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Bulletin April 2, 2007

Saturday with Marcelo and Romina was a great success. We were close to standing room only. There were many comments that our Modesto milongas are the most elegant along the Highway 99 corridor.

We begin April with a new face on our teaching staff. Peter Baldridge has been at our milongas and has worked closely with Roberto Riobo. His knowledge of tango history is extensive and approach to technique is user-friendly.

In late July Oscar Mandagaran will perform at our milonga and do workshops. Oscar, a lead dancer in the Broadway show "Forever Tango" and in Carlos Saura's "Tango" movie, will be an instructor at Nora's Tango Week (see below). There will be a performance of "Forever Tango" at the Bob Hope Theatre in May (see below).

Also in this Bulletin

1. The Video of the Week is of Marcelo and Romina at our milonga Saturday.

2. Forever Tango comes to the valley

3. Pair of tango shoes available.

4. Nora's Tango Week.


1. The Video of the Week is of Marcelo and Romina at our milonga Saturday. They perform a vals Esquinas Porteñas by Angel D'Agostino with Angel Vargas.

2. Luis Bravo's Forever Tango - the show which inspired many current tangueros, at last comes to the valley - on May 26, 2007
Luis Bravo's Forever Tango

Forever Tango, Luis Bravo's internationally acclaimed dance spectacular, traces the history of tango through music, dance and dramatic vignettes. It had a smash year-long run on Broadway in 1997-98 (garnering multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations). It has played on five continents and recently enjoyed smash engagements in Japan, Italy, Mexico and Miami. Since its first performance in 1994, the show has been seen by more that 5 million people around the world.
Show Date: Saturday, May 26.
Show Time: 8 p.m
Doors open at 7 p.m
Ticket Prices: $48, $38, & $25 (Additional fees apply)
No exchanges or refunds on tickets.
It will also play in Fresno, On Wednesday, May 30 at the Saroyan Theater.
Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30p.m Call 510-522-3111 for tickets. $52, $42, $27

3. Fioretta Mino, who teaches in Madera, asked me to post a pair of shoes she bought on line and now can't use. Too big, made in Argentina, so returning would not be cost-effective. These are size 7 with a 3" pencil heel, very comfortable and well made. For details call Fioretta Mino <fm_brisa@yahoo.com>. Pics follow:
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4. Nora Dinzelbacher's Tenth Annual Tango Week will include Oscar Mandagaran, who was in the original Broadway cast of Forever Tango, and will also come to Modesto in late July. On the faculty with him: Gustavo Neveira, Hugo & Miriam, Nito & Elba, all very impressive tango masters.
Tango Weekend: JUNE 29th, 30th and JULY 1st
Tango Week: JULY 2nd - 6th
It's a bit cheaper before April 15. See http://www.tangoweek.com/index2.html


MONDAY (tonight) April 2 & 9. Dinner/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 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.

SATURDAY, April 7. Classes with Peter Baldridge Classes at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian, off McHenry.
11 a.m. Intermediate, Peter wants to work with "milonga" as a vehicle for overall technique.
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.
This Saturday you may sign up for the month of April for $40 ($10 a class). Also introductory packages available for newcomers which offer nine beginner level classes for $75 (can only be used as the beginner level.)

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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
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.,
Intermediate/Advanced Tango (Level III) Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 p.m.,
Taught by studio owner Donna Williams & Zak Brown;
Cost is $35 per person/$60 per couple for each series ($20 for students).
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" focusing on technique and improvisations for molinete, perhaps the most complex element of Argentine Tango. Contact Ed Loomis at TangoBear@pobox.com for info.

At Tango by the River, 128 J Street in Old Sacramento: Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. Tango Technique, 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,
6:30 - 7:30 p.m: Beginning Argentine Tango
7:30 - 8:30 p.m: Continuing ArgentineTango
8:30 - 10:30 p.m: Practica
Classes are taught by Chris Peake & Emily Trites .
Cost: College student $25/session (with valid ID) Non college-student $35/session.

@>---- MODESTO: Our next milonga will be June 2 with Gato & Andrea as our guest artists. Mark your calendars now.


@>---- Friday, April 6, 2007 - La AlterNATIVA Milonga!
Tango by the River 128 J Street (Old Sac)
8 p.m. - Open Practica with Chris & Michelle
9 p.m. to midnight(ish!) - Milonga with DJ Chris - featuring Traditional & Non-Traditional Tango Music; $10 includes Practica, Milonga & Refreshments!

@>---- 3rd Saturdays DOWNTOWN MILONGA : 922 8th Street, Sacramento
Time: 9 p.m. Music: Tango (traditional and alternative) Cover: $5. The studio is on 8th Street, between I and J. Go up the steep stairs and turn left, No refreshments, so bring food, wine, beer. Parking on the street may be limited.
@>---- 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.
Closed on Easter.

@>---- 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month - 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Mirabelle European Pastry Cafe, 7318 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628,
Phone: 916-535-0100. Good food, an intimate and friendly atmosphere,
great music and Tango. Any birthdays out there? We'll help you celebrate. - $5.

@>---- 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.

"ALLEGRO BALLROOM" - 5855 Christie Ave -
9:15 p.m - 2 a.m (at the Main Ballroom)
9:15 p.m - 10 p.m: Class by Nora & Edu
10 p.m - 2 a.m.: Milonga
Class + Milonga + Live Music: $20
Class + Milonga + DJ Music: $15
Milonga + Live Music: $15
Milonga: $12
Refreshments and snacks included.

@>---- FRESNO
Friday April 13 - 8 p.m, $10
Studio 65, 2965 N. Maroa

@>---- 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
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


From Gato & Andrea offer a 14-day tour accompanied package.
August 11th to 26th, 2007
November 9th to 24th, 2007
If interested please check our new web page <http://www.tour-tango.com.ar/> www.tour-tango.com.ar soon!

From Roberto Riobo:
Tuesday 7 to Saturday 18, August 2007
Includes: Dandy Royal Mansion , tours, milongas, classes, shows, tango shoe and music shopping, and 24 hours assistance by Roberto and Carolina
Barrio Tango Phone: (415)261-0569 email: robertoriobo@hotmail.com
PO BOX 12009, San Francisco CA 94112

From Romina & Marcelo:
September 27 to October 8
Cost: $1,890 before May 4th.
To sign in we just need $300 in advance.
Price after May 4th is $1,990.
ncludes: Airfare from San Francisco (one stop from S.F), Hotel (double occupancy), 24 hours assistance, City Tours, A Day in the Countryside, Tango classes with the best local teachers, Milongas, a Tango show. In addition to Buenos Aires, we can also make arrangements visits to any other destinations in Argentina (Mendoza, Salta, Jujuy, Bariloche, Iguazu Falls, etc.) 925.299.6945 tango@rominamarcelo.com http://www.rominamarcelo.com/tango_tours.html