Thursday, December 27, 2007

Tango Libre Paotango

Paola Bordon tango dancer and teacher will be
in NYC Dec 28 - Jan 1.
You can contact her for technique of women or
milonga with traspie or chacarera
and zamba (Argentinian folklore).
1312- 498 0556

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

What time is it in Tango Mecca?

As of 12/30, Argentina has just announced it will reintroduce daylight savings time.




New York

9 AM

[3 hours earlier]

Los Angeles


[6 hours earlier]

Thanks Loreen for this important info!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tiger's Tango Lessons

After reading the article below, you faggots and dykes know you'd better get your booties into my tango class and educate yourselves in preparation for your next holiday in Gay Buenos Aires!

Thursday nights
7pm Beginner
8pm Adv Beginner
9-9:30pm practica
$20 a lesson
9 Great Jones (3rd st)
between Broadway & Lafayette
Bell #1

Learn from the queer milonguero and third place winner of the 2007 US tango salon championship.
All classes are heterosexual friendly.
No partner necessary.
Tango shoes - A MUST!!! - Don’t Cry for Gay Argentina - Don’t Cry for Gay Argentina

Don’t Cry for Gay Argentina

Latin America’s most gay friendly new destination
Article Date: 12/07/2007

By Duane Wells
Five years ago, Buenos Aires became the first major Latin American city to approve legalized same-sex unions. This past summer, the Argentinian capital hosted a gay football World Cup. Meanwhile, just last month, the city welcomed The Axel Hotel, Latin America’s first luxury hotel designed specifically for a gay male audience. And this week, Argentina's House of Representatives is expected to vote on a new national law to extend health benefits to gay couples. All of this means there is a little need these days to cry for gay Argentina.

With travel industry experts estimating that about 20 percent of the tourists that visit Buenos Aires are gay (which amounts to about 300,000 visitors a year who spend $600 million annually in the city) it’s no wonder that there are gay tango bars and wine shops sprouting up all over town, and that a new "friendly card" guides travelers and locals to discounts at gay-friendly shops and restaurants.

There is now even, a "Gay Map" that lists gay-friendly nightspots and more.

This is all a far cry from the not so distant past, where the country’s military dictatorship decreed that being openly gay was an offense punishable by jail time.

According to an International Herald Tribune report, Argentine social mores began loosening in the 1990s, when the pegging of the peso to the dollar gave Argentines more spending power, allowing many to travel abroad for the first time.

Thereafter when Argentina plunged into economic chaos in late 2001, devaluing the currency and turning Buenos Aires into a relative bargain for Western tourists (many of whom were gay) discrimination based on sexual orientation became a petty concern, the report continues.

Against this backdrop, it is not hard to see why Juan Juliá, the savvy 37-year-old entrepreneur from Barcelona, chose Buenos Aires as the site for the second ‘hetero-friendly’ gay targeted Axel Hotel over other destinations like Rio de Janeiro; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and a slew of European capitals.

Suffice it to say that it is the dawn of a new day in Argentina. Si!

"the dance which united all ethnic groups and peoples"

FOCUS Information Agency

New show by Neshka Robeva
9 December 2007 | 18:41 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The premiere of the new performance of Neshka Robeva Refugees would be on December 12 in the National Palace of Culture. It would be telling the story in its own way about the fates of different Balkan groups going to Argentine in the 20th century. These were refugees who left their mother country for different reasons – everyday life, political or love reasons, Neshla Robeva, long years eurhythmics coach and author of the most successful musical performances in Bulgaria said for FOCUS News Agency.
The fates of people from different ethnic groups would be presented in the performance – Armenians, Jews, Turks, Macedonians, Serbs, Bulgarians.
‘All of these will be entangles with Argentinean tango – the dance which united all ethnic groups and peoples,’ Neshka Robeva said. ‘In the same time we tell the story of the fate of the refugees by the means of dance, music and songs,’ the choreographer added.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Tigers Tango Class Schedule for Dec 2007

Hola Tangueros

Here is my tango teaching schedule

All classes will be held at 889 Broadway #4A 19/20 streets

7 - 8pm Beg Tango Class

8 - 9 pm Adv Beg Tango Class
9 - 9:30 practica

You do not need a partner for any of these classes.
Each class is $20 per person
practica included in class fee.

nos vemos

Lexa (Tiger)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

NPR : Dancing All the Dances as Long as I Can

NPR : Dancing All the Dances as Long as I Can

this is such a beautiful essay by Robert Fulghum on dancing and tango. Please follow the link and you can listen and/or read his words.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Now this is really cool - at least you've got to take a look at their website!

TANGO HOTEL is a place to stay in BS AS and they are 100% DEDICATED TO TANGO. Each room is a tango scene. I'd like to stay in the Carlos Gardel room even though it's kind of kitchy and they definitely need to add some double beds. Tango Hotel also offers a DINNER TANGO SHOW and TANGO LESSONS. THEY OFFER SPECIAL PRICES FOR TANGUEROS.

Maria Eugenia Dewey

Reservas, Complejo Tango

AV. Belgrano 2608, C1096AAQ

Buenos Aires, Argentina

(+54 11) 4941-1119 int. 106


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Thursday, November 1, 2007

TangoStars Nov/Dec 2007

Note: If you are not happy with your lot, dance with a partner of another astro sign and let their fortune rub off on you.

Feliz Cumpleaños Scorpio y Sagittarius
Your tango gets a polish and shine as you refine your choice in partners and music. The Scorpion learns to communicate better on the dance floor and the Sagittarian will have considerable luck and timing in the milonga game.

What is perfect about your tango is that you can express all your emotion in the dance without sacrificing your timing or skill. No choked up moments for you but rather pure bliss as you glide across the floor. Don’t be surprised in December when you are offered payment to reveal your tango secrets.
Best milonga days: Nov 8, 18, 19 Dec 6, 7, 15, 16

You are a traveling fool and this is to be interpreted in the most happy and carefree sense. There is a big trip or even a move in store for you and an added bonus is that you raise the bar on the level of your dance partners. Prepare to be welcomed and initiated into an inner and exclusive circle in the milonga.
Best milonga days: Nov 11, 12, 20 Dec 8, 9, 18

There is always a tango playing in your head, even without your iPod on. You carry the tango into your dreams and even into your nightmares. Consider learning to dj to make some use of this phenomenon. Or you may be the one to compose the new tangos we are all waiting to dance.
Best milonga days: Nov 13, 14, 22 Dec 11, 12, 20

Your tango is untangled and simple. No ganchos, boleos, or complicated tricks. At least that’s how it appears from the outside. But there is an internal movement at work that operates on a very deep level. Those who partner with you feel it’s presence and this unspoken energy gives you more power in the milonga.
Best milonga days: Nov 16, 17, 25 Dec 13, 14, 22

