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Bulletin May 19, 2008

We enter a week of minimal tango - think of it as preparation for our weekend with Oscar & Georgina. There will be a practica at Jacobs tonight, but not next week - and NO CLASSES Saturday, Memorial Day weekend; you may have to get your tango fix out of town. Carol Hom gave us an excellent lesson on the basics. It was an opportunity to perfect one's tango.

Our milonga on Friday, May 30, and workshops with Oscar & Georgina, Saturday May 31, are near. Touring the U.S performing and giving workshops, they will be with us just one weekend, so we should take this opportunity. Details below. For a private Sunday lesson with them contact: <mailto:mary.menz@sbcglobal.net>

Our Video of the Week is still Sean & Charity summarizing sacadas.

MONDAY - Tonight. May19: Practica and social dancing at Jacobs, 2501 McHenry. An informal chance to work on moves learned in class and get floor time. No fee, but you're urged to order off the menu. We start about 8 p.m.; some come early to dine. We may dance until 9:30 p.m. See Monday at Jacobs.
Note: NO practica at Jacobs next week, May 26 - (Memorial Day Weekend)

FRIDAY - At You Can Dance Co. 906 El Vecino, Beginning Tango, 6:30 p.m., Intermediate Tango 7:30 p.m. Contact Heidi & Xavier 522-0895

SATURDAY (May 26) - Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club class cancelled.
200 Norwegian, off McHenry.
Workshops with Tango masters : Oscar Mandagaran & Georgina Vargas
* Singles welcome

Oscar debuted in this area with the touring company of "Forever Tango". You can also see him in Carlos Saura's movie "Tango." Georgina was trained as a classic and contemporary dancer. She performs in Buenos Aires, Europe and Asia. She is also known for tango vocals.

Saturday: May 31, 2008
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dancing in the Rhythm of Tango - for beginners and all levels - Newcomers encouraged
1-2:30 p.m. Sacadas: Technique,connection, impulse and lead - For intermediate and advanced levels

Cost: Workshop/per person: $35 one workshop, $60 two workshops.
Private lessons : $100/hour + $15 studio fee
To schedule send email to ModestoTango@gmail.com or call (209) 522-1571

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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 - 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.
These classes get you on your way to dancing Argentine Tango socially. In Level I, you learn fundamentals: basic elements of the tango walk and introduction of basic steps, emphasizing posture, leading and following skills, and interpreting the music. Level II focuses on pivots and turns, and how to apply steps learned so far into the social setting. Level III changes every month but always focuses on technique, musicality, and steps appropriate to the social milonga.
Classes taught by Donna Williams and Mark Napier.
Cost is $50 per person/$90 per couple for each series. Contact Donna at 916-443-7008 or donna@rivertango.com -- more info: http://www.rivertango.com

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

Madera: At Mayan Latin Grill. 7 to 9 p.m.: Argentine Tango Baile
2380 W. Cleveland Ave. Ste. E6 / Madera, California 93637 (559) 675-0100
Dance, Practice, Share techniques, Eat


Luis "El Suave" Cacérès teaches beginning Tango from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m,
Práctica 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Waldorf School, 3750 Bannister Road, Fair Oaks.
Contact Luis at luiselsuave@comcast.net or 916-807-4210 for more info.

Emily Trites, filling in for Cynthia Miller teaches Introductory Argentine Tango from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. and Beginning/Intermediate Argentine Tango from 7:15 to 8 p.m. at Spotlight Center for the Arts.
NEW LOCATION - 2534 Industrial Blvd., Suite 150 in West Sacramento. A new series starts the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Cynthia for at dance@cielemel.com or 408-835-4782.

"La Práctica" for all levels with Mike & Alisa at Step One, 1920 T Street
(at the RR tracks:), from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m.
Contact Alisa and Mike Bohan: alisaandmike@yahoo.com, for info.
This práctica is for ALL levels and beginners are always welcome.
Thursday with Ed & Rebeca! at Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento
Every Thursday, Ed and Rebeca teach "Tango: Outside the Box." This intensive
1 1/2 hour class followed by a 1 1/2 hour práctica means three hours of tango to further polish and refine your dance to deepen your experience of tango.
7 to 8:30, followed by a práctica from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Contact Donna at 916-443-7008 or donna@rivertango.com. http://www.rivertango.com
Michelle Loughlin & Chris Peake teach at Firehouse #5 2014 B 9th Street (at T)
Tango Explorations! 7 p.m. - Beginning your Journey (Casting Off!)
Tango FUNdamentals, 8 p.m. - Continuing the Journey (Setting Sail!),
9 p.m. - Time to Explore (Taking the Helm!) Open "Práctica".


@>---- IN MODESTO - Friday, May 30, 2008, our Grand Milonga - with workshops on Saturday, May 31. Guest artist: Oscar Mandagaran of "Forever Tango, " with his partner, and vocalist, Georgina Vargas.
Oscar & Georgina will perform; Georgina has agreed to sing.
Dining and Dancing at Jacobs
$5 Dance or sit & watch only.
$10 includes lesson
No host dinner and bar available throughout the evening
2501 McHenry Avenue, Modesto (209) 529-2829
Dance Exibition at 10:15 p.m.
Introductory Tango Lesson at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m. / Social dancing 8:30-11:30

Milongas Elsewhere:

@>---- ***NEW for summer: Thursdays, beginning May 22, 6:30-9,p.m. free summer outdoor milongas on a wooden dance floor under a permanent canopy with a view of a six-acre pond at the Quarry Ponds Town Center (www.quarryponds.com),
5550 Douglas Blvd.m Granite Bay, just east of Roseville. Dance from sunset to moonlight and enjoy a glass of wine, appetizers or dinner at one of the many three-star restaurants nearby or pick up fresh produce or dinner to go. The center boasts fine dining, as well as specialty pizza, burgers, fresh produce markets and clothing boutiques. On Thursday evenings, Toast Restaurant serves a wonderful outdoor grill, which lends itself to an evening of tango. Accessible via US 80 or 50.

@>---- -Saturday, May 24@ Firehouse 5 (9th & T) All-Night Pajama-Tango Party! - 9 p.m. until the sun comes up! Come dressed in your favorite jammies (and bring your favorite pillow) and dance 'til dawn! Those brave enough to stay all night will be treated to coffee, mate, tea and breakfast goodies in the morning! $10

@>---- Sunday, May 25 : Roseville Dance milongas from 5 to 8:30 p.m,
3992 Foothills Blvd., Suite 175, Roseville CA 95747. Contact them directly at
www.rosevilledancing.com, 916-719-3765 for more information.

@>---- Saturday, May 31, Tango By The River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento.
FIFTH SATURDAY MILONGA! Introductory tango lesson from 8-9 p.m.
(doors open at 7:45), dance 9 to midnight! Cost is $15 for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only. Both include refreshments.

@>---- Thursdays: The "Mariposa Tango Club" meets at the Verdi Club
in San Francisco every Thursday evening with host Victor Meneses.
Contact cachafaz2@aol.com for info. This is always a favorite destination .