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Bulletin, February 7, 2011

Modesto Tango Bulletin, Feb. 7, 2011
We worked on ochos in class last week, and as we may spend much dance floor time on ochos, the subject will be revisited.  I invite all to my house after class Saturday for a light lunch, and the 1998 Carlos Saura movie "Tango" - Argentina's entry for that year's Oscar.  For directions see me in class or mail: mary.menz@sbcglobal.net 

MONDAY - Tonight, Feb. 7 & 14. 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 - Feb. 9 @ 3 p.m. Beginner classes at Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem (corner of Scenic).

SATURDAY - Feb. 12 @ 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.  Price of lessons: $10 drop-in. Practica only: $5 (Included with lesson) This Saturday join us for lunch and a movie.

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Milongas Out of Town:

@>---- Saturday, Feb. 12 @ Tango by the River, 128 J St., Old Sac "Gentleman's Night" Valentine Milonga  - Men get in free to thank all those tango-dancing studs!   Andas it is  a Valentines Day Milonga,  let the ladies dress extra sexy (think short skirts and great stockings ad, of course, those oh-so-sexy tango shoes!) Guys  can   bring a dish like pastries, bottle of wine, or chocolate-dipped strawberries.
 $15 for lesson and dance; $10 dance only -- FREE FOR GENTLEMEN,   Int/Adv lesson  8-9 p.m.; dance 9-midnight.  

@>---- Sunday, Feb. 13:   Sacramento Tango Club,  Boca's Restaurant, 1212 Howe Ave. $25 per person. Doors open 4:30 p.m., dinner served from 6 p.m.. Dancing to 9:30 p.m.  $10 for non members.  RSVP <cathi.hayter@sbcglobal.net> And select one:
New York Strip                                                          Seared Mahi Mahi
Chicken Rouladen                                                     Portabella Stack

@>----  Friday, Feb. 11 at Studio 65.  2965 North Maroa Ave."Fun & Passion" Argentine Tango and Salsa Dance, combining with the Salsa club. Doors open 7:30 p.m.The evening will include lessons, refreshments, demos and dancing.  Wear   Valentine colors:   white, pink and or black (one or all 3).  $15 per person.

@>----  Saturday, Feb. 12, Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Ave.
Guest teachers: Eduardo Saucedo & Marisa Quiroga.  Lesson 8 - 9:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m. Milonga,  11:30 p.m. Exhibition by Eduardo & Marisa.
$20 Class & Milonga.  $15 Milonga only.
@>---- 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.

@>---- 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 -

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 - 9:00 pm 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 pm. 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.

Sacramento, Feb. 12 & 13. "Forever Tango." Dance Captain Jorge Torres,  dance captain of the worldwide production "Forever Tango", creative director of The Shimmy Club, Inc., juror of tango championships, artistic director for the American Tango Institute, constantly touring  the USA, Asia and Europe teaching and inspiring others in Argentine tango. He returns to Sacramento over the Valentine weekend to   teach  four workshops:
Saturday 2:30-4 - Tango Technique
Saturday 4:30-6 - Milonga
 $30 each, 2 for $50,  3 for $70,  all four for $80 -- best deal!
He is also available for a limited number of private lessons during his stay. Private lessons are $110 an hour. Please e-mail donna@rivertango.com to schedule.

Sacramento, Feb. 12 & 13. "Forever Tango." Jorge Torres,  dance captain of the worldwide production "Forever Tango", creative director of The Shimmy Club, Inc., juror of tango championships, artistic director for the American Tango Institute, constantly touring  the USA, Asia and Europe teaching and inspiring others in Argentine tango, returns to Sacramento for four workshops:
Sunday 1:30-3- Tango
Sunday 3:30-5 - Vals
 $30 each, 2 for $50,  3 for $70,  all four for $80 -- best deal!
He is also available for a limited number of private lessons during his stay. Private lessons are $110 an hour. Please e-mail donna@rivertango.com to schedule.
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)

Thurs. - Easter Sunday:  April 21-24,   Gato & Andrea have organized the official U.S. Branch of the Tango Championship  held in Buenos Aires every August, 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 the requirements of the intermediate level described above, be able to lead or follow challenging tango figures and navigate on a crowded floor.
4. Advanced: Understanding of the technical aspects of tango, navigation, improvisation  and connection are major factors. You should be able to execute complex  figures. Register as a couple to get 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 gender balance  classes, 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

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) Danc into the early hours!  March 21 -April 5, 2011 (back in Sacramento April 6). Questions: Donna at 916 443-7008 or email her at donna@rivertango.com Click here for pricing, itinerary, travel insurance forms, and more.