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Bulletin, February 28, 2011

Modesto Tango Bulletin, Feb. 28, 2011

Early registration deadline for the Tango USA festival is today. This offers noted visiting tango masters and workshops plus a chance to watch the  2011 Tango World Cup competition. The official USA branch of the world tango championship in the area is a coup for California. Gato & Andrea have organized this, and Andrea invites us to challenge ourselves while having fun! All can register and compete.  She says encourage yourself to show what you learned since you began  tango.  You can participate in "Salon Tango," stressing social aspects of the dance, or/and in "Stage Tango" category. There are nine competing couple passes to choose from! Check out www.argentinetangousa.com. More info follows

In Modesto, we have been in contact with the owner of Azucar, a restaurant at J & 10th Streets which offers many Latin dance events, including one yesterday celebrating Xavier Gomez's birthday including some tango.  We spoke of a monthly tango event every second Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., the first March 13.  With a heavy emphasis on tango we think of alternate dance tandas - sort of takes us back to Buenos Aires when dance halls would hire two bands to spell each-other.  One, of course, a tango orchestra, the other, either swing or "tropical" - So not knowing tango should be no excuse to stay away if you do other dances.


MONDAY - Tonight, Feb. 28 & Mar. 7. 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 - Mar. 2 @ 3 p.m. Beginner classes at Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem (corner of Scenic).

SATURDAY -March 5 @ 11 a.m. Class at Sophia's Dance Journey, 711 10th St. (between G & H).  Beginners will progress through basic concepts.  If enough others appear at noon we continue with a "practica." Seasoned tangueros encouraged to join at noon.  Price: $10 drop-in. Practica only: $5 (Included with lesson).
This week pay $35 for all 4 weeks of Saturdays.

SUNDAY - March 13,  3:00-6:00  @ AZUCAR  on 10th and J Sts.    
<http://azucarmodesto.com/>http://azucarmodesto.com/ With a heavy emphasis on tango, we will dance to alternating tandas of tango, and other dance styles.

To keep track of events with our on line calendar <http://sites.google.com/site/modestotango/home/argentinetangoactivities>Calendar.
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Milongas Out of Town:

@>---- Sunday, Mar. 6, 6 9:30 p.m. La Boca Restaurant, 1212 Howe Ave.  Capital City Milonga.  DJ David Graybill.

@>---- Sunday, Mar, 20,  6-9:30 p.m. La Boca Restaurant, 1212 Howe Ave. Capital City Milonga.  DJ David Graybill.
@>---- 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.

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.

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.

The Dance Corner 
2927 Fulton Ave, Sacramento 95821
7:45-9 p.m. classes  taught by Luis Caceres

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

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

Friday night's Tango Buenos Aires starting at 7:30 p.m.
Michael Taillant!  $40/month, $70/couple, $12/drop-in contact
phone 707-416-9680,  email  tangobravo2k@yahoo.com 

The Dance Corner   2927 Fulton Ave, Sacramento 95821 7:30-8:30 p.m. Taught by Luis Caceres.

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 available.

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)

Magdalena tango - 580 Grant Avenue
 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 PM: Beginners
3:30  p.m.- 4:30 PM: Intermediate / Advanced,  John Pierre Singhe
Followed immediately with the Milonga from 4:30 PM to 9 PM

Thurs. - Easter Sunday:  April 21-24,  Gato & Andrea organized the official U.S. Branch of the annual August Buenos Aires Tango Championship at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel. The event includes...
* 4 days USA Tango Championship! Be a spectator or competitor.
* 9 Argentine Tango Maestros with international reputations.
* 33 Workshops focused on learning, improving and enjoying your tango.
* 4 Milongas: best music and great spectacular dance performances by the maestros.
* Live Tango Orchestra: Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto Tipico.
* 2 highly experienced tango DJs
* Convenient and comfortable accommodation.
* Complimentary airport shuttle.
Pre-registration on line.
1. All Levels:  for every student (advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced) who has had regular instruction for a minimum of six months and  wants to work on  fundamentals and technique.  These are NOT beginner level classes.
2. Intermediate: a reasonable level of technical understanding of tango,  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.
3. Intermediate/Advanced: You should meet all requirements of the intermediate level described above, lead or follow challenging tango figures and navigate on a crowded floor.
4. Advanced: Understanding technical aspects of tango, navigation, improvisation  and connection are major factors. You should be able to execute complex  figures. Register as a couple for maximum benefit. Some advanced classes will be limited to couples to maximize class content. 
Gender Balance
Register early to help achieve balance. We do our best to balance gender, but 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
Salon and Stage Tango Competitions and Milongas every evening
Tickets to the milonga enables you to attend the competition, so to attend one or more competitions and milongas,  purchase your tickets on line in advanced.  Make your payment on line or mail a check 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
More info:  http://www.argentinetangousa.com/tango-festival-2/information-2

>From Donna in Sacramento:
Join a group from Sacramento, Reno, & San Diego and explore Beuenos Aires' fabulous restaurants, great shopping, and magical tango halls (milongas) Dance into the early hours!  March 21 -April 5, 2011 (back in Sacramento April 6). Questions: Donna at 916 443-7008 or email her at <mailto:donna@rivertango.com>donna@rivertango.com <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=rrlkfgeab&et=1104372949530&s=572&e=001ZirCGPrbuIH1apbzw7J3E5XZS6N-ujrfzezsmxcn7MRauxKlCWcJPfaiP3X7E7aNiXtmofdO-gJBvLz4Dm3y1lMH5Q9jUBCuWtbSG6R5kxHKUBVEZTYT8kq2EvwNKrC1w0GO6oIre-M=>Click here for pricing, itinerary, travel insurance forms, more.