Archive | General News

RSS feed for this section

Call for Dancers: Tango Dreamscapes

Are you an experienced dancer with a desire to perform? Perhaps your tango still needs refinement but your heart and soul are ready!

Be the dancer you dream to be….join us for

TANGO DREAMSCAPES … Alma del Tango’s 2015 productionweb-banner-dreamscapes

Tango Dreamscapes – conceived and directed by Debbie Goodwin

Our dreams come upon us when we least expect it. Improbable stories, fantastic scenes and laughable themes will be portrayed through improvised dancing, theatrical whimsies and selected choreographies. Our exciting, frightening, magical, melancholic and sensual dream adventures come to life through a Daliesque tour of the tango.

Informational Meeting: RSVP (Interested but can’t make this meeting? – Let Debbie know.)

What: Informational Meeting – Tango Dreamscapes
When: September 18th 2014 –  7pm-8pm
Where: Alma del Tango Studio, 167 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo

Debbie and John are a treasure in the Marin tango community! Their commitment and generosity as teachers is deeply heartfelt. Their love, passion and dedication to the art of tango is inspirational and contagious!  Their teaching style is fun and playful! Participating in their student production is an absolute blast! Through my participation in their student production, All About Tango, my dancing and technique improved immensely. The experience got me out dancing several times a week and connected with the local tango community. I definitely recommend studying with them, attending their various tango events, and participating in their student production! – Kat Sun

Quick Links: Available Roles | Commitments for General Cast | Commitments for Women’s Choreography

Tango Dancers are needed for the following roles:

Improvisation - Close Embrace 2013

Improvisation – Close Embrace 2013

Choose one or more roles as your time and interest allows!

1. Six to Ten Int/Adv dancers for improvisational dance scenes

3-5 leaders, 3- 5 followers for tangos, valses & milongas. The improvisational dancing will take place in a group and also as duets. This, along with the Tango Dreamscape story, will be an important part of the production.

2. Three to Five Int/Adv couples for individual choreography – duets

Pamela Shreeve & David Navid Tango Magic 2015

Pamela Shreeve & David Navid
Tango Magic 2015

Your tango dream realized! The style, music and story line of the choreography can be adapted to each couple.  It can be a tango,  vals, milonga or an alternative piece of music.

3. Three to five couples for one group tango choreography
A dreamy yet dramatic tango that will fulfill any tangueros dance fantasy! The choreography is set to Pugliese’s “Festejando”.

 

Boulevard Couples from Tango Magic 2015 performing at SF Festival

Boulevard Couples
Tango Magic 2015
performing at SF Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Six to Twelve dancers for follower’s choreography
(
All levels welcome – see description of women’s choreography below.)

Image 11

Leaders from Tango Magic 2015

5. Three to Six dancers for leaders choreography
(All levels welcome- details TBA)

Ready to dance? If you are interested in joining the cast or still have questions, please phone 415-482-7588 or contact Debbie.

What will I need to do?

To make this production possible, a preliminary commitment is needed by October 1, 2014 from a minimum of 3 leaders and 3 followers of Level 3-4 ability or above.  Everyone’s level will definitely go up a notch if involved! Level 2 dancers are also welcome to take part – become the dancer you dream to be!

Commitments for General Cast

All classes, rehearsals & performances will be in San Anselmo at Alma Del Tango.

