Save the Date: Saturday June 11, 2016 8:00 PM Beginner+Advanced Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville

The Beginners Milonga was very successful last month so we’ll do it again this month, but only rotate partners every song for 30 minutes after the lesson. (Anyone who comes as a couple and doesn’t want to rotate doesn’t have to. No problem.)
 
8:00 to 9:00 Beginners Milonga (Experienced dancers welcome!)
9:00 to 12:00 Regular Tandas (Beginners encouraged to stay!)

What is a Beginners Milonga?

A 30 minute lesson followed by dancing for new tango dancers.
This is for people who have had at least one lesson already.
If you are taking beginner lessons in Argentine Tango, this is for you.

This is an opportunity to enjoy a real Argentine Tango Milonga (dance social).
Put what you are learning to use in a welcoming atmosphere arranged to make new tango dancers feel comfortable.
Beginners are encouraged to stay after the Beginner’s Milonga
and experienced dancers are welcome at the Beginner’s Milonga.

The rules are:
 
Do not tell your partner what to do during the Beginner’s Milonga.
 
If you have trouble, ask the instructor for help, otherwise figure it out yourself.
 
Only ask your partner to do something if you are uncomfortable, not if you or they are confused.
 
This Month:
 
1. Lesson 8:00 – 8:30 with Steve.
 
2. Beginner’s Tandas 8:30 – 9:00. (Beginners rotate partners every song.)
 
3. Regular Tandas: 9:00 – 12:00.
 
4. DJ: Fabulous DJ El Stevito will be playing exciting Tango music just perfect for dancing all night long!
 
Time: 8:00 pm – 12:00 midnight (Lesson 8:00 – 8:30)
 
Cost:
 
Adults: $10.00.
Students: $5.00.
 
BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, etc and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night. (Water is also available for sale $1.00.)
 
Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at “The Movement Zumba Studio” 1212 N. Main St., Gainesville, Florida 32601. (On the West side of the street in the Gainesville Shopping Center three stores south of the Publix Supermarket. Easy parking near the front door. Security Guard on duty until midnight.)
 
Organizer: Steve Littler
DJ: Steve Littler
 
For more information: call Steve Littler 1-352-371-6944
Cell phone 1-352-226-1103
 

Special Beginners Milonga: Saturday May 14, 2016 8:00 PM Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville

Welcome back everybody!

Special Beginners Milonga this Saturday night.
8:00 to 9:30 Beginners Milonga (experienced dancers welcome)
9:30 to 12:00 Regular Tandas
What is a Beginners Milonga?
A lesson followed by dancing for new tango dancers.
This is for people who have had at least one lesson already.
If you are taking beginner lessons in Argentine Tango, this is for you.
This is an opportunity to enjoy a real Argentine Tango Milonga (dance social).
Put what you are learning to use in a welcoming atmosphere arranged to
make new tango dancers feel comfortable.
Beginners are encouraged to stay after the Beginner’s Milonga
and experienced dancers are welcome at the Beginner’s Milonga.
The rules are:
Do not tell your partner what to do during the Beginner’s Milonga.
If you have trouble, ask the instructor for help, otherwise figure it out yourself.
Only ask your partner to do something if you are uncomfortable, not if you or they are confused.

 

This Month:

1. Lesson 8:00 – 8:30 with Steve and Tatiana.

2. Beginners Tandas 8:30 – 9:30.

3. Regular Tandas: 9:30 – 12:00.

4. DJ: Fabulous DJ El Stevito will be playing exciting Tango music just perfect for dancing all night long!

Time: 8:00 pm – 12:00 midnight (Lesson 8:00 – 8:30)

 

Cost:
Adults: $10.00.
Students: $5.00.

BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, etc and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night. (Water is also available for sale $1.00.)

Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at “The Movement Zumba Studio” 1212 N. Main St., Gainesville, Florida 32601. (On the West side of the street in the Gainesville Shopping Center three stores south of the Publix Supermarket. Easy parking near the front door. Security Guard on duty until midnight.)

