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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.

                                       


 
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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


 
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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

 
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This is Tango Now-Identidad is in Chicago April 6 and 7, 2012. There are two shows each night and general admission tickets are $23. Reserved seats are $33. Find out more about the show HERE. To buy tickets go HERE.

On April 8, after the shows the American Tango Institute will have a milonga with the stars of the shows. If you attend the show Saturday tickets to the milonga are only $5. General Admission tickets are $15.

Stars of the show will also teach workshops for one day only, Sunday April 8, from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be three one and a half hour workshops (cumulative). One workshop costs $25 and all three runs $60. Register VIA email at info (at) americantangoinstitute (dot) com


 
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Alicia Pons is coming back to hold workshops in Chciago at ARTango, 4203 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, Illinois,  from March 8 to 15. There will also be a milonga on  from 10 p.m. til 2 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at Chicago Dance, 3660 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. The classes are for intermediate and advanced level dancers.

The workshops are structured to built on one another. They will refine and improve your dancing. Limited spaces are available

Pons emphasizes connection with partners with women not just following but as equals


Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:00-1:30 A: Connecting with Self: Posture, axis, relaxation, freedom, weight changes, elegance.

2:00-3:30 B:  Connecting the Music: Musical elements, various orchestras, tango, milonga and vals.

4:00-5:30 C:  Connection with the Other: Embrace, dialogue, exchange of energy, concept of circular cylinders.

MILONGA - SATURDAY, MARCH 10 from 10pm - 2am 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

12:00-1:30 D :  Connection with the Floor: Directed energy, feet to floor, open the space.

2-3:30 E: Connection with Other Dancers: Navigation, dancing in a tight space, codes of respect.

4:00-5:30 F: Putting it all together.
 

PRICING AND LOCATION

Entire package: 6 classes and Saturday milonga $150.00

Full time student: 6 classes and Saturday milonga $120.00

Saturday or Sunday classes $ 85.00

Full time student: Saturday or Sunday classes $ 65.00

Individual classes $ 35.00; Full time student $25.00

Saturday Milonga at Chicago Dance $15; Full time students $10

 
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Tango Times Dance Studio, 1613 NE 163rd. Street in North Miami Beach, have classes in malambo, bombo, boleadoras and other dances every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Oscar Caballero is the instructor.

Find out more HERE.

If you are interested in tango Argentine folk dancing should be of interest also. I have been meaning to repost information on these classes for South Florida Friends!

 
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_ April Parker’s Mujer1 classes were a big hit in Atlanta. The milonga that followed the workshop found the teacher and wanted to know if there would be another class. Now, there will be.

The workshop will take place Sunday, March 11 and is limited to 12. You have to make a reservation in advance to take the class and you can do so here.

The cost is $20 and the workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Location will be given after registration (which has already begun).


 
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_ Alicia Pons  is returning to Chicago from March 8 to 15, 2012 for a week of intensive tango workshops on March 10 and 11. There is an early bird discount but it ends in a couple of days (February 5).

These classes are for intermediate and advanced dancers and space is limited. They will also try to balance gender. You do need to sign up with a partner for individual class or full day pass. Private lessons will also be available. You can click HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Pons, an accomplished dancer with refined technique. She is known for footwork and “sensual seduction.” She also works with a sense of humor in her classes.


 
La Baldoza presents a day of classes with Geraldine and Ezequiel. Normally I would copy all the information down and find a photo but I have been really bad about posting here so I thought I would just post this ASAP.

The headline says Miami but it is really in Aventura which is convenient to Miami-Dade and Broward residents.
 
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_ Naples area tango enthusiasts! Repun Tango (1673 Pine Ridge Rd. Suite, Naples) is having a New Years Eve Bash. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. on 12/31 and continue as long as people are still standing. The dinner will be catered, the music will be live, wine, champagne and surprises.


The cost is $65 per person BY RESERVATION ONLY. The capacity is limited so reserve now!

For more information log on to www.pablorepuntango.com.