milonga


Firehouse Five Studio: 2014 9th St. TANGO BRAVO MILONGA!!   hosted by Miguel Taillant:,  1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday.  This is a traditional milonga and   similar to  those  experienced in Buenos Aires.   8 pm - 9 pm:  Tango lesson with Miguel Taillant,  9pm  - 12:30-01-00 am:  Milonga,  $10:00



Normally, Every 4th Sunday: Except that in February, the ARGENTINE TANGOMILONGA AT CAPITAL DANCE CENTER milonga will be on Feb. 20 as tango masters,  Gustavo Benzecry-Saba & Maria Olivera will be conducting special workshops that weekend, as well as offer a short performance during the milonga that evening.  6:30 - 10:30pm.

Capital Dance Center - 11270 Sanders Drive - Near Hwy 50 & Sunrise Ave (behind Costco). - Rancho Cordova, CA

Big beautiful wooden dance floor, an excellent sound & lighting system and a friendly atmosphere. January 24 DJ Joe Kehrt.

BYOB.  Ample, free parking.   $10 per person, call 916-635-2600 to purchase advance tickets with credit card.

**Spacious wooden dance floor** **Delicious refreshments** ** free parking** **BYOB** **Only $10 per person** **Hosted by Patricia, Joanne, Cathi and Michael**





Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave. 8 p.m.


Every 1st Sunday:  Sycamore Tango Club -  635 Old Orchard  Drive,

*Class 4:00 to 5:00   Milonga 5:00 – 9:00   $10

*Beautiful hardwood dance floor *Elegant Settings and lounge area *Convenient free parking *Only 3 minutes from I 680


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



Capitol City Dance Center,   Beginning Argentine Tango Class, Mondays from6 to 7pm 

A new Argentine Tango instructor, Steve Lupi, assisted by Patricia Thaxter bring over 26 years of experience teaching and dancing Tango.

This beginner-level class is tailored to newcomers with no experience as well as those interested in fine-tuning their existing basic skills— no partner necessary. All musical styles of Argentine Tango will be introduced.  Supportive and comfortable dance or leather-soled shoes are recommended.

Drop-in: $8 or get a 20-class card for $130. Call 916-635-2600 for more information.  



Tango by the River, 128 J St., Old Sacramento

Beginning Tango - Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm  - learn the fundamentals of Argentine Tango: the elements of the tango embrace and posture, and moving with a partner in simple steps, focusing on musicality and connection.

Intermediate Tango -  7:30-8:30 pm - builds on  material from the beginning class, adding backward ochos, giros (turns), and occasionally barridas (sweeps) and sacadas (invasions). In all classes we focus on technique, connection on the dance floor, and how to apply all steps learned   into the social setting.  Tango Practica: 8:30-9:30 p.m.  -  $12 per class + $5 per practica



Tuesday,   at Studio 65- Adornos, 2965 North Maroa Ave.  



Allegro Ballroom - 5855 Christie Ave. - Classes with Nora and Ed.

7:30-8:30 p.m.:  Beginners $12,  8:30-9:30 p.m., intermediates  $12

Extended hours! 9:30-11  p.m.:  Nora & Ed's Practica:  $5 




Step One, 1920 T St. (at railroad tracks:), "La Práctica" for all levels with Mike & Alisa 9-11 p.m. Beginners welcome. 


Tango on Broadway, 2416 18th  St.  

Monthly:  $30   $10 drop-in; contact tangoonbroadway@gmail.com,  cegoh@aol.comor  now or call 1-916-390-0219 .

6 - 7 pm:  Basic Beginner Class  (Working on posture, embrace, basic walk, salida, cruzada,  and ochos)

7 - 8 pm:  IntermediateWEDNESDAY:  Beg & Int Tango (w/ Chooi Goh assisted by Karen Potts)For the Intermediate class,   alternate   Tango, Vals and Milonga , always   giving tango techniques & adornos that pertain to the execution of the elements  taught. 

$40/mth or $12 drop-in  


The Ballroom of Sacramento, 6009 Folsom Blvd. with Paul Zimny 7 p.m.Argentine Tango 1 - Introductory class explores Argentine Tango basics- progressive class - refreshes by calendar month. 8 p.m. Argentine Tango 2 - you just need to know the basics for a class that further explores the many possibilities for both leaders and followers - progressive class with new theme each calendar month




Tango by the River, 128 J St.,  Old Sacramento -  Intermediate/Advanced Tango - 7:00 pm

Practica 8:30  $15 drop in.


Firehouse Five Studio: 2014 9th St., Chris Peake  6.30-7.30 p.m. Beginning Tango,  7:30-8.30 p.m. Continuing Tango Explorations 8.30 - 11-ish Open Practica - Cost $10 drop-in or $35/month or $5 for practica only


Tango on Broadway, 2416 18th Street. TOTAL TANGO w/ MIKE & ALISA

Mike & Alisa will be offering a tango class that will encompass all the concepts, skills and practice that will enable you to look and feel your best while expressing yourself through tango.  You will need to have completed at least the beginning class to take this class.

7:30 - 9:00 pm  :  $50/month or $15 drop-in



Blackhawk Tango, Sycamore club 635 Old Orchard Drive, 7:00 - 7:45 pmBeginner , Intermediate.  7:45-8:30 p.m. practica.  8:30- 10 pm  $10





Firehouse Five  Studio: 2014 9th St. Traditional Tango  7:30-9:30p.m.Traditional Tango with Argentine native Michael Taillant

$40/month, $70/couple, $12/drop-in class  Contact: 707-416-9680tangobravo2k@yahoo.com


The Dance Corner,  2927 Fulton Ave, Weekly Friday classes  from 7pm to 8pm(still $10 per class) followed by a Práctica from 8pm to 9pm to have more continuous floor time. The Práctica is free to class participants, or only $3 by itself.

This is a lovely dance venue with excellent floor, sound system, & lighting. There's lots of free, safe parking next to the studio. Questions? Please call 916-807-4210.



Club One, 5860 W Las Positas Blvd.

Classes and practica in large comfortable room with hardwood floor adjacent to and part of Club One boutique fitness center with clean, elegant, inviting atmosphere, minutes from highway 680 and 580 junction near W. Las Positas Blvd. and Hopyard Road.

6-6:30 p.m. Tango Chat

6:30-7:15 Beginners Class. Basic fundamentals

7:15-8 Intermediate Class. Popular steps for social dancing  8-9:30 p.m., practica

Cost: $12 – Free for Club One members, Includes light snacks and refreshments  www.blackhawktango.com



Emeryville :

Allegro Ballroom,  5855 Christie Ave.

Beginner Class 2-3 p.m,  Intermediate/Advanced Class 3-4 p.m  - Lisette Perelle, instructor

One class for $10, two for $15, dance practice 4-6 p.m., $6 (free w/class)



Studio 65, Adornos; 2965 North Maroa Ave.

Tango all levels.  - 5-6 p.m., practica - 6-7 p.m.  $10

Coming Up

March 27 - 27, At the San Francisco Airport Mariott -  Argentine Tango USA Official Festival & Championship  a unique four-day Official Tango event including both an international TANGO FESTIVAL  (with workshops, performances, live music and social dancing), and the only Official Argentine Tango Competition in the US.  Super Early Bird discounts end Dec. 31.  

ARGENTINE TANGO USA is a sanctioned OFFICIAL BRANCH IN THE UNITED STATES to Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup organized by the Office of Festivals and Central Events of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of the Autonomous City Of Buenos Aires, which is the highest authority regarding the organization, program planning and overall execution of Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup (Mundial de Tango)  For more information: http://tangousachampionship.com

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