  1. Only one night weekly minimum attendance. You choose!  Monday night and/or Wednesday night classes and /or Friday night classes (Oct-Feb). An average of 3 out of 4 weeks per month. (Note: If in leader’s only or follower’s only choreography, you need to attend Saturday technique class.)
  2. Attendance at Friday night Prácticas (Oct-Feb) suggested for all cast members and required for those in improvisational pieces. This is where you will be able to practice your social style dance with your partner, potential partners and other cast members. An average of 3 out of 4 weeks per month Oct-Feb.
  3. Group Couples Choreography Rehearsals (Saturdays 1:45-2:45pm).
  4. Individual Choreography – Duets by private class appointment with Debbie or ADT Creative Team. (Special reduced rate of $75/hour per couple instead of $90)
  5. Read and respond to monthly email updates. You will receive weekly and monthly dance goals to focus on in addition to important information for cast members.
  6. Sell or buy 10 tickets to family, friends, and co-workers to Tango Dreamscapes.
  7. Volunteer for one of the production jobs. (Ex: Set up, clean up, ticket sales, program ads, set design etc. List will follow)
  8. Attend photo shoot. TBD – Dec 13-14  or  Dec 20-21, 2014 . (Minimal fees for photo shoot. Sign up sheet for 1/2 hour or hour slots closer to date. )
  9. Attendance at December Rehearsal/Audition.
    TBD Sun, Dec 14 or 20, 2014 2pm-5pm.
    We will run through show format and determine which couples have made enough progress on their choreography to be in the show and for which performance.
  10. Attendance at final month of rehearsals for everyone: Sundays: Jan. 18th, 25th, Feb. 1st &  8th from 2pm-5pm
  11. Attendance at Dress Rehearsal & Performances (Tuesday-Sunday Feb 10-15: Tech Reh = Tuesday Feb. 10th 7pm-10pm), Dress Reh =Thursday Feb. 12th 7pm-10pm) + Performances:   Friday, Feb. 13th 7pm & 8:30pm, and  Saturday Feb. 14th at 7pm & 8:30pm (Valentine Special).  Sunday Matinee. Feb 15th at 2pm & 3:30pm (Dancer’s call is 1-2 hours before showtime = 6pm on Fri., Sat., and 12pm on Sun.)
    *Cast Party Sunday after Sunday show

Regular class fees apply $15. (Discounted Monthly Passes Available- Couples $300/couple for unlimited group classes.)

Commitments for Follower’s Choreography

Cast of Shoe Seduction

Cast of “Shoe Seduction” – All About Tango – 2011

"Leonora's Song" Tango Magic 2015

“Leonora’s Song”
Tango Magic 2014

This year’s follower’s choreography will be three tango dream vignettes exploring female archetypes such as the Innocent, the Seductress, the Creator…   Prepare to be challenged as we  bring out that “other” woman inside of you! (You will refine your tango walk, ochos and molinetes plus learn exciting adornments and some Tango Con*Fusion style exchange of lead/follow.)

Cast of Don Juan

Women’s Cast of “Don Juan”, Tango Tales 2012
photo: Dart Rinefort

We need a minimum of 6 women signed up by Oct 1st to make this happen. First class is Saturday morning, October 4th, 2014.

 

1. Attendance at Saturday morning Technique & Choreography classes. An average of 3 out of 4 weeks per month Sept-Feb.  Cost is $25 for the entire morning  (Only $20 if you have a 20 class package.)

11:15-12:15 Women’s Tango Technique (All Levels)  (This class is also open to public for $15. Required if you are participating in choreography.)

12:30-1:30 Women’s Choreography Class (All Levels)
(This is a closed class only available to those signed up to perform in Tango Dreamscapes 2015.)

Also required #’s 5-11 in Commitments for General Cast section above.

 

 

Read full story · Comments are closed

Bettina Maria brings her exciting new collection to Alma del Tango

Bettina Maria tango fashionsMini Fashion Show Friday, July 18
We’re excited to welcome Bettina Maria to the studio with a showing of her latest tango fashions during La Practica de San Anselmo.
Inspired by the style, the music and dance of the Argentine Tango, she creates one-of-a-kind designs for sophisticated tango dancers everywhere. Her goal is to make you feel stylish, well dressed, playful, feminine and sexy! Since her clothes are made specifically for tango they move well and look fantastic on the body.

Bettina Maria, a Berliner, studied fashion design in San Francisco and worked in high fashion on the west coast for 15 years.  After seeing Forever Tango, she decided to immerse herself in the culture and spent three years living, studying and breathing tango in Buenos Aires.

