Student of the Month – Tanya Rokhlin

Tanya Rokhlin 2012

Student of the Month – Tanya Rokhlin
by Lanny Udell

Lanny Udell

Dancing tango since:  July 2011

Why tango:
Tanya was drawn to tango after experiencing the embrace. She was on a cruise ship and saw a performance by a “gorgeous Argentinian.” She asked for a private lesson, and the moment he embraced her she felt the connection. “I was in a zone,” says Tanya.

When she came back to San Francisco she began to look for classes. That’s when she found Debbie and John.

Tanya Rokhlin & Robert Leys in Tango Tales 2012

Favorite part: The connection. Tanya admits that her life has been mainly self-centered, but when she started taking private tango lessons with Debbie she realized that she had to listen, to surrender to the lead, or she’d never get in the zone again. “I find sweetness in this,” she says.

About Debbie & John: Tanya feels blessed to have found them. “I love their enthusiasm and professionalism.”

Tango Tales

Tanya Rokhlin & Deborah Loft Tango Tales 2012

Anything else: As she prepares for the lead role in the upcoming student production,
Close Embrace: A Tango Love Story, Tanya recalls performing in Tango Tales earlier this year.
“I never thought I was a showy person, but I found it exhilarating.” She’s looking forward
to being in the spotlight again.

Photo by Alli Novak
Dancers Jose Orellana & Tanya Rokhlin


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Video Notes: Debbie & John Colgadas, Back Sacadas,Enganche, Boleos

From Monday, Oct 22, 2012

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Argentine Tango with Debbie & John

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Video Notes: Debbie & John Classic Left Turn with Colgada

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Video Notes: Debbie & John Colgada & Rebote in Right Turn

From Monday, Oct 7, 2012

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Argentine Tango with Debbie & John
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Video Notes: Debbie & John Colgadas into the Front Cross

From Monday, Oct 1, 2012

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Video Notes: Debbie & John Gancho/Boleos

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Students of the Month – Dart & Dottye Rinefort

Students of the Month by Lanny Udell
Lanny Udell

 

Tango Tales

Dart & Dottye Rinefort – Tango Tales 2012
Photo: Alli Novak

 

 

 

Dart and Dottye Rinefort

Dancing tango since: 2008

 

Why tango: (Dottye) I was intrigued by the idea and have always liked sampling something new. Then a high school classmate “dared” me to just try it.  Dart has never missed the opportunity to accompany me on a new journey so we embarked on our tango adventure together. His appetite for travel was rewarded when we were able to explore the origin of the dance – Argentina!

Favorite part: Solving a good mystery or piecing together a complicated puzzle is something we have always enjoyed. The study of Argentine tango meets all those requirements and much more.

Dart & Dottye Rinefort
All About Tango 2011
Photo: Dominic Colacchio

 

About Debbie & John: They are dedicated and compassionate instructors of Argentine tango. When we overcome an obstacle in class, they share in our excitement. They give us the individual attention and encouragement that keeps us moving forward, and they always remind us to have fun.

Anything else:  For the more mature dancer, they say to eat your berries and fill yourself with antioxidants to delay cognitive decline. We say, tango every night of the week and there won’t be any cognitive decline.  Once we have accomplished some of the patterns or “tinker-toys” as John calls them, we need to work on their connection with the music (musicality). That’s the allure: the next challenge!

 

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Video Notes: Debbie & John Rhythmic Sequence

From Monday, September 17, 2012

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Video Notes: Debbie & John Vals Turns

From Monday, Sept 10th, 2012

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Video Notes: Debbie & John Barridas & Colgadas

From Monday, August 27, 2012

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