Tango Fundamentals March 2019
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
March Music Focus: Osvaldo Fresedo
March Movement Focus: Love ganchos!

For March 4: “Vida Mia”

For March 11: “Sollozos”

For March 18: “”

For March 25: “”

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Tango Fundamentals February 2019
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Tango Fundamentals January 2019 – Happy New Year!
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
January Music Focus: Rodolpho Biagi
January Movement Focus: Love molinetes!

For January 7: “Cielito Lindo”

For January 14: “A la gran muneca”

For January 21: “La marca de fuego”

For January 28: “Belgica”

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals July 2018
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
July Music Focus: Juan D’Arienzo
July Movement Focus: Love connection through base leg & embrace!

For July 30: “El Flete” &  also we’ll have an optional D’Arienzo quiz for prizes!

Note: Find us this month also at:
July 10-20 Mila, Casey & Paloma in Europe; Mila performs with Tango Con* Fusion in Europe & teach at the QueerTango Festival Berlin

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals August 2018
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
August Music Focus: Lucio Demare
August Movement Focus: Love sacada basics!

For August 6: “Dandy” canta Carlos Gardel

For August 13: “Tal vez sera su voz”

For August 20: “Solamente ella”

For August 27: “Igual que un bandoneon”

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Note: NO CLASSES OR PRACTICA ON SEPTEMBER 3/LABOR DAY


Tango Fundamentals August 2017
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
September Music Focus: Juan D’Arienzo
September Movement Focus: Love moves for small spaces!
Note: NO CLASSES OR PRACTICA ON SEPTEMBER 4/LABOR DAY

For September 11: “El Flete”

For September 18:

For September 25:

Note: Find us this month also at:
Mondays: Mila & Casey Performance Team @ La Pista, SF
September 22-24: Mila @ Lady’s Tango Festival/Tango Con *Fusion, San Anselmo

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Tango Fundamentals August 2017
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
August Music Focus: Anibal Troilo
August Movement Focus: Love Embrace changes!

For August 14: “Quejas de Bandoneon”

Note: Find us this month also at:
Mondays: Mila & Casey Performance Team @ La Pista, SF
Wednesday, August 9: Casey (& maybe Mila!) teach Intermediate Class @ Cell Space, SF
Sunday, August 13: EspirituTango perform & Mila & Casey teach mini beginner lesson @ Tango in the Square, SF
Saturday, August 19: Mila performs with Tango Con *Fusion @ QueerTango, Berkeley
Wednesday, August 23: Casey (& maybe Mila!) teach Intermediate Class @ Cell Space, SF

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals July 2017
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
July Music Focus: Edgardo Donato
July Movement Focus: Love Milonga!

Note: Find us this month also at:
Mondays: Mila & Casey Performance Team @ La Pista, SF

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals April 2017
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
April Music Focus: Ricardo Tanturi
April Movement Focus: Love Basic Turns!

For April 3: “Asi se baila el Tango” (1942

Note: Find us this month also at:
Sundays: Mila & Casey Performance Team @ La Pista, SF
Mondays: Mila & Casey Performance Team @ La Pista, SF

Monday, April 3: EspirituTango Team Performs @ Upstairs Practica @ La Pista, SF
Wednesday, April 5: EspirituTango Team Performs @ Cell Space, SF
Saturday, April 8: Mila Performs/DJs with Tango Con *Fusion @ Community Music Ctr, SF
Saturday/Sunday April 15/16: EspirituTango Team Performs @ TangoUSA Championships, SFO Marriot, SF
Saturday, April 29: Mila Judges/Performs at April Follies, Oakland

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals March 2017
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
March Music Focus: Osvaldo Pugliese
March Movement Focus: Love la Cruzada (the cross)!

For March 6: “La Yumba” (1946)

For March 13: “Negracha” (1948)

For March 20: “Malandraca” (1949)

For March 27: “Percal”

Note: Find us this month also at:
Sunday, March 5: Mila & Casey Teach Beginner Class @ QueerTango/Finnish Hall, Berkeley
Sundays: Mila & Casey Performance Team @ La Pista, SF
Mondays: Mila & Casey Performance Team @ La Pista, SF

Wednesday, March 29: Mila & Casey Teach Intermediate Class @ Cell Space @ SOMArts, SF

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals February 2017
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
February Music Focus: Miguel Calo
February Movement Focus: Love Ochos!

For February 6: “Al Compas del Corazon”

Note: Find us this month also at:

Mondays: Mila & Casey Performance Team @ La Pista, SF

Wednesdays, Jan 18 – Feb 22: Mila & Casey Start Teaching Beginning Series @ Cell Space @ SOMArts, SF
February 24: Tango Con *Fusion performs @ ADT milonga, San Anselmo

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Looking ahead:
March: Osvaldo Pugliese & Love La Cruzada!

Tango Fundamentals January 2017
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (most songs are available on itunes)
January Music Focus: Enrique Rodriguez
January Movement Focus: Love Walking & Walking Variations!

For January 2: “Tango Argentino”

For January 9: Casey’s choice!

For January 16: “Llorar Por Una Mujer”"

For January 23: “Tengo Mil Novias” (1939) VALS

For January 30: Review month selections

Note: Find us this month also at:
Saturday, January 14: Mila with Tango Con *Fusion Teach/Perform @ Nora’s Milonga
Sunday, January 15: Mila with Tango Con *Fusion Teach Exchanges Boot Camp @ Triliant, Oakland
Monday, January 16: Mila & Casey Start Performance Team Session @ La Pista, SF

Wednesdays, Jan 18 – Feb 22: Mila & Casey Start Teaching Beginning Series @ Cell Space @ SOMArts, SF
Saturday, January 21: Mila w Tango Con *Fusion Teach/Perform @ El Abrazo Milonga, SF

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Looking ahead:
February: Miguel Calo & Love Ochos!
March: Osvaldo Pugliese & Love La Cruzada!


Tango Fundamentals December 2016
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
November Music Focus: Alternative Music for Tango!
November Movement Focus: Love Sandwiches!

For December 5: Casey’s Choice!

For December 12: Casey’s Choice!

Note: Find us this December 9: Mila Auditions/Performs with Tango Con *Fusion @ Trilliant, Oakland

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

January: Classes December 5 & 12; End of Year/Holiday/Mila Birthday Practilonga December 12!

Tango Fundamentals November 2016
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
November Music Focus: Francisco Canaro
November Movement Focus: Love Paradas & Barridas (sweeps)!

For November 7: “Poema”

For November 14: Casey’s Choice!

For November 21: “Milonga Sentimental” Go ahead & listen to any and all of Canaro’s 50+ versions! We’ll play a few in class.

For November 28: “La Morocha” (1929) Canta Ada Falcon.

Note: Find us this month also at:
Friday, November 4: Mila Auditions/Performs with Tango Con *Fusion @ Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions, SF
Saturday, November 5: Mila Performs with Tango Con *Fusion @ Ballroom Blitz, Oakland
Sunday, November 6: Mila & Casey Teach & DJ @ Pianofight Milonga @ Pianofight, SF

Wednesday, November 9: Mila & Casey teach Beginning Lesson @ Cell Space @ SOMArts, SF
Sunday, November 12: Mila w Tango Con *Fusion “Women in Tango” panel @ Tango Marathon, Regency, SF

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Looking ahead…
December: Classes December 5 & 12; End of Year/Holiday/Mila Birthday Practilonga December 12!

