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Bulletin Feb. 5, 2007

Modesto was well represented at Roman's Tango/Alexander Technique Workshop. He says all did very well, moving their Tango to a new level. It will be good to see you all back in class on Saturday. Sean and Charity will finish their rotation with us this Saturday at the Racquet Club. Portland's Valentango festival comes mid-month. A number of us went last year, but we understand that between the Jazz festival and Tango festival, all of the likely hotel rooms are used up.

The Video of the Week shows some useful tips for a clear lead and smooth dance from Oscar Casas. Help us improve our video selections. Click on the "Comment" link below the video and tell us what you liked, what you didn't like, or give suggestions for future videos.


MONDAY (tonight) Feb. 5 & 12. Dinner and dancing at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry. A chance to work on moves learned in class and get floor time. No fee, but you are urged to order off the menu. We start about 8 p.m. An informal meeting; some come early to dine. We may dance to 10 p.m. See Monday at Jacobs

SATURDAY, Feb. 10: Classes with Sean & Charity 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. See our Class Descriptions.


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

EMERYVILLE - Classes at Allegro Ballroom with Nora Dinzelbacher
5855 Christie Avenue, Emeryville CA 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).

At Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento
Beginning Argentine Tango (Level I) Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.,
Intermediate Tango (Level II) Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., beginning February 6
Intermediate/Advanced Tango (Level III) Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 p.m.,
Levels I, II, & III teach you the fundamentals of Argentine tango. Classes are progressive, building on material learned the prior week. Tuesday classes 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 to 9:30 p.m at Step One, 1920 T Street: Ed Loomis and Rebeca Basave teach an intermediate/advanced level "Continuing Tango" In February they will focus on technique and improvisations for molinete, perhaps the most complex element of Argentine Tango; getting all the pieces to fit together is not easy. How do you get those sacadas, boleos, and barridas to work in a turn? Let Them take the mystery out of it for you. Contact Ed Loomis at TangoBear@pobox.com for info.

At Tango by the River, 128 J Street in Old Sacramento: Tango Technique, Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m., beginning with the first Wednesday of every month
This class is for both leaders and followers and will help you work on your balance , posture, walking and embellishment technique, etc. Technique is the fundamental building block of tango. With a strong foundation you can build a beautiful tango. The class is taught by Michelle Loughlin. for the month of February,
Cost for the four-week series is $50 per person; $15 drop-in.

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.

Twenty-Something Tango At Tango by the river, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento,
Beginning February , to accommodate our advancing/continuing students, they will be conducting an additional class .
As a result the practica will begin 30 minutes later.
The new Thursday schedule will be as follows:
6:30 - 7:30 p.m: Beginning Argentine Tango
Learn the fundamentals of the dance.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m: Continuing ArgentineTango
Incorporate more advanced concepts and techniques, based on both Nuevo-Tango and traditional Tango styles. Emphasis will be placed on a more dynamic, flexible connection .
8:30 - 10:30 p.m: Practica
DJ Zak Brown and/or Chris Peake play traditional and alternative music.
Classes are taught by Chris Peake & Emily Trites . Cost: College student $25/session (with valid ID) Non college-student $35/session.


@>---- Modesto's next milonga Saturday March 31 at Jacobs



@>---- At Tango By The River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 – ANNUAL VALENTINES TANGO DANCE WITH SPECIAL GUEST DJ ROBERTO RIOBO! Beginning tango lesson from 8:00-9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:45), then we dance from 9:00 -midnight! Cost is $15 for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only. Both include hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and dance.

@>---- 3rd Saturdays DOWNTOWN MILONGA
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. No refreshments so bring food, wine, beer. Parking on the street may be limited. Car pooling advised.

@>---- At Tango By The River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24! – Beginning tango lesson from 8-9 p.m. (doors open at 7:45), then we' dance from 9:00 -midnight! Cost is $15; includes lesson, dance (to live tango music!), hors d'oeuvres, & refreshments.

@>---- 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

@>---- Friday, February 16, 8 p.m. at Studio 65, 2965 North Maroa Ave. 93704
Everyone is invited to attend the next Milonga in Fresno with a Valentine theme. $10 per person
Let us know if you will bring a new friend who would enjoy a beginner lesson before the party; one will be offered upon request,
$10 per person. Beverages will be provided.(559) 222-6565


1st and 3rd Sundays of every month - 6 - 9:30 p.m.
@>---- Mirabelle European Pastry Cafe
7318 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628, Phone: 916-535-0100 If you're in the mood for good food, an intimate and friendly atmosphere,
plenty of great music and tango dancing, join us. Are there any February birthdays out there? Come join us...we'll help you celebrate. Drawing for prizes at 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. Cover - $5.00

@>---- 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.

@>---- Thursdays
Mariposa Argentine Tango Club at the Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa St. at Potrero Ave, SF
7:15-8 p.m. - Close Embrace Basics with Christy and Adolfo
8-8:45 p.m. - Int/Adv Close Embrace with Christy and Adolfo
Feb 22 - Special Guest Instructors John and Judy
Mar 8, 15, & 22 - Special Guest Instructor George Garcia
Mar 29 - Special Guest Instructor Raul Cabral
8:45 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Milonga hosted by Victor Meneses & Christy Coté with D.J. Emilo Flores, $15 class + Milonga /$14 Milonga only