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Bulletin March 24 , 2008

Hey folks. I hope your Easter was good. This Saturday we have a busy afternoon - A concert at the Gallo Arts Center with Pablo Ziegler, before which we can dance at an outdoor milonga, and the State Theatre will show live action shorts nominated for Academy Awards, including "Tanghi Argentini". Details on both below.

Saturday, March 29 - At Gallo Center For The Arts - Pablo Ziegler Quintet
Foster Family Theater - 8 p.m.
Before the concert: Tango in the Plaza
The Gallo Arts Center has invited Modesto Tango to hold an open-air milonga on the plaza near the center entrance (I Street between 10th & 11th street from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be no charge for the milonga; the public is invited to watch, so bring your dancing shoes and let Modesto know we exist.

Pablo Ziegler was Astor Piazzolla's pianist. Some California tango dancers are unaware of tango history, but nearly all have heard how Piazzolla changed traditional Argentine tango. Today's tango is rabidly popular because of Piazzolla, who owed much of his success to musicians like Ziegler and bandoneonist Daniel Binelli (who will perform in San Francisco in April). Ziegler's Quintet for New Tango will perform with special guest Claudia Acuna, Chilean vocalist. The marriage between jazz and tango was virtually unheard of 30 years ago - until Ziegler burst onto the scene, unifying the two genres and cultivating a sound that combines sultry tango rhythms with the energetic spontaneity of jazz.

TANGHI ARGENTINI at the State Theatre
The State will show the 2007 Oscar-nominated SHORTS FILMS, both animation and live action, during that same weekend. Among the live action shorts is TANGHI ARGENTINI from Belgium. The 13- minute comedy, in French with English subtitles, is about "A man who must learn to dance the tango in two weeks ..and asks an office colleague for help." The full schedule of shorts will play Saturday. March 29 at 3:30 p.m. (matinee); AND Monday March 31 at 7 p.m.


MONDAY - Tonight. March 24 & 31: Practica and social dancing at Jacobs,
2501 McHenry. A chance to work on moves learned in class and to get floor time.
For those attending the Tuesday night workshop this is a great opportunity to work on the moves before the next workshop. 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 till 9:30 p.m. See Monday at Jacobs.

TUESDAY - (March 25) - Tomorrow, we finish workshops with Gato & Andrea. One Video of the Week features Gato summarizing last Tuesday's lesson. Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian. Intermediate level and above. Vals and cross system is the theme for this Tuesday. 8 to 9:30 -See below for details.

SATURDAY (March 29) - Classes at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club. Patrick will return.
200 Norwegian, off McHenry.
11 a.m.-noon. ( New schedule ) Beginner level
Intermediates encouraged to come at no additional fee for a chance to perfect technique and be there for the beginners.
Noon-1 p.m. Intermediate Class
1-1:45 p.m. Guided practica - An opportunity to just dance, putting into practice what was taught in class, with instructor on hand to help.
Class: $12 per person. Practica only, $5 per person (free with class).
Introductory deals for newcomers offer 10 beginner level classes for $75 (can only be used at the beginner level.)
Workshops with "Gato" Valdez & Andrea Monti
8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays in February & March 2008 - Last Tuesday
Class 1 thru 4: Feb. 5 - 26 (Last Month) : DiSarli, D´Arienzo, Biaggi, and Pugliese. Class 5: March 4 - Pugliese - musicality.
Class 6: March 11 - Double time. Changes of front.
Class 7: March 18 - (Last week) Vals Cross system and double time.
Class 8: March 25th - Vals (Tomorrow) (intermediate and up) Walks, displacements turns with syncopation. Alterations. Open embrace.
Fees :
1 or 2 workshops $30 each per person
3 or 4 workshops $27 each,
5 or 6 workshops $25 each
7 or 8 workshops $22 each per person

Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club: 200 Norwegian Ave. Modesto, Ca

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OUT OF TOWN: Some expressed interest in these. To carpool call 522-1571.