Organizer: Steve Littler

DJ: Steve Littler

For more information: call Steve Littler 1-352-371-6944
Cell phone 352-226-1103

Save April 8-10 for Yunta Brava in Gulfport, FL instead of Gainesville Milonga — 10% Discount

Dear friends of Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville,

We will be closing our milonga for ‘APRIL ONLY’ so that you/we can attend Yunta Brava Florida April 8-10 in Gulfport, FL (near St. Petersburg) to take workshops with Fabian Salas & Lola Diaz and Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne at a SPECIAL 10% DISCOUT.

(Link to Special 10% Discount to Yunta Brava on Fabian Salas’ website for our group at this link: http://tangopal.com/catalog/141 Just put in the coupon code “GAINESVILLE” at checkout! Yay!)

(Yunta Brava refers to a gathering (in this case of tango couples) which is really spicy in a good way and have a lot to offer. It stands for a very special gathering. This is a huge event and a rare chance to study with two men who were in the movie “The Tango Lesson” by Sally Potter and started a new wave of Tango learning in the 1990’s.)

Let’s all go have a great time learning new things and dancing at two super great beautiful venues with huge milongas at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Friday and Sunday and the Magic Ballroom on Saturday.
To get your GAINESVILLE 10% discount go to Fabian Salas’s site http://tangopal.com/catalog/141 and choose either full day pass for $110 or full 3-day pass for $330. Add to cart and proceed to next page. Add the PayPal fee for either $4 or $12 and go to next page. In the COUPON CODE please type “GAINESVILLE” and apply the code and you will see that either $11.40 is deducted for the 1 day pass for a total of just $102.60 or $34.20 is deducted from the full 3-day pass for a total of just $308.80.
You can also select just 2 separate days for a total of $220 + $8 PayPal fee = $228 – $22.80 discout = $205.20.
Separate Classes & Milonga prices:
1 Class Fabian & Lola, Gustavo & Giselle, or together $30 per person in advance $35 per person at the door
1 Class Jeremias & Mariela $20 per person in advance $25 per person at the door
1 Milonga
including dinner Friday, Saturday or Sunday $25 per person in advance $30 per person at the door
Tuesday Milonga
(no dinner) Tuesday, April12th $8 per person in advance $10 per person at the door
1-Day Passes
1 day (3 classes) F&L – G&G $85 per person
1 day (3 classes) + 1 milonga $110 per person
YUNTA BRAVA FLORIDA
April 8th. through 12th. 2016 – St. Petersburg/Largo Area, FL
We have the pleasure to announce:
For the first time together in the Sunshine State:)
Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne
Fabian Salas & Lola Diaz
Special Guests: Jeremias Massera & Mariela Barufaldi
SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, April 8th. – Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33701
5.00 to 6.15 pm – Rupture of the embrace (F&L + G&G)
6.30 to 7.45 pm – Back volcadas (F&L)
8.00 to 9.15 pm – The front sacada for men & women (G&G)
9.30 pm to 2.00 am – MILONGA: 11.30 pm F&L’s Performance
SATURDAY, April 9th. – New Magic Dance Club, 2100 E. Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33771
12.45 to 2.00 pm – Planeos for both: leader & follower (J&M)
2.15 to 3.30 pm – Milonga! (F&L)
4.00 to 5.15 pm – Barridas in the turn (G&G)
5.45 to 7.00 pm – Changes of directions vs. Alterations (F&L + G&G)
8.00 pm to 1.00 am – MILONGA: 11.30 pm G&G’s Performance
SUNDAY, April 10th. – Gulfport Casino Ballroom
2.15 to 3.30 pm – Cadenas (Chain steps) & Corridas (F&L)
4.00 to 5.15 pm – Boleos from crosses & opening steps (G&G)
5.45 to 7.00 pm – What is gancho “in favor” (F&L + G&G)
8.00 pm to 1.00 am – MILONGA: 11.30 pm Master Tango Performance
TUESDAY, April 12th. – Gulfport Casino Ballroom
6.30 to 8.00 pm – Interesting combinations (F&L)
8.00 to midnight – MILONGA
All the Milongas include dinner except for Tuesday

Special Discounts for large groups coming from out of town!

