Alma del Tango hosts a benefit milonga
in support of Marin resident/tango dancer hit by car
Friday, April 5 at Alma del Tango Studio, San Anselmo
(San Anselmo, CA, April 1) The Marin tango community comes together in support of one of its own at a fundraiser to benefit the Alex Levin Recovery Fund. Levin, a San Rafael resident, was struck by a car while traveling in Vladivostok and remains in critical condition in a Russian hospital.
What: Milonga (tango social dance) and silent auction fundraiser hosted by Alma del Tango
When: Friday, April 5. Class by Debbie Goodwin & John Campell (levels 2-4) at 7 pm.
Dancing 8-11 pm. DJ Ashvin Iyer.
Where: Alma del Tango studio, 167 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo
Ticket price: $15 minimum donation. All proceeds go to the Alex Levin Fund.
Jessica Lewin, a friend of Levin and his wife Karina, will match all donations during the evening benefit dollar for dollar, up to $1,000.
Silent Auction features private lessons from Bay Area professionals
To show their support, several tango professionals are offering private lessons in a silent auction with proceeds donated to the Alex Levin Recovery Fund. Exciting auction items include:
• Two tickets to El Arrabal for the May 4 milonga. Includes a 1 ½ hour workshop with Eduardo Saucedo, the milonga with music by Seth Asarnow y Su Sexteto Tipico, and a table for two with a bottle of champagne. From Steve & JoAnn Palubinskas & Adolfo Caszarry.
• Alexander Technique lesson for tango dancers, from Janet Lott.
• Private Tango Classes from:
- Christopher Nassopoulos & Caroline Peattie
- Pier Voulkos & Daniel Peters
- Debbie Goodwin
- John Campbell
- Jonathan Yamauchi & Olivia Levitt
- David Caditz & Lulu Hung
- Donna Agoitia
- Homer Ladas
About Alex & Karina Levin
Alex & Karina Levin, one of Marin’s favorite tango couples, are a joy to watch and a dream to dance with. Born in Russia, Alex and Karina emigrated to the U.S. in 1995. In 1999, they read a newspaper article about Argentine Tango and their passion for the dance was ignited. They began taking lessons, first with John Campbell and other leading Bay Area instructors. Then they made two trips to Buenos Aires to study the classic milonguero style as danced in the salons of central Buenos Aires. This style stresses the improvisational nature of tango and the connection between partners. Alex and Karina enjoy social dancing with emphasis on musicality. “We just love it,” says Karina. In addition to frequenting the milongas, the couple has been known to play a diSarli CD and dance in their kitchen.
Here, Alex & Karina dance in a featured piece in Tango Tales 2012 produced by Alma del Tango.