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Apres Diem Milonga

Apres Diem is a relaxed yet sophisticated take on the european style of dining. Apres Diem is an international bistro serving great food, espresso drinks, coffee/rotating desserts, full bar serving variety of cocktails.

3rd Sundays in April, May, and June 2019

7pm - 10pm - Traditional Music
10pm to 11pm - Mix of Alternative and Traditional

DJ: Clint Rauscher
Hosts: Shelley Brooks & Clint Rauscher

$10 Admission

Apres Diem Lounge 
931 Monroe Drive
Suite C-103
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

https://apresdiem.com/

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Tango Cruise - Caribbean - Mar. 1 to Mar. 7, 2020

Join us for a fun 6 day Tango Cruise from Miami to Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel! We had a group of over 40 people go last year, and expect about the same this year! This year we will have:

  • Tango workshops and practicas on the ship on the days at sea
  • At least one Tango History Lesson
  • Nightly Group Dinners with the Members of our Tango Group
  • 1 Day in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • 1 Day in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • 1 Day in Cozumel, Mexico.

We will be sailing on the Carnival Horizon, which is Carnival's newest and nicest ship. Where you can enjoy the following:

  • Great food at the many restaurants including the upscale: Bonsai Sushi and Teppanyaki, Cucina del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, and The Chef's Table. To the more standard fair: Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina,  Seafood Shack, Jiji Asian Kitchen, Pizzeria del Capitano, Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, and the Blue Java Cafe.
  • Fun entertainment such as: Imax Movie Theater, Broadway Style Productions, Dive-In Movies at the Pool, Dueling Piano Bar, The Punchliner Comedy Club, and The Alchemy Bar.  
  • More adult fair including: Havana Bar & Pool, The Serenity Adult-Only Decks, Cloud 9 Spa, Massages, Fitness Center.

Click here to find out more about the Carnival Horizon!
 

Ports of Call

Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Ocho Rios is a town in the parish of Saint Ann on the north coast of Jamaica. Just outside the city, travelers can visit Columbus Park, where Columbus supposedly first came on land, and see maritime artifacts and Spanish colonial buildings. Ocho Rios is also famous for its watersports such as: scuba, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, and the unique horseback ride-and-swim. Also nearby, is Mystic mountain which features bobsleding and ziplining. Or if you just want to take it easy, you can enjoy the VIP Bamboo beach club.

Another popular attraction is Dunn's River Falls. This collection of waterfalls are about 180 feet high and 600 feet long. They are terraced like giant natural stairs that empty into beautiful small lagoons. The falls are bordered by lush, green vegetation that shades visitors from the sun.

Ocho Rios was also featured in two James Bon films, Dr. No and Live and Let Die.

 

 

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands. The island is 22 miles long and 8 miles wide. There is much to do here including swimming with dolphins and stingrays.

In the West Bay district, is the island's largest land-based attraction, the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter. This facility includes areas where you can view and swim with turtles in Turtle Lagoon, vist with the birds in the Caribbean Aviary, watch sharks at Predator Reef, or vist Butterfly Garden. You can also visit the past on Cayman Street, where you can walk down a gravel path laced with old traditional homes, sand gardens, thatch relics, and conch shells. Nature lovers might also enjoy Blue Hole Nature Trail, where you can exprience some of the regions natural flora and fauna including: The Mahogany Tree, The Silver Thatch Tree, and The Banana Orchid. 

 


Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel is an island and municipality in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. The economy of Cozumel is based on tourism, with visitors able to benefit from the island's seaside resort towns, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

Just a short ferry ride away is the Ancient Mayan City of Tulum. Tulum was a former Maya trade site, located right on a cliff overlooking to the sea; admire the main temples "El Castillo," The Temple of the Descendent God, The Temple of the Water and the Temple of the Frescos. The Maya settled Cozumel in the early part of the 1st millennium AD.

 


Tentative schedule


Sunday - March 1st

The ship departs at 4pm from Miami. After departing we will have a welcome tango event.