Inspired by the creative energy of the city and its many fabulous dancers, as well by her own engagement and training in the dance, she Bettina Maria backless tango dresschanneled the many colorful impressions and emotions into her own art … and the collection “MODAS DE TANGO” was born.

“Each piece is individually made with love for detail, with love for Tango, with love for beauty,” says Bettina.

Modeling her fashions Friday evening will be: Debbie Goodwin, Gisela Green, Keiko Kikuta, Olivia Levitt, Lisette Perelle, Dottye Rinefort, Mila Salazar and Bettina herself.  Fashion show will begin at 8:45. Don’t miss this exciting event and the opportunity to purchase an original from the designer!

PS–Bettina Maria’s fashions will be soon available at Alma del Tango on an on-going basis.
Sexy tango pants by Bettina MariaFloral print tango dress by Bettina Maria

 

Read full story · Comments are closed

Alma del Tango Celebrates Bay Area Dance Week with free events

Free performance of Tango Magic – The Spell is Cast
plus, free introductory Argentine Tango classTango Magic - the spell is cast

To coincide with the Bay Area celebration of National Dance Week,
April 25 – May 4, Alma del Tango will open its San Anselmo studio
to dance lovers on May 4 with a free performance of their student
production, Tango Magic –The Spell is Cast.  The show, featuring
intermediate/advanced students from the Marin tango community
along with guest artists, debuted in February 2014.

Tango Magic explores the magical moments of the dance … that unspoken connection between partners, the music and the movement. Conceived and directed by Debbie Goodwin with choreography by Ms. Goodwin and Rose Vierling; script by Lanny Udell and Jonathan Cutler.

Where:  Alma del Tango, 167 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo, 94960
When:  Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m. – Sold out!
Tickets: Reserve here
Limited seating: only 50 tickets available.

A second performance will take place at 3:30 p.m. with tickets at $25 and $20. Proceeds will benefit Alma del Tango, a Marin-based non-profit dedicated to encouraging artistic expression and the development of community through Argentine Tango.
Purchase tickets here

Free class – Introduction to Argentine Tango

Rose Vierling, Alma del Tango instructor

Rose Vierling & David Caditz in Close Embrace: A Tango Love Story

Enter the captivating world of the Argentine Tango. In this introductory class with instructor Rose Vierling of Alma del Tango Studio, you will begin to learn to move like a tanguero(a); to embrace and walk the Argentine way; and to navigate the social dance floor. You’ll even practice the particularities of Argentine Tango etiquette. Partners are welcome, but not necessary. Please wear leather or suede sole shoes.

Where: Alma del Tango, 167 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo, 94960
When: Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Register here

Click here for a full schedule of Alma del Tango classes and events.

Read full story · Comments are closed

Tango performance at La Loggia gets rave review

Alma del Tango's Debbie Goodwin & John Campbell

Alma del Tango’s Debbie Goodwin & John Campbell

The second Tuesday of every month is Alma del Tango night at La Loggia in San Anselmo.

Tangueros come to dance, and diners thrill to the music and special performance by Alma del Tango’s Debbie Goodwin and John Campbell, or guest dancers.

On Tuesday, January 14, Debbie and John electrified the crowd.  Tango student Deborah Loft was in the audience that night and writes: “Congratulations on an especially fine performance at La Loggia. I thought you both reached a new level, and from the applause, I could tell that everyone else thought so, too.”

She went on to say, “I was thinking about what made it so special. I realized one element was that you chose to dance to a non-tango piece—When I’m 64 — and that besides the whimsy and unconventionality which opened up new possibilities, the song was in English (and well-known), so that we could see you responding to the ‘text’ (as we opera-goers say).”

La Loggia Vinoteca and Cafe is Italian-inspired but features local wines and delectables.  For these special evenings of tango, they also offer Argentine wines.

Tango at La Loggia in San Anselmo

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Join us for Tango at La Loggia!

