If there was any weekend that you should definitely take a Tango workshop, it is this weekend.
This weekend you have a choice of some of the best out-of-town instructors offering workshops for all levels of ability.
Luciana returns again to the Bay Area! She is regarded around the world as one of the most dynamic and articulate teachers working in tango today. Luciana has trained a number of today’s most successful dancers and teachers. She continues to inspire dancers with remarkable insight, energy and clarity by teaching principles which allow students to enjoy a thrilling depth and subtlety in tango. Luciana has a profound understanding of tango’s tradition, structure, and style and a remarkable insight into the special challenges of learning tango outside Argentina. If you really want to learn and internalize correct tango techniques, she is your “must have” teacher!
Workshops are being offered this weekend, Sept 12 & 13, and next weekend, Sept 19 & 20, 2015.
Topics for Saturday, Sept 12 (2-7pm): Grounding, Growing and Going– All Levels, Circularity & Dissociation– All Levels, Revisiting the Classics: Planeo, Lápiz, Enrosque for Leaders & Followers. – Int/Adv
Topics for Sunday, Sept 13 (2-7pm): Followers’ Deep Techniques – All Levels, Front Circular Boleos – Int, Linear Boleos: Beyond Control! – Int/Adv
Workshops Location: Monte Cristo Club, 136 Missouri Street, San Francisco
ALL WEEKEND CLASSES: $30 per class at the door.
CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR!
Sign up with a partner for a discount and to ensure a place for yourself! Luciana’s workshops usually sell out.
Isabel Acuna teaching with Cristian Sierra
Isabel started dancing in 1999, and lived for years between Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile, where she danced at and experienced the most traditional milongas and benefited from the knowledge and advice of the “old milongueros” including the famous Carlos Gavito. Isabel has also studied under the guidance of Argentinian maestros like Javier Rodriguez, Andrea Misse, Graciela Gonzalez and Alejandra Arrue.
Isabel has taught Tango Salon from 2009 around Argentina Chile, Asia, Europe and Australia. She was invited to dance in many milongas of Buenos Aires of which include Salon Canning, El Beso, Porteno y Bailarin and Glorias Argentinas. Isabel has also taught and performed at international tango events and festivals with her former partner Andres Laza Moreno from 2008 to 2011.
She has developed Women Technique classes not only for ladies but also gentlemen who want to learn for themselves or to teach. She also shares her knowledge of codes, rituals and practices of traditional milongas.
Cristian began dancing tango in 2002, in Santiago de Chile. During his first years (2003-2008), he spent much of his time working as a DJ in the best milongas in Santiago, and became one of the most popular tango DJs in Chile during those years. In 2008 he started to focus more on his dancing, competing in two championships in Chile, making it to the finals in both. In 2009, he started working hard to improve his dancing with Carlitos Espinoza as his master, and also with Rodrigo Ruiz, and Karina Anton. In 2010, he won the championship in Chile called “Locos por el Tango”. After that, he became a very popular tango dancer in Chile, giving performances and workshops in the best milongas in various cities in Chile. In that same year, he also competed in the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires. He also studied with Thierry Le Coq and Eduardo Pareja, who have been very influential in developing his dance.. He has studied with Jorge Dispari and Maria La Turca, Noelia Hurtado and Pablo Rodriguez, Osvaldo and Coca, Carlitos Espinoza and Noelia Hurtado, Carlitos Pérez and Rosa Forte, Alberto Bosi y Rosanna Gaetano and Ernesto Balmaceda and Stella Baez.
Isabella will be in the Bay Area on these dates: (September 11 – 18 and September 29 to Oct. 1)
This weekend’s workshops:
Saturday, Sept 12 – 1-2pm – 2-3pm at Practilonga La Vida
Two Workshops & Demo at Practilonga La Vida,
Practilonga 3:00-6:00PM Demo at 4:30 pm
Location: Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Sept. 13
3:30 to 6:30pm Queer Tango Classes and Practica
Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1022698321096710/
Dominic Bridge teaching with Luz Castineiras
Dominic is one of the up and coming Tango stars from the U.S. He has taught and performed in international tango festivals, cultural events, and offered workshops in over a dozen countries around the world, including several performances in Buenos Aires.
A passionate dancer and instructor and a pioneer of a unique style and teaching methodology, he draws inspiration and knowledge from a multitude of other dance-forms, yoga, bodywork, and martial arts. For him, respect, generosity, and self-awareness are the keys to reaching the deeper realms of tango.
Dominic specializes in the social dance of tango, in creative improvisation and musicality. He has trained many tango teachers in and outside the United States, and has studied with and worked alongside today’s top tango artists in the world. Learning to dance, and especially tango, is a rich process of growth for the body, mind, and spirit. He enjoys working with all levels of experience, including absolute beginners.
After years of traveling, Dominic has recently returned to Portland to share his knowledge and experience with the tango community that raised him.
Luz Castineiras Bio
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Luz brings to tango a unique approach. She connected to tango first as a music therapist working with cancer patients and doing research on tango as a therapy for over five years.
In addition to tango, Luz had studied ballet and modern dance. Luz started dancing tango at Studio Dinzel in Buenos Aires where she was able to incorporate these two disciplines to her tango dance. Since she moved to the Bay Area in 2011, she has partnered with Diego Lanau, Felipe Martinez, David Orly-Thompson, and Alex Allende in teaching tango. In her classes, students are guided on how to meet their own needs in technique, connection and musicality. Luz creates a friendly, inviting atmosphere for learning and always look for active feedback from the students.
Luz is a heart and soul tango dancer and her dance reflects her versatility, strength and knowledge of the music. Her teaching reflects a sensitivity to each dancer in their own journey to express themselves through tango.
This weekend, Dominic and Luz are teaching a special “Jedi Training” Tango workshop.
The Jedi Training Mission:
To develop knowledge and explorative capacities of both the outer and inner dances of tango, building proficiency in the execution of vocabulary, and also the art of creating a unique and personal experience while dancing.
Method: Jedi Training combines rigorous technique drills for essentials such as walking, ochos, and turns, combined with advanced concept work, focusing more on qualities of movement and musicality, on the “how” and “why” we dance.
The Bottom of the Pyramid — Grounding, Frame and Connection (INT/ADV)
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Jedi Training (Adv*):
Spontaneity and Improvisation — The Essence of the Tango State (Level 1)
7:00pm – 8:30pm
*Jedi Training requires 2+ years of study experience or instructor approval
Workshops held at: Studio 1924
1924 Franklin St, 3rd Floor, Oakland, California 94612
Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/456312417906157/