Monday - March 2nd
We have a fun day at sea with workshops and dancing.

Tuesday - March 3rd
We arrive in Ocho Rios, Jamaica at 9am and depart at 5pm. We will have some dancing in the evening.

Wednesday - March 4th
We arrive in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands at 8am and depart at 4pm. We will have some dancing in the evening.

Thursday - March 5th
We arrive in Cozumel, Mexico at 10:30am and depart at 6:30pm. We will have some dancing in the evening.

Friday - March 6th
We have a fun day at sea with workshops and dancing.

Saturday - March 7th
We arrive back at Miami, Florida at 8am.

 

Rooms Available

All Prices are based on DOUBLE OCCUPANCY! If you want a private room then you will be charged double and the deposit will be double!

The prices listed below for Interior, Ocean View, and Balcony rooms are guaranteed, while supplies last, until October 1, 2019. 

You CAN register as a single person until Oct 1st and I will room you with another suitable Tango dancer traveling alone OR you can find someone else to register and share a room!

 

Interior Cabin (4B)
Size: 185 sq ft
Location: Decks 1 & 2
Quantity Available: 6

Price: $795 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that can convert to a king-size bed some staterooms have one or two additional bunks to accommodate one or two more guests bath with shower and sink interactive LCD TV telephone individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets and desk and ottoman seat.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/4B

 

Interior Cabin (4H)
Size: 185 sq ft
Location: Decks 9 & Lido
Quantity Available: 6

Price: $825 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that can convert to a king-size bed some staterooms have one or two additional bunks to accommodate one or two more guests bath with shower and sink interactive LCD TV telephone individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets and desk and ottoman seat.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/4H

 

Deluxe Ocean View Cabin (6L)
Size: 230 sq ft
Quantity Available at this price: 3
Location: Deck 1
Quantity Available: 3

Price: $895 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that can convert to a king-size bed some also have single sofabed or single sofabed and upper bunk to accommodate one or two more guests window bath with shower and sink and additional bath with junior tub and sink interactive LCD TV telephone individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets desk and ottoman seat sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/6L


Balcony Rooms

If you are registering for one of the rooms below, you need to be registering with a roommate or talk to me to see if someone else is looking for a roommate for one of these rooms. Before I will register one of these rooms with the cruise line, I need deposits for both passengers.

Horizon Cove Balcony (7C)
Size: 185 sq ft with 45 sq ft balcony
Location: Deck 2
Quantity Available: 3

Price: $995 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms also have single sofabed or single sofabed and upper bunk to accommodate one or two more guests window and balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/7C

Horizon Standard Balcony (8E)
Size: 185 sq ft with 35 sq ft balcony
Location: Decks 9 & Lido
Quantity Available: 4

$1,075 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms also have single sofabed or single sofabed and upper bunk to accommodate one or two more guests window and balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/8E


Havana Cabana & Suites
(prices change constantly, so contact me for current price)
 

Guests cruising in Havana Cabana staterooms have exclusive use of the Havana Pool through 5pm each day. Note: I cannot reserve pricing on suites, so you will need to message me in order to verify current pricing. The prices below are estimates and they go up as availability goes down.

If you are registering for one of the rooms below, you need to be registering with a roommate or talk to me to see if someone else is looking for a roommate for one of these rooms. Before I will register one of these rooms with the cruise line, I need deposits for both passengers.

 

Havana Cabana (EH)
Size: 185 sq ft and 100 sq ft patio (has walkway between patio and ocean)
Location: Promenade

Price: $1,520 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms have single sofabed or single sofabed and upper bunk to accommodate one or two more guests floor-to-ceiling window and outdoor patio cabana facing a private Lanai (outdoor promenade deck) bathroom with shower; 2 interactive LCD TVs telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table privacy room divider and curtain.