Tango Fundamentals October 2016
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
October Music Focus: Carlos Di Sarli!
October Movement Focus: Love Molinetes!

For October 3: “Bahia Blanca” And we celebrate Bill Spears’ Birthday!

For October 10: “Siete Palabras” And we celebrate Casey Young’s Birthday!

For October 17: “Verdemar”

For October 24: “Milonguero Viejo”

For October 31: Special Halloween event!

Note: Find us this month also at:
Wednesday, October 19: Mila & Casey teach Beginning Lesson @ Cell Space @ SOMArts, SF
Friday, October 21: Mila performs & teaches with Tango Con *Fusion at El Beso Milonga @ Allegro, Emeryville

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Looking ahead…
November: Francisco Canaro & Love Fundamental Paradas y Barridas!


Tango Fundamentals September 2016
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
September Music Focus: Edgardo Donato!
September Movement Focus: Love Fundamental Milonga!

Note: Find us this month also at:
Sunday, September 18: Mila & Casey teach at Grand Opening of PianoFight Milonga
Wednesday, September 21: Mila & Casey teach Beginning Lesson @ Cell Space @ SOMArts, SF

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

NOTE: NO CLASSES OR PRACTICA ON SEPTEMBER 5. ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY!

Tango Fundamentals August 2016
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
August Music Focus: Anibal Troilo!
August Movement Focus: Love Basic Turns!

For August 1: “Quejas de Bandoneon”

Note: Find us this month also at:
Wednesday, August 3: Mila & Casey teach Beginning Lesson @ Cell Space @ SOMArts, SF

Wednesday, August 31: Mila Teaches/Performs w/ Tango Con*Fusion @ Cell Space @ SOMArts, SF

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Tango Fundamentals July 2016
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
July Music Focus: Pedro Laurenz!
July Movement Focus: Love Walking & Walking Variations!

For July 11: “Arrabal” (1937) *originally composed 1934 by Jose Pascual, Laurenz recording 1937

For July 18: “Nunca Tuvo Novio” (1943) Canta Alberto Podesta

For July 25: “Alma de Bohemio” (1943) Canta Alberto Podesta

Note: Find us this month also at:
Wednesday, July 6: Mila & Casey teach Beginning Lesson @ Cell Space @ SOMArts, SF
Friday, July 8: Mila teaches Lessons @ Pick School, SF
Wednesday, July 13: Mila & Casey teach Intermed. Lesson @ Cell Space Anniver. Milonga@ SOMArts, SF
Saturday, July 16: Mila performs with Tango Con*Fusion @ Milonga Epoca, Oakland
Sunday July 31: Mila & Casey teach Beginning Lesson @ QueerTango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Tango Fundamentals June 2016
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
June Music Focus: Rodolfo Biagi
June Movement Focus: Love la cruzada!

For June 6: “Cruz Diablo” (1925) Composed by Biagi.

For June 13: “Racing Club” (1950)

For June 20: “Todo te Nombra” (1940) Canta Jorge Ortiz.

For June 27: “Humillacion” (1941) Canta Jorge Ortiz.

Note: Find us this month also at:
Saturday, June 4: Mila & Casey teach Beginning Class @ Syrian Refugee Benefit by SURF @ La Pista

Sunday, June 5: Mila & Casey teach mini Beginning Lesson @ Tango in the Square/Tango No. 9/Milonga
Sunday June 12: Mila & Casey teach Beginning Lesson @ QueerTango @ Finnish Hall
Mondays June 20 & 27: 7pm Tango Performance Team/New Session beginning now @ La Pista!
Wednesday, June 15:: Mila & Casey teach Beginning Lesson @ Cell Space @ SOMArts
Wednesday, June 22: Mila & Casey teach Intermediate Lesson @ Cell Space @ SOMArts
Friday, June 24: Mila performs w Tango Con*Fusion & Sexteto @ Alma Del Tango Milonga, San Anselmo

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Looking ahead…
July: Pedro Laurenz & Love ochos!

Tango Fundamentals May 2016
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
May Music Focus: Juan D’Arienzo
May Movement Focus: Love Ocho Cortado & Variations!

For May 2: “El Flete”

Note: Find us this month also at:
All Mondays in May: 7pm Tango Performance Team/New Session beginning now @ La Pista!
May 20: Mila & Casey perform w/ Trio Garufa & other Tango dancers @ San Francisco International Arts Fest

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Looking ahead…
June: Rodolfo Biagi & Love la cruzada!
July: Pedro Laurenz & Love ochos!

Tango Fundamentals April 2016
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
April Music Focus: Osvaldo Fresedo
April Movement Focus: Love Embrace Changes!

For April 4: “Sollozos”

For April 11: “Pimienta”

For April 18: “Siempre es Carnival”

For April 25: “Vida Mia”

Note: Find us this month also at:
April : Mila is judging at the April Follies Competition, Argentine Tango Section

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Looking ahead…

Tango Fundamentals March 2016
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
March Music Focus: Miguel Calo
March Movement Focus: Love La Cruzada!

For March 7: “Al Compas del Corazon”, 1942. Vocals Raul Beron.

For March 14: “Ya sale el tren”; 1943. Vocals Jorge Ortiz.

For March 21: “Si tu quisieras”; 1943. Vocals Alberto Podesta.

For March 28: “Manana ire temprano”; 1943. Vocals Raul Iriarte.

Note: Find us this month also at:
March 26/27: Tango USA National Tango Championship/Student Team Performance

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Miguel Calo
Bandoneonist, composer and bandleader
October 28, 1907 – May 24, 1972

Calo began his career by playing in the orchestras of Osvaldo Fresedo and Francisco Pracanico, and after starting his first orchestra in 1929, disbanded it to join Catulo Castillo. He later formed another orchestra. His amazing pianists included Miguel Nijenson and Osmar Maderna. But it was in the period 1940-45 where he made his strongest impression. It is in the first period of his “Orchestra of the Stars” that is understood to be his signature sound.

The character of this music is mostly smooth and fluid (here you can possibly see the influence of Fresedo), classic for the period. Some of his work really walks the fence between melodic and rhythmic very well. He worked with a number of well-known singers as well as musicians such as Jorge Ortiz, Raul Beron, Raul Iriarte, Alberto Podesta, Carlos Dante, and even his brother Roberto Calo. Other well-known musicians included in the “Orchestra of the Stars” included Armando Pontier, Doming Federico, Julian Plaza and Jose Cambareri (all played bandoneon).

Some important works include: Al Compas del Corazon, Jamas Retornaras, Que te importa que te llore, Si Tu Quisieras, Es En Vano Llorar, Ya Sale El Tren, Sans Souci

From M. Salazar/Tango Fundamentals
Sourced from:
Tango Stories
by Michael Lavocah
Todotango.com

Looking ahead…

Tango Fundamentals April 2016
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes & many other sources)

April Music Focus: Osvaldo Fresedo
April Movement Focus: Love Embrace Changes!

For April 4: “Sollozos” (1922) by Osvaldo Fresedo. Lyrics by Emilio Fresedo. 1923 recording with Rosita Quiroga. Later vocals with Roberto Ray.

