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Bulletin, January 17, 2011

Modesto Tango Bulletin, January 17, 2011

Coming up April 21-24, our own Gato & Andrea have organized the official U.S. Branch of the Tango Championship competition held in Buenos Aires every August, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel.
You could be American Argentine Tango champ, win a round trip to Buenos Aires and free stay to represent the USA at the semi-final round at the main event, "Tango Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial de Baile 2011"
* Renowned Argentine maestros will direct workshops.
* Live orchestra and DJs playing the best Argentine Tango music.
* You will dance every night in a magnificent and impressive 14,000 square foot ballroom.
The event includes
* 4 nights and 3 days of 100% pure authentic Tango Argentino.
* 4 days USA Tango Championship! Be a spectator  or competitor in the First Official Edition of the USA Tango Championship (Tango Salon and Stage categories), of the Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup 2011.
* 9 Argentine Tango Maestros with international reputations for teaching and performing.
* 33 Workshops focused on learning, improving and enjoying your tango.
* 4 Milongas: best music and great spectacular dance performances by the maestros.
* Pablo Banchero, one of the top singers of the new generation.
* Live Tango Orchestra: Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto Tipico.
* 2 highly experienced tango DJs
* Convenient and comfortable accommodation.
* Complimentary airport shuttle available.
* 14000 sq feet of open dance floor for milongas, competitions and workshops.
Festival Registration
Pre-registration on line.
Schedules may be subject to change.
Teachers reserve the right to ask students they feel unable to keep up or disruptive to leave. For those unable to keep up, management will make every attempt to substitute a class at an appropriate level, but no refunds will be offered. To be fair to all attendees, teachers will not alter the level of classes for students unable to keep up. The festival classes were programmed to teach specific topics/material to benefit students from advanced beginners to advanced level. For your benefit, it is  important to know your level when you register.
We have included a simple description of the levels and classified the classes in four groups:
1. All Levels: a great class for every student (advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced) who has had regular instruction for a minimum of six months and/or who wants to work on or refresh fundamentals and technique.  Basic understanding of technique, simpler concepts and steps  is necessary so these are NOT  beginner level classes.
2. Intermediate: a reasonable level of technical understanding of tango, handling close and open embrace and a good repertoire of steps is needed (molinetes, barridas, voleos, sacadas). At this level, dancers need to have good navigation and connection. Partner rotation is recommended.
3. Intermediate/Advanced: These classes are intended for more experienced intermediate and advanced dancers. You should meet all the requirements of the intermediate level described above, be able to lead or follow more challenging tango figures and navigate on a crowded floor. Partner rotation is recommended in these classes though it will be up to the teachers.
4. Advanced: excellent understanding of the technical aspects of tango, navigation, improvisational resources and connection are major factors. You should be able to execute complex tango figures. We strongly advise you register as a couple to get maximum benefit. Some advanced classes offered will be limited to couples to maximize class content. In others, partner rotation will be up to the teachers, but is not mandatory.
Gender Balance
The organizers  appreciate your cooperation in registering early to help achieve balance. To maximize class time, it is best to bring your own partner. Although we do our best  to gender balance the classes, we cannot be responsible for your partner's level in classes that rotate partners. Once on line registration is closed, you will only be able to sign up for classes on site with a partner, or in classes that aren't already balanced. Competition and Milongas
There will be Salon Tango and Stage Tango Competitions and Milongas every evening (First qualifying Round plus Opening Milonga on Thursday, Second qualifying Round and Milonga with live orchestra on Friday, Semifinal and Milonga with performances by the Masters on Saturday and the Grand Final and Farewell Milonga with performances by the Masters on Sunday).
The ticket to the milonga enables you to attend the competition as well, so if you want to attend one or more of the Competitions and Milongas, we strongly suggest that you purchase your tickets on line in advanced. Please, make your payment on line or send a check by mail before April 11 to:
Argentine Tango USA
555 Bryant St, suite 111
Palo Alto, CA 94301    
Tango Masters
Claudio Villagra & Romina Levin
Marcos Questas & Ruta Maria
Pulpo Esbrez
Ernesto Balmaceda y  Stella Báez
Santiago Croce & Amy Lincoln
Andrea Monti & Gato Valdez

MONDAY - Tonight, Jan. 17 & 24. Social dancing and practica at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry. No fee, but you can order food/drink off the menu. It is  a fun evening in a good place to practice class material.