Patio Cabana Features 2 patio chairs and table 2 sun loungers directly in front of patio cabana.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/EH

 

Havana Extended View Aft Balcony (HI)
SIze: 185 sq ft and 60 sq ft patio (has walkway between patio and ocean)
Location: Decks: 6, 7, 8, 9

Price: $1,620 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king window and extended balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets walk-in closet desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

Patio Cabana Features 2 patio chairs and table 2 sun loungers directly in front of patio cabana.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/HI

 

Havana Premium (HL)
Size: 185 sq ft and 75 sq ft patio (has walkway between patio and ocean)
Location: Deck 6

Price: $1,685 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king 2 windows and wrap-around balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar walk-in closet desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

Patio Cabana Features 2 patio chairs and table 2 sun loungers directly in front of patio cabana.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/HL

Havana Premium (HM)
Size: 185 sq ft with 75 sq ft balcony
Location: Decks 6, 7, 8, 9

Price: $1,980 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king 2 windows and wrap-around balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar walk-in closet desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table. Balcony Features 2 patio chairs and table 2 sun loungers directly in front of patio cabana.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/HM


Suites

I cannot reserve pricing on suites, so you will need to message me in order to verify current pricing. The prices below are estimates and they go up as availability goes down.

If you are registering for one of the rooms below, you need to be registering with a roommate or talk to me to see if someone else is looking for a roommate for one of these rooms. Before I will register one of these rooms with the cruise line, I need deposits for both passengers.

 

Junior (JS/YU)
Note: All Junior cabins have partially obstructed views on this ship

Size: 275 sq ft with 35 sq ft balcony
Location: Deck 9

Price: $1,115 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king single sofabed to accommodate one more guest windows and obstructed standard balcony bathroom with shower whirlpool tub and double sinks; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar walk-in closet desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/YU

Ocean Suite (OS/U3)
Size: 275 sq ft with 65 sq ft balcony
Location: Deck 7

$1,580 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms also have a single or double sofabed to accommodate one or two more guests 2 windows and a large balcony bathroom with shower whirlpool tub and double sinks; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar walk-in closet desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table. Wheelchair Accessible Staterooms: 7378

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/U3

Grand Suite (GR/GS)
Size: 345 sq ft with 85 sq ft balcony
Location: Deck 7

$2,145 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms also have a single or double sofabed to accommodate one or two additional guests 2 windows and large balcony private bath with shower whirlpool tub bidet and double sinks interactive LCD TV (swivels) telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar walk-in closet/dressing area with vanity table and seat desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/GR


* All of the rates quoted include your room, taxes, port fees, and tango event fees. These rates are based on double occupancy, so you will be sharing a room with another person. If you already have a friend going and want to room with them, then you can specify that after you signup; otherwise, we will book you with another person of your same gender. You can travel alone, but all the above fees will be double.

** These optional fees can be paid directly to Carnival via their Guest Services website. You will be given access to this site after you pay your deposit: 1. Pre-paid gratuity (69.95/pp for Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and 79.95/pp for Suites) 2. Travel Insurance (49/pp Interior, 59/pp Ocean View, 89/pp Balcony, 109/pp Junior Suite, 129/pp Grand Suite)

*** Cancellation Fees: UNLESS YOU PURCHASE TRAVELLER'S Insurance, even a death in the family, you will lose $250/pp after December 1st. After Jan 1, 2020, you lose your deposit plus 55% of what you have paid. After Jan 15th, you lose 80% and, after Feb 7th you will lose 100%.

**** If you are traveling with a person that does not dance tango, their final payment will be charged $100 less, but let me know this after you make the deposit.

Payment Due Dates
$250/pp deposit is required at the time of registration to reserve your room.
50% of remainder is due by August 15, 2019.
Final remainder payment due by November 15, 2019.
Also, you can feel free to make the full payment at anytime, via paypal or check.
You will recieve an email reminding you of these dates, but you can go ahead and pay them here if you wish: Tangology101 Cruise Payment Page

Alternative "No Service Fee" Payment Methods:

  • Check: Send me an email for my mailing address.
  • Venmo: tangology101
  • Facebook: To send money via Facebook Messenger, just click on the $ icon when sending a message.