For April 11: “El Once” (both 1927 & 1935) by Osvaldo Fresedo. Lyrics by Emilio Fresedo. 1935 version vocals with Roberto Ray.

For April 18: “Vida Mia” (1933) Lyrics by Emilio Fresedo.

For April 25: “Adios Muchachos” The version from Rendevous Porteno featuring Dizzy Gillespie.

Note: Find us this month also at:

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals February 2016
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes & many other sources)

February Music Focus: Osvaldo Pugliese
February Movement Focus: Love Basic Turns!

For February 1: “Percal”

For February 8: “Recuerdo” (1944)

For February 15: *Autumn’s Choice!*

For February 22: “La Yumba” (1946)

For February 29: “La Ultima Copa” (Music by Francisco Canaro: 1926; Lyrics by Juan Caruso; Vocals Alberto Moran)

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Osvaldo Pugliese
December 2, 1905 – July 25, 1995
Bandleader, Pianist, Composer

Pugliese was part of the first popular female Bandoneonista’s group, “Paquita Bernardo”. He also worked in the groups of Roberto Firpo and Pedro Maffia. He created a group partnered with Elvino Vardaro, the Sexteto Tipico Vardaro-Pugliese, which was groundbreaking. It included Anibal Troilo and Alfredo Gobbi. He worked with many great musicians and eventually created his own orchestra. Singers he recorded with included Roberto Chanel, Alberto Moran, Jorge Vidal and others.

He was highly regarded as a bandleader and respected for his fairness in how he treated other members, such as equally distributing pay, rather than paying himself as the leader more. He was an active communist, and it was not unusual for him to be arrested in the prevailing political climate. When he was taken, the members of the orchestra are said to have laid a rose on the piano for him.

He was sometimes a pioneer in the style of his music. For instance La Yumba, which is one of the songs most closely associated with him.

His style is often described as romantic, and he is known maybe most for his recordings which are rich and dramatic.  For this reason, the use of Pause is often highlighted. 4 important things to work with in Pugliese’s music: 1) strong driving beats 1 & 3; 2) hard to soft changes; 3) loss of compas (beat); 4) rich & expressive character.

Some songs to know by Pugliese: La Yumba, Recuerdo, La Beba, Recien, Barro, Una Vez, El Encapao, his recordings of Mala Junta, La Bordona, Nochero Soy, Gallo Ciego, La Ultima Copa.

From M. Salazar/Tango Fundamentals
Sourced from:
Tango Stories
by Michael Lavocah

http://todotango.com/English/creadores/opugliese.html

http://www.totango.net/pugliese.html

http://www.verytangostore.com/legends/osvaldo-pugliese.html

Tango Fundamentals January 2016
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes & many other sources)

January Music Focus: Anibal Troilo
January Movement Focus: Love La Cruzada

For January 4: “Toda mi Vida” (1941) Vocals Francisco Fiorentino”

For January 11: “C.T.V.” (1942)

For January 18: “La Cumparsita” (1943, written 1916 or 1917)

For January 25: “Quejas de Bandoneon” (1944 recording with Troilo, written 1918)

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Sunday, January 3, 10, 24, 31: Mila & Casey Teach Beginning Lesson at QueerTango @ Finnish Hall, Berk.
Wednesday, January 6: Mila & Casey Teach Beginning Lesson @ Project Tango SOMArts (cell space), SF

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Anibal Troilo
July 11, 1914 – May 18, 197
Composer, director, bandeonista

-       Troilo is one of the “4 Heavies”, a bandleader whose music you will hear pretty much every night at every milonga throughout the world. The others include Carlos Di Sarli, Juan D’Arienzo and Osvaldo Pugliese.

-       He was part of an important group that included Elvino Vardaro & Osvaldo Pugliese, Ciriaco Ortiz & Alfredo Gobbi Jr.

-       He was known for organizing an impressive group of musicians and singers.

-       Important singers he worked with included Fiorentino, Alberto Marino, Floreal Ruiz, Edmundo RIvero, Raul Beron, Elba Beron, Roberto Goyeneche and others.

-       Some of his important compositions include: Barrio de Tango, Pa’ que bailen los muchachos, Discepolin, Sur and La Ultima Curda.

-       Nickname: Pichuco.

Recording of Troilo’s orchestra playing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y32Gn-Z4DFk

M. Salazar/Tango Fundamentals
Sourced from: http://www.todotango.com/english/artists/info/32/Anibal-Troilo

Tango Fundamentals November 2015
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes & many other sources)

November Music Focus: Enrique Rodriguez
November Movement Focus: Love Walking & Walking Variations!

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Wednesday, November 4: Mila & Casey Teach Beginning Lesson @ Project Tango SOMArts (cell space), SF
Wednesday, November 18: Mila & Casey Teach Intermediate Lesson @ Project Tango SOMArts (cell space), SF
Sunday, November 22: Mila & Casey Teach Beginning Lesson at QueerTango @ Finnish Hall, Berkeley

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Tango Fundamentals October 2015
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes & many other sources)

October Music Focus: Carlos Di Sarli
October Movement Focus: Love Ochos!

For October 5: “Bahia Blanca”

For October 12: “Siete Palabras”

For October 19: “Verdemar”

For October 26: “Milonguero Viejo”

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Friday,  October 16:  7:30-8:30 Team of Teachers: Mila, Casey, Tom & Camille at  Halloween Milonguita Mixed Level Lesson/DJ Mila Milonga @ La Pista. Dance Performances! Costumes optional but encouraged. Boo!

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Tango Fundamentals September 2015
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes & many other sources)

September Music Focus: Juan D’Arienzo
September Movement Focus: Love Ocho Cortado & Variations!

NOTE: NO CLASS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEPTEMBER 7.

For September 14: “Nueve de Julio” (1935)

For September 21: “El Flete” (1936)

For September 28: “El Choclo” (1937)

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Wednesday, September 2: Teach Beginner Lesson w/Casey Young @ Project Tango SOMArts
Sunday, September 6: Teach, Performance Team, Pro Performance, Live Orchestra, Milonga @ Union Square
Wednesday, September 16: Teach Intermediate Lesson w/Casey Young @ Project Tango SOMArts

Friday,  September 18:  7:30-8:30 Teach Milonguita Mixed Level Lesson/DJ Milonga @ La Pista

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Tango Fundamentals August 2015
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes & many other sources)

August Music Focus: Alfredo De Angelis
August Movement Focus: Love Paradas y Barridas!

For August 3: “Marioneta” (1943) Vocals with Floreal Ruiz.

For August 10: “La Cumparsita” (1944)

For August 17: “Pregonera” (1945) Vocals with Dante y Martel.

For August 24: “Sonar y Nada Mas” (1944) Vocals with Dante y Martel. (A Vals!)

For August 31: Musical review!

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Wednesday, August 12: Teach Beginner Lesson w/Casey Young @ Project Tango SOMArts
Friday,  August 21:  7:30-8:30 Teach Milonguita Mixed Level Lesson/DJ Milonga @ La Pista

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

COMING UP:

Tango Fundamentals September 2015
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes & many other sources)

September Music Focus: Juan D’Arienzo
September Movement Focus: Love Ocho Cortado & Variations!

NOTE: NO CLASS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEPTEMBER 7.

