Nov 19, 2014

MUSICALITY CLASS FOR TANGO DANCERS_PARADISO NOV. 28, 2014


I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THIS CLASS AND WELCOME MY CO-INSTRUCTOR MOSHE SHOULMAN.
As most of you know, it is hard ot overestimate the importance of having a sense of musicality for any dancer. Argentine Tango, as a dance form, puts more emphasis on musicality than any other dance: while most social dance forms rely primarily on sense of rhythm, Argentine Tango requires a dancer to have certain agility of comprehension in distinguishing between rhythm and melody; in finding a proper place for syncopation; in understanding cadences etc.
Having improvisation in its root, social Argentine Tango can be compared to free flowing speech – one uses intonation, pauses, emphasis in addition to syntax, grammar and vocabulary to express oneself.
From my personal experience as a tango instructor, I can say that musicality (or lack of it) is what makes a difference between an exceptional tango dancer and just a studious facsimile of such. And this goes both for leaders and followers!
So, clean your tango shoes from the dust of many milonga floors – and come to paradiso for this unique and very important event!

I am extremely happy to have a professional musician like Moshe Shoulman do this class with me. He is a real Renaissance man: violin, viola, bandoneon and accordeon player, composer – and even a soccer coach (no, this is not going to be useful for your intimate tangos with a favourite partner...)! In addition to this admirable achievements, he is also a founder of Buffalo Tango Orkestra (yes, it is the intended spelling) that had its first performance in August of 2012 and appeared at various tango venues in Europe and North America since then. Currently Moshe is on the music faculty at University of Buffalo and composer in residence with The Commonwealth Lyric Theater in Boston.



Sep 21, 2014

A FLASHBACK: HOMAGE TO PUPI CASTELLO

This is a curious video (the quality is not very good, unfortunately): one of Buenos Aires tango teachers – Sergio Cortazzo, who we brought to teach at Viva Tango and Paradiso about 10 years ago – is doing a little parody on the dancing style of a great tango maestro Pupi Castello. Pupi (for those who don’t know) was a teacher of my teacher Graciela Gonzalez – and later made her his assistant and dance partner. They have developed an amazingly warm father-daughter relationship: Graciela has been watching over him when his health started to fail but he still attended milongas where he enjoyed a shot or two of his favourite gin (straight). In 2007 when Graciela and I were at the airport in Moscow waiting for her flight back to Buenos Aires after tango festivals in St. Petersburg and Moscow, she was talking about Pupi being very ill. She wrote to me from Buenos Aires a couple of weeks later letting me know that Pupi died (I knew him well, too) – she wrote “he died soon after I returned to Buenos Aires, as if he was waiting to see me to say good-bye”.

In this video Sergio captures Pupi’s unique dance style which is more “robust” than the dance styles of new generation of tango teachers and dancers: the style from before the tango became a precious money making commodity demanded by tango aficionados all over the world.

Here is a video of Graciela and Pupi dancing on a beautiful floor of Salon Canning in Buenos Aires:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcSfsBQDmjE&index=4&list=PLhX_nvwqJSv610TFSpe1UcfL71BmW0sY-

And here is Sergio doing his very talented parody:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=844330848919168&set=vb.100000267811244&type=2&theater



Sep 1, 2014

Horacio Godoy & Magdalena Gutierrez_Excellent Exhibition at TTX


Dear tango friends,

Please check out this video – in my humble opinion, this is a remarkable exhibition of an authentic Argentine Tango: in spite of the fact that it’s so unusual, if I may use the word. The “fireworks ” are of a different nature than what has been offered by travelling tango professionals in most cases. NO DRAMA (the usual yawn...)! NO EMBARRASSING UNDERWEAR DISPLAY (yawn – argh! –yawn...)! NO NOTORIOUS FOLLOWER’S ARM RAISE (cliche supreme!...) And it’s my favourite – LEAD-AND-FOLLOW! Brilliant technically, brilliant in concept and with sparkling sense of humour – clearly thoroughly enjoyed by everybody present at the event! And that is exactly what makes it authentic – originality that has always distinguished every master of Argentine Tango and made each artist’s style different from another.

https://www.facebook.com/video.phpv=10152208158046403&set=p.10152208158046403&type=2&theater

Aug 26, 2014

LOVELY DEMO_Noelia Hurtado y Sebastián Arce


I think you would enjoy watching this video – Berenice Gonsen posted it on Facebook and I picked it up there. I have been keeping my eye on Sebastian Arce’s dancing for a while and, I must say, I really like what he is doing. Noelia is lovely and alive – she is an active participant in this dance and not just an attractive attachment. Together they show great musicality, taste and sophistication. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS9oOa4zCoU

Aug 11, 2014

AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE_RECOMMENDED READING


This is an excellent article by Veronica Toumanova on “Gancho” blog – courtesy Steve Yee’s Face Book post. The author is trying to answer many questions that every tango dancers starts asking him/herself sooner or  later. Sometimes we try to talk about it with my tango friends and students – but we rarely have time to “get to the bottom of it”. I certainly appreciate the effort made in this article to answer these questions – that’s why I am placing it here in my blog. I also welcome your thoughts/comments.

http://gancho.info/why-years-of-tango-will-not-make-you-an-advanced-dancer-and-what-will/


Jun 9, 2014

KENSIGTON MARKET PEDESTRIAN SUNDAYS: MILONGA AFUERA
HERE WE GO AGAIN, DEAR TANGO FRIENDS – TIME TO REJOICE IN THE STREETS TO SWELLING CHORDS OF INCREDIBLE TANGOS! PARADISO IS HOSTING ITS ANNUAL OUTDOOR MILONGA (MILONGA AFUERA) FROM 5 TO 7 PM EVERY LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH IN JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST! FIND US ON KENSINGTON AVE., JUST ONE BLOCK N. OF DUNDAS! SEE YOU THERE! 
JUNE 29, JULY 27 & AUG. 31.



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Mar 26, 2014

THANK YOU TO VERÓNICA ALVARENGA & EDUARDO ARIAS!

DEAR FRIENDS,
I HOPE MOST OF YOU HAVE SEEN A FANTASTIC DEMO EDUARDO & VERÓNICA DID AT PARADISO LAST FRIDAY! IN MY OPINION, IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THIS TANGO COMMUNITY HAD EVER SEEN! I WILL POST A LINK TO IT THE MOMENT I GET MY HANDS ON IT! I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH EDUARDO, AN ULTIMATE TANGO TEACHER, AND TO CREATE A HOPEFULLY LASTING FRIENDSHIP WITH BOTH EDUARDO AND VERÓNICA!

ALL IN ALL, IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT AT PARADISO!

COME AND JOIN US FOR PARADISO’S 17TH ANNIVERSARY ON FRIDAY APRIL 4!


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