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Bulletin, Sept. 29

Saturday's class focused on milonga.  This Saturday we will see Sean & Charity.  As it will be the first Saturday of the month, again, the opportunity to pay $40 for the month is   available. 
On Oct.  26 we will have  workshops with Gato & Andrea - one on tango, the other on milonga. Ed Loomis wrote Sacramento tangueros after a milonga workshop with Joge Nel. Since we just finished a class on milonga and have a workshop coming up,  What he said  bears some repeating:

    "Milonga and vals are different dances with different music. Tango  includes "la pausa," the pause. 

    Vals and milonga music have no pausa.. This is important because of the effect that  Milonga or  vals music  have on the Line Of Dance.

     Imagine music for a fox trot and you dance a Cha-Cha.  Fox trot is a   dance that flows in the LOD but Cha-Cha is a spot dance that does not move.  All the dancers would pile up behind you and the floor ahead of you would  empty  out.  Now imagine you are at a milonga and a vals is playing. The dancers are   driving down LOD  ,... except you, in the middle of your molinete with a drawn out parada ,  gancho or  volcada combination,  dancing  tango while a vals plays.  The situation is identical to the one above. 

  Dance is the physical interpretation of music. Musicality is a cornerstone.   We share the music as well as the dance floor.  The Line Of Dance  works in Argentina because the porteños move  like a school of fish swimming through the same  music.  Confusing choreography with the dance is a common mistake but a mistake none the less.


MONDAY - Tonight,  Sept. 29 & Oct. 6, Social dancing and practica  at Jacobs, 8 p.m., 2501 McHenry Avenue.  A good place to practice class material.  No fee, but you are urged to order food and/or drink off the menu.  Some go early to eat.

FRIDAY - At the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2172 Kiernan Ave.  7 - 9 p.m. Mary will teach a six-week series of introductory level tango. Partner not necessary; men especially encouraged to attend. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in, leather-soled shoes with back support to dance backwards.
Dates: Fridays,  Oct 3, Oct. 10, 17, 24  Fee: $3 suggested per session
SATURDAY - Sept.27 - Classes with Sean & Charity  at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian Avenue.  
11 a.m. Beginner level, 12 noon intermediate level, 1-1:45 p.m. guided practica
$12 per class.  Practica only $5.  Opportunity to pay for the entire month at $40.  This week only.  Also, one time only introductory  packages of 9 beginner level lessons for $75 available.

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

Sacramento - At Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento
Starting on Tuesday, October 7, three new series of Argentine Tango classes begin  and will continue for the month:
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.
Cost is $50 per person/$90 per couple for each series. 

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 -

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

At Spotlight Center for the Arts, 2534 Industrial Blvd., Ste 150, West  Sacramento. Emily Trites sitting in for Cynthia Miller teaches Introductory Argentine Tango 6:30-7:15 p.m, Beginning/Intermediate Tango 7:15-8 p.m 

At Step One, 1920 T Street (at the RR tracks:), 8:30-10:15 p.m."La Práctica" for all levels with Mike & Alisa Bohan. Contact alisaandmike@yahoo.com, for info. This práctica is for ALL levels and beginners are always welcome. 

Thursday with Ed & Rebeca!  Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento.
 Ed and Rebeca teach "Tango: Outside the Box."  October will focus on Vals. This intensive 1 1/2 hour class plus  a 1 1/2 hour práctica .
 The series of classes and practica is $50 per person/$90 per couple for the month; the drop-in rate is $15 (for class and practica). The practica alone is $5, unless you are taking any classes at Tango by the River, in which case it is free.
Tango Classes with Chris Peake & Michelle Loughlin, 
Firehouse 5 - 2014 B 9th St, Sacramento (between T & U)
6:30 Beginning Tango / 7:30 Continuing Tango  / 8:30 Practica
$35 month - $10 drop-in - $3 Practica
ODC Dance Commons - 351 Shotwell St., SF
Beg/Int Lesson  8:30-9:30 p.m, $10 includes practica
Dance Practice:  9:30 p.m-12:30a.m, $10  *Free w/ classes
Paul Wheeler & Rita Yanson teach at the Roseville Dance studio, 3992 Foothills Blvd.,   St. 175, Roseville, CA 95747, Tel. 916-719-3765.
1-2 p.m     Intermediate Tango
2-3 p.m     Tango Technique
3-4 p.m     Advanced Tango I
4-5 p.m     Advanced Tango II
For info contact Paul (916-521-9197) and Rita (530-304-9403) .