After you register, send me an email including
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  • Full name as it is on your Passport
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Are you a naturalized US citizen?
  • The name of the person that you will share your room with and their email and phone number OR if you would like me to help find you a roommate.

Frequently Asked Questions (PLEASE read):

1. Do I need a passport?
Yes, you have to have a passport!

2. What if my significant other does not dance tango?
They are welcome to come, in fact, several couples do this each trip. Just contact me and I will discount their room fee accordingly.

3. What are pre-paid gratuities?
Above, under the room fees, you will see what the pre-paid gratuity is for each room type. You can tip your waiters and room attendants and other ship employees directly, OR you can use their pre-paid gratuity. Carnival takes this fee and divides it up between everyone that likely helped you on the ship based on who helped you the most. 

4. Do I need travel insurance?
I do recommend it. Each year we have people that don't get the insurance and then have to cancel at the last minute and want refunds. Imagine if you have a death in the family or there is a hurricane, or plane delays. Click here for more travel insurance info.

5. When do I need to arrive in Miami?
We recommend that you arrive at least a day early to avoid travel delays and missing the departure time. We might can help you find a place to stay the night before, but can't promise that.

6. What are drink packages?
Food and regular drinks such as water, tea, and lemonade are free, but alcoholic beverages and sodas are extra. You can pay for them individually or with special drink packages.

7. How do I pay for things on the ship?
Most everything is provided for free on the ship, but you do have to pay for alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, specialty foods, bottled water, gambling, etc. Once you are on the ship, you will be given a sail and sign card which is tied to your credit card. They will initially charge you $100 and put it on the card for you to use. After the cruise, they will refund any unused money to your card.

8. Do I have to get off of the ship when we are in a port?
No, you never have to get off of the ship. Some people prefer to enjoy a mostly empty ship while it is docked at ports.

9. Can I bring alcohol on the ship?
You are allowed to bring 1 750ml bottle of wine or champagne on the ship with you. You can drink that bottle in your room or any public area of the ship, but if you want to use it at dinner, you will be charged a corkage fee.

Also, prior to departure, you can purchase bottles of wine on the Carnival website and those bottles will be waiting for you in your room when you arrive on the ship.

10. Can I bring homemade foods onboard?
No, any food brought on board must be pre-packaged and unopened.

If you have any other questions, please visit Carnival's FAQ page!

Also, join the discussion and let everyone know when you are registered on the Official Facebook Event Page.

If you have additional questions you can contact Clint at clint@tangology101.com.

Videos of Instructors:

Clint Rauscher

 

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Translation of El Ultimo Cafe

The Last Coffee
lyrics by Cátulo Castillo
?music by Héctor Stamponi

Your memory touches down like a tornado,
the autumn sun begins to set again
I watch the drizzle, and as I watch
the spoon stirs in the coffee…

In the last coffee
that your lips coldly
ordered that time
in a sighing voice. 

Visit Poesía de Gotán: The Poetry of Tango to see the rest of the lyrics.

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Juan D'Arienzo: A Biography

Juan D’Arienzo (December 14, 1900-January 14, 1976) was a violinist, pianist, band leader and composer. His nickname was “El Rey del Compás” (The King of the Beat). D’Arienzo was born on December 14th, 1900 in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Balvanera. His orchestra is considered one of the "Big Four" orchestras of Argentine tango. 

Part 1: Introduction and Early Career (1900 to 1934)

Part 2: Tango Cancíon and The Guardia Nueva: The Lead Up to D'Arienzo

Part 3: The D'Arienzo Revolution (1935 to 1939)

Part 4: Re-Invention and the Final Years (1940 to 1975)

Part 5: References and Resources

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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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Gambling on Tango: Casinos again the center for the Argentinian Dance

Gambling on Tango: Casinos once again becoming the center for the Argentinian dance

In the late 1800s, Argentina had become a place of cultural diversity with major influences from the Africans, one of which was their rhythmic drum beats that later developed into the most sensual dance that's known to man - the Argentine Tango. Because it was a dance deemed unacceptable among the upper white class, many young men that belonged to the upper class still scoured the corners of Buenos Aires to learn the forbidden moves. These men eventually traveled to Paris, bringing the seductive dance to theatrical venues, creating a hyperbole that surrounded the dance and thus becoming more widely accepted as an art form.

