Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Una Fija II

You go Girl!
Rags to Riches (7), ridden by John R. Velazquez, wins the 139th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on Saturday, June 9, 2007
100 years of Belmont history! The first filly to win it in over a Century!!!

Una Fija

She was never defeated, and never headed. She set or equaled a new stakes record in every one of the eight stakes races she won. She raced at distances from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/2 miles with an average winning margin of 8 1/3 lengths. She was queen of the track, and everyone knew it. Read the full history of Ruffian.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Tiger y Kumi Make Tango History

Last week Lexa and Kumi officially entered the US Tango Championship. We were informed that if (I prefer to think, WHEN, ) we win, we will be officially welcomed to the Mundial competition in Buenos Aires. This is the first time that the Mundial has officially sanctioned the entry of a same sex dance couple. It feels great to be part of history in the making! Please wish us Suerte and read below for more info on the NY Tango Festival and the competition.

Celebrate Tango Week, NYC July 15-22, 2007

Stage & Salon Categories
click on the logo for more details.
1st Prize winners will be flown to Buenos Aires and qualify to enter directly into to Semi-finals of the V Campeonato Mundial de Baile de Tango!!
Come to enter (open to all nationalities and passport holders) or come to watch but come for fun! Enjoy the amazing adventurous talented couples and see who the judges decide will take the Grand Prize.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Lexa teaches @ TangoPorteño Jun 17 2007

Free Outdoor Milonga at South Street Seaport.
Every Sunday May thru October - 7pm til 12midnight (or later)
Pier 16 boardwalk** between the Ambrose & Peking.
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z, M to Fulton Street or A, C to Broadway Nassau.
Bus: M15 to Fulton Street. - Car: FDR Drive exit 3 South Street. MAP
**In case of rain, end of Pier 17 outside of the Compagnie Internationale Express.
Free Class at 8:30pm By

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Club Sin Rumbo. The Cathedral of Tango

The video collector Anton Gazenbeek opens his archive of rare footage (over 1000 videos, included the recently Juan Carlos Copes' career donation) about Argentine Tango dance to show a fascinating inside look at what really goes on in a Buenos Aires "barrio" or neighborhood milonga.
Rare and never before seen images of the Villa Urquiza milonga Sin Rumbo from the 1980s and early 1990s during tango's rebirth as a social phenomenon. Images of dancers Carmencita Calderon, Maria Nieves, Virulazo and Elvira, La Rusa, Pablo Veron and other legends will be seen.
Club Sin Rumbo milonga is one of the oldest milongas in Buenos Aires. It has 85 years of tango dance history.
This is a lecture not to be missed.

DATE: Thursday, June 14th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

PLACE Chelsea Studios:
151 West 26th street. NYC, NY, 10001

PRICE: Reservation in advance $15. At the door $20
Tango Traveler Members $2 OFF.

CONTACT & RESERVATIONS: (212) 725-1078or (713) 893-1716
Conducted by Anton Gazenbeek: Tango dancer, choreographer & historian

About Anton Gazenbeek: Antón's passion for traditional tango lead him to start collecting all types of photographic and video material related to tango. After nine years, he has put together the largest and most important tango video collection in the world (now with well over 1,000 videos from all time periods). He has written articles for many magazines including those of the Asociación de Maestros, Bailarines y Coreógrafos de Tango Argentino, Explore Dance in the USA, and Tango Danza in Germany. Antón is a highly recognized expert on the show “Tango Argentino” and on the life of Antonio Todaro and is constantly consulted by different types of media including Balletin Dance and El Tangauta to collaborate on articles about those topics. Antón gives lectures on the history of tango with videos from his private collection and has been invited to give lectures together with big tango personalities such as Gloria and Eduardo Arquimbau, Maria Nieves, and Juan Carlos Copes. Recently he gave a presentation for the University of Carnegie Mellon, invited by the Pittsburg Tango Association. He is at the moment writing two books on the origins and evolution of tango and is finishing up two film documentaries filmed entirely on location in Buenos Aires. Juan Carlos Copes recently hired Anton Gazenbeek to compile a book with all Juan Carlos Copes' images career.
He is one of the starts of NYC summer Tango & Film Festival (July 15th to 22nd), where he will present his first book "Tango Argentino Show". The history of the show "who started it all"

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Remembering Natasha

Natasha Kaminski

June 6, 19?? - December 7, 2006

We miss you! Rest in peace.

photo by Albert Crino
courtesy of Andrew Dancer

for more posts on Natasha click here and here.