(Link to Special 10% Discount to Yunta Brava on Fabian Salas’ website for our group at this link: http://tangopal.com/catalog/141 Just put in the coupon code “GAINESVILLE” at checkout! Yay!)

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Here is more information on Gustave & Giselle’s site:
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For more information call or email “El Stevito” Steve Littler
elstevito@gmail.com
352-371-6944

352-226-1103 mobile

(Link to Special 10% Discount to Yunta Brava on Fabian Salas’ website for our group at this link: http://tangopal.com/catalog/141 Just put in the coupon code “GAINESVILLE” at checkout! Yay!)

Save the Date: Saturday March 12, 2016 8:00 PM Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville

Last month it was great to give a nice sendoff to Sarah Bollinger’s and Brian King. Our Tanguero friend from Maine Chris Biggart also dropped in to dance while on a business trip and we had a great time.
This Month:
Feel free to wear some green for St. Patrick’s day on the 17th!
1. Pre-milonga lesson 8:00 – 8:30 with special Guest Teacher Kanakis Nikolaos Ritzakis from the island of Crete in Greece. He’ll be sharing some drills that he uses with his elegant salon style of dancing. Yay!
2. Milonga at 8:30 – 12:00.
3. DJ: Fabulous DJ El Stevito will be playing exciting Tango music just perfect for dancing all night long!
Time: 8:00 pm – 12:00 midnight (Lesson 8:00 – 8:30)
Cost:
Adults: Still just $10.00.
Students: $5.00. Free in March!
BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, etc and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night. (Water is also available for sale $1.00.)
Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at “The Movement Zumba Studio” 1212 N. Main St., Gainesville, Florida 32601. (On the West side of the street in the Gainesville Shopping Center three stores south of the Publix Supermarket. Easy parking near the front door. Security Guard on duty until midnight.)
Organizer: Steve Littler
DJ: ‘El Stevito’ Steve Littler
For more information: call Steve Littler 1-352-371-6944
Cell phone 352-226-1103

Save the Date: Saturday Feb 13, 2016 8:00 PM Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville

This Month:
 
1. Pre-milonga lesson 8:00 – 8:30 with El Stevito with some new drills to make you walk better and a new opening salida I got from Junior Cervila this week in Gulfport! Yay!
 
2. Milonga at 8:30 – 12:00.
 
3. DJ: Fabulous DJ El Stevito will be playing exciting Tango music just perfect for dancing all night long!
 
Time: 8:00 pm – 12:00 midnight (Lesson 8:00 – 8:30)
 
Cost: Still just $10.00
 
BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, etc and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night. (Water is also available for sale.)
 
Students: $5.00.
 
Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at “The Movement Zumba Studio” 1212 N. Main St., Gainesville, Florida 32601. (On the West side of the street in the Gainesville Shopping Center three stores south of the Publix Supermarket. Easy parking near the front door. Security Guard on duty until midnight.)
 
Organizer: Steve Littler, El Stevito
DJ: Steve Littler, El Stevito
 
For more information: call Steve Littler 1-352-371-6944
Cell phone 352-226-1103

Save the Date for Oscar Mandagaran & Georgina Vargas in Gainesville Jan 9-10, 2016

Save the Date for Oscar Mandagaran & Georgina Vargas in Gainesville Jan 9-10, 2016

3 Workshops, 1 Milonga + Show

Save the 2nd weekend to start off the new year 2016 for Tango with Oscar Mandagaran & Georgina Vargas from Buenos Aires!
http://www.tangodebuenosaires.com/index_tango_Eng.html
http://www.tangodebuenosaires.com/video_tango.html

Teaching Method

We are social tango dancers and also show tango dancers. The style we teach is the Buenos Aires style, the authentic way to dance in a Buenos Aires milonga.

After so many years of dancing and teaching, we have developed our artistic aspect on the stage, as well the social dance for dance in a milonga, and also the teaching aspect to give to all our students the possibility to really build their dance, understand and use their energy, and for that we have a very precise didactic method.