Sacramento: At Tango by the River, 128 J. Street, Old Sacramento.
Level I at 6:30,
Level II at 7:30, and Level III at 8:30 p.m. Contact Donna at 916-443-7008 or

Emeryville @ Allegro Ballroom : 5855 Christie Ave., Nora Dinzelbacher
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Beg Lev $12
8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.: Int Lev $12
9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.: Practica $6 (Free with class) Ongoing -

Sacramento: at Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento
ED AND REBECA working with the music of Osvaldo Pugliese and the
"tango danza" style that is appropriate for it. Making space for the lady to move beautifully and how the lady can take advantage of that space is important as is dancing expressively to the melody as well as the beat. Class starts at 7 p.m and the práctica, which is open to everyone starts at 8:30 p.m.
The cost for classes and practica is $50 per person/$90 per couple for the month; Drop-in rate is $15 . The practica alone is $5.
This class and práctica is for students with a broad range of levels, we recommend that students have specific clearance from Ed and Rebeca.

@>---- Modesto's next milonga will be May 31 with Oscar Mandagaran. Mark your calendars.

Milongas Elsewhere:

@>---- San Francisco
Every Thursday: Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street (off Potrero),
Grand Re-opening! NEW dance floor!
Milonga 9:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Host: Victor Meneses DJ: Emilio Flores
NEW PRICES! $13 - Milonga Only $15 - Milonga + Lesson
Guest Instructors Luis Bianchi y Daniela Pucci - April 3, 2008
Advanced Concepts for Tango: 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Advanced Concepts for Waltz: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Info: (415) 239-7002 or victor@sfmariposa.com

From Andrea regarding the Buenos Aires Tango Tour with Gato and Andrea

Trip specially for the Modesto Tango Group, July 12-24, 2008
( but registration open!) NOTE!! There is still time to get in on this trip and three spots left.
$1650 for people who register between March 1st and April 30th.

Departure date: July 11th, Arrival in Buenos Aires: July 12th

Departure from Buenos Aires: July 25th, Arrival in California: July 26th

How to register

1. Fill in the registration form, sent to each person who requests it by e-mail to us montitango@hotmail.com

2. For people who registered by February 29, 2nd payment: $600 in cash before Gato & Andrea leave (last day March 25th).
3rd payment: $500 up to June 10th by deposit in Gato & Andrea's City Bank account.
If any of you want to pay the two fees together during their stay, (that is to say $1100 dollars), you are also welcome to do it.
3. If registered after February 28 (Late Registration $1650 per person)
Deposit: $1000 up to April 30th - Balance payment: $650 up to june 10th by bank deposit to Gato and Andrea

More details at www.tour-tango.com.ar

The trip includes:

*Transfer from airport to hotel and from hotel to Ezeiza airport in private bus.

*Accommodation in a Tango Guest House in San Telmo (La Casita de San Telmo) , including breakfast, double occupancy.
(the whole house for our group!).

*Welcome dinner in a typical local restaurant (all included)

*City Tour in private bus with bilingual guide (8 hours especially designed for us!).

*Walking tour in downtown and Plaza San Martin.

*8 private group tango workshops, one and a half hour each, milonguero
and salon styles (with excellent international well known teachers)

*12 dance nights at the best milongas and dance clubs (best tables at first line and ticket entrance included)

*Five stars Tango Dinner Show at Esquina Carlos Gardel, the best tango house theatre in BA (all included)

*A day in the country with "fiesta gaucha", "asado criollo", singing, dancing,"gaucho's show", country activities such as riding horses and much more!

*Sunday in San Telmo (visit Plaza Dorrego and experience San Telmo antique and arts and crafts fair)

*Guided visit to the marvelous and unique Teatro Colón & Visit to Café Tortoni

*Guided visit to Recoleta Cemetery and Del Pilar Church (with bilingual guide) +
Walking tour around Recoleta neighborhoods.

*Guided shopping day for tango shoes, clothes and souvenirs

*Guided shopping day for leather clothes.

*Last night farewell dinner at a nice local restaurant parrilla.

*24 hours personalized assistance

Contact Gato and Andrea directly andreaygato@gmail.com.ar ,

Visit our tour website to check other details: