Archive for May 30, 2013

This Weekend in Tango, May 30 – June 2, 2013

This weekend features a special Farewell Milonga for Cecilia Pagani, a beloved member of the tango community in the Triangle, on Saturday, June 1st at Piazza Italia in Brightleaf Square (Durham) from 9 PM to 1 AM. This FREE event is co-hosted by the Lazarowskis, the Restuchas, and Tangophilia and will also feature live music by Duo Milonguero and DJing by Jason Laughlin.

Also, plan to come out TONIGHT to the weekly Thursday practica ($5, from 7 PM to 9:30 PM) to polish up on those techniques we learned in class this week.

On Monday, we will continue with our 6th class of the series, with Beginners learning the walk to the cross in cross system and preparing for ochos and the Intermediate class exploring ideas of parada (stopping) and pasada (passing over).

You can sign up for any of these events at our Meetup site.

We will start the new 8-week series of classes on July 8th, so be on the lookout for the announcement. In the meantime, please follow Tango Utopia on Facebook to keep updated on the latest happenings.

This Weekend in Tango, May 23-26, 2013

It will be a quiet weekend for tango as we celebrate Memorial Day. However, you can join us for tonight’s práctica at 7PM at Triangle Dance Studios ($5) where we will use the techniques we learned in class.

Speaking of Monday (5/27), we WILL have class at the usual times ($10 for drop-ins). Beginners will learn the walk to the cross and Intermediates will continue with volcadas.

You can RSVP for any of these events at our Meetup site. And don’t forget to “LIKE” Tango Utopia on Facebook!

Have a great holiday!

This Weekend in Tango, May 16-19, 2013

Greetings Utopians!

It’s going to be a tango-filled weekend, starting with the weekly Thursday night práctica at 7PM ($5) at TDS. This event is a great opportunity to practice what we learned in class in a fun and friendly environment.

You have a choice of workshops as well. Tangophilia has invited Nick Jones and Diana Cruz for a weekend full of workshops on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at TDS. These classes are recommended for individuals with some tango experience. Visit the Tangophilia website for more details.

Those new to tango can opt for a two-hour Tango Basics workshop on Saturday from 2-4 PM at Ninth Street Dance in Durham. This workshop is led by local teacher, Gülden Özen.

And then there’s dancing! The Informal Milonga on Friday from 10 AM to 1 AM ($10) in the TDS downstairs studio and the Special Milonga at Café Parizade on Saturday from 10 PM to 2 AM ($15).

After the last Sunday workshop with Nick and Diana, we rest up for mid-point in this series of Monday classes. Beginners will continue walking inside and outside in cross system. Intermediates will explore volcadas and more in close embrace.

You may RSVP for any of these events at our Meetup group and don’t forget to “LIKE” Tango Utopia on Facebook.

Two Special Tango Workshops

Though not sponsored by Tango Utopia, we thought you’d want to know about  two special tango workshops this weekend.

  1. Tango Basics Workshop with Gülden Özen (Saturday, May 18, 2013): This beginning-level workshop will introduce you to the basic elements of this improvisational style of tango, such as embrace and walking. Then try out your new skills at a local milonga! Come with or without a partner. To sign up, visit the Ninth Street Dance website.
  2. Nick Jones and Diana Cruz hosted by Tangophilia (Friday-Sunday, May 17-19, 2013): These instructors bring their special brand of fun and technique to tango to help you relax and find a broader sense of play in your dance. The weekend workshops include six workshops and two milongas. The Friday workshop is open to all levels and the Saturday and Sunday workshops are recommended for individuals who have some experience with tango. You may sign up for the entire weekend or just a few classes. Visit the Tangophilia website for more information on the classes and to register.

Take advantage of these opportunities to learn and practice tango!

Another Great Milonga Utopia!

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What a great Mother’s Day milonga! Turn out was spectacular with over 50 energetic dancers. Once again our DJ Katia Singletary provided music that kept our energy flowing and our feet moving. A big thanks to all the tango moms that made this Mother’s Day milonga one to remember. Thanks to our tango family for your continued support. It can’t be done without you!

Check out the photos from the event on our Facebook page!

This Weekend in Tango, May 9-12, 2013

We’ve been looking forward to this weekend all month…the May Milonga Utopia on Saturday, May 11th from 9 PM to 2 AM ($10) at Triangle Dance Studios. This event will honor all the tango moms for their hard work on and off the dance floor. All moms and moms-to-be will get TWO raffle tickets—one for the champagne door prize and another for a special prize. The DJ for Saturday night will be super-mom Katia Singletary, so we hope you will join us.

If you can’t join us on Saturday, you can always come out tonight for the weekly Thursday práctica at Triangle Dance Studios ($5) to continue working on the techniques we learned in class.

As usual on Sunday, we will rest up from our tango-filled weekend and prepare for class on Monday. Beginners will practice their side steps and pivots and Intermediates will practice back cross and pivots in close embrace. It’s still not too late to sign up for the series!

You can sign up for all of these events at our Meetup group. And don’t forget to “like” Tango Utopia on Facebook!

This Weekend in Tango, May 2-5, 2013

Greetings Utopians!

We had a great turnout on Monday for the first class in the 8-week series. We hope you come to Thursday night’s weekly práctica at Triangle Dance Studios ($5) to continue working on the techniques we learned in class. Jae will be around to help you, so be sure to say hello.

On Saturday night, the ladies of TangoUtopia will be taking their tango on the road to Asheville. For those of you staying in town, be sure to attend Triangle Tango’s First Saturday Milonga at TDS ($8). Visit the Triangle Tango website for more details.

On Sunday, we will rest up from our tango-filled weekend and prepare for class on Monday ($10). Beginners will continue their tango walks in different directions and Intermediates will practice finding a comfortable close embrace. It’s not too late to sign up for the series! Drop-ins are also welcome.

You can sign up for all of these events at our Meetup group.

And don’t forget to like TangoUtopia on Facebook!