For September 14:

For September 21:

For September 28:

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Wednesday, September 2: Teach Beginner Lesson w/Casey Young @ Project Tango SOMArts
Sunday, September 6: Teach, Performance Team, Pro Performance, Live Orchestra, Milonga @ Union Square
Wednesday, September 16: Teach Intermediate Lesson w/Casey Young @ Project Tango SOMArts

Friday,  September 18:  7:30-8:30 Teach Milonguita Mixed Level Lesson/DJ Milonga @ La Pista

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals JulyOF 2015
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes & many other sources)

July Music Focus: Osvaldo Fresedo
July Movement Focus: Love Embrace Changes!

For July 6: “Sollozos” (1922) by Osvaldo Fresedo. Lyrics by Emilio Fresedo. 1923 recording with Rosita Quiroga. Later vocals with Roberto Ray.

For July 13: “El Once” (both 1927 & 1935) by Osvaldo Fresedo. Lyrics by Emilio Fresedo. 1935 version vocals with Roberto Ray.

For July 20: “Vida Mia” (1933) Lyrics by Emilio Fresedo.

For July 27: “Adios Muchachos” The version from Rendevous Porteno featuring Dizzy Gillespie.

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Wednesday, July 1: Teach Intermediate Lesson w/Casey Young @ Project Tango SOMArts
Fridays, July 3 & 10:  7:30-8:30 Teach Tango Essentials & Practica Bailarina w/Casey Young @ La Pista
Wednesday, July 22: Teach Beginning Lesson w/Casey Young @ Project Tango SOMArts

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals June
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)

June Music Focus: Anibal Troilo
June Movement Focus: Love Basic Turns!

For June 1: “Quejas de Bandoneon” by Anibal Troilo. (good version from album Grandes Exitos)

For June 8: ““Quejas de Bandoneon” by Anibal Troilo. (good version from album Grandes Exitos)

For June 15: “Toda mi vida” (1941) Canta Francisco Fiorentino.

For June 22: “Milongueando en el ’40″ (1941)

For June 29: “C.T.V.” (1942)

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Fridays, June 5 & 26:  7:30-8:30 Teach Tango Essentials & Practica Bailarina w/Casey Young
Wednesday, June 10: Teach Beginning Lesson w/Casey Young @ Project Tango SOMArts

Friday, June 12:  8:30 DJ @ La Milonguita Milonga

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals May
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
May Music Focus: Francisco Canaro
May Movement Focus: Walking & Walking Variations

For May 4: “Poema” by Eduardo Bianco & Mario Melfi; singer Roberto Maida.

For May 11: “La Morocha” by Enrique Saborido, lyrics by Angel Villoldo. Singer Ada Falcon. (Good version from the album The History of tango, Ada Falcon, Vol. 1/ Recordings 1925 – 1929.)

For May 18: “De Puro Guapo” (1935)

NO CLASS MAY 25 MEMORIAL DAY! GO HAVE A PICNIC!

Note: The Last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes!


Tango Fundamentals April 2015
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
April Music Focus: Miguel Calo
April Movement Focus: Love La Cruzada!

For April 6: “Al Compas del Corazon”, 1942. Vocals Raul Beron.

For April 13: “Ya sale el tren”; 1943. Vocals Jorge Ortiz.

For April 20: “Si tu quisieras”; 1943. Vocals Alberto Podesta.

For April 27: “Manana ire temprano”; 1943. Vocals Raul Iriarte.

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Friday, April 3:  9:00 Teach @ Genesis w/David Orly-Thompson
Friday, April 17:  8:30 Teach & DJ @ La Milonguita Milonga (La Pista) w/Tom Lewis

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Miguel Calo
Bandoneonist, composer and bandleader
October 28, 1907 – May 24, 1972

Calo began his career by playing in the orchestras of Osvaldo Fresedo and Francisco Pracanico, and after starting his first orchestra in 1929, disbanded it to join Catulo Castillo. He later formed another orchestra. His amazing pianists included Miguel Nijenson and Osmar Maderna. But it was in the period 1940-45 where he made his strongest impression. It is in the first period of his “Orchestra of the Stars” that is understood to be his signature sound.

The character of this music is mostly smooth and fluid (here you can possibly see the influence of Fresedo), classic for the period. Some of his work really walks the fence between melodic and rhythmic very well. He worked with a number of well-known singers as well as musicians such as Jorge Ortiz, Raul Beron, Raul Iriarte, Alberto Podesta, Carlos Dante, and even his brother Roberto Calo. Other well-known musicians included in the “Orchestra of the Stars” included Armando Pontier, Doming Federico, Julian Plaza and Jose Cambareri (all played bandoneon).

Some important works include: Al Compas del Corazon, Jamas Retornaras, Que te importa que te llore, Si Tu Quisieras, Es En Vano Llorar, Ya Sale El Tren, Sans Souci

From M. Salazar/Tango Fundamentals
Sourced from:
Tango Stories
by Michael Lavocah
Todotango.com

Looking ahead…

Tango Fundamentals May
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
May Music Focus: Francisco Canaro

For May 4: “Poema” by Eduardo Bianco & Mario Melfi; singer Roberto Maida.

For May 11: “La Morocha” by Enrique Saborido, lyrics by Angel Villoldo. Singer Ada Falcon. (Good version from the album The History of tango, Ada Falcon, Vol. 1/ Recordings 1925 – 1929.)

For May 18:

For May 25:

Note: The Last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes!


Tango Fundamentals March 2015
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
March Music Focus: Osvaldo Pugliese
March Movement Focus: Love Back Ochos!

For March 2: “Recuerdo”, 1944.

For March 9: “Derecho Viejo”; 1945.

For March 16: “La Yumba”; 1946.

For March 23: “Negracha”; 1948.

For March 30:Malandraca”; 1949.

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Mondays: 7pm Lead Performance Team Session w/ Casey Young
Wednesday, March 11: Teach intermediate Class @ Cell Space w/ Casey Young
Friday, March 20:  8:30 DJ @ La Milonguita Milonga
Wednesday, March 25: 8:10pm Teach Intermediate Class @ Cell Space w/ Casey Young

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Osvaldo Pugliese
December 2, 1905 – July 25, 1995
Bandleader, Pianist, Composer

Pugliese was part of the first popular female Bandoneonista’s group, “Paquita Bernardo”. He also worked in the groups of Roberto Firpo and Pedro Maffia. He created a group partnered with Elvino Vardaro, the Sexteto Tipico Vardaro-Pugliese, which was groundbreaking. It included Anibal Troilo and Alfredo Gobbi. He worked with many great musicians and eventually created his own orchestra. Singers he recorded with included Roberto Chanel, Alberto Moran, Jorge Vidal and others.

He was highly regarded as a bandleader and respected for his fairness in how he treated other members, such as equally distributing pay, rather than paying himself as the leader more. He was an active communist, and it was not unusual for him to be arrested in the prevailing political climate. When he was taken, the members of the orchestra are said to have laid a rose on the piano for him.

He was sometimes a pioneer in the style of his music. For instance La Yumba, which is one of the songs most closely associated with him.

His style is often described as romantic, and he is known maybe most for his recordings which are rich and dramatic.  For this reason, the use of Pause is often highlighted. 4 important things to work with in Pugliese’s music: 1) strong driving beats 1 & 3; 2) hard to soft changes; 3) loss of compas (beat); 4) rich & expressive character.

