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Bulletin Jan. 1, 2007

Happy and prosperous new year to all. Tango resumes in Modesto on Saturday. Patrick returns to start off the new year. It has been too long since we've seen him. We are also revving up for our next milonga with Roberto Riobo on Saturday, January 20, with workshops to follow.

Also in this bulletin.

  1. Roberto Riobo to D.J. our next milonga and conduct workshops on Sunday.
  2. The video of the week features tango legend Carlos Gavito with his partner Marcela Duran in Forever Tango.
1. Roberto Riobo, dancer, historian and teacher, agreed to teach the introductory class, 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

His Sunday workshops:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All Levels - beginners welcome. Connection to the music, your partner and the people who share the floor. History of Argentine Tango . and ways to start on the dance floor.
1 to 3 p.m. Intermediate: The art of touching a foot in different situations. Communication techniques. Movement resolutions. Sweeps. Balance techniques and continuous movement resolutions.
Workshop fee $30 per class per student

2. The video features a scene from "Forever Tango," Luis Bravo's internationally acclaimed dance spectacular. The show, which traces the history of tango through music, dance and dramatic vignettes, features an all Argentine cast. The show's first production number recalls the early home of tango in the brothels of Buenos Aires, the women appropriately attired for their trade, the men suited in gangster mode. Dancers in this video, Carlos Gavito & Marcela Durán.

MONDAY (tonight) Jan 1, Dinner & dancing cancelled. Jan.8. Dinner and dancing resumes at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry. A chance to work on moves learned in class and get 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 to 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, January 6: Classes with Patrick at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club,
200 Norwegian, off McHenry. 11 a.m. Intermediate, 12:30 beginning level.
Intermediates are encouraged to stay for the beginner class at no additional fee to work on technique and assist beginners. $12 a class per person.


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

EMERYVILLE - Classes at Allegro Ballroom with 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).

From 8:00 to 9:30 p.m at Step One, 1920 T Street : Ed Loomis & Rebeca Basave teach an intermediate/advanced level "Continuing Tango"
Starting Tuesday, January 2nd, They will be teaching Milonga, from the top down. Make the dance, Milonga, fun for you too. Class will be fast paced and fun just like the dance and by February you will be looking forward to the next milonga tanda instead of sitting them out.
Contact Ed Loomis at TangoBear@pobox.com for info.

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.



Friday, January 5, 2007 at Tango by the River 128 J Street (Old Sacramento) Milonga Chocolate Night @ La Alter-NATIVA!
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 - Guided Practica 9:00 p.m to Midnight(ish) -
A sumptuous night of Tango and Chocolate! They'll have chocolate galore, wine, champagne and a few special surprises! Come wearing shades of Chocolate to add to the delicious mood of the evening!
Traditional and Non-Traditional Music by DJ Chris!

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 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