Trio Garufa  are set to release El Rumor De Sus Tangos on June 19, 2012. The group are regarded as one of the foremost interpreter of Argentine Tango in recent times. The group is international in it’s make up but play a very authentic take on Argentine music. They are something of a throwback to the golden age of tango—playing music from the 1930 through the 1950s. But they also play modern Tangos.

They are based in the USA but play regularly at milongas in Buenos Aires—which is uncommon.

The band indeed, have their origin in milongas in the USA. A  San Francisco producer wanted live music at his events and they got together to perform once a month. The stuck together and developed a following and offers to play flooded in. Since they (2001) Trio Garufa have toured extensively in the USA and Canada (as well as, later, in Argentina).

Malambo Fusion Company is holding Argentine Folklore Classes with choreographer, dancer and instructor,  Claudio Ponce. Classes begin May 3, 2012 and continue every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  at Seacoast Suites Ballroom, 5101 Collins Ave, Miami Beach.

A single class is $15 and a package of ten costs $120.

You can learn La chacarera, Gato and Escondidos, Zamba, Bombas and Boleadoras. You can also learn (and will learn over time) techniques including, arms posture, Zarandeo Simple (simple skirt movement), Zapateos (simple tappin), music and rhythm. Classes are open to all levels. Wear comfortable clothes (skirts for women best).

Ponce teaches Argentine folklore at Miami Contemporary Dance company and was elected as a member of the Internation Dance Council under UNESCO in 2011 for his efforts to promote Argentine folklore.  He is also the founder of Malambo Fusion Company.


Learn tango with the folks who teach tango teachers. All week long, Monday to Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Tango Times Dance Company, 1613 nE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach.  More info at www.tangotimes.com.

You can learn; technique, pivot, tours, aerial figures and body language. They teach social tango or fantasy tango. You can even learn what it takes to be a pro.

 •       Group Tango Lesson for Adults: Monday thru Thursday 8pm

•       Modern Dance: Monday 6:15pm

•       Group Argentine Folk Dances Lesson: Tuesday 6:30pm

•       Belly Dancing: Wednesday 6:45pm

•       Salsa: Friday 8pm

Ok so this isn’t tango related. And yes, I have been slacking again on posting info but, in my defense, a lot of the press releases and event notices I get are hard to decipher!

Nonetheless I thought people in Chicago who are interested in dance might be interested in a free performance and QA with the Joffrey Ballet. They are having a free sneak peek of their Spring Desire program at Joffrey Tower, 10 East Randolph Street in Chicago on May 2 at 5:45 p.m. Dancers will perform excerpts and there will be a Q& A with artistic director, Ashley C. Wheater.

There will be a reception with wine and hors d’ouevres in Joffrey's rehearsal studio You will need to RSVP by Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Email affinity@joffrey.org or call 312-784-4640

Wednesday, May 2
5:45 pm Registration
6:00 pm Program and Q&A
7:00 pm Cocktails and Hors d’ouevres