Be transported to a Buenos Aires café right here in San Anselmo as we tango the night away and toast with Argentine wines.
WEBBANNER-LA-LOGGIA_every-second-tuesday

When: The second tuesday of every month

What: Tango from 7-10 p.m., with a featured performance by  Alma del Tango. John Campbell  DJ.

Where: La Loggia Vinoteca and Café, San Anselmo Avenue at Tunstead.

La Loggia is Italian-inspired but features local wines and delectables. For this special evening of tango, they will also offer Amalya and Cedrus Malbec wines, and Colome Torrontes, the signature white wine of Argentina.

Bring your friends and your dancing shoes for a fun evening of tango!

No cover.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

La Milonga de San Anselmo honors local legends of Tango

On July 26, we celebrate Al & Barbara Garvey and Jean & Charlie Stewart of Marin, founders of the SF Bay Area Argentine Tango community

_MG_0631

Barbara & Al Garvey at La Milonga de San Anselmo July 2012

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to one of the largest tango communities outside of Buenos Aires. Today, we take for granted the fact we have the choice of several classes and milongas on Tango Mango to attend every day of the week. But this was not always the case.

The first time Barbara Garvey, a long time Fairfax resident now living in Puerto Vallarta, saw the show Tango Argentino on a business trip to New York in 1985, she called Al from the hotel to say “I’ve just seen what we’re going to do the rest of our lives.”

9489_2A year later, the touring company of Tango Argentino had come and gone from San Francisco, leaving behind a small but enthusiastic group of aficionados. Al and Barbara continued to actively promote all tango activity in the area, developing a mailing list and information center to support a growing community of teachers, students and entrepreneurs. They were joined in this endeavor by Jean and Charlie Stewart, also of Fairfax.

_MG_0708

Jean & Charlie Stewart at La Milonga de San Anselmo July 2012

Among the first Norteamericanos to travel to Buenos Aires in search of tango

On that first trip in the spring of 1987, Barbara and Al were fortunate to take a lesson from the legendary Fino Rivera, only a few weeks before his untimely death. This encounter clarified dramatically for them the distinction between salon-style, or social tango, and the exhibition version, tango-for-export, to which they had been exposed by cast members of Tango Argentino.

Back in the States, looking for a proponent of social tango, they discovered Orlando Paiva, a milonguero of exceptional elegance, then resident in Los Angeles. They invited him to present a series of workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. After his return to Argentina, they continued to organize seminars in Northern California for Daniel and Maria Bastone of New York, and Michael Walker and Luren Bellucci of Los Angeles, Orlando’s protégés.

Studying with the maestros 

On subsequent journeys to Buenos Aires they studied with many other leading maestros, among them Roberto Grassi, “El Pibe del Abasto,” Pupi Castello, Graciela Gonzalez, and Lampazo. In 1991 they met Nito and Elba Garcia in Mar del Plata, Argentina and, through the auspices of friends Hector and Ana Villalba, brought them to California for the first time, launching their world-wide teaching career. As the Northern California tango community grew to the largest in the US, keeping up with all its activities prompted the founding, in 1995, of the non-profit Bay Area Argentine Tango Association.

 The first milonga in Marin

The Stewarts ran the Fairfax Milonga from 1994-1999 then the Garveys took over until they moved to Puerta Vallarta in 2003. Al and Barbara also hosted many tango parties in their charming 90-year-old house centered around a dance floor and its tango bar. If you danced tango between the years of 1985-2003 you most likely would have attended these wonderful events. John and Debbie missed Al and Barbara so much, they traveled south to dance with them in their new home, again designed around a dance floor and surrounded by yet another budding tango community they have inspired!

Al and Barbara have performed and taught tango for almost 25 years, but they, along with Jean and Charlie, think of themselves as milongueros and tangueros, interested in all aspects of its culture, from the dance to language, literature, music, history and philosophy.

