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Bulletin Dec.25

Merry Christmas to all today. Our mini milonga Thursday filled Deva's with local tangueros. It was not crowded, but if the public had popped in, it WOULD have been. There are no classes for another week. A two-week hiatus from tango can be hard to take, but there are New Year's Eve milongas in Fresno, where overnight lodging is offered, and in Sacramento at Tango by the River. When we resume classes in January, Patrick will instruct.

Also in this bulletin.

1. Roberto Riobo to D.J. our next milonga and conduct two workshops.
2. This week's Video of the Week offers a look at some exhibition dances at Nora's Tango Week milongas.
1. Roberto Riobo, dancer, historian and teacher, agreed to teach the introductory class, and to serve as D.J. at our next milonga at Jacobs on January 20
and then conduct two workshops on Sunday January 21. One of the Bay Area's most popular D.J.s and tango instructors, he began teaching with the Dinzels in Buenos Aires. His knowledge of tango history is extensive and he currently conducts a teacher training program for tango instructors. Be sure to mark your calendars for January 20. More information will be forthcoming.

2. Hope you have time over the holidays to enjoy this video of great examples of modern Argentine tango from Nora's Tango Week 2006. Dancing are Nito & Miriam, the old guard and the new guard. Nito recently celebrated his 71st birthday and Miriam Larici participated in Forever Tango.

MONDAY Dec. 25 & Jan. 1. Dinner and dancing at Jacobs cancelled.
SATURDAY, December 30: No classes, See you all January 6. Patrick teaching.


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OUT OF TOWN: Some have expressed interest in these. To carpool call 522-1571

EMERYVILLE - Classes at Allegro Ballroom. Glenn Corteza fills in for Nora Dinzelbacher in December.
5855 Christie Avenue , Emeryville, California 94608
Beginning Class - 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. $12
Intermediate/Advanced 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. $12
Practica: 9:30 -10:30 p.m. $5 (free with class; another chance for floor time).

TUESDAY: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., At Tango by the river, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento
Beginning Argentine Tango (Level I)
Intermediate Tango (Level II) 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
Intermediate/Advanced Tango (Level III) 8:30-9:30 p.m.,
Levels I & II teach fundamentals of Argentine tango. Level III focuses on dancing at the milongas, line of dance, floor craft, navigation, taking what you already know and making it fit the music AND the other dancers on the floor. Taught by studio owner Donna Williams & Zak Brown; Cost is $35 per person/$60 per couple for each series ($20 for students/$40 for student couples).

La Práctica for all levels with Mike & Alisa at Step One, 1920 T St. (at train tracks), 8:15 - 10:15 p.m., only $3 for all levels, beginners welcome. Another chance for needed floor time

Twenty-Something Tango At Tango by the river, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Classes are taught by Chris Peake & Emily Trites. Cost: College student
$25/session (with valid ID) Non college-student $35/session.
Then: Tango Práctica with Zak Brown - 8-10 p.m.
Zak hosts a guided Práctica with a Nuevo tango flair on Thursdays from
8 to 10 p.m. Cost is only $3! Parking is free on the streets after 8 p.m.

MILONGAS - Modesto's next milonga, January 20, 2007, at Jacobs, will feature Roberto Riobo as guest artist.


New Year's Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31: 9 p.m. NEW YEAR'S MILONGA at Studio 65. Everyone is invited to attend a dessert party with champagne/sparkling cider at Studio 65 to ring in the new year. With loads of great tango music, there will be a swing or line dance and, maybe some tanguero will teach the 'chacarera'.
Four bedrooms are available for travelers who prefer to stay the night. Thanks to all who have already RSVP'd. Call with any questions or if you want details regarding staying over, Kathy and Guy / Fresno Tango Society
At Studio 65, 2965 N. Maroa Ave, north of Clinton & the tracks.


SUNDAY, DEC. 31! - NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA at Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento. Beginning tango lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. Cost is $15 per person for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only. Both include hors d'oeuvres & refreshments (including, of course, champagne). There are fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight, and usually we go outside to watch the fireworks. This year at midnight we will stay inside and do the traditional countdown -- 3, 2, 1 ... kiss! So if you want to see fireworks, come early enough to catch the 9 p.m. show so that at midnight we can stay indoors and have our own fireworks right at TBTR!
2nd SUNDAY / Time 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. - at Giovanni's Pizzeria Milonga
( 2701 Del Paso Rd in Safeway Shopping Center Town Center -
Del Paso Rd exit from I-5 - East)
Contact: Joanne Miyao (916) 215-1020 cell or Betsy Gordon (916) 601-8824 cell

Where: 922 8th Street, Sacramento
Time: 9 p.m. until people stop dancing (2 a.m., 3 a.m.?...)
Music: Tango (traditional and alternative) Cover: $5. The studio is on 8th Street, between I and J. The entrance is left of La Bonne Soupe Café. Go up the steep stairs and turn left, following the music. Refreshments will not be provided, but bring food, wine, beer. Parking on the street may be limited. Car pooling advised.

1st and 3rd Sundays of every month - 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Next Milonga Mirabelle - January 7, 2007 - See you at Mirabelle's next year!
"MILONGA MIRABELLE" 7318 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (just west of San Juan). Hosted by Mirabelle European Pastry Café. Mini Cover Charge: $5 for dancers (includes two tickets for drawings at 8 & 8:30 p.m.) This charge is to support our host, whether or not we eat and drink there. 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.
Every THURSDAY evening at "Café La Boca" at 2600 Fair Oaks Boulevard
(at Munroe, diagonally across from Loehmann's Plaza) from 7:30 to 10 p.m, más o menos. Contact Ed Loomis, <mailto:TangoBear@pobox.com> TangoBear@pobox.com or 916-368-9451, for info.

Mariposa Argentine Tango Club at the Verdi Club <http://www.sfmariposaverdi.org/> www.sfmariposaverdi.org
2424 Mariposa St. at Potrero Ave, SF
Thu Dec 28, Jan 4, 11, 18, 25
7:15 to 8 p.m.. - Close Embrace Basics with Christy and Adolfo
8 to 8:45 p.m - Int/Adv Close Embrace
12/28 with Christy and special guest Darren Lees
8:45 p.m. - 12:30 am - Milonga hosted by Victor Meneses & Christy Coté
with D.J. Emilo Flores
$15 class + Milonga /$14 Milonga only