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Bulletin, Oct. 2

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Our weekend with Gato & Andrea was very successful. The milonga was packed, their exhibition dance was breathtaking and Victor Meneses of the Verdi club milonga came to celebrate his birthday. There were new faces at the workshops and the lessons were great. Gato & Andrea will continue with a series of workshops on Tuesday, Thursday & Tuesday (Oct. 3, 5 & 10). Information about those to follow, and on http://modestotango.googlepages.com/

During the past week we suffered with some glitches with our new e-mail system, causing a barrage of personal replies sent to the entire group. I believe we have that ironed out now, and thank you all for putting up with it.

We resume our regular Saturday lessons this week, ie intermediate class starting at 11 a.m. Again, you can all build on what you learn in class, particularly the sort of workshops we have with Gato & Andrea with private lessons. One private lesson a month often gives more than enough material to work on; Roman makes himself available for privates as early as 8:30 on Saturday and can often stay after class. His fee is $70, and that includes the studio fee.

The Tuesday, Thursday , Tuesday workshop are $30 per class (per person),
Three workshops: $75; If you took 2 or more weekend workshops, all three are $65

Make checks out to Andrea Monti. Details in schedule below. If interested , contact me via e.mail at: fred.herman@sbcglobal.net

Tuesday, October 3 - 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. / Technique for men and women (all levels): We will go over changes of weight, complete molinetes, double time and balance exercises, low and high voleos; pivots, lapiz and enrosque exercises for leaders; embellishments for leaders and followers. $30.00

Thursday, October 5 - 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. / Tango (intermediate to advanced): We will study "barridas", sacadas, forward voleos, (simple ganchos if there is time), embellishments and combinations. $30.00
Tuesday, October 10 - 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. / Vals (intermediate to advanced dancers): We will start with simple patterns to introduce students to this new rhythm, then add specific turns for vals and double time patterns and turns. $30.00

Classes at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club / 200 Norwegian (off McHenry) Modesto, CA 95350

MONDAY, (tonight) Oct. 2 & 9: Dinner and dancing at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry. A chance to work on moves learned in class and get needed floor time. No fee, but you are encouraged to order off the menu. We start at about 8 p.m. An informal gathering; some arrive early to dine. We may dance until 10 p.m.

TUESDAY, October 3 - 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. / Technique for men and women (all levels):
We will go over changes of weight, complete molinetes, double time and balance exercises, low and high voleos; pivots, lapiz and enrosque exercises for leaders; embellishments for leaders and followers. $30.00

THURSDAY, October 5 - 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. / Tango (intermediate to advanced):
We will study "barridas", sacadas, forward voleos, (simple ganchos if there is time), embellishments and combinations. $30.00

SATURDAY, October 7: Regular classes resume with Roman at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian, off McHenry. 11 a.m. Intermediate, 12:30 beginning level. Intermediate students are encouraged to stay for the beginner's class at no additional fee to work on their own technique and be there for the beginners. Fee $12 a class per person. This week sign-ups for the month at $10 a class will be accepted if paid in advance ($40 for the month)

Contact: Modesto Tango Mary (209) 522-1571
E-MAIL: fred.herman@sbcglobal.net
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OUT OF TOWN: Some have expressed interest in these. To carpool call 522-1571

Starting in October4 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. In place of the "Basics" class, Ed will offer a "Lab for Couples," limited to five couples to provide each couple with adequate attention. This format will let Ed work with each couple separately at their own level or on material they prefer. Limited with pre-registration, it will not be open to drop in students. You don't need to be a "couple" in any other sense of the term, you just need to be willing to commit to working together in class for the month.
At The Cisneros Studios of Dance, 1924 U Street, 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Cost: $50 per couple for the month (4 weeks)
Contact Ed Loomis: TangoBear@pobox.com or 916-368-9451 to enroll.
La Práctica for all levels with Mike & Alisa at Step One, 1920 T St. (at train tracks), from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m., only $3 for all levels, beginners welcome. Another chance to get needed floor time


SACRAMENTO at Tango by the River (Old Sacramento)
Friday, October 6, 2006 - La Alter-NATIVA!
Sacramento's "alternative" Milonga!
8:00 p.m. Lesson (all Levels!)
9:00 p.m. Milonga featuring Traditional and Non-Traditional Tango Music!
$10 includes Lesson, Milonga & Refreshments!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 – SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE WITH CHRISTY COTE & DARREN LEES! Beginning tango lesson taught by Christy & Darren from 8:00-9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:45), then we'll dance from 9:00 -midnight! Cost is $15 for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only. Both include hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and performance.
• SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28: Beginning tango lesson 8-9 p.m. (doors open at 7:45), then we dance from 9 to -midnight! Cost is $15 for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only; both include hors d'oeuvres & refreshments.

Sunday, October 29 at 6 p.m / Halloween Milonga
Costumes are encouraged, etc.
We thought we could make it a potluck dinner too.
Table service and beverages will be there for us. ($10 each)

Mariposa Argentine Tango Club at the Verdi Club www.sfmariposaverdi.org
2424 Mariposa St. at Potrero Ave, SF
7:15 - 8 p.m. - Close Embrace Basics
8 - 8:45 p.m. - Int/Adv Close Embrace
8:45 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. - Milonga hosted by Victor Meneses & Christy Coté with D.J. Emilo Flores
$15 class & Milonga/$13 Milonga only.

(NEW)Fair Oaks
"MILONGA MIRABELLE" 7318 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (just west of San Juan)
Hosted by Mirabelle European Pastry Café
Date: 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month -
Time: 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Mini Cover Charge: $5 for dancers (includes two tickets for drawings at 8 & 8:30 p.m.)
This charge is in support of our host, whether or not we eat and drink at his establishment. 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.

2 Milongas each month on the Second Saturday and Fourth Sunday
Location: House of the Four Winds. 540 Calle Principal in Monterey
+2nd Saturday: 8 -9 Beginning/Intermediate Class / $6 per person
9 p.m. Milonga / $12 per person
4th Sunday: afternoon Milonga / 5:30 - 9:30 Milonga / $10 per person


FROM El Gato & Andrea: Dear Tangueros,
If you are thinking of investing your money in a trip to Buenos Aires , don't miss this great opportunity to travel to the Mecca of Tango by the hand of two professional Argentinean dancers and masters, Gato Valdez and Andrea Monti. They will guide you to the best local places during the 14 tour days and will accompany you at all times!
The package includes the following:
* Airport pick up and drop off in Buenos Aires
* 13 nights, 14 days at a 4 stars hotel with breakfast
* Welcome dinner
* Tango City Tour (Historic circuit, La Boca, San Telmo, Retiro, Recoleta Cemetery, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Palemo parks and Palermo neighborhood, Mataderos Fair)
* 8 tango classes with excellent teachers (one and a half hours each)
* Colón Theatre visit
* Café Tortoni visit
* A day in the country (with"asado " , " gauchos show," horse riding, music and more!
* 12 milonga nights (entrance tickets included)
* Tango Dinner Show at one of the best dinner theatres in Buenos Aires *Guided shopping day
* Farewell dinner
For more information, details & registration, please visit our trip website www.bairestangotour.com.ar
We invite you to our trip meeting to get to know all the details directly from us:
On October 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Tango by the River: 128 J St , Old Sacramento
(415) 425 0515
Thank you!
Andrea & Gato

Until later:
Mary Menz
(209) 522-1571