WEDNESDAY - Jan. 19 @ 3 p.m. Beginner classes at Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem (corner of Scenic).

SATURDAY - Jan. 22 @ 11 a.m. Class at Sophia's Dance Journey, 711 10th St. (between G & H).  This beginner level class will progress through basic concepts.  If enough other people show up at noon we continue with a "practica." Seasoned tangueros are encouraged to join at noon for a small Price of lessons: $10 drop-in.

Keep track of events by checking our on line <http://sites.google.com/site/modestotango/home/argentinetangoactivities>Calendar.
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Milongas Out of Town:
@>----  Jan.  29 @ Firehouse 5 Studio, 2014 9th Street (9th & T).
La alterNATIVA Milonga 8 p.m. lesson,  9 p.m. milonga - $10

@>---- Sunday, Feb.6 : Capital City Milonga,  at Boca Restaurant, 1212 Howe Ave,     Doors open 4 p.m. Dancing 5-9 p.m.  $5 non-members. Includes hors d'oevres.  Dinner menu available. 

@>---- Sunday, Feb. 13:  The Sacramento Tango Club,  Boca's Restaurant, 1212 Howe Ave
the Second Annual Valentine's Day Tango Diner Dance , Pricing and Menu Details to Come...
5:00  to 9:30 p.m
@>---- Fridays, Tango Magdalena Dance & Art Studio, 580 Grand Ave, Suite #305, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.

@>---- Saturdays, Lake Merritt Dance Center (Hall 1) 200 Grand Ave.:
Tango Universe Milonga 8:30 p.m.-midnight, $9 ($6 after 11 p.m.)

@>---- Sundays Tango Magdalena Dance & Art Studio, 580 Grand Ave, Suite #305, 4:30-9:30 p.m.

@>---- Jan 29: The Beat: 2560 9th St., Berkeley  El Bailongo -  Late Practilonga 
 hosted by Polo & Diana
$15 class and práctica (Students: $10); $5 práctica only (Students: $3).
510-541-3135; polo_talnir@hotmail.com - include the word "milonga" in the subject

@>---- Feb. 5: The Beat: 2560 9th St., Berkeley  El Bailongo -  Late Practilonga 
 hosted by Polo & Diana
$15 class and práctica (Students: $10); $5 práctica only (Students: $3).
510-541-3135; polo_talnir@hotmail.com - include the word "milonga" in the subject

@>---- Feb 19: The Beat: 2560 9th St., Berkeley  El Bailongo -  Late Practilonga 
 hosted by Polo & Diana
$15 class and práctica (Students: $10); $5 práctica only (Students: $3).
510-541-3135; polo_talnir@hotmail.com - include the word "milonga" in the subject

Some have expressed interest in these. To carpool call 522-1571

Sacramento -
Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento
6:30-7:30 p.m. Level I - Beginning Tango: fundamentals of Argentine Tango
7:30-8:30 p.m. Level II - Intermediate - Applying steps into the social setting
8:30-9:30 p.m. Practica

Firehouse 5 Studio, 2014 9th Street (9th & T).
Tango Technique w/Michelle Gorre, men & women, beginner or advanced!
6:30-7:45 p.m. - $35/month, $10/drop-in
Studio 65; 2965 North Maroa Ave.
Tuesdays 8 p.m, Group Lesson, drop in $10 per person

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

@ Brasarte/Capoeira Arts, 1901 San Pablo Ave: All levels
Musicality drop in class 8:15-9:45 p.m. Price: $15. Marcelo Solis
Intensive work on posture, technique, musicality, lead and follow. Drills and exercises. Footwork, floor craft and etiquette.

Step One, 1920 T St. (at the railroad tracks:), "La Práctica" for all levels with Mike & Alisa 9-10:30 p.m. Beginners always welcome.
Quarry Ponds  - 5550 Douglas Blvd., Suite 120 (right side of the plaza)
Granite Bay 95746 6:30-7:30 p.m.beginner's class, 7:30-9 práctica

Sacramento -
Tango by the River, 128 J Street,  Old Sacramento
Level III (Advanced) Tango. 7-8:30 followed by practice time. You need at least three months of tango to attend. Taught in close embrace, so you need the technique to effectively dance in close embrace. You must be able to lead or follow the eight-count basic, ochos, and turns (giros or molinetes).