Milonga de San Anselmo Guest DJ’s 

The Milonga on July 26th also features another Marin couple, guest DJ’s Steve and JoAnn Palubinskas. Steve and JoAnn were introduced to tango in the same Mill Valley tango class taught by George Guim that John Campbell was attending in 1994. They have been instrumental in keeping the spirit of tango alive throughout the Bay Area and can be found dancing and DJing at many of the top milongas. They hosted the popular Broadway Milonga from 1996 to 2002 and currently co-host the bi-monthly El Arrabal milonga in San Francisco along with Adolfo Cazzary.

Come join us for a wonderful evening of music, dancing and companionship at La Milonga de San Anselmo, Friday, July 26th.

La Milonga De San Anselmo
(held 4th Friday of every month)
167 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo CA94960
Class 7-8pm,  Milonga 8-11pm
Class + Milonga $15
Milonga Only   $10

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Call For Tango Dancers: Tango Magic

Are you an experienced dancer with a desire to perform? Perhaps your tango still needs refinement but your heart and soul are ready!

Would you love to be part of a company of tango dancers on call for special functions, parties and celebrations?

Then … join us for

TANGO MAGIC … Alma del Tango’s 2014 production

Tango Magic, conceived and directed by Debbie Goodwin, explores the magical moments of the dance.  That unspoken connection between partners, the music and the movement. Through mainly improvised dancing and some choreographies, the audience will discover how tango touches lives…and has the power to transform them. Like magic!

This year, instead of a theater production that disappears after four performances, we want to create something more lasting…a show that will allow us to say yes to the many requests we receive inviting us to perform at community and corporate events, as well as private parties and celebrations.

In order to do that, we need your talent and dedication to the project for the premiere showing.

What: Tango Magic
When: Feb. 14-16, 2014
Where: Alma del Tango studio
Training: Begins Sept. 1, 2013

The show will remain an integral part of the Alma del Tango program offerings. If you are unable to make these dates but still want to be a part of the training process for ongoing shows of Tango Magic, please sign up!

The Cast

We’re looking for dancers of various skill levels:

  • Professionals and very high level dancers (Contact Debbie for specifics, your requirements will be different from those of the general cast.)
  • Advanced level student cast
  • A cast in training who aspire to develop the skills to perform in Tango Magic

Emphasis will be on attaining a higher quality of improvisational dancing with connection and musicality … AND a show that shares the magic of tango in a powerful, intimate way.

Please read more about Tango Magic in the articles below.

Debbie and John are a treasure in the Marin tango community! Their commitment and generosity as teachers is deeply heartfelt. Their love, passion and dedication to the art of tango is inspirational and contagious!  Their teaching style is fun and playful! Participating in their student production is an absolute blast! Through my participation in their student production, All About Tango, my dancing and technique improved immensely. The experience got me out dancing several times a week and connected with the local tango community. I definitely recommend studying with them, attending their various tango events, and participating in their student production! – Kat Sun

Quick Links: Available Roles | Commitments for General Cast | Commitments for Women’s Choreography

Tango Dancers are needed for the following roles:

Improvisation - Close Embrace 2013

Improvisation – Close Embrace 2013

1. Ten Int/Advanced dancers for improvisational dance scenes

5 leaders, 5 followers for tangos, valses & milongas. The improvisational dancing will take place in a group and also as duets. This, along with the Tango Magic story, will be the main part of the production.

2. Three Int/Advanced couples for individual choreography – duets

Duet - Michael & Margaret - Close Embrace 2013

Duet – Michael & Margaret – Close Embrace 2013

The style, music and story line of the choreography can be adapted to each couple. One couple will dance a tango, one a vals, another a milonga.

3. Three to five couples for one group tango choreography

The choreography is a sleek contemporary piece that will illustrate to the audience “how to dance the tango.”

4. Eight to 20 dancers for all-women’s choreography
(
All levels welcome – see description of women’s choreography below.)

Ready to dance? If you are interested in joining the cast or still have questions, please phone 415-482-7588 or contact Debbie.

What will I need to do?

To make this production possible, a preliminary commitment is needed by September 1, 2013 from a minimum of 3 leaders and 3 followers of strong Level 3-4 ability or above.  Everyone’s level will definitely go up a notch if involved!