Friday, June 1, 2007

TangoStars June 2007

Feliz cumpleaños Gemini
You are now attracted to teaching, traveling, and setting some long-term tango goals. A partner helps you fulfill your potential and together you will shine. The 22nd puts you in the public eye with a performance or exhibition. Mars and Venus are creating both allies and admirers and you will find the right connections for business as well as pleasure. Best Milonga days: Jun 13/14

You are having trouble trusting your partners. If you are a leader, you are using too much force or holding on too tight. If you are a follower – stop being a backseat driver. Although usually frowned upon in tango, you will need to use a lot of verbal communication now to smooth out the difficulties. Talk it out OFF the dancefloor or at least in a practica or therapist’s office.
Best Milonga days: Jun 15/16

Saturn still grasps you in a tight embrace but after the 6th, Venus enters your sign and softens the hold. You will feel more relaxed as the tension now melts away. Jupiter broadens your social scene and your love life. You will need to decide if you want to dance all your tandas with a special partner or keep playing musical chairs (although in your case – it is more like musical beds). Best Milonga days: Jun 18/19

Unless you are in the business of tango, you don’t have any business in the milongas! Your career must come first now and demands you in a close embrace. You will also be traveling or preparing to relocate to take advantage of a major opportunity coming your way. After the 22nd, there’s a cortina in your professional life that allows you to slip away and dance a few tandas.
Best Milonga days: Jun 20/21

Travel opportunities catch you up in a high lift and you will dance with the sun or with some special partner on the sandy shores of a dream island. This is a fun month with friends and romance and many distractions to entertain you. After the 22nd, you will be rejuvenated and ready to take care of those back home who depend on you.
Best Milonga days: Jun 23/24

There is a trickster spirit around determined to trip you up. Be careful of straps, cuffs, and any dangling jewelry or shoelaces on the dancefloor. Also beware of good looking and seductive malevos. You will pay a high price to dance with them, and their technique (although criminally brilliant) is not so good as far as tango is concerned.
Best Milonga days: Jun 25/26

You have only two favored partners now and there are even less milongueros that you feel like socializing with. It seems like the tango scene is boring you to tears. The moment you travel abroad you will be sought after by the best dancers in the milongas you visit. It will feel good to be a star and you’ll also meet some exciting new friends that energize and entertain you.
Best Milonga days: Jun 27/28

You’ve got another dance you are working on and that makes tango difficult to fit in the schedule. You’ve also got a romantic partner who prefers a private tango at home alone with you. That’s ok. Disappear until the 23rd and when you return, those in the milongas will have a new appreciation for you. Best Milonga days: Jun 3/30

This is a very sexy month for you with lots of flirtatious boleos coming your way. You’ll also have a chance to perform or produce a tango show and any investment of time or money you make with a group or team will prove successful. One on one relationships are the most challenging now. Best Milonga days: Jun 5/6

Private parties and intimate gatherings with friends are more satisfying for you than crowded milongas now. You enjoy being home and there’s no reason why you can’t dance there too. It is also more favorable for you to work at home. Rearrange the furniture or renovate your house to make more room for your passions.
Best Milonga days: Jun 7/8

Lucky for you, the Argentines are big beef eaters and don’t care much for devouring little lambs. This is also unfortunate for you because you will feel neglected in the presence of those big Sacred Cows. They are taking their turn in the spotlight and you will have to stand in the media luz. With Mars in your sign, you can’t hold your horses and your impatience causes a big beef with the sheep and chickens that are ahead of you in the line of dance.
Best Milonga days: Jun 9/10

Two new sources of income make it possible for you to take more private classes and buy more tango shoes. You’ll also have fun with your finances and work will feel like an upbeat vals that makes your spirits soar. Expect to grow both spiritually and economically in leaps and bounds (and tango jumps).
Best Milonga days: Jun 11/12