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Susana Miller at Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville Saturday May 12, 2018 6:30 pm at Rosa B

Wow!!!

Thanks everybody who came out last month! It was our biggest, bestest milonga yet in collaboration with UF Tango Weekend Spring 2018 with special guest Yari Helfeld! Also Robert & Daphne did a wonderful demo for us which we all enjoyed after placing 2nd in the Senior Salon Division at ATUSA in SFO 4-1-2018.

We had many guests from Destin, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, St. Pete., San Juan Puerto Rico, Buenos Aires and others!
The house was packed and jumping with energy all the way to the end, and then some! We had 43 dancers and a beautiful ronda all night long!

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Susana Miller May 2018

This month: Saturday May 12, 2018 6:30 – 7:45 pm with special guest teacher from Buenos Aires, Susana Miller TangoThe Pioneer International Milonguero Instructor, for one night only:

1 workshop and mini-private lessons with Susana during the following milonga (8:00 – 11:00 pm) (TEXT Kathleen Ahearn Prucher at 727-742-3368 to arrange mini-private lessons.) In the mini-private, Susana will dance with you for a tanda during the milonga, and then take you to a separate room and give you instructions specific to you to help improve what you are doing.
6:30 – 7:45 pm $25 – Workshop – Figures are situations on the dance floor.

Five basic figures for navigating impeccably (for waltz as well as tango).

We’ll film these figures, combining them with explanations in “slow motion.” All Levels

8:00 – 11:00 – Milonga (with mini-privates available. $25 a tanda. 15 minutes.)

Milonga – $10 – Students $5

Saturday, May 12th – Gainesville Rosa B Williams Center/352artspace, 524 NW 1st Street, Gainesville, FL. 32601

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(You can also go to Tampa the next day for more workshops with Susana Miller:

Sunday, May 13th, 2018 – Simone’s – 8336 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL

1:30 – 3:00 – Workshop II – Men’s technique – All Levels**

Fundamentals of the milonguero style. Balance, posture, connection with one’s own body and with the woman’s body. The abrazo. How to maintain the embrace when turning. The walk. The corrida.

Women are welcome: Understanding the man’s role helps to understand your own role.

3:00 – 4:30 – Workshop III – Women’s technique – All Levels**

Balance, abrazo and connection. We’ll study 6 movements: walking backwards and forwards, back ochos, the cross, the turn, balance on one leg. Keys to “following” with fluidity. Techniques for avoiding pain in the ball of the foot.

Men are welcome: Learning to understand the female role helps to have a greater awareness of one’s own role.

4:30 – 6:30 – Guided Practica on Workshop Materials*)

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BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, DISHES, etc. and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night.

Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at

“The Rosa B Williams 352Arts Center”
524 NW 1st St.,
Gainesville, Florida 32601.

On the West side of the street. Easy parking, great lighting and security.

Organizer: Steve Littler
DJ: Steve Littler
For more information: call Steve Littler

Cell phone 1-352-226-1103

We are an affiliated group with the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural affairs. Support provided by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department – a CAPRA accredited agency.

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Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville Sat. April 14, 2018 & UF Tango Weekend Fri. April 13


Thanks to everyone who came the last two months when we had crazy good workshops and milongas with Judy & Jon in Feb, and Jorge & Anabel in March!

Be aware that in two Fridays, UF Tango Club has their UF TANGO Weekend with Yari Helfeld – Spring18, and everyone should go, starting with opening milonga at Rena’s Ballroom 720 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32609

Friday night at 9:00 pm April 13 https://www.facebook.com/events/1951036448545767/

And then Saturday night April 14 at 8:00 pm everyone should come to our regular Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville at the Rosa B:

NOTE: No pre-milonga class this month, just dancing starts at 8:00 and we welcome lots of visitors from the UF Tango Weekend!

PLUS: Special demo with Gainesville’s own Robert De Rochemont II and Daphne Thomas who just placed 2nd at ATUSA championships Senior Salon division in San Francisco on their first attempt! We are so proud of them and all their hard work and practice has resulted in a well earned prestigious award! Everybody come out and celebrate with them!

Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00
DJ: ‘El Stevito’ Steve Littler

Cost:

Adults: $10.00.
Students: $5.00.
(If anyone CAN’T attend because of financial reasons, please contact Steve Littler.)

BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, etc and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night.

Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at:

“The Rosa B Williams 352Artscenter”
524 NW 1st St.,
Gainesville, Florida 32601.

On the West side of the street. Free parking around the building, ask for a free parking voucher for your car if you park across the street.

Organizer: Steve Littler
DJ: Steve Littler

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

We are an affiliated group with the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural affairs. Support provided by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department – a CAPRA accredited agency.

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Gainesville Tango W/E: Jorge Mendoza & Anabel Martinez Mar 10-11, 2018

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On March 10-11, 2018 we welcome back to Gainesville very popular teachers with all new drills and exercises.

Jorge Mendoza https://www.facebook.com/jorge.mendoza.9862, Anabel Saldaña Martinez https://www.facebook.com/anabelsaldanamartinez, and baby tanguero Ignacio from Buenos Aires!

These friendly and exciting teachers were discovered by our own Thuy Carroll on one of her trips to Buenos Aires and she loved them so much she invited them to come teach in the U.S. Last May they came for the first time and were a big hit and toured many cities in Florida. (And last August Jorge was also Supervisor of Judges at the World Championships in Buenos Aires!)
They are noted for their elegant and musical style of dancing close embrace, and their unique teaching methodology bringing high level technical concepts to social dancers using simple and easy to understand explanations, training drills and demonstrations. After they left here last year, the overall level of social dancing in Gainesville was noticeably higher with many improved postures, embraces, walking and musicality at the milongas. (Be sure to book a private lesson with them.)

So save these dates on your calendar now. There will be all new drills and exercises covering these vital skills.

Jorge & Anabel Tango Workshops Schedule

Saturday March 10, 2017
Location for Saturday:
Rosa B Williams Center/352artspace
524 NW 1st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Registration:

Basic Codes to Generate an Ideal Connection I with All New Exercises

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: W/S 1. – $25/$15 Students
“Body awareness and core consciousness:”
Leader and follower axes. Weight discharge. Core consciousness. Upper body and low body knowledge. Axes projection. Practice dance posture.

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm: W/S 2. – $25/$15 Students
“Pectoral contact, sharing our superior core:”
How to share our superior core. Body control space. Dissociation from the core keeping the axes and the contact. Tango dance position.

3:45 pm – Break for dinner

6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Registration for evening

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Special Pre-milonga class with Jorge & Anabel – $15/$10 Students
“Salida Cruzada for dance floor”

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm: $15/$10 Students
Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville with Special Exhibition with Jorge & Anabel (9:30 performance.)

Sunday March 11, 2017
Location for Sunday: Thuy Carroll’s house in downtown Gainesville. (Call Steve Littler at 352-226-1103 if you need directions.)

Basic Codes to Generate an Ideal Connection II with All New Exercises

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Registration:

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: W/S 3. – $25/$15 Students
“Pendular motion, creating new movements:”
Pendular motion, knowledge of pendulum, how to use energy to generate movement, bending moment and suspension. Dissociation of the body in a short space.

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm: W/S 4. – $25/$15 Students
“Our body as a flexible and movable piece:”
Pectoral contact in the dance. How to keep it and how to separate it. Our body as a flexible and movable piece. Changes of directions and fronts.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Costs Summary ~~~~~~~~~~~~
1 – Workshop: – $25/$15 Students
2 – Workshops: – $45/$25 Students
4 – Workshops: – $85/$45 Students
Pre-milonga Class: – $10/$10 Students
Milonga only: – $15/$10 Students
Pre-milonga class + Milonga: – $25/$15 Students
All Saturday Pass: $70/$40 Students
Full Weekend Pass (4 – Workshops + Pre-milonga Class + Milonga): – $110/$65 Students
Private lesson: $100/hr paid to the guest instructors.

(Call Thuy Carroll to schedule a private lesson at 352-281-0733.