Some songs to know by Pugliese: La Yumba, Recuerdo, La Beba, Recien, Barro, Una Vez, El Encapao, his recordings of Mala Junta, La Bordona, Nochero Soy, Gallo Ciego, La Ultima Copa.

From M. Salazar/Tango Fundamentals
Sourced from:
Tango Stories
by Michael Lavocah

http://todotango.com/English/creadores/opugliese.html

http://www.totango.net/pugliese.html

http://www.verytangostore.com/legends/osvaldo-pugliese.html

Tango Fundamentals February 2015lucio demare
Music homework:If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
February Music Focus: Lucio DeMare
February Movement Focus: Forward Ochos

For February 2: “Igual que un bandoneon” (1945) Vocals Horacio Quintana.

For February 9: “Malena” (1942) Vocals Juan Carlos Miranda.

For February 16: “Tal vez sera su voz” (1943) Vocals Raul Beron.

For February 23: “Solamente…ella” (1944) Vocals Horacio Quintana.

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Wednesday, February 4: 8:10pm Teach intermediate Class @ Cell Space w/ Casey Young
Thursday, February 12: 4:30 Teach Mixed Level Class @ VA Fort Miley (Veterans/Staff Only; See Mila for Details)
Friday, February 20:  8:30 DJ @ La Milonguita Milonga
Monday, February 23: 7pm Lead Performance Team Session w/ Casey Young
Wednesday, February 25: 8:10pm Teach Beginning Class @ Cell Space w/ Casey Young

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Lucio Demare: August 9, 1906 – March 6, 1974, Buenos Aires
Pianist, Composer & Musical arranger.

Very early in life, according to an interview with DeMare, he had only wanted to play the piano. By 8 years old he was earning money playing for silent movies. He played in the well-known Canaro’s orchestra, and live and on Radio Belgrano with Elvino Vardaro.

In 1938 he formed his own orchestra. He worked with the singers Juan Carlos Miranda and also Raul Beron. But he also had his composition “Dandy” sung & recorded by Gardel. Gardel is thought by many to be the quintessential tango singer. He also worked the women singers Tania and Mercedes Simone.
Some important compositions by him include “Malena” which in an interview he says he wrote in 15 minutes straight after Homero Manzi provided him with the lyrics ten days beforehand. Also “Dandy”, “Mananitas de Montmartre”, “Solamente Ella”, “igual que un bandoneon”, and “Tal vez sera su voz”. And there are others!

Sourced from:

http://www.todotango.com/english/artists/info/127/Lucio-Demare/

http://www.totango.net/demare.html

Tango Fundamentals January 2015
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
January Music Focus: Carlos Di Sarli
January Movement Focus: Walking and Walking Variations

For January 5: “Bahia Blanca” written by Carlos Di Sarli. Instrumental; 1957. *Note: There are several recordings by him of this song. The version recorded 1957 has better sound quality than that of 1958.

For January 12: “El Abrojo” by Agustin Bardi (Good version from the album Tango Classics 213: Indio Manso)

For January 19: “Corazon” Vocals Roberto Rufino. (Good version from the album Tango Classics 033: Carlos Di Sarli “Corazon”) ;1939. *Note: There is a 1950s recording of this song with vocalist Mario Pomar also by Di Sarli.

For January 26: “Milonguero Viejo” by Carlos Di Sarli (Good version form the album Serie de Oro Vol 2: Carlos Di Sarli)

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
All Mondays: 7pm Leading Performance Team Class w/ Casey Young
Friday, January 16:  DJ @ La Milonguita Milonga

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.


Tango Fundamentals December 2014Lindsey Sterling
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
December Music Focus: Alternative music for Tango!
December Movement Focus: Paradas y Barridas

The entire month will be a mixed selection of contemporary music (“alternative”) for Tango, some made for tango, and some tango is danced to anyway. ;) Alternative Classics including Gotan Project and Libedinsky to Lindsey Sterling’s Crystallize and awesome ballads. Enjoy! (Mixed alternative & traditional music will be played at the Practica.)

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Note: Come join us at our special End of Year Practica/Holiday Party/my Birthday Party Monday December 15th 9pm!!

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Wednesday, December 3: Project Tango @ Cell Space Intermediate Lesson (see schedule page for details)

Note: No Milonguita Milonga in December due to the Holiday. Beginning in January 2015 La Milonguita Milonga will be scheduled on the 3rd Friday of each month.

Tango Fundamentals November 2014rodolfo biagi
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
November Music Focus: Rodolfo Biagi: Manos Brujas! (Enchanted Hands!)
November Movement Focus: Basic Turns

For November 3: “Belgica”

For November 10: “Cruz Diablo” (1925)

For November 17: “Humiliacion” (1941)

For November 24: “Racing Club” (1950)

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Note: No Milonguita Milonga in November due to the Holiday.

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
All Mondays: 7pm Leading Performance Team Class w/ Casey Young


Tango Fundamentals October 2014
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
October Music Focus: Juan D’Arienzo
October Movement Focus: Basic Rhythmic Musicality

For October 6: “El Flete” by Vicente Greco: lyrics by Pascual Contursi (Good version from album La Punalada or Tango Lesson)

For October 13: “Felicia” by Enrique Saborido: lyrics by Mauricio Pacheco (Good version from album Grandes Del Tango 5: Juan D’Arienzo)

For October 20: “Nada Mas” music & lyrics by Juan D’Arienzo & Luis Rubistein (Good version from album Grandes Del Tango 5: Juan D’Arienzo)

For October 27: “Nueve de Julio” (1935)

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Milonga will be Friday October 31; We’re having a special costume optional Halloween Milonguita – a real great party! See schedule page for details.

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
All Mondays: 7pm Leading Performance Team Class w/ Casey Young
Wednesday, October 8: Teaching Intermediate Lesson w/ Casey Young @ Project Tango: Cell Space
Friday, October 31:  Teach Beginning Lesson & DJ @ Halloween Milonguita Milonga
See schedule page for details.

Note: November Music Focus will be Rodolfo Biagi; November movement focus will be Basic Turns.


Tango Fundamentals September 2014
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
September Music Focus: Anibal Troilo
September Movement Focus: Forward Ochos

For September 8: ““Quejas de Bandoneon” by Anibal Troilo. (good version from album Grandes Exitos)Anibal Troilo

For September 15: “Toda mi vida” (1941) Canta Francisco Fiorentino.

For September 22: “Milongueando en el ’40″ (1941)

For September 29: “C.T.V.” (1942)

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Milonga will be Friday September 26; see schedule page for details.

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
All Mondays: 7pm Leading Performance Team Class w/ Casey Young
Sunday, September 7: Teach mini-class & perform with Casey Young & Performance Team @ Union Square, SF
Wednesday, September 10: Teaching Beginning Lesson w/ Casey Young @ Project Tango: Cell Space
Friday, August 29:  DJ @ Milonguita Milonga
See schedule page for details.

Tango Fundamentals August 2014
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
August Music Focus: Carlos Di Sarli
August Movement Focus: Back Ochos

For August 4: “Bahia Blanca” written by Carlos Di Sarli. Instrumental; 1957. *Note: There are several recordings by him of this song. The version recorded 1957 has better sound quality than that of 1958.

For August 11: “Verdemar” (1943) Canta Roberto Rufino.

For August 18: “La capilla blanca” (1944) Canta Alberto Podesta.