The Allegro Ballroom, / 5855 Christie Ave., Emeryville
Beginner's Lesson: 2-3 p.m, $12                    
Int/Adv Lesson:  3-4 p.m, $12 
Instructor: Julian  Ramil 
Dance Practice: 4-6 p.m, $6 (Free w/lesson)

@>----  MODESTO -  Our next milonga at Jacobs will be Jan. 31, with Carolyn & Christopher as guest artists. Mark your calendar.
Milongas Elsewhere:


@>---- Saturday, Oct. 4  -at  Firehouse 5 Dance   - 2014 B 9th St (between T & U),
La Alternativa:  Alex & Luz will teach an INTRODUCTION TO TANGO class at 8 pm- afterwards   La alterNATIVA Milonga!

@>---- Saturday, Oct. 11 -- At Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento.  SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE BY JORGE NEL & MILENA! Introductory Tango lesson 8-9 p.m. Dance 9 -midnight. PERFORMANCE AROUND 10:30 P.M.! Cost is $15 and includes appetizers and refreshments.

@>---- Saturday, October 25 -- At Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento. SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE BY OSCAR MANDAGARAN AND GEORGINA VARGAS! Introductory lesson from 8-9 p.m. Dance 9- midnight. PERFORMANCE AROUND 10:30 P.M.! $15 and includes 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.

@>----  Saturday, October 11th Allegro Ballroom - 5855 Christie Avenue - 
 8 pm-8:30 pm: Different Basics & Caminadas (All levels).
 8:30 pm-9:30 pm: Tango Villa Urquiza Style (Int +)
MILONGA!!!9: 30 - 2:00 a.m.  Guest DJ: "POLO" TALNIR Class + Milonga:
$20, Milonga Only: $15, After 1 a.m.: $ 5. Light snacks and wine included. Ample beautiful floor - free parking - friendly atmosphere - all styles welcome. 

From Gato & Andrea
They still have openings for the Next trip to Buenos Aires
 November 8th to 21st, 2008. Register Now!!!!
 $1600 per person!!!! (Airfare not included)
The trip includes
*Transfers from  Airport to hotel and  hotel to   Airport
*13 nights accommodation  in a  Tango Guest House including buffet  breakfast, double occupancy.
*Welcome dinner in a typical Argentinean "restaurant parrilla".
*8 private group workshops  with excellent internationally well known teachers 
*12   nights at the best milongas   (best tables booked at first line of dance )
*Last night Farewell Dinner at a   typical restaurant
*Ten Included Excursions:
1. Walking tour in downtown and Plaza San Martin
2. City Tour in private bus with bilingual guide exclusively for our group.
3.  Saturday in Recoleta   & Sunday in San Telmo .
4. Five stars Tango Dinner Show at one of the best two tango show houses .
5. A day in the country at Estancia 
7. Guided visit to the marvelous Teatro Colón & Café Tortoni
8. Guided visit to Recoleta Cemetery and Del Pilar Church (with bilingual guide) .
9. Guided shopping day for tango shoes and clothes.
10. Guided shopping day for leather clothes.
Extra: Optional excursions to Tigre & Delta and to Colonia (Uruguay)

From Tango By The River
February 25 - March 12, 2009 -
* Roundtrip Airfare from Sacramento to Buenos Aires
* Airport Transfers & Welcome Lunch
* Hotel Accommodations with buffet breakfasts
* Tango City Tour
* Tango Show & Fancy Dinner
* Tango Shoe Shopping Tour
* Assistance of Bilingual Trip Host
* TANGO WORKSHOPS WITH OSCAR MANDAGARAN & GEORGINA VARGAS AND "EL INDIO" ... 10 Tango Workshops with 3 of the Best Master Tango Teachers Today!
ONLY $2,773 per person (with workshops)!
Spaces are limited and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.