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Bulletin May 14, 2007

Charity finished the work she and Sean did on "colgadas." Saturday Roman (the elegant one), back from Buenos Aires, will teach. Between Saturday lessons, Tango Week, Gato & Andrea workshops in June & July, Oscar Mandagaran workshops in August and any private lesson, summer should be a time of improvement.

Also in this Bulletin

1. The Video of the Week is a performance that begins with a colgada.

2. Get tickets to Forever Tango

3. Workshop Schedule for Gato & Andrea

1. Apropo of our recent work with Sean and Charity, the Video of the Week features David Chiu and Naomi Hotta performing at the Carlos Gardel International day held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles in Dec, 2006. It is a dynamic performance that begins with a frozen colgada.

2. No classes makes it a perfect time to go see Forever Tango, the show that triggered many tango obsessions. Bob Hope Theatre, Stockton, May 26. Details: http://bobhopetheatre.com/eventdetails.asp?ID=128. We hope some will take propaganda for our Modesto tango community. There is no Argentine Tango in Stockton. It will also play Fresno on Wednesday, May 30.

3. Gato & Andrea return for workshops on Tuesday eves in June and July. They will conduct eight workshops at the Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian Ave., Modesto: The cost will be:
1 or 2 workshops $30 each per person
3 or 4 workshops $27 each per person
5 or 6 workshops $25 each per person
7 or 8 workshops $22 each per person
The classes will be mostly geared to intermediates, though the first two would work for beginners with some dance background. All classes: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club: 200 Norwegian Ave. Modesto, Ca
Class 1: June 5 : Change of weight and walking technique; walking on the
outside. Leading and musicality.
Class 2: June 12 : Walking, pivot and ochos technique, change of rhythm.
Double time and simple figures.
Class 3: June 19: Overturned ochos; Molinetes, balance, simple turns,
entradas and stops.
Class 4: June 26: Ochos for balance and control. Molinetes. Simple turns.
Leading low voleos.
Class 5: July 10: Low and high voleos; Upper body control; Sacadas;
Figures with sacadas and voleos.
Class 6: July 17: Molinetes and lapiz. Balance and change of weight. Pivot.
Turns with lapiz and turn figures.
Class 7: July 24 : back and forward pivots. Balance; axis. Barridas for the men.
Class 8: July 31: Ganchos technique. Excercises. Simple ganchos and barridas.
contact: Mary, 522-1571 or e-mail: modestotango@gmail.net

MONDAY (tonight) May 14 & 21. 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, May 19: Classes with Roman at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian, off McHenry.
11 a.m. (not 11:30) Intermediate - Back from Buenos Aires. Let's see what he has.
12:30 - beginning level. Intermediates encouraged to stay for the beginner class at no additional fee. This is your opportunity to work on technique, posture, foot placement and smooth movements and perfect them for the intermediate level. Also, it is good to be there for beginners who need seasoned dancers to try moves with.
$12 a class per person. 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 $50 per person, $90 per couple for each series

At Step One, 1920 T Street From 8:15 to 9:45 p.m : Ed Loomis and Rebeca Basave teach an intermediate/advanced level "Continuing Tango." Explore the Club Style in May, It's fast paced and fun and you will learn to dance in less space than you imagined possible. Contact Ed Loomis at TangoBear@pobox.com or 916-368-9451.

At Tango by the River, 128 J Street in Old Sacramento: Tango Technique Class
7:00 p.m. - Open to both men and women! Instructor: Michelle Loughlin
$15/drop-in, $50/month

La Pr�ctica 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 ; Dance to classic as well as neo tango music.
Classes are taught by Chris Peake & Emily Trites. Kendra Kambestadt will
be returning to teach with Chris on May 10.
Cost: College student $25/session (with valid ID) Non college-student $35/session.
Practica only: $3


@>---- MODESTO: Modesto's next milonga will be Saturday June 2 with the return of Gato & Andrea. Mark your calendars now.



@>---- 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.
@>---- 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.

@>---- -SATURDAY, MAY 26! At Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento.� OUR JAZZ FESTIVAL MILONGA WITH SPECIAL GUESTS OSCAR MANDAGARAN (from "Forever Tango" and "Malambo!") and GEORGINA VARGAS! Beginning tango lesson taught by Oscar & Georgina from 8:00-9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:45), then we'll dance from 9:00 -midnight! Around 10:00 p.m. or so Oscar & Georgina will demonstrate their stunning tango for us!!! Cost is $15; includes lesson, dance, hors d'oeuvres, & refreshments.
@>---- 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.

"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.

@>---- 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
8:45 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Milonga hosted by Victor Meneses & Christy Cot� with D.J. Emilo Flores, $15 class + Milonga /$14 Milonga only


Gato & Andrea offer a 14 day tour accompanied package.
� AUGUST 11th TO 26th, 2007
NOVEMBER 9th TO 24th, 2007
If interested please check www.tour-tango.com.ar

From Roberto Riobo:
Tuesday 7 to Saturday 18 , August 2007
Tour price before June 20, 2007: $1450. Prices do not include airfare.
Contact Carolina: info@tangowithcarolina.com / 415-260.0579
www.barriotango.com / 415-261-0569
PO BOX 12009 / San Francisco CA 94112

From Romina & Marcelo:
September 27 to October 8
Price after May 4th is $1,990. This includes: Airfare from San Francisco, Hotel (double occupancy), 24 hours assistance, In addition to Buenos Aires, we can also arrange visits to any other destinations in Argentina. 925.299.6945 tango@rominamarcelo.com http://www.rominamarcelo.com/tango_tours.html

From Patricia Thatcher In Sacramento
Johana Copes is organizing the www.bailemostango.com Festival
10-night package including Festival & lodging:
from $2,197 per person with airfare from SFO
November 24 to December 5, 2007 -
The Festival lasts 7 days so this gives you a few extra days to enjoy the city!