The music and the partner send shivers down your spine and it is difficult to know whether you are in love with the tango or the stranger with whom you embrace. Time will not reveal the answer to your questions but only intensify the feelings you already possess. You may feel as if your heart is broken, but it is only open.
Best milonga days: Nov 18, 19, 26 Dec 15, 16, 24

Tango is time and the milonga means money. You are all business now and working on the clock. You punch in with traspie accuracy and work nonstop. You are seen promoting at every milonga and your efforts bring great reward.
Best milonga days: Nov 1, 20, 21 Dec 18, 19, 26

The dance is all about the partner for you and you are always in search of one. One by one you will make the connections you desire, and find a partner in business and love, and a social companion. You will also discover a new mentor or tango guru.
Best milonga days: Nov 3, 22, 23 Dec 1, 20, 21,

Your tango undergoes a metamorphosis that pleases you to no end. Don’t be afraid to get caught in the dark and cloudy cocoon in November for in December, you will emerge the butterfly. There is also a bit of the bee in you, so please don’t disappear because you are needed to pollinate all the wallflowers.
Best milonga days: Nov 7, 24, 25 Dec 3, 22, 23, 31

This isn’t tango - it’s bad foreplay. That’s how you feel as you are constantly mauled on the dancefloor. Ah, now I hear the milongeros complain that this column is only for the ladies. Don’t be so sure of it, gents, as you are advised to slide the sport’s cup in your jockstraps to avoid injury from the over amorous boleo.
Best milonga days: Nov 8, 26, 27 Dec 6, 24, 25

Change Partners! Don’t even bother to wait for the cortina, in fact go ahead and do it in the middle of a song. You’ve got to spread yourself around as much as possible and that includes checking out all the tango festivals at home and around the country. Enjoy being in demand!
Best milonga days: Nov 1, 2, 29, 30 Dec 9, 26, 27

You are probably too busy at home to go out much but you need a change of scenery for the holidays, and you also need a new choreography to dance. Don’t let your tango get rusty and stale. Sign up for some of those studio specials and gift yourself with a new tango style.
Best milonga days: Nov 3, 4, 13 Dec 1, 28, 29

A financial boon will prompt you to splurge on a new tango wardrobe and shoes. You’ll look so fine on the dancefloor and your new image brings even more financial opportunity. Be prepared to travel or commute to take advantage of your good fortune.
Best milonga days: Nov 6, 7, 16 Dec 3, 4, 30, 31

Halloween @ Corazon

This was a wonderful milonga but I must say that I was not greeted with the usual enthusiam. In fact, hardly any women said hello to me. They treated me like a COMPLETE STRANGER! The host la Turca did invite me to dance immediately and the hostess told me I had a "nice rack" "Ggrracias!" Many men invited me to dance and I understand they are still talking about the Mystery Woman. Carmencita may make another appearance tonight at La Nacional!

Brigitta Winkler's Tango Performance Workshop

Below is a letter from Candy about Brigitta and her Tango Performance Workshop. Tiger is already enrolled. What are you waiting for?!

Brigitta Winkler is teaching a Tango performance class. It's not the usual kind of class -- you create your own choreography with her assistance. If you are interested, or if you have a friend who might be pondering a performance class, this is an excellent opportunity. It won't be one of those potentially infuriating and embarrassing experiences that I associate with dance school amateur nights. So check it out.

The class was to start on Wednesday, October 31 (yes Halloween). The new start date is Wednesday, November 7.

All of you have heard me rave about Brigitta and some of you rave about her too, so pass this along to any potential intermediate/advanced dancers who'd like to create a choreography.

The following is from the Dance Manhattan website.

Argentine Tango Performance Class with Brigitta Winkler
October 2007 through December 2007
Wednesday Class

Time: 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Level: Advanced Intermediate
Instructors: [Brigitta Winkler]
Event Information
9-10:30 pm
8 weeks starting October 31
partner required

Create the Tango You Love

What a treat!
Don’t miss this unusual opportunity to work with guest artist, Brigitta Winkler, as she choreographs

Performing at Dance Manhattan’s annual
Friday, Dec 21

$165 per person

No Refunds/Exchanges
Group Pricing does not apply

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

La Huella de la Espuma (The Trace of Foam)

La bailarina Argentina Rhea Volij, hará su debut en los escenarios Estado Unidences, los dias Noviembre 1 y 3 a las 7 pm , en la muy íntima sala del WOW Café Theatre, con La Huella de la Espuma.

Reconocida como una de las mas grandes bailarinas de Butoh en su pais, Rhea Volij nos trae este maravilloso trabajo a la escena del arte experimental de la ciudad.

La Huella de la Espuma es una busqueda dentro del territorio de lo inaprensible, lo fragil, aquello que bordea la desaparición. La intrincada delicadeza de La Huella de la Espuma nos revela en Rhea Volij, una artista de gran integridad y técnica, con una presencia escenica impecable.

El diseño de vestuario esta hecho por Líbera Woscensenczuc y Daniela Murcia; el diseño de luces por Eduardo Safigueroa y musica de The Residents, Leandre y Chronos Quartet.

Rhea Volij estudio Butoh, principalmente, con Sumako Koseki en Francia, durante cinco años y fue miembro de su compañia; ademas tomó algunos seminarios con Carlota Ikeda, Leone Cats Baril, Tadashi Endo, Minako Seki, entre otros. Rhea ha estudiado diversas tecnicas del cuerpo como el Kung-Fu, Tai-chi-chuan, Técnica Alexander, Body Mind Centering, danza moderna, danza Africana (en Malí), y el sistema de energía conciente de Fedora Aberasturi. En la Argentina, Volij a creado seis solos: "Flor de arena", "Bolero Inmóvil", "Contrastes para una bailarina y dos músicos", "Arbol sobre agua", "La huella de la espuma" y " Resplandece, Sangre. (Lear y Cornelia) ". Volij tambien ha coreografiado trabajos para varios grupos en diversas ciudades de su pais.

Where: WOW Café Theatre, 59-61 E. 4th St, 4th Floor (between Bowery and 2nd Ave), F to 2nd Ave or 6 to Astor Place
When: Thursday, November 1 and Saturday, November 3, 7pm
Tickets: $8. For reservations, call (212) 777-4280 or go to

Nationally acclaimed Argentine butoh dancer and teacher Rhea Volij makes her US debut on WOW Café Theater’s intimate stage with La Huella de la Espuma (The Trace of Foam) November 1 and 3 at 7pm.