Please note how this can be a doable project for all concerned:

  • Don’t have the time? You can opt to be in parts of the show that only require once a week attendance Sept-Feb plus Jan & Feb rehearsal dates. If you wish to play a bigger role, your attendance may be required 2 -3 times a week.
  • Not available to perform Feb 14-16, 2014? You can still sign up if you wish to be part of this company of dancers but cannot perform in the premier showing in February. You will train for the performance Sept – Feb and be all set to perform as we put the show on in the following months. We expect ongoing monthly performance opportunities for Tango Magic!
  • Don’t have a partner? You can still sign up and train Sept-Feb. That way, you will be ready when the right partner comes along or if we need an understudy in certain roles. A leader or follower can have multiple partners for Tango Magic to allow for more people to be able to participate and also helps with scheduling performances and creates an understudy role. When one partner is not available, perhaps the other will be!
  • Not good enough yet? You can still still sign up and train to be part of this company of dancers even if your skill level is still not ready. You will train Sept- Feb so you will be ready for future shows when your skill level improves.

Commitments for General Cast

All classes, rehearsals & premier performances will be in San Anselmo. Future dates and locations of performances depends on bookings. To accommodate dancers’ schedules, the cast will rotate.

  1. Attendance at Monday night and/or Wednesday night classes and /or Friday night classes (Sept-Feb). An average of 3 out of 4 weeks per month Sept-Feb.
  2. Attendance at Friday night Prácticas (Sept-Feb). This is where you will be able to practice your social style dance with your partner, potential partners and other cast members. An average of 3 out of 4 weeks per month Sept-Feb.
  3. Group Couples Choreography Rehearsals (Saturdays 1-2pm).
  4. Individual Choreography – Duets by private class appointment with Debbie. (Special reduced rate of $70/hour per couple instead of $85)
  5. Read and respond to monthly email updates. You will receive weekly and monthly dance goals to focus on in addition to important information for cast members.
  6. Sell or buy 10 tickets to family, friends, and co-workers.
  7. Volunteer for one of the production jobs. (Ex: Set up, clean up, ticket sales, program ads, set design etc. List will follow)
  8. Attend photo shoot. Jan 18 and/or 19, 2014 . (Minimal fees for photo shoot. Sign up sheet for 1/2 hour or hour slots closer to date. )
  9. Attendance at January Rehearsal/Audition.
    Sun., Jan 18, 2014 2pm-5pm.
    We will run through show format and determine which couples have made enough progress on their choreography to be in the show and for which performance. Depending on cast size, not everyone will be in every performance.
  10. Attendance at final month of rehearsals for improvisational dancers: Sundays, Jan. 5th, 12th, 19th from 2pm-4pm.
  11. Attendance at final month of rehearsals for everyone: Sundays: Jan. 19th, 26th, Feb. 2nd &  9th from 2pm-5pm
  12. Attendance at Dress Rehearsal & Performances (Tuesday-Sunday Feb 11-17: Tech Reh = Feb. 11th 7pm-10pm), Dress Reh = Feb. 13th 7pm-10pm) -Performances:   Friday, Feb. 14 (Valentine Special), and  Saturday Feb. 16th at 7pm & 8:30pm.  Sun. Feb 19th at 2pm (Dancer’s call is 1-2 hours before showtime = 6pm on Fri., Sat., and 12pm on Sun.)
    *Cast Party Sunday after show

Regular class fees apply $15. (Discounted Monthly Passes Available- Couples $300/couple for unlimited group classes.)

 

Commitments for Women’s Choreography

Close Embrace_Oblivion_CloseEmbraceby AlliNovak2013

Women’s cast of “Oblivion” from Close Embrace 2013
photo: Alli Novak

Cast of Shoe Seduction

Cast of “Shoe Seduction” – All About Tango – 2011

 

This year’s women’s choreography will be danced to Piazzolla’s Leonora’s Song featuring the beautiful footwork and adornments of the follower’s role in tango. Prepare to be challenged as we work to refine body movement, balance, foot placement and coordination to create a stunning display of fancy footwork!