Firehouse 5 Studio, 2014 9th Street (9th & T)
Tango Explorations w/Chris & Michelle
6:30 p.m. Beginning Tango, 7:30 p.m. Continuing Tango
8:30 p.m. Open Practica
$35/month, $10/drop-in, $5 practica  (FREE with Class!)

The Dance Corner - (2927 Fulton Ave. at Marconi). across from Town & Country 8-9 p.m. Beginner Lesson. Call Eleni (916) 719-3765 or Sergey (916) 342-6294 for prices. Luis (El Suave) Cáceres (916) 807-4210

Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave,
Classes w/ Pampa Cortes Assisted by Warren & Gigi Jensen
7:30-8:30 p.m. Beginning Argentine Tango
8:30-9:30 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced Argentine Tango
$12 drop in one class / $20 both classes

Walnut Creek:
(series) Latin rhythms 6:30-7:30 pm. Beginner tango class 7:30-8:30 pm. Intermediate tango class 8:30-9:30 pm. Price: $54 six weeks session. Register on line at www.WalnutCreekRec.org or call (925) 943-5858. @ Social Hall, Civic Community Center of Walnut Creek, 1375 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. City of Walnut Creek Recreation Department. New series Jan. 13

The Dance Corner   2927 Fulton Ave, Sacramento 95821 7-8 p.m.

Friday-Sunday Jan. 21-23 Studio 65, 2965 N.Maroa Ave. in Fresno. "Tango-Fun and Passion" workshop with Eduardo Saucedo & Maris Quiroga, Argentine master.
Friday, January 21, 7:30 Beginning Lesson, Dance - All Genres and performance
Saturday, January 22: Lessons at 2:00 & 3:45 p.m.  Milonga at 7:30
Sunday, January 23: Lesson @ 4;00, Practica @ 8:30
Entire weekend: $90 before Jan 16.  $105 After
Per lesson- Drop in:  $20 per person, $38 per couple

Lafayette Dance Center, 3369 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (Drop-in)
Fundamentals & technique class 8-9 pm. Intermediates 9-10 p.m. Milonga 10 p.m. $12 one class and milonga, $17 for both classes and milonga, $7 milonga only. Off street parking is available. Snacks and refreshments included

(series) All levels class 6:00-7:00 @ Valley Oak Room - Danville Community Center, 420 Front St.  Price: Resident $60.00, Non-resident $72.00. Phone: (925) 314-3400. www.danvillerecguide.com .*see map. New series Jan. 14.

Studio 65/Adornos. 2965 N.Maroa Ave.
5 p.m. Beginners Lesson, 6 p.m. Dance, drop in $10 per person

The Allegro Ballroom. 5855 Christie Ave.,
Four Week Progressive 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)

Fri., Jan. 28 & Sat., Jan. 29 - Firehouse 5 Studio 2014 T street, Sacramento - Tango workshops with Glenn Corteza


>From Donna in Sacramento:
Proposed Tour (subject to change as we have not yet secured the airfare) includes:
* Proposed dates March 21 - April 6, 2011
* Airfare from Sacramento to Buenos Aires & back
* Airfare from Buenos Aires to Montevideo & back
* 12 nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the Hotel Reconquista
* 2 Nights in Montevideo, Uruguay
* Tango Show & Dinner at "Esquina Carlos Gardel"
* Tango Show & Dinner in Montevideo
* Half-Day City Tour in Buenos Aires
* Half-Day City Tour in Montevideo
* Full Day Punta del Este Excursion (lunch) in Montevideo
* Ground transfers throughout for all of the above excursions
* 6 -week Conversational Spanish Class prior to the trip
* Recommendations & outings to milongas, clothes & shoe shopping, & more
* Optional: Tango Instruction with Ernesto Rassi, Oscar Mandagaran & Georgina Vargas, and other maestros de tango
* Price $2500 per person (subject to change as we have not yet ordered the airfare).