For August 25: “Tormenta” (1954) Canta Mario Pomar.

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Milonga will be Friday August 29; see schedule page for details.

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
All Mondays: 7pm Leading Performance Team Class w/ Casey Young
Wednesday, August 27: Teaching Beginning Lesson w/ Casey Young @ Project Tango: Cell Space
Friday, August 29:  Teach Class with Tom Lewis & DJ @ Milonguita Milonga
Saturday, August 30: Teach Class with Chelsea Eng @ Lady’s Tango Festival
Saturday, August 30: Performance with Tango Con*fusion @ Lady’s Tango Festival
See schedule page for details.

Carlos Di Sarli
January 7, 1903 – January 12, 1960
Bandleader, Pianist & Composer

Di Sarli is known for classic compositions which lend themselves to a strong, solid walk. The tangos are often good to use in learning because there tends to be a clear, recognizable beat. Some of his famous compositions include Milonguero Viejo, Verdemar, Otra Vez Carnival, and Bahia Blanca, written for his home.

In his development as a tango musician, he worked in the groups of several well-known artists such as Alejandro Scarpino and Osvaldo Fresedo, for whom “Milonguero Viejo” was written. He worked with several pivotal musicians when he formed his own orchestras but also singers, including Ernesto Fama, Fernando Diaz, Mario Pomar and perhaps most notably, Roberto Rufino and Alberto Podesta.


Tango Fundamentals July 2014ER
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
July Music Focus: Enrique Rodriguez
July Movement Focus: Turns

For July 7: “Tengo Mil Novias” – a Vals – (1939) by Enrique Rodriguez; lyrics by Enrique Cadicamo.

For July 14: “Tango Argentino” (1942)

For July 21: “Son cosas del bandoneon” (1937)

For July 28: “Llorar por una mujer” (1941) Lyrics by Enrique Cadicamo; Vocals Armando Moreno.

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs, information posted here about the bandleaders and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Milonga will be Friday July 25; see schedule page for details. Amazing World-Renowned Guest Instructor Susannah Miller Enjoy!

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
All Mondays: 7pm Leading Performance Team Class w/ Casey Young
Wednesday, July 16: Teaching Intermediate Lesson w/ Casey Young @ Project Tango: Cell Space

Friday, July 18: Modeling at San Anselmo Milonga, Tango Fashions by Bettina from Germany
Friday, July 25:  DJ @ Milonguita Milonga (Lesson with Susannah Miller)
See schedule page for details.

ENRIQUE RODRIGUEZ
Bandoneon Player, leader and composer (though he also played piano and violin)
March 8, 1901 – September 4, 1971

His orquesta caracteristica was called “La Orchesta de Todos los Ritmos” meaning that they played music for other partner dances, organized in 1936. In fact, one of his best known songs is a foxtrot: “Amor en Budapest”. He worked with two singers, Roberto Flores to begin with and then Armando Moreno after Flores left. The orquesta started recording in 1937.

To stay contemporary, in 1944 he changed up the orquesta and tried to make the sound of the music more smooth and classic, but this didn’t work very well for him and eventually he returned to his more characteristic sound which is descended from D’Arienzo and Donato.

Tango Fundamentals June 2014
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
June Music Focus: Lucio DeMare
June Movement Focus: La Cruzada

For June 2: “Malena” (1942) with singer Juan Carlos Miranda.

For June 9: “Tal vez sera su voz” (1943) with singer Raul Beron.

For June 16: “Solamente…ella” (1944) with singer Horacio Quintana.

For June 23: “Igual que un bandoneon” (1945) with singer Horacio Quintana.

For June 30: Review songs from month.

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday June 27; see schedule page for details. Enjoy!

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Friday, June 6: Teaching “Molinete Jamboree/Flip boleo & more!” w/ Casey @ Tango Atypico
Wednesday, June 25: Teaching Beginning Lesson w/ Casey @ Project Tango: Cell Space

Friday, June 27: Teaching mix level Lesson w/ Tom & DJ @ Milonguita Milonga
Saturday, June 28: Teaching mix level Lesson w/ Casey @ El Bailongo Del Polo
See schedule page for details.

Tango Fundamentals 1 May
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
May Music Focus: Osvaldo Pugliese

“He broke through the abyss which exists between the head and the heart.” – Alejandro Prevignano, courtesy of Michael Lavocah in Tango Stories.

For May 5: (Mala Junta)

For May 12: “La Yumba”; 1946.

For May 19: “Negracha”; 1948.

For May 26: “Malandraca”; 1949.

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday May 30th; see schedule page for details. Enjoy!

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Wednesday, May 28: Teaching Intermediate Lesson @ Project Tango: Cell Space

Friday, April 25: Teaching mix level Lesson & DJ @ Milonguita Milonga
See schedule page for details.

Osvaldo Pugliese

December 2, 1905 – July 25, 1995

Bandleader, Pianist

- He was highly regarded as a bandleader and respected for his fairness in how he treated other members, such as equally distributing pay, rather than paying himself as the leader more. He was an active communist, and sometimes arrested in connection with his politics. When he was taken, the members of his group would lay a red flower on the piano for him.

- He was part of the first female Bandoneonista’s group, “Paquita Bernardo”. He also worked in the groups of, employed as musicians or partnered with many outstanding musicians and bandleaders including Roberto Firpo, Pedro Maffia, Elvino-Vardaro which was groundbreakng, Alfredo Gobbi, and Anibal Troilo. He credited Julio De Caro as a strong influence on his style.

- Singers he recorded with included Roberto Chanel, Alberto Moran, Jorge Vidal and others.

- He was at times a pioneer in the style of his music. For instance La Yumba, which is one of those most closely associated with him.

- His style is often described as romantic, and he is known maybe most for his recordings which are rich and dramatic. For this reason, the use of Pause is often highlighted.

- 4 important things to work with in Pugliese’s music: 1) strong driving beats 1 & 3; 2) hard to soft changes; 3) loss of compas (beat); 4) rich & expressive character.

- Some songs to know by Pugliese: Recuerdo, La Beba, Recien, Barro, Una Vez, El Encapao, his recordings of Mala Junta, La Bordona, Nochero Soy, Gallo Ciego, La Ultima Copa, La Yumba, and Negracha.

Thanks to: Tango Stories by Michael Lavocah, todotango.com, verytango.com.


Tango Fundamentals 1 April
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
April Music Focus: Anibal Troilo

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday April 25th; see schedule page for details. Enjoy!

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
Wednesday, April 16: Teaching Intermediate Lesson @ Project Tango: Cell Space

Friday, April 25: Teaching mix level Lesson & DJ @ Milonguita Milonga
See schedule page for details.

Tango Fundamentals 1 March
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
March Music Focus: Ricardo Tanturi!
We will also be highlighting songs by women to celebrate Women’s History Month.
* This ties into March Movie nights at la Pista, Tuesday nights! See: www.lapistatango.com

For March 3: “Al compas de un tango”

For March 10: “Esta noche me emborracho”

For March 17: “Asi se baila el tango”

For March 24: “Recuerdo malevo”

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday March 28; see schedule page for details. Tom Lewis will be DJ. Enjoy!

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
March 5 Wednesday Teaching Beginning Lesson @ Project Tango: Cell Space

See schedule page for details.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!