Widely recognized as one of Argentina’s most gifted butoh artists, Rhea Volij brings this stunning new work to the downtown experimental arts scene.

La Huella de la Espuma balances on the border between the seen and the invisible, searching through the realm of that which may just barely be apprehended. It creates a fragile reality that shimmers on the verge of disappearance. For all La Huella’s delicate intricacy, Rhea Volij is a fierce performer of unerring skill and precision.

With costumes by Líbera Woscensenczuc and Daniela Murcia, lighting design by Eduardo Safigueroa, and musical arrangement by Rhea Volij.
Rhea Volij studied butoh, principally, with Sumako Koseki in France for five years, during which she was a member of her company; additionally, she has studied with Carlota Ikeda, Leone Cats Baril, Tadashi Endo, Minako Seki, among others. She has studied various body techniques such as Kung-Fu, Tai-chi-chuan, Alexander Technique, Body-Mind Centering, Modern and African dance, and Fedora Aberasturi System. In Argentina, Volij has created six solos: "Flor de arena", "Bolero Inmóvil", "Contrastes para una bailarina y dos músicos", "Arbol sobre agua", "La huella de la espuma" y " Resplandece, Sangre. (Lear y Cornelia) ". Volij has also choreographed works for various groups in cities across Argentina.

Where: WOW Café Theatre, 59-61 E. 4th St, 4th Floor (between Bowery and 2nd Ave), F to 2nd Ave or 6 to Astor Place
When: Thursday, November 1 and Saturday, November 3, 7pm
Tickets: $8. For reservations, call (212) 777-4280 or go to

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Home Advantage

There's nothing like dancing tango in your own hometown. You've got the edge. You've got the home court advantage. Milonga One of Tango Sutra and I've all but given up. Relocated down the hall to the computers of Trinity College. Don't get me wrong. It's a wonderful milonga full of swirling couples, a beautiful hall, one of the best dj's I've heard in a while. I think her name is Julia. She's Russian. That's actually why I had to step out. My most cherished Di Sarli tango was played and I couldn't find a partner. Not being able to dance to it was just killing me. So I stepped out of the ballroom. I danced two tandas earlier with a woman I knew from years ago. She and another friend used to come to NY alot when D.C. didn't have much of a scene. They were beautiful tandas. I could have danced with her all night but I had to let her go.

I'm in a bad mood. An extremely bad mood. I haven't had this bad a milonga experience since the dreaded beginner days as a follower back in 1996. It's also parralleling my second time in Bs As which was a total nightmare. Listen, there are a lot of great men dancing tonight. Serious competition. And I don't know anyone. And I'm not clear about how they are making the arrangements to dance. It's not through cabacceo. It's not verbal. Something's going on but I can't quite catch the drift. I think my hunting muscles are soft to be honest. I am spoiled by NY and my home court advantage. Also my mind is kind of twisted up right now and I am convinced that these women do not really want to dance with another woman. They want to dance with men. As convinced of this as I am, utterly convinced, so convinced that I put it in writing put it in blog - a woman approaches me - Zoe. She asks if I am studying here. She wants to know if I am writing my dissertation or some sort of studies and on my breaks I come in and dance. I think this is kind of funny because I am nothing more than a criminal - illegally using the computers here because I am pissed off in the milonga. I tell Zoe that I am visiting and I don't know anyone here. Well that's not true. I know several people here but I am in a funk and I have given up on getting dances. Zoe tells me that she has seen what a wonderful leader I am and she would be happy to dance with me when I return to the milonga. So there we have it - my theory shot to hell! A woman wants to dance with me. She lets me know. Perhaps I am too used to having the women approach me for dance in NY. This happens alot. I am lazy and stupidly shy tonight. I am also pissed off that they don't have TANGO SUTRA TSHIRTS this year. That was one of the main reasons I came to this festival. Other than that, I guess I can't really complain. The weekend has just begun. There's a crowded room around the corner and Zoe waiting for a dance. Now that I've blown off some steam, maybe my energy and my tango luck will change. I will end on this note - for me - NYC and Roma have been the best cities for me to dance in as a leader. So D.C. I challange you to prove me wrong!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Tango Sutra

A Lyrical Weekend of dancing

Argentine Tango in Washington DC

October 26-28, 2007
Evan Griffiths from Portland
Yulia Kriskovets from DC
Ramu Pyreddy from Ann Arbor

Celine Allard & Sridhar Hannenhalli from Philadephia
Rosa Corisco & Felipe Martinez from Madrid
Marika Landry & Robin Thomas from Montreal/NYC
Mariana Galassi from Buenos Aires

This sounds like an amazing tango weekend and TIGER WILL BE THERE!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Homo eroticism in Argentine Tango

For the month of October, Tiger will be taking over Paul Chernosky's Gay & Lesbian tango classes. In an attempt to keep true to Paul's vision of creating a safe haven for gays & lesbians, the classes will be advertised as such. In an attempt to also reconcile this with my own adamant objection to all forms of segregation, I would like to welcome all those interested in the homo erotic experience in Argentine Tango as well as those interested in gender play (ie: women learning the lead and men learning the follow). This is a great opportunity for good leaders to learn the follow and good followers to learn the lead. Everyone must feel comfortable exploring both roles and dancing with same sex partners. And of course, true beginners are welcome.

Argentine tango classes on Sundays in Sep/Oct

Beg class 5pm - 6pm
Adv Beg class 6pm - 7:30pm
7:30pm - 8pm open practica

889 B'way between 19th - 20th sts #4A
$20 per class. practica included.

nos vemos!

if you have any questions, email me or leave your question in the comments section below.

Monday, September 24, 2007

New Students

I was gifted by the gods this evening. On rare occasions, tonight being one of them, divine light shines down into the depths of darkness my soul is fond of dwelling in. All week, I have been sick as a dog and I do not do well with sickness. A cold that won't let go and a throat on fire. Still, I promised to teach a class for an associate who is out of town and it was only tango that got me out of my sick bed to go and teach. A sacred duty I suppose. I had no expectations, only a prayer that my voice would hold out for three hours.

I arrived at the studio about twenty minutes early to go over things with the owner, and he informed me that some students were already in the room. I was surprised. Wow, people were showing up and not only that, they were showing up early. I walked into the room to find a very sweet young man and woman. Even more delightful, they were Porteños. And I was to give them their first tango lesson. I think I was too busy feeling blessed to feel intimidated. Like sponges they soaked in everything I gave them and were hungry for more. They took to tango - mmm like two baby ducks to the water. To watch them move was so rewarding. To see them take the instruction and immediately incorporate it into their bodies was thrilling. The young woman, my god, the way her back curved and her ass stuck out - you just can't teach people to do that. Not in a first lesson anyway! When they say, it is in their blood, it is not just a saying. It is true. I witnessed this tonight.