Fast-forward more than two centuries later, the dance still holds a certain appeal that has got people wishing they could move as smoothly as a dancer executing this wonderful art form. To bring the tango to a wider audience, casinos are now inviting people to their establishments so that they can join them in reveling in the culturally significant dance.

Perhaps it's the long history between casinos and the Argentine tango that has had casino providers reminiscing. For a time, the tango was only performed by the lower class in what was referred to as low-life establishments, such as dance halls, bars, and gambling houses. Casinos are now tracing back to their old Argentinian roots and celebrating the dance in leading entertainment hubs. Although the major incentive for hosting tango events could stem from the popularity of online casinos, a trend that started when InterCasino launched in 1996. Since then, operators of land-based casinos have had to diversify and look more appealing for people with different interests. Whether it is actually a strategy to increase both gaming and non-gaming income or not, a tango night in a casino aims to give participants a glimpse into the heritage of a once forbidden art form.

At the tango-themed charity event in Casino Shangri La, casino goers now have the chance to witness articulate and intimate moves of professional dancers, as well as have the opportunity to learn the steps of this beautiful Latin art.

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Tanda 62: Francisco Canaro with Roberto Maida

This week's tanda is calm, rhythmic tanda by Francisco Canaro with Roberto Maida singing. It starts with the very popular "Invierno." It is such a sweet and smooth song. Click here for a great translation of the lyrics from the Poesía de Gotán blog.

You might notice that there are 5 songs here. No, this is not a 5 song tanda... but rather, I could not decide which song to end the tanda with. I think "Viejo Tiempo" is probably the best fit, but I also love "Paciencia." So, I put both on here so that you could listen and decide. "Viejo Tiempo / Old Time" makes sense because all of these songs have more in common with the "Guardia Viejo / Old Guard" period (1910 to 1925) than the Guardia Nueva or Golden Age period. To give a super brief and over-simplified explanation, the songs of the Guardia Viejo period would have focused more on the underlying rhythm while the music of the Guaria Nueva would have focused more on melody and harmony. Canaro is working with both here. 

 

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Here is one of my favorite all-time favorite performances by Pablo Rodriguez and Noelia Hurtado. It is such a sweet and tender performance. To me, nothing says tango quite like this performance. It also demonstrates the statement that "Tango is a sad thought that can be danced." You might notice how emotional they are after the performance. I do not know the details, but it is my understanding that this was their last performance together after many years of teaching and dancing with one another.

Performances and Demonstrations

Augusta, GA Tango Festival 2018


Colgadas Workshop Demo, Dec 2017


Spoleto Tango Festival Workshop Demo, May 2017


Columbia, SC Regional Tango Festival Performance
November 2014

We had planned on dancing to something very slow, but then we were asked to perform live with the Alejandro Ziegler Orchestra. So, we decided to be bold and dance to their arrangement of Astor Piazzolla's "Michelangelo '70." This is completely improvised and we have never danced to this song before, much less their live version. I do wish we had been able to practice to it a few times, because i feel like it started coming together about half-way through. Thanks to Martin Ahrens for the video.

 

DubStep Tango Performance for Daza Dance Showcase
June 2014
This is our performance from the Daza showcase. This was part of a showcase put on by Daza Dance to showcase the students and teachers of the studio. This was an improvised performance, except for the lift at the very beginning.
 

 

History of Argentine Tango Performance
May 2014

The concept of this performance is to show a progression of Argentine Tango from its early days up to today, demonstrating different rhythms, embraces and styles.
 

 

Vals Performance from Charleston, SC Spoleto Tango Festival
May 2014

 

Leg Wraps Class Demo from Charleston, SC Spoleto Tango Festival
May 2014