Tango Fundamentals 1 JanuaryNelly Omar
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
January Music Focus: Introduction to Women Singers!

For January 6: “La Cumparsita” with Nelly Omar singing.

For January 27: “Cada dia te extrano mas” sung by Carmen Del Moral. Also: Bahia Blanca from Carlos Di Sarli.

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday January 31st, see schedule page for details. I am  DJ and will play all of these songs during the social dancing time (as well as including some past and future selections which will be covered in class)!

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
January 4, 11 & 13 Saturdays Teaching Mixed Level Lesson @ the NeXus Practica
January 15 Wednesday Teaching Beginning Lesson@ Project Tango: Cell Space
January 31
Friday DJ’ing @ the Milonguita Milonga
See schedule page for details.

Tango Fundamentals 1 November
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
November Music Focus: The Alternative Classics!

For November 4: “Santa Maria (Del Buen Aire)” AND “Una Musica Brutal” by Gotan Project. From the album Revancha del Tango (as well as compilations).

For November 11: “Vi Luz y Subi” AND “Otra Luna” by Carlos Libedinsky. From the album “Narcotango” (as well as compilations).

For November 18: ” Perfume” AND “Zitarrosa” by Bajofondo (Tango Club). From the albums Superveille & Mar Dulce respectively. (Also available on compilations.)

For November 25: “Sentimientos” by Andres Linetzky & Ernesto Romeo.

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday November 29th, see schedule page for details. I am  DJ and will play all of these songs during the social dancing time (as well as including some past and future selections which will be covered in class)!

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
November 2, 9 & 16 Saturdays Teaching Mixed Level Lesson @ the NeXus Practica
November 6 Wednesday Teaching Beginning Lesson@ Project Tango: Cell Space
November 23 Saturday Performing with Tango Con Fusion @ DVD release party
November 29
Friday DJ’ing @ the Milonguita Milonga
See schedule page for details.


Tango Fundamentals 1 October: Molinetes
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
October Music Focus: Juan D’Arienzo!

For October 7: “El Flete” by Vicente Greco: lyrics by Pascual Contursi (Good version from album La Punalada or Tango Lesson)

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday October 25th, see schedule page for details. I am teacher and DJ and will play all of these songs during the social dancing time (as well as including some past and future selections which will be covered in class)! The Milonga is held in the upstairs 768 Brannan studio.

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
October 5, 12 & 19 Saturdays@ the NeXus Practica
October 25
Friday I am teaching & DJ’ing @ the Milonguita Milonga
See schedule page for details.

Tango Fundamentals 1 September: Ochosdreamy eyes
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
September Music Focus: Pedro Laurenz…Such dreamy eyes!

For September 2: “Alma de bohemia”; 1943. Vocals Alberto Podesta.

For September 9: (review)

For September 16: “Arrabal”; 1937.

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday September 27th, see schedule page for details. I am teacher and DJ and will play all of these songs during the social dancing time (as well as including some past and future selections which will be covered in class)! The Milonga is held in the upstairs 768 Brannan studio.

Tango Fundamentals 1 August: La Cruzada
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
August Music Focus: Ricardo Tanturi

For August 5: “Asi se baila el tango”; 1942. Vocals Alberto Castillo.

For August 12: “Una Emocion”

Tango Fundamentals 1 July: Cross System

Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
July Music Focus: Carlos Di Sarli

For July 1: “Bahia Blanca” written by Carlos Di Sarli. Instrumental; 1957. *Note: There are several recordings by him of this song. The version recorded 1957 has better sound quality than that of 1958.

For July 8: “Corazon” Vocals Roberto Rufino. (Good version from the album Tango Classics 033: Carlos Di Sarli “Corazon”) ;1939. *Note: There is a 1950s recording of this song with vocalist Mario Pomar also by Di Sarli.

For July 15: “Nido Gaucho” written by Carlos Di Sarli. Lyrics by Hector Marco. Vocals Jorge Duran. (Good version from the album Serie de Oro Vol. 2 Carlos Di Sarli); 1942.

For July 22: “Indio Manso” Instrumental. (Good version from the album Tango Classics: Carlos di Sarli “Indio Manso”); 1958.

For July 29: “Porteno y Bailarin” written by Carlos Di Sarli. Lyrics by Hector Marco. Vocals Jorge Duran. (Good version from the album Senor del Tango); 1945.

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
July 12  & 19  Fridays @ La Pista Tango Beginners & Beyond
July 13 Saturday @ the NeXus Practica
July 26 Friday I am DJ’ing @ the Milonguita Milonga
See schedule page for details.

Tango Fundamentals 1 June: Basic Turns
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
June Music Focus: Edgardo Donato

For June 17: “El Huracan” Music by Edgardo Donato. (Good version from the album Chique/Edgardo Donato from the Tango Classics collection #69.)

For June 24: “Mi Serenata” Music by Edgardo Donato, lyrics by Juan Carlos Thorry. (Good version from the album Chique/Edgardo Donato from the Tango Classics collection #69.)

Note: I am teaching this month also at:
June 8 & 15 Saturdays @ Nexus Practica
June 14 Friday @ the Release Practica
June 21 Friday @ La Pista Tango Beginners and Beyond
June 28 Friday I am DJ’ing the Milonguita Milonga
See schedule page for details.

Note: The last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday June 28th, see schedule page for details. I am  DJ and will play all of these songs during the social dancing time (as well as including some past and future selections which will be covered in class)! The Milonga is held in the upstairs 768 Brannan studio.

Note: Coming in July – Cross System with the Music of Carlos Di Sarli.


Tango Fundamentals 1 May: Walking Variations
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
May Music Focus: Osvaldo Fresedo

For May 6: “Sollozos” Music by Osvaldo Fresedo, Lyrics by Emilio Fresedo; 1922. (Good version from the album El Once from the Tango Classics collection. Singer Roberto Ray.)

For May 13: “Vida Mia” Music by Osvaldo Fresedo, Lyrics by Emilio Fresedo; 1933.

For May 20: “El Once” Music by Osvaldo Fresedo, Lyrics by Emilio Fresedo. (We’ll be looking at the 1935 version with singer Roberto Ray)

For May 27: “Adios Muchachos” The version from Rendevous Porteno featuring Dizzy Gillespie.

Note: I am teaching this month also at the Release Practica On May 3rd, Cell Space on May 15, and the Milonguita Milonga May 31. See schedule page for details.

Note: The Last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes! Quiz is based on “name that tune” of the month’s songs and handouts given during the month.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday May 31st, see schedule page for details. I am teaching the lesson with Camille and I’ll also be DJ: I will play all of these songs during the social dancing time (as well as including some past and future selections which will be covered in class)! The Milonga is held in the floor level studio.

Note: Coming in June – Basic Turns with the Music of Edgardo Donato.

Tango Fundamentals 1 April: Forward Ochos
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
April Music Focus: Francisco Canaro

For April 1: “Poema” by Eduardo Bianco & Mario Melfi; singer Roberto Maida.

For April 8: “La Morocha” by Enrique Saborido, lyrics by Angel Villoldo. Singer Ada Falcon. (Good version from the album The History of tango, Ada Falcon, Vol. 1/ Recordings 1925 – 1929.)

For April 15: “La Morocha” again!

Note: The Last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes!