At the end of the class, the young man thanked me and said it was just as he had imagined. His tango lesson fantasy had been fulfilled. Honestly, as a teacher, it doesn't get better than that. I am in total awe of these two and I look forward to teaching them again next week. For the first time, I understand what a priviledge it is to teach tango. I thank the gods for this gift.

Eso! Barbaro!

please leave a comment if you know who this fabulous couple are and where it is they are dancing! gracias.

Monday, September 17, 2007

tango intervention

williamsburgh bridge ny/bklyn, ny -Sep 16, 2007

Hola, here are my fotos of tangointervention. A dozen couples tangoed from the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, across the Williamsburg Bridge and into Williamsburgh Brooklyn. It took us 3 hours and it was an AMAZING day!! Ofcourse, my battery died after 18 pics and I was too busy tangoing to focus on fotos anyway. There were some great photographers there so check Robert's website for upcoming video and images. Also below a short clip - I didn't even realize the video was rolling!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Enrique y Guillermo De Fazio

These guys are GREAT!!!

Milonga Show
Music: Reliquias Porteñas

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Tango Intervention

Are you ready for the Tango Intervention? Tiger is! It's coming to New York on September 16. I'm already signed up with my partner and ready to dance across the Williamsburgh Bridge. That's right. This is an amazing art installation called "Tango Dérive, Williamsburg Bridge". The event is being organized by artist and tanguero Robert Lawrence. Here is the invitation as appears on Robert's website:

You are invited to a very special and unique Milonga.

On Sunday afternoon, September 16, a gathering of brave and spirited tangueros will dance across the East River on the Willamsburg Bridge. There is no charge and everyone is invited. I hope you can join us.

Let me put this in context. I am a tanguero, but I am also an artist by profession. I am working on a series of performances across the country that involve Argentine Tango. The project is called “Tango Intervention”. It involves dancing tango where tango is not expected. In the public realm this acts as a gentle intervention, a brief interruption in the normal business of life. It confuses and amuses people and generally leaves them with a smile. I ask for nothing from the public, and the only thing I give (other than the joy of tango) is the web address ( On the web the performance is re-contextualized in a framework relative to the history/sociology of the specific geographic place where the dance took place, and also related to the history/sociology of tango. In this way the project has two very different sides, one on the street and one on the web. It is multifaceted – like tango.

I have done 5 tango interventions so far, in Tampa, Chicago, and Seattle. They all went very well and were great fun for the participants and for the public. Now I’m doing a Tango Intervention in my old hometown and I would love to have you participate.

The Tango Intervention in New York will be from 12noon to 2pm. It is an official part of Conflux, a performance art festival that the Village Voice called a “network of maverick artists and unorthodox urban investigators…making fresh, if underground, contributions to pedestrian life in New York City, and upping the ante on today’s fight for the soul of high-density metropolises.”

The Tango Intervention for Conflux will consist of a band of tangueuros dancing from the Tenement Museum on the lower East Side across the Williamsburg Bridge to Conflux headquarters at Luna Lounge in Williamsburg - where I will be buying the first round of drinks.

On the web site the action will be contextualized within the history of immigrant re-migration from the crowded tenements of Manhattan to the green fields of Brooklyn when the bridge opened in 1903. The web site will also make a nod to the migration of artists and others from Manhattan to Brooklyn in more recent times. Like tango itself, this project asks questions about ‘place’ and belonging and longing and fulfillment. On the street (or the bridge) however, it will basically be a crazy mobile milonga moving through the air above the East River.

If you are at all interested I invite to explore this website. If you would like to participate or just want more information please click here for more details. If you still have questions please email me at, or call me at 813 843 4921.

Having danced often in New York, I know there are a lot of great dancers in this city who also happen to be just crazy enough to enjoy something like this. I look forward to hearing from you and dancing with you!


Tiger is so excited to be participating in this amazing event! Please check out the Tango Intervention website and Tangueros, join us for a mobile milonga across the East River on Sunday September 16th.
Your participation is requested! Click here for more info.

The site says that Volunteers are also needed!
So if you are interested in this project but are not an Argentine Tango dancer, you can still be involved. Please contact:

Nos vemos at this very special milonga!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

TangoStars Sep/Oct 2007

Feliz Cumpleaños Virgo y Libra
If life is a dance then your next two tandas – I mean months – will be glorious! Your combined skills of detail and connection will make you the prize of the milonga. The Virgin will have many suitors for dance and romance. The Scales must weigh the pros and cons of a partnership to make a serious commitment in both love and tango.

The old milonguero Saturn will enter your sign on Sep 2 and will have his eye on you and all you do. Take his corrections and devote yourself to perfecting your dance. There is hard work ahead but know that you are preparing for the exhibition of your life!
Best milonga dates:
Sep 10/11, 20/21, 24
Oct 7/8, 18/19, 22

When the criticizing voice in your head becomes too loud, stop thinking and feel the heartbeat of your partner. Remember that a tanda lasts only around 9 minutes so stop flirting with others in that time and make a full commitment to the one you’re with.
Best milonga dates:
Sep 12-14, 22/23, 26
Oct 11/12, 20, 24/25

You have many partners to choose from and many different reasons why. Will you dance with the one you love or the one you intend to court for classes or business? Choose wisely as there may not be time to dance with them all.
Best milonga dates:
Sep 15/16, 24/25, 29
Oct 12/13, 22/23, 25

You will now trust enough to stop focusing on technique and just fall into the music and your partner. The difference this leap of faith makes is sheer perfection. Your tango is very sexy below the waist and full of feeling above.
Best milonga dates:
Sep 3/4, 18/19, 26
Oct 1, 15/16, 24/25

Travel opportunities present themselves. Maybe you only take a calculated walk across the room in the milonga. Perhaps you will glide across the dance floor and it is entirely possible that you fly all the way to Bs As. In any case, you will find several good partners in all circumstances.
Best milonga dates:
Sep 2, 6, 20/21, 29
Oct 3, 18/19, 25, 30

You will need to move to another venue to find what you are looking for. Search outside your own comfort zone and domain and be ready to embrace a different sort of partner. Or take your partner into another dance that is more challenging for both of you.
Best milonga dates:
Sep 3, 7/8, 22/23, 30
Oct 1, 5/6, 20, 21, 28

Love is in the air and in your dance. You will pass many tandas in the arms of one and then you will take matters to another level and replace la pisa with la cama. In this case, the vertical will definitely translate in the horizontal.
Best milonga dates:
Sep 5//6, 10/11, 24
Oct 3, 7, 22/23, 30/31

