Milonga Spotlight: Sácale Punta

Dancers at Sacale Punta

In Tango, when we think of Berkeley, most people think of the Beat. And for good reason of course. The Beat has maintained its status over the years as a great place for Tango primarily due to Homer, Felipe and Shorey, with their quality instruction and dedication to the dance. That being said, there is […]

In Defense of Tango Competitions

Maximiliano Cristiani & Jesica Arfenoni win the 2013 Tango Dance World Cup salon finals in Buenos Aires. Photo Victor R. Caivano)

Over the years I have heard people complain about the existence of  Tango competitions.  Yes, Argentine Tango is not a ballroom dance. There are no skill levels such as bronze,  silver or gold. It’s a social dance, meaning that people do it for its pure enjoyment. Social dancers prefer not to compare themselves to others […]

Visiting Tango Maestros

Argentina's Facundo Gomez Cross and Paola Palavecino Florence Sanz dance

Its that time of the year where it seems almost everyone I know is either in Buenos Aires right now, will be going soon or just got back. But thankfully, its also that time of the year when many maestros are here visiting us! We are very lucky to have these talented folks in town. […]

What Tango Taught Me About Relationships

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I’m thrilled to announce we have a guest post by Sasha Cagen.  Sasha  is an Oakland tanguera and the author of “Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics”.  In this post Sasha explains how Tango is a LOT more that just a dance…   Tango is more than a dance. It can teach us a lot […]

Milonga Spotlight: The Seahorse

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The Bay Area is teeming with milongas. You can find them in a variety of places, from dance studios, social halls, cafe’s and bars and sometimes even people’s homes. But one of the Bay Area’s most special and unique milongas is the Seahorse. Located just across the Bay from San Francisco in the charming town […]

Tango for the Day of Love

Homer and Cristina demonstrate the Tango Embrace (Hug).

Valentine’s Day is coming up this Friday. Due to consumerism and pressure to buy stuff on every holiday possible, Valentine’s Day seems to have lost its meaning.  Valentine’s Day should be about celebrating love. And I’m not talking about love just for your partner, but love for your family, friends, pets… you get the idea. […]

Practicing Tango

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Tanguera Escondida returns with more thoughtful and humorous observations on the benefits of practice and a salad with tuna: A couples months ago I said something truly ridiculous to my tango partner, Klondike. He had remarked that I’d danced beautifully at a recent milonga with good posture and elegance. I really took this compliment to […]

The Good Milonga

El V, located centrally in the Mission, is a convenient location, with a bar and lots of atmosphere.

Its not easy to create a successful milonga. And this is especially true in the Bay Area, where competition is fierce and on any given night, there are usually two or three options. Most often people will choose the one they think will be the most enjoyable. But what qualities make a milonga enjoyable? Which […]

Celebrating Pampa Cortés

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It is obvious when you meet Pampa Cortés, that he lives and breathes Tango. This past Thursday the Bay Area Tango community gathered together at the Verdi Club to celebrate Tango legend, Pampa Cortés.  This evening was a very special night.  Two of our favorite local Tango orchestras, Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto Tipico and […]

Feeling Good with Mauro Peralta and Jennifer Olson

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we dance Tango because of the way it makes us FEEL. We may start dancing for various reasons: to be more social, to learn a new dance, for exercise, to meet the opposite sex, but we would not continue if it did not make us feel […]