Argentine Tango Classes

Where When Level
Atlanta, GA Mondays @ 8pm to 9:30pm Beginner
Atlanta, GA Tuesdays @ 8pm to 9:30pm Int / Adv
Macon, GA Final Sunday @ 4pm Multi-level
Charleston, SC 3rd Saturday @ 1pm Int / Adv

Milongas

Where When
Taverna Plaka in Atlanta, GA 1st & 3rd Sundays @ 7pm
57th Fighter in Atlanta, GA 2nd Sunday & 4th Sunday when there is a 5th Sunday @ 6:30pm
Trudy's Dance in Charleston, SC Most 3rd Saturdays @ 8pm
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2018 Tango Cruise to the Bahamas

We had a great time on our Tango Cruise to the Bahamas in February. 48 of us tango dancers left from Charleston, South Carolina on a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas. We danced every night and had workshops on the days that the ship was at sea.

Here are some of the photos:

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Tanda 63: Pugliese Instrumental Tango from 1944

This week's tanda is a beautiful, dramatic instrumental set by Osvaldo Pugliese.

The first song of this set, "Recuerdo" is considered by many a turning point in the composition of Argentine Tango music. It was composed in 1924 and has a complexity that had not been seen before. There is some debate over who the composer was. It was originally registered by Adolfo Pugliese, Osvaldo Pugliese's father, but Osvaldo said that he gave it to his father to register because his father was having a hard time financially. Apparently, it was later re-registered under Osvaldo's name. Some also say that it belongs to Osvaldo's brother, who left the composition behind after moving away. I would go with Osvaldo's story, since the music sounds so similar to his other compositions. If it was Osvaldo's composition, then he wrote it at the age of 19.

The title means "memory" and the original title was "Recuerdo para mis amigos (Memory of my friends)." Pugliese said that he wrote it in honor of his friends who used to meet at a café called La Cueva del Chancho (The Pig's Cave).

And the other songs in this tanda are just as strong with Pugliese's characteristic flow of melodic tenderness marked with strong punctuations of rhythm.

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Creative Weight Change Part 1 with Cruzada and Parada

Teachers: Clint Rauscher and Shelley Brooks
Song: Solamente Ella by Carlos di Sarli with Jorge Durán 1945
More at: Tangology101.com

The main focus of this class is the idea of having the follower change weight in order to enter into cross system rather than the leader and dancing slowly and elegantly with women taking an active role. Then we added a short figure including a cruzada (cross), with a parada (stop) mordida (bite).