Your tango is all work and very little play. On the Harvest Moon (26 Sep) you will reap your rewards. Now you can relax and traspie with a special partner who shares both domestic and business success.
Best milonga dates:
Sep 1, 7/8, 12, 26/27
Oct 5/6, 10/11, 24

Your tango is flirtatious and fun and you dance with many partners with ease. In October you buckle down and work hard on developing a relationship and a solid repertoire with one special partner.
Best milonga dates:
Sep 2, 11, 16, 28/29
Oct 7/8, 12, 25-27

Focus on home and work matters keeps you away from the milongas but don’t pull a complete disappearing act, as others are too dependent on you now. In October, you’ll return to a full time social butterfly.
Best milonga dates:
Sep 3/4, 12/13, 19, 30
Oct 1, 10/11, 15, 28/29

You discover a new milonga in your barrio and the best partners are there. Now you can easily bring one of them home. For practica purposes only!!! To be lucky in love, you’ll need to go far from home!
Best milonga dates:
Sep 6, 15-17, 21
Oct 2/3, 12/13, 19, 30

Your tango will make you money now so do not hesitate to spread the word about your show or classes or milonga. Advertising and socializing are the keys to your success.
Best milonga dates:
Sep 7/8, 18/19, 23
Oct 5/6, 15/16, 21

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Thursday, August 30, 2007


Last night I broke a cardinal rule of tango. I spoke to my partner during a sacred Biagi tanda. I would never do such a thing - it's just that I hadn't seen her in forever and we had some important gossip to attend to. I think this enormous faux pas is what led to the nightmare I experienced in my sleep directly following this milonga...

I dreamt I died and went to tango hell. There was a great hall there - similar to Confiteria Ideal - only larger and completely restored. It was beautiful and I thought for a moment that I must be in tango heaven. Then the music began to play... one techno tango after another and one longer and more horrible than the next. Just when it seemed more than I could bear - the tanda ended and I took a deep breath and a sigh of relief. "Nothing could be worse than this!" I thought. Then the cortina began - EXACTLY 30 seconds of di Sarli's Tu Intimo Secreto AND NO MORE. The cortina ended and the techno tangos began again. As they say in Buenos Aires: "Things could always become worse..."

I had no choice but to dance to these robotic electronica tunes even tho my feet were on fire and crammed into a pair of Flamebella shoes two sizes too small for me. The beats went on forever and ever and dancers (all stinking of garlic breath) rudely cut in one after the other during each dance. Each partner was worse than the next - one stepping on my toes, one kicking me hard with an outta control gancho, another biting my lip, and all of them chattering incessantly in my ear. Another 30-second cortina - Biagi's La Maleva - bounced on and off my ear teasing me mercilessly and was then abruptly cut off to make way for some weird alternative music that sounded like Yma Sumac, Diamanda Galas, and Joe Cocker screaming vomit a cappella. Somehow the people continued dancing to this. It went on forever without much variation except the volume and pitch increased. Finally it ended with a 30 second glimpse of heaven with the final cortina - Canaro's Poema. I thought my heart would break when the luscious notes were cut off along with all the lights. The Devil began to laugh thunderously and made the announcements. Then I won the raffle for a sour bottle of wine and free entrance to the milonga in Purgatory featuring the live music of Infierno (A new orquesta that plays in the style of Horacio Salgán.) Finally, thank G-d, I awoke from this foul dream...

Some kind of [poemic] justice. I will never speak during a Biagi tanda again.

+ This devilish diatribe inspired by a conversation with my friend Jim. (although he did not sin in the same manner as I.)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tango for Peace

Immediate Release by AP*

This morning at sunrise in the Old City of Jerusalem, a Palestinian and a Jewess ascended the Temple Mount and proceeded to dance a tango counterclockwise around the Noble Sanctuary. The couple, Mo Salaam y Ahava Levi danced in a close embrace style known as milonguero or salon. Their tango was accompanied by la musica of orquesta Edgardo Donato. The tangos were heard emanating from an iPod attached to a small speaker. The tanda included Triste Amanecer, Mis Pesares, Se Va La Vida, Te Busco, y La Melodia del Corazon. The couple had danced a full circle around the dome by the end of the set and completed their tango para el amor y la paz prayer. Imams and Israeli Police surrounded the two at Ground Zero but hesitated to interrupt their dance. In fact, they seemed to be mesmerized by the swirling man and woman/Muslim and Jew who were no longer two but a perfect ONE. A peace and utter calm descended upon the area during and immediately following the dance. A few moments later, all mayhem broke loose until the couple danced one final song, which again captured the imaginations of all present and put an end to all the loud clapping and shouts of otra más. Mo y Ahava danced with all their souls to Fue Mi Salvación and during this tango, Imams and Israeli police were seen embracing each other to copy several movements of the dancers including a secada, an ocho cortada, and a cunita.

Tomorrow morning, the matter of beginning a mixed milonga for Muslims and Jews on the Temple Mount will be negotiated. It is further rumored that Catholics,+ Pagans, Hindus, Zoroastrians, Buddhists and Baha'i will also be allowed to dance. At the moment, authorities are not willing to permit Atheists or Nuevos on the sacred grounds of the Viejo Ciudad.

+for whom the dj will also play the tango La Novena
*a punto.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Mundial de Tango Salon 2007: La Final

WOW - Who is Couple #209?! Tiger likes - mucho gusto!!!

ABC News: American Couple Tangos to World Finals

Eso Eduardo y Cyrena for making it to the finals in Bs As!
ABC News: American Couple Tangos to World Finals

Tango Festival
World Tango Championship finalists Eduardo Goitia and Cyrena Drusine. (ABC News)

Eduardo Goitia, 43, and Cyrena Drusine, 25, are unlikely finalists at the World Tango Championships being held in Buenos Aires.

Eduardo was born in the Bronx in a family of immigrants from Puerto Rico. He is an architect at the top New York design firm Mancini, Duffy and lives in midtown Manhattan. Cyrena is from a Russian émigré family that ended up in Manhattan. She is an NYU graduate student studying performance arts from an anthropological perspective.

Perhaps the most intriguing fact about this couple is that they have only known each other since this past April when they met at a milonga, or tango dance hall, in Buenos Aires.

In these contests, partner synchronization is considered one of the most important facets of the judging process.

Speaking about the night they met, Eduardo told ABC News, "We danced believing each that the other was Argentine. Not until we sat down and chatted did we realize we were two New Yorkers. So we exchanged phone numbers and started dancing as a couple in New York in May."

The rest is history.

