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Bulletin July 9, 2007

Tango Week 2007 has come and gone. Modesto was represented at the classes and milongas during both weekend and week. Chances to study with all the masters in one place are few - but the rest of our summer will give opportunities to do that. Workshops with Gato & Andrea resume Tuesday, and when the Tuesday workshops end in July, Oscar & Georgina join us for two Wednesdays & Thursdays in a row.


1. Gato & Andrea remaining Workshop schedule.
Our Video of the Week features them in a Modesto lessons review.

2. Workshop schedule for Oscar & Georgina.


1. Gato and Andrea's workshops resume on July 10, Tuesdays with four to go at the Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian Ave., Modesto: The cost is:
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
All classes: 8 to 9:30 p.m, Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club: 200 Norwegian Ave. Modesto, Ca

Class 1: June 5: Change of weight and walking technique;
Class 2: June 12: Walking, pivot and ochos, change of rhythm.
Class 3: June 19: Ochos; Molinetes, balance, turns and stops.
Class 4: June 26: Ochos for balance and control. Molinetes.
Class 5: July 10: (This Tuesday) 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

2. Workshops with Oscar Mandagaran of "Forever Tango" & Carlos Saura's movie "Tango" and Georgina Vargas, dancer & recording artist. Oscar Mandagaran of Argentina, who danced in the Broadway production of "Forever Tango" and "Malambo" and in the Carlos Saura movie "Tango," is among the most charismatic, elegant and sought-after teachers in the tango world, He now considers himself a dance teacher first - has taught throughout Argentina Europe and Japan - but his performance continues to be a "must see" in Buenos Aires as well as the rest of the world, He danced in the company of "Señor Tango" in Buenos Aires every night for 20 months. and won the sub-champion cup at "Festival Nacional de Malambo" an Argentine folk dance in 1989.
Georgina Vargas, noted singer/dancer in her own right, debuted as a ballerina and has participated in tango festivals in Europe and Japan. She began as a professional tango dancer in Rome under auspices of the Argentine and Uruguayan embassies, and has performed and taught in Buenos Aires. Her CD, "Por Aquellos Tango." will be available for purchase at our milonga on July 27.

The classes will be Wednesday & Thursday, August 1 & 2, 8 & 9
1. Wed, Aug 1: The body dialogue.
The communication, feel, movements, musicality and what a dancer needs for a great tango. Emphasis on the embrace, open and close.
2. Thursday, Aug 2 : Milonga, Traspie and Lisa
This playful dance soon becomes a favorite for every tanguero. Learn how to work with the rhythms.
3.Wed. Aug. 8 : Density and elasticity,.
Work on the quality of movement with orchestras like Di Sarli and Pugliese.
The most romantic tango style with a step using elements embraced in the class.
4. Thursday, Aug. 9 : Vals.
Oscar has a real feel for the rhythm of the waltz. You can find waltzes in most cultures, but Argentine waltzes (vals) are among the most melodic and danceable.

Prices: $35 per person 1 workshop, $65 for two classes
$90 for 3 classes, $110 per person for all four classes Classes at the Modesto Racquet and Fitness Club
200 Norwegian Avenue 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Contact Mary at Modesto Tango: 522-1571,
Private lessons available: Single or couple $100 plus $10 floor fee

MONDAY - Tonight (July 9) Practica at Jacobs, 2501 McHenry. This is 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. and may go until 10 p.m.
An informal meeting; some come early to dine.

TUESDAY - (July 10) Classes with Gato & Andrea at Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian. . Focus on boleos and sacadas.

July 14: Classes at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club. 200 Norwegian, off McHenry. Peter focuses on milonga rhythms and technique again at the intermediate level
11 a.m. Intermediate -
12:30 - beginning level. Intermediates encouraged to stay for the beginner class at no additional fee. Take this opportunity to perfect your technique.
$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.


At Tango by the River, 128 J Street Old Sacramento
Level I - Beginning Tango - Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Level II - Intermediate Tango - Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Level III - Intermediate/Advanced Tango - Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Classes taught by Donna Williams, studio owner/instructor, and Zak Brown, instructor. Cost is $50 per person/$90 per couple for each series.

At Tango by the River, 128 J Street Old Sacramento
Tango Technique Class
Andrea Monti will teach the Wednesday Tango Technique II classes for July (except July 4, when there will be no class). These are for tango dancers with at least 18 months of experience. Classes run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on four Wedesdays (July 11, 18, 25, and August 1).

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.
Cost: College student $25/session (with valid ID) Non college-student $35/session. Practica only: $3
Our next will be Friday, July 27, with Oscar Mandagaran, star of Forever Tango, and Georgina Vargas, tango recording artist. Mark your calendars.



@>---- SATURDAY, JULY 14 - At Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento.
Beginning tango lesson 8 to 9 p.m. (doors open 7:45), dance from 9 to midnight! Cost is $15 for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only. Both include hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and dance.

@>---- SATURDAY, JULY 28! At Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento. TANGO WITH SPECIAL GUESTS OSCAR MANDAGARAN and GEORGINA VARGAS! Beginning lesson by Oscar & Georgina from 8 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 7:45), dance 9 to midnight! At 10 p.m. or so, Oscar and Georgina will perform their stunning tango! $15 includes lesson, dance, hors d'oeuvres & refreshments.

@>---- FRESNO Next Milonga is scheduled for Friday July 20 at 8 p.m,
$10 includes beverages. Studio 65, 2965 N. Maroa

Gato & Andrea * AUGUST 11th TO 26th, 2007
Until July 25th, 2007: U$D 1500
(Does not include airfare)
Make a deposit of U$D 400 in any of the above cases.

From Michael Taillant in Sacramento:
Leaves from San Francisco Fri. Nov. 30th and returns Sunday Dec. 16th.
Information with Michael Taillant tangobravo2k@yahoo.com 1-707-628-2601

From Romina & Marcelo:
September 27 to October 8
Price now is $1,990. This includes air fare 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 seven days so this gives you a few extra days to enjoy the city!