Argentine Tango Workshop

with Nito & Elba Garcia

Friday, July 15th at Sally Loo's, San Luis Obispo

6:30 – 7:30 pm Chamuyo and
7:30 – 9:30 pm Milonga

There is so much more to Tango than just dancing! Kick off the evening with a free discussion group (chamuyo) with Nito & Elba with Laticia Miller interpreting for us. Get their perspective on the music, dance, and culture of Tango. Bring your questions and enjoy the evening with this wonderful couple who have danced through the golden age of tango in Argentina.

Continue the evening with great food, drink, music, and most of all dancing. No cover for this social dancing event at Sally Loo's Wholesome Cafe, 1804 Osos St., San Luis Obispo (near the railroad station).

Saturday, July 16th at Motions, Atascadero

12:00 – 1:30 pm Caminadas Derecha Izquierda Linea de Baile (fundamentals)

Walking to the left and right of the line of dance. Sounds easy, but Nito always has some great combinations to make this really fun and challenging.

1:30 – 3:00 pm Enrosques Derecha e Izquierda (intermediate)

Right & Left Enrosques (corkscrew or twist) will add a wonderful flavor to your dance style.

3:30 – 5:00 pm Milonga de Traspiés (advanced)

Nito & Elba will share some playful syncopations for milonga.

Sunday, July 17th at Motions, Atascadero

12:00 – 1:30 pm Cunitas (fundamentals)

The Cradle - a forward and backward rocking step. It can come in very handy in crowded spaces and can be wonderfully musical.

1:30 – 3:00 pm Vals (intermediate)

It's always amazing how Nito comes up with interesting, fresh, and musical combinations for Vals.

3:30 – 5:00 pm Cadenas (advanced)

Challenging chain steps for the social dance floor.

Weekend Classes at Motions Academy of Dance, Atascadero:

4040 El Camino Real, Atascadero: From Hwy 101 (north or south), exit on San Anselmo Rd. Take San Anselmo northeast, turn left on El Camino Real. It's on the left in the K-Mart Shopping Center.

Monday, July 18th
SLO Vets’ Hall, Grand Ave. & Monterey St., San Luis Obispo

7:00 – 8:30 pm Surprise! (all levels)

We will finish off the workshop with a class talord especially for our community. Don't miss this one!

8:30 – 9:30 pm Open Practica

Even if you are not interested in the class, please do join us for open practice and dancing, $5 donation (as usual) or free if you take the class.

Cost for 90-Minute Group Classes: $30 per person per class. Register for multiple classes at once and save: 2 for $55, 3 for $75, 4 for $95, 5 for $105, 6 for $115, all 7 for $125. Pre-register online.

No partners required! The last 15 minutes of each class will be for practice and/or warm-up for next class. Please try to arrive early so you don’t miss anything. This workshop will take place instead of the regularlly scheduled class and practica.

Private Instruction is $120 per hour, discounted to $100 for dancers who have registered for at least one group class. Please contact Rich to schedule private classes.

Nito Garcia learned Tango the old-fashioned way, watching his uncle and aunt dance on a packed-earth patio in the province of Buenos Aires more than half a century ago. As a young man he polished his skills in the dance halls of Buenos Aires in the '50s, was a principal dancer with the orchestra of Osvaldo Pugliese, and later moved to Mar Del Plata, on the Atlantic coast of Argentina, where he continued to perform and teach.

Supremely creative and elegant exponents of the tango, Nito & Elba have, in recent years, been "rediscovered" by a younger generation of tangueros in Buenos Aires, many of whom seek them out for individual instruction.

Nito & Elba teach regularly in South America and tour North America and Europe frequently for workshops and seminars. They have been featured instructors at Nora's Tango Week, as well as the International Tango Congresses, held annually in Buenos Aires.

For more information: Call Rich, (805)461-4898.

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