In July the couple won the United States championships in New York, which carries among its prizes an invitation to the annual event in Buenos Aires, the birthplace of this exquisite dance.

The World Championships brings together close to 500 couples from 154 cities to compete in the main event during an 11-day spectacle replete with dance shows, tango orchestra performances, specialized classes, seminars and other happenings revolving around the tango.

"It's a thrill to dance in this competition with all the historical significance of Buenos Aires," said Eduardo, in a short break while waiting for the semi-finals to begin. Eduardo and Cyrena are vying for top honors in ballroom, one of the two categories of tango dance style at the championship (the other category is stage).

Stage is the more stylized and choreographed version, while the ballroom category is the more traditional, neighborhood-style tango that developed in Buenos Aires in the early part of the 20th century.

"We actually danced in both categories at the New York festival. We came in first in ballroom and third in stage. But here we decided to concentrate on ballroom dancing. It's more traditional, especially here in Argentina."

In the ballroom semi-finals, the contestants go in groups of 10 couples and are asked to dance in counter-clockwise circles while a panel of five judges rates each of the couples. Three recorded tango tunes are played for each grouping of 10 couples. The music is not prearranged, so the couples cannot plan their dancing according to any specific composition.

The judges look at factors including how the couple first walks out onto the dance floor, their general appearance and ambience, their elasticity, their rhythm and dancing in harmony with the music, and even to how they relate to each other.

A crowd of about 3,000 people also attended the semi-finals, with rooting sections for local participants as well as the many Colombian couples vying for honors.

The New Yorkers danced with energy and flair, and that combination of rigidity and elasticity that marks tango. They stood out in their group and were selected one of three dozen finalists for the competition that ends on Sunday night.

"We're excited but also confident," said a tired Eduardo on Friday night after the finalists were announced.

El Buenos Aires Tipico...

gracias Andres :)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Tangoing Cheek to Cheek for 3 Minutes in the Park - New York Times

Tangoing Cheek to Cheek for 3 Minutes in the Park - New York Times
Summer Rituals | It Takes Two

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Published: August 25, 2007

It was a sultry 6 p.m. in Central Park, and over by the 1872 Shakespeare statue at Literary Walk, melancholy rhythms spilled from two speakers propped up on park benches.

Courtenay Nugent rose. He asked Fran Beaumont to dance. There they were: the two it took to tango.

They moved sensually across the asphalt pavers, counterclockwise around the monument, under a coquettish breeze and what was to become a limitless starry sky and an oblong moon. As dozens of onlookers watched over the next three hours, about 50 couples swayed to the steps of the dance that has been called a three-minute love affair.

Christian Hansen for The New York Times

Dancing the tango by the Shakespeare statue

at Literary Walk in Central Park.

“I’m first to get up because I’m not shy,” said Mr. Nugent, 59, a translator and teacher who lives in St. Albans, Queens.

For more than a decade, free tango in Central Park, Saturdays from June through September, has been the emblem of one of the city’s most fermenting — make that obsessed — subcultures. Acolytes ritually gather in a wholly accessible yet somehow intimate domain surrounding the Bard, who, at that hour, was still dappled in sunlight, and seemingly amused.

As she danced, Ms. Beaumont flourished lipstick and nail polish of Tango Red. Her black lace gloves matched her tight black chemise with its see-through sleeves, and her floral red and black skirt was slit high to accommodate the most vertiginous dips, spins, kicks and drops. Her feet, of course, were wrapped in strappy black tango shoes.

By 6:15, two other couples had joined in. The disc jockey, Hernan Brizuela, 33, was playing sets, or tandas, of Argentine tangos: fast, medium, then slow.

“What happens on the tango floor stays on the tango floor,” said William Lawrence Parker III, 50, who is known as Trey and has been one of two organizers of the Central Park dance practically since it began.

Rick Castro, 48, the other longtime organizer, explained that it takes one tango “to meet your partner, the second to get used to your partner, and the third to just enjoy.”

Mr. Castro estimated that 75 percent of the dancers — young or old, skilled or neophyte — “are non-couples.” Even the regulars “don’t normally see each other during the week,” he added, “but I guess you could call them a family, scattered though it is.”

Christian Hansen for The New York Times

Couples continued to tango as night fell.

The makeshift dance floor in the park is one facet of a teeming city sub-universe: There are dozens of Argentine tango milongas, or gatherings, in New York, most of them charging a modest fee, and many of them listed on a Web site,

“I go every night,” said Natalie Rogers, a psychotherapist in Manhattan who said she prescribes tango to some of her patients struggling with performance anxiety. “I tell women that it’s a great way to meet men.”

Mr. Castro said the Central Park tango has produced many relationships and occasionally the syncopation of wedding bells, though most people just dance with tango friends or even strangers.

Lucille Krasne, a Manhattan artist recognized by everyone as the founding mother of Central Park tango, said it all began in the summer of 1995, when she and a handful of dancers took a boom box into Central Park at the Bethesda Fountain. “I called it Hit and Run Tango, because we had no permit and if the police came we’d run,” she recalled.

The next summer, the dance became more regularized. “The tourists loved us, the strollers loved us and the dogs loved us,” Ms. Krasne said.

Mr. Parker chimed in, “It became Hit and Stay Tango.”

Mr. Castro said the group was driven from the fountain by a Saturday night drumming ensemble that drowned out the tango vibe, so the dancers segued south to Shakespeare about seven years ago. Payment for the speakers, D.J. and park permits is fronted by Mr. Parker and Mr. Castro, who pass the hat to defer expenses.

Thanks to word of mouth and the site online, the weekly event has prospered, and even spread, to the South Street Seaport, where a free Sunday milonga has been flourishing since 1999, Mr. Castro said.

Through the years, joggers, cyclists and carriage passengers have been drawn into the tango vortex. Many times bridal parties venturing into the park have stumbled upon the tango worshipers “and just joined in,” Mr. Castro said.

The Olympic torch bearer, he added, suddenly turned up one night on the run through Central Park, “and we all stopped and applauded.”

Then there are the sporadic visitations by rain showers that have sent the tango revelers fleeing to the roofed-over refuge of the Dairy.

“Of course, some people keep dancing like crazy in the rain,” Ms. Krasne said.

Central Park tango has drawn its share of celebrities, including Kofi Annan, Robert Duvall (who wrote, directed and starred in the 2003 film “Assassination Tango”) and the actress Bernadette Peters, who has jetted to Buenos Aires to tango the night away.

“When celebrities come by, they just hang out,” Mr. Castro said. “We don’t bother them. Tango people are not grovelers.”

Tango is a leveler of age differences too. Alexander Turney, 89, a Central Park regular, said he learned to tango at 67, “and it gave me a new lease on life.”