In our lessons we concentrate on posture, the embrace, elegance, musicality, energy, sensuality and the feeling of the tango, those qualities that every true tango dancer has learned to love and appreciate. We teach compact patterns and sequences which are suitable for social dancing and also for dancing on a crowded dance floor.

We always introduce the step to be worked on by showing it, to give to the student a visual demonstration of the ideal movement, by explaining the technique. This way the student can easily understand how to use his body to realize the movement that creates the step, and also we pass by the students giving them individual instructions where we try it with them so they can feel directly from our body the right way to realize the step, and they can reproduce the ideal movement and sensation by following us. It is not necessary to come with a partner as we encourage the rotation of partners throughout the class but with respect of course for couples that came together.


Elegant, passionate, enthusiastic, charismatic — Oscar & Georgina will share their love and knowledge of Tango with us. They have a very detailed pedagogy of Tango so come with a wide open mind and be sure to bring your video cameras for the helpful workshop summaries.

Schedule:

Saturday 1/9:

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Workshop #1 Close Embrace:

-The all-important technique for leader and follower dancing in close embrace with a walking like Buenos Aires Style. Details of connection, posture, embrace, axis, elegant walk, collection, completion of steps. (Video summary – bring your recording device.)

Break until 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.: Milonga & Show with Oscar y Georgina

Sunday 1/10:

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop #2 Musicality:

– Phrasing and Rhythm. Add polish and excitement to your dance hearing and incorporating the musical structure in new ways. (Video summary – bring your recording device.)

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Workshop #3 Turns:

– Giros (Turns) for crowded dance floor. Navigation and Keeping Line of Dance when it gets crowded and still being able to dance beautifully and safely and in sync with all the other couples on the floor.  Never be stopped from dancing beautifully just because the Line isn’t moving. (Video summary – bring your recording device.)

Cost:

Milonga and Show only: $20

Workshops: $35 each

3 Workshops + Milonga & Show: $90

2 Workshops + Milonga & Show: $75

1 Workshop + Milonga & Show: $50

3 workshops only: $75

2 workshops only: $60

1 workshop only: $35

Student prices:

Milonga + Show: $10

3 Workshops + Milonga & Show: $70

2 Workshops + Milonga & Show: $55

1 Workshops + Milonga & Show: $35

3 Workshops only: $60

2 Workshops only: $45

1 Workshops only: $25

Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at “The Movement Zumba Studio” 1212 N. Main St., Gainesville, Florida 32601. (On the West side of the street in the Gainesville Shopping Center three stores south of the Publix Supermarket. Easy parking near the front door. Security Guard on duty until midnight.)

Organizer: Steve Littler
DJ: Steve Littler

For more information: call Steve Littler 1-352-371-6944

Cell phone 352-226-1103

https://www.facebook.com/events/1663934590553552/

Save the Date!: Saturday Dec 12, 2015 8:00 PM Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville

Last month: Wow! A nice full house with lots of dancers from as far as Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Ocala! Thank you Theresa for helping to set up and giving us a nice lesson to get started with! See everybody again next month December 12 for the next great Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville!  Thanks Jane Tolbert for helping set up and cooking lots of yummies. Thanks to Elena Yarmola, Thuy Carroll and David Chayes for helping break down!

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This Month:

1. Pre-milonga lesson 8:00 – 8:30 with Beth Michelson! Yay!

2. Milonga at 8:30 – 12:00.

3. DJ: Fabulous DJ El Stevito will be playing exciting Tango music just perfect for dancing all night long!

Time: 8:00 pm – 12:00 midnight (Lesson 8:00 – 8:30)

Cost: Still just $10.00 BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, etc and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night. (Water is also available for sale.)

Students: $5.00.

Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month since September, 2013 at “The Movement Zumba Studio” 1212 N. Main St., Gainesville, Florida 32601. (On the West side of the street in the Gainesville Shopping Center three stores south of the Publix Supermarket. Easy parking near the front door. Security Guard on duty until midnight.)

Organizer: Steve Littler
DJ: Steve Littler

For more information: call Steve Littler 1-352-371-6944

https://www.facebook.com/events/1500239126937708/