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Let's Dance Tango as if no one is watching.
This group is for people who consider Argentine Tango as a lovely dance, but one among others, not equivalent to the word “Dance” itself. Many of these people already enjoy several other styles of dancing. The Organizer of this group dances at least a couple of dozen at various levels. We’ll gather about once a week at some venue or venues, usually just ourselves, avoiding the scrutiny of the “aficionados”. Our approach is welcoming to “nuevos” and "nuevas" (beginners). We’ll encourage and compliment improvement, not demand it. In tango vocabulary our events would be “practicas”. People taking lessons anywhere could come to practice. At “Milongas” dancers are expected to follow “Los Codicos”, a fairly well defined code of dance etiquette. We’ll be far more conversational. If some of us decide to challenge ourselves more, form a regular partnership or tiny group (Strongly recommended), start taking regular lessons, even private lessons and attending practicas elsewhere, great. If they decide to make the trip to Buenos Aires we might have a little bon voyage party for them. The frequency, format, days of the week, and times of our events could vary. Frank, the group Organizer, has a portable setup: screen, dvd player, and boombox; which are adequate for a small group. There are at least five styles of Argentine Tango being taught in Vancouver. We should focus on one style at first, but people could dance any style they wish. The Organizer’s preference for starting is salon style . In a way it is a hybrid of more fluid styles of Argentine, such as “nuevo “ and ballroom dancing. See an example of it on Youtube “Bronze DVIDA argentine tango dance vision”. He has that bronze dvd from Dance Vision. "Villa Isquera" is very popular in Vancouver. Anna Pedron and Diego offer a series on dance lessons on YouTube. Search "Tango" and "Howcast" on Youtube. The advantages of youtube are that the is a curriculum, something which no instructors in Vancouver offer, and that people can practice at their own residence. A common myth is that tango is a hard dance to learn. Salon style is very easy to learn, and other styles are no more difficult than many other dances. To achieve excellence in Tango is challenging, true. To achieve excellence in anything is challenging. Simply to dance it for personal enjoyment is not. The “Basico” in this style is an “Eight Count Basic” see http://www.VeryTangoStore.com/Tango-Terms.html a list of about 200 tango terms. “Basico” easily found on YouTube. We might bring an instructor in from time to time, not to take over and run group classes, but to assist partnerships or individuals one on one. Everyone is welcome to suggest an event. This would include going as a group to a small established practica, or beginner friendly milonga. Just message the Organizer the essentials with an e-mail address. Meetup is notorious for no-shows. At one swing dance event, of 23 rsvp’s, only 5 attended. Please if you change your mind about coming to an event, switch your rsvp to no, and do it early. Repeat no-shows will be asked to withdraw from this meetup group. If a person isn't interested in the event, but is free to go for a candlelight dinner that evening, rsvp'ing no is quite acceptable. This group is for people who want to learn or to enhance their familiarity with Argentine tango, in a casual yet constructive manner. Frank also organizes “Live Local Music and Dancing” where members are welcome to suggest a meetup for any dance event. In order to facilitate communication among the members, please take the time to provide some of the following information. Please give the town where you actually currently reside. Meetup defaults to Vancouver even if a person lives in Surrey. District would be helpful Day preference: weekend, mid week, specific days? Time preference: daytime, early evening, or like milongas 10 p.m.? What is your previous tango experience? Do you have a favorite style(s)? Please list a few other dances which you enjoy, and the level? Do you have an idea for a good small venue? Do you have any facilities or equipment which we might use? Since an individual doesn't even know who among the 7 billion people on this tiny rock might look at their information, the Organizer has adopted and internet name, Frank Jay, good idea, and not only for the ladies.

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    This group is for people who consider Argentine Tango as a lovely dance, but one among others, not equivalent to the word “Dance” itself. Many of these people already enjoy several other styles of dancing. The Organizer of this group dances at least a couple of dozen at various levels. Yet some may be first timers with partner dancing

    Our approach is welcoming to “nuevos” (beginners). We’ll encourage and compliment improvement, not demand it. In tango vocabulary our events would be “practicas”. People taking lessons anywhere could come to practice.

    At “Milongas” dancers are expected to follow “Los Codicos”, a fairly well defined code of dance etiquette. We’ll be far more conversational.

    If some of us decide to challenge ourselves more, form a regular partnership or tiny group (Strongly recommended), start taking regular lessons, even private lessons and attending practicas elsewhere, great. If they decide to make the trip to Buenos Aires we might have a little bon voyage party for them.

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