Cast of Don Juan

Women’s Cast of “Don Juan”, Tango Tales 2012
photo: Dart Rinefort

We need a minimum of 10 women signed up by Sept. 1st to make this happen. First class is Saturday, Sept 7th, 2013.

 

1. Attendance at Saturday morning Technique & Choreography classes. An average of 3 out of 4 weeks per month Sept-Feb.  Cost is $25 for the entire morning  (Only $20 if you have a 10 or 20 class package. If you have a monthly couples pass, add only $45/month for Women’s Classes. )

10:30-11:30 Women’s Tango Technique (All Levels)  (This class is also open to public for $15. Required if you are participating in choreography.)

11:30-12:30 Women’s Choreography Class (All Levels)
(This is a closed class only available to those signed up to perform in Tango Magic 2014.)

Also required #’s 5-11 in Commitments for General Cast section above.

 

Read full story · Comments { 1 }

Quinteto Quilombo Plays Astor Piazzolla

Join us as Quinteto Quilombo performs the music of Astor Piazzolla, the renowned composer and virtuoso bandoneonist. Be transported to an earlier time, when Piazzolla was revolutionizing the traditional tango, as the Quinteto plays some of his greatest music in the maestro’s original instrumentation. This exciting evening includes performances by Christy Coté, Chelsea Eng and Debbie Goodwin & Carolina Rozenszrotch of Tango Con*Fúsion, and guest artist Rose Vierling.

 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Quinteto Quilombo are: Seth Asarnow / Bandoneon, Ertan Torgul / Violin, Aileen Chanco / Piano, Paul Binkley / Guitar, Bill Everett / Bass

Reception: 7 p.m. Enjoy wine & empanadas. Artist’s talk: Seth Asarnow on the Bandoneon

Concert: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 ; $35 for Premium Seating (First 2 Rows)

This intimate performance will sell out quickly, so reserve now. Only 75 tickets available!

Alma del Tango Studio, 167 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo, Ca 94969

Brown Paper Tickets Ticket Widget Loading…
Click Here to visit the Brown Paper Tickets event page.

 

 

Read full story · Comments { 1 }

Debbie & John’s Anniversary Dance & John’ Surprise to Debbie! June 14, 2013

John surprised Debbie by singing her their song. Listen to the recording here:

John El Dia Que Me Quieras

Lyrics with translation: El DIA QUE ME QUIERAS

-Acaricia mi ensueno el suave murmullo de tu suspirar

(My Illusion caresses the soft murmur of your sigh)

-Como rie la vida si tus ojos negros me queiren mirar

(How life smiles if your dark eyes dare to glance at me)

-Y si es mio el amparo de tu risa leve que es como un cantar ella aquita mi herida todo todo se olvida

(If it’s mine the protection of your slight smile is like a song; it quiets my wound and everything everything is forgotten)

-El dia que me quieras la rosa que engalana se vestida de fiesta con su mejor color

(The day that you love me the rose that adorns will wear her best color)

-El viento las campanas diran que ya eres mia y locas las fontanas se contaran su amor

(To the wind the bells would tell you are mine and the delirious bells would tell of our love)

-La noche qu me queiras desde el azul del cielo las estrellas celosas nos miraran pasar

(The night that you love me from the blue sky the jealous stars will look as we pass by)

-Y un rayo misterioso hara nido en tu pelo

(A mysterious ray will nest in your hair)

-Luciernagas curiosas que veran que eres mi consulo

(Curious lightening bugs will see you are my comfort)

-El dia que me quieras no habra mas que harmonias sera clara la aurora y alegre el

manantial traiga quieta la brisa rumor de melodias y nos dara la fuente su canto de cristal

(The day that you love me there will be harmony, dawn will be clear and the spring will bring the quiet breeze, murmur of melodies and it will give to us it’s crystal singing)

-El dia que me quieras endulzara su cuerda el pajaro cantor florecera la vida no existira el dolor.

