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Bulletin May 21, 2007

No classes next Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend. See you June 2. Our milonga will be that evening.

Roman, the elegant one just back from Buenos Aires, has started some intensive work on technique and musicality. The Gato & Andrea workshops will begin Tuesday, June 5. The schedule of classes follows below.

Also in this bulletin

1. Anibal Troilo (Pichuco) on the anniversary of his death.
2. The Video of the Week is Gato & Andrea in Modesto.

3. Forever Tango - Last chance to get tickets

4.. Workshop Schedule for Gato & Andrea

1. Anibal Troilo, one of the most revered names from the golden age of tango, has a history that spans two periods. The first in 1937, when he put together his first orchestra, until 1954. The second began in 1956, with vocalists Roberto Goyeneche and Angel Cárdenas, and lasted until his death on May 18, 1975. Troilo was a graduate of a musical school led by Julio De Caro.
He added counterpoint to his arrangements, highlighting his own bandoneon solos. The bandoneons took on the rhythm. The egalitarian and interchangeable roles of the Troilo orchestra reflected a cross-section of the public who danced to his music in the social club.

Among the merits attributed to Anibal Troilo were his intuition in selecting his musicians and singers and his ability to adapt them to his ensemble. His favorite composer was himself. Forty-one of his recordings were his.

The life of Anibal Troilo moved around heartaches. A mild stroke had affected him seriously a year before his death. For 20 years he dealt with excruciating pain caused by an arthritic hip. He once went through hundreds of cortisone shots in a sixty-day period.

On the morning of May 18, 1975, Troilo fainted, and spent most of the day in intensive care at the Hospital Italiano. That evening patrons were filing in the doors of the Teatro Odeon for a performance of 'Simplemente... Pichuco'. That evening the show didn't go on. At 11:40 PM the heart of Anibal Troilo played its final note.

2. In anticipation of our next milonga on June 2, our Video of the Week features Gato & Andrea in a performance they did at the last Modesto milonga they were guest artists for. We look forward to seeing them again.

3. 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 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. There will be no practica at Jacobs on Memorial Day, May 28.

SATURDAY, May 26: No Classes
Classes with Roman will resume on June 2, 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.
$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 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 ; 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.



@>---- -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.

@>---- 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.

@>---- 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.

@>---- Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. $10
Studio 65, 2965 N. Maroa


Gato & Andrea offer a 14 day tour accompanied package.
• AUGUST 11th TO 26th, 2007
you still have two more weeks to register at the promotional price of $1300 per person (it does not include air fares). Check the registration periods:
1. Until May 31st, 2007: U$D 1300
2. Until June 25th, 2007: U$D 1400
3. Until July 25th, 2007: U$D 1500
We have booked a new and great 4 stars hotel for the August trip. It is called Hotel Reino del Plata. Here there is some information:
Located in the heart of historical Buenos Aires , it is only minutes away from the financial district, cultural centers, government buildings, shopping malls and other points of interest.
Property Information
*Open 24 hrs *Car park *Elevator *A/C *Terrace *Safe *Bar *Sauna *Jacuzzi
*(Golf course nearby *Tennis nearby *Horse riding nearby *Exposition/Congress nearby *Cinema, Theatre nearby *Disco nearby)
*Internet connection in lobby *Car reservation *Laundry service *Public parking*Cinema/Theatre reservation *Show reservation *Tourist visit reservation *Restaurant
If you are interested please let us know as soon as possible.