There are even regular onlookers. Every summer Saturday for the last three years, George Rodriguez has propelled his lumbering Home Depot shopping cart full of belongings to the periphery of the dance. Mr. Rodriguez, who said he is not homeless since he stays with a friend on West 82nd Street, said he has never once danced. He just sits there, transfixed.

“This is the best place,” he said, “and tango is the best dance.”

For the most part, “men always ask the women to dance,” said Peggy Chen, 27, a neuropsychologist who started dancing in Central Park this summer. But while the men lead, she added: “We are improvising together. It is very creative.”

Ms. Rogers said she asks men to dance, adding, “Especially the very good dancers.”

Anthony Blackwell, 36, a Central Park dancer for the last eight years, said he loves “the synchronicity of it, the fact that you can suddenly connect with people.” Mr. Blackwell, who arranges housing for the homeless and mentally ill in Manhattan, added, “It’s a lot more fun than going to the gym, where you feel like a hamster.”

At 7:30 p.m., more than 60 newbies gathered for a free tango lesson near the Ann Reinking London plane tree (nearly everything in Central Park is a naming opportunity).

“For beginners, tango is about patience and discipline,” explained Jak Karako, 40, the instructor. Later, after the lesson, he said: “Argentine tango is like a Lego game with very tiny pieces. And you are building your own very intricate structure.”

The dancers dragged their soles in a cornstarch-and-talcum powder mixture sprinkled on the asphalt by Mr. Parker — the better to slide and pivot. Dark descended, and dancers cast eerie shadows from the park lamps. During breaks they caught their breath, hobbed, nobbed and gossiped on the surrounding E. B. White bench, Lee Salk bench and David Niven bench.

The last tango in Central Park ceased throbbing at 9:21 p.m. Mr. Castro began collecting trash as Mr. Parker helped pack up the sound system.

They would be back in a week. “It is,” Mr. Parker said, “greater than we are.”

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Mundial Salon Tango Competition 2007

Wow the dancefloor looks so elegant. This was Day One of the competition. There is no tango like tango in Buenos Aires. I wish Kumi and I had made it to dance there!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Miercoles Mudo #11

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Lexa teaches beginner class at So St Seaport

Hola Queridas
I will be teaching the beginner class at So St Seaport on Sunday Aug 26. It looks like the weather will be great but as always - we DANCE RAIN OR SHINE! The beginner class starts around 8pm and dancing on Pier 16 well after midnight. Please come and bring a friend you would like to introduce to tango. This event is FREE!

DIRECTIONS-MAP Tango at South Street Sea Port in New York City
-Tango Porteño FREE Every Sunday May-October, NYC
Sunshine Pier 16, Rain Pier 17 - 7pm - Midnight, Tango Lesson at 8:30pm
By car:
From West Side, George Washington Bridge, Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, take West Street southbound.
Follow the signs to FDR Drive. Take underpass, keep right - use exit 1 at the end of the underpass.
Turn right on South Street and go six blocks. From East Side, take FDR Drive south to exit 3 onto South Street. Proceed on South Street about 1 mile.
By subway:
Take A,C,2,3,4,5,J,M or Z to Fulton Street /or Broadway - Nassau (watch the station names) Then Walk East on Fulton Street to the Sea Port. The 6 Train goes to Brooklyn Bridge - walk east towards Water ST/South ST, the River/Sea Port itself.
By bus:
Take M15 (South Ferry sign) down 2nd Avenue to Fulton Street.

Friday, August 17, 2007

A bad tango night...

A bad tango night is almost more than I can bear. I think as a beginner, I was better at it. I had a higher tolerance for tango pain. A bad tango night mostly comes from having expectations. One should never have expectations from the milonga. One should only arrive and be present. You will ALWAYS be disappointed when you have expectations. It's like going into the Kebob Garden (my favorite cheap 24/7 Eats) and dreaming about Bulgur along the way. Then when you arrive, there is no bulgur. Only white rice. It seems they always have white rice. Every f'king day they have it, but a bulgur night is rare. You should NEVER expect it. Only let it grab you by surprise. Ah, then what a delight!
A bad milonga night can happen when you arrive too hungry for the dance. It's like going to the kebob garden and wanting the baby lamb chops. These have to be cooked special - they are not like the standard fare that stands around waiting to be scooped up. You must wait for them to be cooked. And if you are too hungry, you usually stand around for some minutes debating whether or not you can hold out. You scan the pre made food a few times and weigh the options. In the meantime, and this takes only a VERY SHORT TIME, someone orders up the very last baby lamb chops and there are NONE for you. Yet you can see them cooking up and sizzling so tender on the grill. It sucks. It just sucks to be that hungry and that indecisive and have your timing be so off. One should already have some degree of satisfaction and a full milonguero belly when walking into the milonga. It reflects in the aura and attracts more satisfaction. When one enters with longing, one leaves with longing. One perpetuates a state of longing all night. Like the baby lamb - when you see it - you must immediately eye it and mark it as yours. Yes, you may have to wait, but if a clear signal is made (with the eyes), you will have your desired dance. If you hesitate, you lose and another defter and more adept snatches up the sweet tandur (or tanda as the case may be).
There is one thing about the milonga that differs greatly from the kebob house and that is the dessert. In the K G, you can kid yourself and pretend to ignore the tempting sweets, tell yourself you don't want them, don't need them and so on... And then of course in the last moments, you can go up to the counter, select some and place them on your tray. You can make a cup of Turkish tea and go to town with the assorted baklavah, rice pudding, and kazandibi. In the milonga, if you play this game, you lose. You must NEVER EVER ignore the sweetest or save her for la Ultima. For unlike the plentiful Turkish Delights your sweetest partners may not hang around till the end of the night.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Strange Days

One of the aspects I truly miss about tango is my anonymity. I long for it and I don't know how to recapture/regain it. They know me in all the cities. Maybe if I found a milonga on the Moon or Mars... I haven't gone out this week. Maybe I'm thinking they'll forget who I am, but highly doubtful. Most likely I will get chastised for not showing up at this or that milonga. I think I have what the Turks call hüzün. It's a kind of melancholy. I don't know what the Argentines call it. Maybe they would call it being "homesick". I miss the good old days. Walking into the darkened room. Only the music greeting me. Embracing strangers on the dancefloor. And only on the dancefloor. (Don't get me wrong - I love my tango friends - but these days it's an hour and 45 minutes of greeting and hugging before I even make it to the dancefloor and by then my arms are tired.) The milongas, like New York, like the world, gets smaller and smaller the older you get. I suppose I am longing for my youth. And a room where no one knows my name.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Kumi y Lexa dance di Sarli

gracias to Zeo for the great camera angles!