(The day that you love me the singing bird will sweeten it’s cord life will florish and pain will be no more)

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

June is Tango Love Bird Month at Alma del Tango


On June 14, Debbie Goodwin and John Campbell will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary!

DebJohnWedding6.14.2003035

Here they share with us their tango love story. In the posts that follow we feature romantic tales of other couples who connected and fell deeply in love with the dance, the music and…each other.

Tango Love Birds – Debbie and John

A life-changing dance

DebbieJohnTangoWeek1996111

Debbie Goodwin, Nito Garcia, John Campbell, July 18, 1996

 

John spotted Debbie across a crowded dance floor in Roble Dance Studio on the Stanford campus. It was July, 1996, and they had come for Stanford Tango Week (now known as Nora’s Tango Week). With a cabeceo, the tall, dashing man invited the beautiful woman with sparkling eyes and a brilliant smile to dance, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Debbie attended week two of the program as part of her studies in Dance Education. “This was to be the turning point in my dance career,” she explains. “I had been focusing on partner dancing, a dance form that one can enjoy at any age.” Once she discovered Argentine Tango, she was hooked and decided to make it her specialty. But very quickly it took on a deeper meaning.

John attended the workshop the previous week and, as fate would have it, he enjoyed himself so much that he changed his travel plans in order to stay for a second week. His interest in tango came from a desire to explore dance as a way to rebalance his life. He chose it because it was completely different from the kinds of things he would normally undertake. Clearly, he was more than ready for a change.

Like tango, love is complicated

At the time they met, Debbie and John were both in long-term marriages and each had three children. Neither was consciously seeking a romantic encounter. But Debbie tells us, “That night, when I danced with John at the milonga, I melted into his embrace. I realized, “uh oh, I’m in trouble!” For his part, John adds, “I suddenly felt something long missing in my life. It could never be the same.”

IMG_2649Tango Week came all too quickly to an end. They said their sad goodbyes and then returned to life as it was before. But John was already over the edge. A few days later, he sent Debbie a package in the mail. “It was a promotional poster for the Stanford Tango Week show we attended that week. That poster is framed and hanging on our living room wall,” she says.  The next week they met clandestinely at a park in Sacramento, and a few days later told their partners they were leaving.

At that time Debbie was living in Auburn where her children were in school, and John lived and worked in Marin. For seven years they took turns commuting every weekend to be together.

Special moments on and off the dance floor

DebbieGoodwinJohnCampbell2002VonierFor John it was “that impulsive first kiss.  Everything changed after that!” he says.

Debbie recalls a particularly romantic “Tango by the Bay” at the Masonic Hall at Lake Meritt when they danced ‘til the wee hours.  Not wanting the evening to end,  during their last tanda they danced right out of the ballroom, past the marble pillars, through the lobby and out the front doors.DebJohnWedding6.14.2003030

Seven years later, they were married at Marin Art and Garden Center. The guests danced to the tangos of Seth Asarnow and Marcelo Puig. For their wedding, Marcelo sang “El Dia Que Me Quieres.”

The couple honeymooned in Paris. Coincidentally, there was a tango festival in town.  They took classes from Pablo Veron and Osvaldo Zotto and Lorena Hermocida in a ballroom overlooking the Eiffel Tower. “At night, we crossed a bridge over the river Seine to dance tango in the moonlight on the quays. It was so romantic,” sighs Debbie.476

On looking for love through tango:

John says: “You don’t need to look for it. It will find you. You will know it when you feel it. Your life will change.”

051Debbie elaborates:  “Tango can bring out strong feelings that can be confused with romance. Sometimes it’s hard to separate the feelings from the person you are dancing with. We call this Tango Bliss. In tango you will find many types of connections with as many different people you come in contact with. How beautiful to be able to connect with a variety of people on so many levels, and if it happens to be a romantic connection, then John is right – your life will change.  Ours did!”

Read full story · Comments { 1 }