Tango Fundamentals 1 March: Embrace Changes
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
March Music Focus: Alfredo De Angelis

For March 4: Compadron

For March 11: Pregonera

For March 18:Pavadita

For March 25: Sonar y Nada Mas (a vals)

Tango Fundamentals 1 February: Paradas y Barridas!
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
February Music Focus: Osvaldo Pugliese

For February 4: “La Yumba” by Osvaldo Pugliese

For February 10: “Negracha” by Osvaldo Pugliese

For February 17: “Recuerdo” by Osvaldo Pugliese

Note: The Last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes!


Tango Fundamentals 1 January: La Cruzada!
Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
January Music Focus: Enrique Rodriguez

For January 28: Tu…El Cielo y Tu

miguel calo

Tango Fundamentals 1 December: Embellishments!
Note: Class only meets 3 Mondays in December due to the holiday.

Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
November Music Focus: Miguel Calo

For December 3: “Al Compas de Corazon” by Domingo Federico, lyrics by Homero Exposito, singer Raul Beron. (Good version from the album Al Compas de Corazon or Los grandes Cantores: Raul Beron)

For December 10: “Si Tu Quisieras” by Francisco Pracanico, lyrics by Luis Rubistein, singer Alberto Podesta. (Good version from the album Miguel Calo 2:Grandes del Tango 45)

For December 17: “”Es En Vano Llorar” by Alberto Suarez Villanueva, lyrics by Oscar Rubens, singer Raul Iriarte. (Good version from the album Miguel Calo 2: Grandes del Tango 45)

Note: The Last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes!


Tango Fundamentals 1 November: Connection!di sarli
Emotional & Lead/Follow Connection in your Dance

Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)
November Music Focus: Carlos Di Sarli

For November 5: “Bahia Blanca” by Carlos Di Sarli (Good version from the album The Tango Lesson)

For November 12: “El Abrojo” by Agustin Bardi (Good version from the album Tango Classics 213: Indio Manso)

For November 19: “Verdemar” by Carlos Di Sarli with Oscar Serpa vocal (Good version from the album Tango Classics 210: Flor de Amigo)

For November 26: “Milonguero Viejo” by Carlos Di Sarli (Good version form the album Serie de Oro Vol 2: Carlos Di Sarli)

Note: The Last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes!

Note: There will be a special Red-Black Milonga at La Pista on Thursday, November 15 in the upstairs studio, hosted by Ashvin. Beginners -  proceed carefully and remember to be aware of milonga etiquette.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday November 30th, see schedule page for details. I will play all of these songs during the social dancing time (as well as including some past and future selections which will be covered in class)! The Milonga is held in the floor level studio.


Tango Fundamentals 1 October: Forward & Back Crossing Steps!

Music homework:
If you are able, listen to the song before class; it will not hinder you if you didn’t get a chance, but it will help your learning if you do! (all songs are available on itunes)

For October 1: “El Flete” by Vicente Greco: lyrics by Pascual Contursi (Good version from album La Punalada or Tango Lesson)

For October 8: “Felicia” by Enrique Saborido: lyrics by Mauricio Pacheco (Good version from album Grandes Del Tango 5: Juan D’Arienzo)

For October 15: “Nada Mas” music & lyrics by Juan D’Arienzo & Luis Rubistein (Good version from album Grandes Del Tango 5: Juan D’Arienzo)

NADA MAS
Nothing else (1938)
LYRICS by: Luis Rubistein
MUSIC by: Juan D’Arienzo
TRANSLATION by: Alberto Paz
CASTELLANO ENGLISH
No quiero nada, nada más
que no me dejes, frente a frente, con la vida.
Me moriré si me dejás
por que sin vos no he de saber vivir.

Y no te pido más que eso,
que no me dejes sucumbir,
te lo suplico por Dios
no me quites el calor
de tu cariño y tus besos,
que, si me falta la luz
de tu mirar, que es mi sol,
será mi vida una cruz.

Cuánta nieve habrá en mi vida
sin el fuego de tus ojos!
Y mi alma, ya perdida,
sangrando por la herida,
se dejará morir,
y en la cruz de mis anhelos
llenaré de brumas mi alma,
morirá el azul del cielo,
sobre mi desvelo
viéndote partir.

No quiero nada, nada más
que la mentira de tu amor, como limosna.
¿Qué voy a hacer si me dejás
con el vacío de mi decepción?
No te vayas te lo ruego,
no destroces mi corazón,
si no lo hacés por amor
hacelo por compasión
pero por Dios no me dejés
jamás te molestaré,
seré una sombra a tus pies,
tirada en algún rincón.

I want nothing, nothing else
than you not leaving me face to face with my life.
I will die if you leave me
because without you I won’t know how to live.

And I don’t ask more than that,
that you don’t let me succumb
I beg you in the name of God,
don’t take away the heat
of your affection and your kisses,
because if I lack the light
of you looking at me, which is my sun,
my life will carry a cross.

How much snow will be in my life
without the fire of your eyes!
And my soul, already lost
bleeding from its wound,
will let itself die,
and in the torment of my longings
I’ll fill my soul with mist
the blue of heaven will die,
over my insomnia
seeing you go away.

I want nothing, nothing else
than the lie of your love as charity.
What will I do if you leave me
with the emptiness of my disappointment?
No, don’t go, I beg you,
Do not destroy my heart,
if you do not do it for love
do it for compassion
but for God’s sake don’t leave me
I’ll never bother you,
I’ll be a shadow at your feet
lying down on a corner.

For October 22: “9 De Julio” by Jose Luis Padula (Good version from the album Grandes Del Tango 5: Juan D’Arienzo)

For October 29: “El Cencerro” by Jose Martinez (Good version from the album Grandes Del Tango 5: Juan D’Arienzo)

Note: The Last week of class is quiz week! You are not obliged to participate, but you can win small prizes!

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday October 26th – A SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME (optional) MILONGUITA! – see schedule page for details. I will play all of these songs during the social dancing time (as well as including some past and future selections which will be covered in class)! The Milonga is held in the floor level studio.


Tango Fundamentals 1 September: Paradas & Barridas!
These include neat sweeps of the foot across the floor.

For Sept. 3: “Quejas de Bandoneon” by Anibal Troilo (good version from album Grandes Exitos)

For Sept. 10: “En Esta Tarde Gris” by Anibal Troilo (good version from album Glorias del Tango Vol.1)

For Sept. 17: “Pa’Que Bailen Los Muchachos” by Anibal Troilo (good version from album Glorias del Tango Vol.1)

For Sept. 24: “La Cumparsita” by Anibal Troilo (good version from album Grandes Exitos)

Come Join us for the FREE “Practica Zapatos” Sunday, September 16th, 5-8pm. Come dance, practice and check out the new shoe arrivals for women from Neo-Tango and Comme il Faut.
In addition to new arrivals we will show photos of the latest fall fashions from Comme il Faut.  If you see something you like, depending on availability, you can order shoes at the practica.  No obligation to purchase until they arrive and you are satisfied. What a deal!

I’ve mentioned a visiting teacher who I highly recommend in town from Buenos Aires in San Francisco September 13-25: Luciana Valle. For more information on her classes see Gary Weinberg’s website: www.sanfrantango.com.

Note: The Next Milonguita Beginner’s Milonga will be Friday September 28th – see schedule page for details. I will play all of these songs during the social dancing time (as well as including some past and future selections which will be covered in class)!