July 17 2007
La Boca Milonga
1st round of 1st US tango salon competition.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

All Night Milonga Aug 11 2007

It's famous, it's fabulous and it's open all night..
Saturday August 11th
This month we welcome back guest artist
Anton is a stylish and talented dancer, teacher and tango historian.
intermediate class at 9pm
performance at midnight by Anton & other surprise guests.
Dancing from 10pm to 5am with DJ Yesim "La Turca"
Lexa Rosean will be available for tarot & astrology readings
The FELINA Tango Shoe Boutiue is having a huge SALE!
Come ready to shop!
Admission is $15, which includes the class and delightful summer refreshments
The ballroom has been given a face lift!
Come check out the lush new ambiance.
Our 45 X 60 foot sprung wood floor is the largest in the city.
Tangueros of all levels, styles, stripes and spots are welcome.
We have room for everyone. Fully air conditioned.
Stepping Out Studios
37 West 26th Street @ 6th Ave
Please visit the web page for complete details and news

Friday, August 10, 2007

Primitivo - Learn the Origins of Tango

Saturday, August 11th, 2007 4:00 to 5:00PM
Tango History Video presentation:
PRIMITIVE TANGO STYLES (Origins of Tango Dance)
An in depth look at the old and fascinating primitive styles of tango including Canyengue and Tango Orillero with rare images of canyengue dancers from the 1930s and 1940s. Images of El Cachafaz, Sofia Bozan, Los Mendez, Victor & La Rusa, El Pibe Palermo, and many others.

Learning from the past Workshop:
5:10 to 6:30 PM
Through a unique experience combining old and rare video projections and live teaching, you will have the chance to learn from the past. Various figures from El Cachafaz and Los Mendez will be shown, broken down and explained, analyzed and practiced. This is a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of the primitive styles of tango.
Don’t miss it!

Sunday, August 12th, 2007 4:00 to 5:00PM
Tango History Video presentation:
Before Mad Hot Ballroom, there was Mad Hot Tango! Amazing images of young tango dancers: from Gabriel Misse to Geraldine, Sebastian Arce to Johana Copes, from 5 year olds to 15 year olds, these are the young pioneers of tango. Images from their early careers in the 1980s and 1990s.

Learning from the past Workshop:
5:10 to 6:30 PM
Bring the innocent fun back into your dancing! Through a unique experience combining old and rare video projections and live teaching, you will have the chance to learn from the past. Various figures from these young master dancers will be shown, broken down and explained, analyzed and practiced. This is a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of the playful side of tango. Don’t miss it!

Conducted by the tango historian, dancer, author and choreographer ANTON GAZENBEEK, (NYC Tango Festival, World Tango Festival, Boston Tango Festival) assisted by Sergio Segura

520 8th Av (btw 36 & 37), ROOM 16E
New York, NY 10018, 212...

Lecture: $17 in advance, $22 at door,
Workshop: $30 in advance, $35 at door
Daypass: $42 in advance, $50 at door
Two days: $75

Tango Traveler members $3 OFF

Or call "917-373-7446" or "917-373-7444" or send an email to:

Available TEACHING DVDs: Tango Salon - Fundamentals (Beginners) Advanced Figures and Sequences Vol. 1 (Intermediate) Advanced Figures and Sequences Vol. 2 (Intermediate - Adv.) Tango Al Reves Vol. 1 (Intermediate and Advanced)
Get them through
Special discount to Tango Traveler members

Sergio Segura
Artist representative & Argentine cultural event producer

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Friday August 10th * UK East Village


a Night of Tango
La Belle Epoque Tango Club @ Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
140 2nd Avenue (between 8th and 9th streets)

7-8 pm beginners Tango Lexa Rosean

8-9 pm Intermediate Tango class by

DJ Yesim " La Turca"

PERFORMANCE BY NITO & ELBA + Eduardo Goytia & Cyrena Drusine 1st place winners US Tango Championship.

Hosted by Lexa Rosean. Third place US Tango Championship!

Ukrainian East Village Restaurant: 140 2nd Ave
(between 8th & 9th St)
click here for a map

Open dance floor until 2 am

($15 with the clases included)

Friday, August 3, 2007

NYC has the best milongas in USA

I've heard horror stories about what happens to US communities after their TangoFest is over. A dark cloud of depression falls over the city and all its occupants become tango deprived. That never happens in NYC. Just like our city, the tango here never sleeps. (Of course all the festival organizers become comatose for a few days after the Celebrate Tango Festival ends) yet the pulse of tango goes on. One of the very special elements of the tango festival this year was the film portion. We had some great tango films and I'm happy to say that in NYC, even tango on the big screen goes on...

There is one very special milonga and organizer that I'd like to mention and that is Lucille of Esmerelda Milonga at Session 73. This milonga takes place every Sunday night and there is always great music, good tapas, a full bar, and at least once a month, Lu features a film or lecture on tango music in the backroom. It never disrupts the dancing but it's just an added touch of tango culture and class added to the milonga. This Sunday Aug 5 there will be a screening of "Tango Solo Mio" at 7:30 pm.

If you loved “Tango, La Obsesion”, and “Tango, Baile Nuetro”, you will love “Tango Solo Mio”!

says Lucila. The film comes to us from Jaime Davidovich’s extensive Argentine film archives. Jaime is amazing and has been a welcome addition to our annual Argentine Tango Pesach Seder. (That's right, once a year we tango our way out of Egypt!)

The following is a description of the film in Jaime’s words:
“The program is around una hora. It was made around the early 80's by a group of gringos (not Argentinos) but it captures the real tango. Features many scenes in the tenement house (birth place of tango) and the real tangueros ( no for export). It is half fiction half real...It has the usual suspects (Carlos GArdel), some fights and a real milonguera,,, married to the same guy for 60 years. She felt in love because he was the king of the milongas and also he asked her to press his pants (old fashioned courtship style of poor people in Buenos Aires). Anyway, the film is funny, is 100 per cent tango (all tango, no fat) and no sex but a lot of lunfardo.”

Make sure to wear your tango best on Sunday night because not only will you SEE a great film, you will be STARRING in a great film. Lucila has been taking stills of her milonga for years and on Sunday night she will capture some special moments and all the stills will be compiled on a DVD. Nos vemos en las milonga Esmerelda!

Session 73
Tango and Tapas@ Session 73 1st Ave (73rd St), 212 517 4445
hosted by Lucile (212) 777 6053
dancing 6:30 to 11:30 or later.
Lesson also at 6:30.$10 (dinner optional)

Tiger y Nina dancing at Esmerelda milonga
photo by LU