For more information: call Steve Littler

Cell phone 1-352-226-1103

We are an affiliated group with the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural affairs. Support provided by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department – a CAPRA accredited agency.

 

Workshops and Milonga with Judy & Jon Feb 10-11, 2018 in Gainesville

Thanks to everyone who came to last month’s milonga! We had a full house with great energy all the way to the end!

This month we welcome back Judy and Jon from Las Vegas! Judy & Jon have been teaching all over the world for decades and even taught for a decade in Buenos Aires to Argentinians and have been recognized by the City of Buenos Aires as authentic milonguero close embrace style teachers!

Judy & Jon Margolis

They have millions of tips and stories from the old milongueros they studied with and share them with us now. What we learn from them is invaluable knowledge for social dancing in any milonga in the world, including the most famous traditional milongas in Buenos Aires today.

Don’t miss it!

Private lessons are also available so call them direct on their cell phone as soon as possible to start scheduling privates starting around Friday Feb 9, 2018! 1 hour Private Lesson for one student (or a couple) with both Judy & Jon together $110. 3 hours for $300:  Call Judy’s Cell phone to reserve private lessons: 520-907-2050


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Saturday Feb 10:

1:00 Registration

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. W/S #1: The Tango Between the Steps: The dynamic of the orchestra, the melody, the rhythm 

3:00 – 4:15 p.m. W/S #2: Milonguero Secrets:  Its all about the YEITE

Break for dinner

Registration for evening 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Pre Milonga class with Judy & Jon: Elegant and Sensual Salidas and Endings for Social Dance

8:00 -11:00 Milonga with Show by Judy & Jon

(BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, etc and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night. There is a free water fountain and bottled water will be available for $1.00)

Sunday Feb 11, 2018:

12:30 p.m. Registration

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. W/S #3: Spicey Milonga Steps & Picante Rhythms

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. W/S #4: Turns and Cadenas for Vals Cruzada

 

COSTS:
Summary of Adult Costs:
1 – Workshop: – $25
2 – Workshops: – $45

4 – Workshops: – $90

 

Saturday Night Pre-Milonga Class: – $15

 

Saturday Night Milonga + Show: – $15

Full Saturday Night Pass: – $25

All Saturday Pass: – $60

Full Weekend Pass: – $110
Summary of Student with I/D Costs:
1 – Workshop: – $15
2 – Workshops: – $25
4 – Workshops: – $40
Pre-Milonga Class: – $10

Saturday Milonga + Show: – $10

Full Saturday Night Pass: – $15

All Saturday Pass: – $30
Full Weekend Pass: – $50
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Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at”The Rosa B Williams 352Arts Center”
524 NW 1st St.,
Gainesville, Florida 32601.

On the West side of the street. Easy parking, great lighting and security.

Organizer: Steve Littler
DJ: Steve Littler
For more information: call Steve Littler

Cell phone 1-352-226-1103

We are an affiliated group with the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural affairs. Support provided by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department – a CAPRA accredited agency.

Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville cancelled for Sept 9, 2017

Sorry! We have to cancel the milonga this month (Saturday Sept 9, 2017) because of Hurricane Irma. (The City just called to inform me that all City facilities will be closed Friday night.) We’ll see everybody next month October 14 when we will have special guest artist “Maestro Tango” Alejandro Pinzon and his bandoneon for musicality workshops and live music and Dj’ing. Don’t miss it!

Thank you to every one who supported us last month at our ***NEW*** venue at the beautifully newly renovated Rosa B Williams Center 352Artspace. We are an affiliated group with the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural affairs. Support provided by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department – a CAPRA accredited agency.
We have a great new wood floor, good lighting, security and free parking on the street. We also have parking passes for the lot across the street. And there are other lots being arranged for in the near future.
This event will be 3 hours long, but it may be possible to go longer into the evening in the future after we have some track record with the City.
Regular Programming this month:
8:00 to 8:30 Beginners Milonga (Experienced dancers welcome! 30 minute beginners lesson + 15 minutes dancing rotating partners after every song where we want to be sure to get all the beginners out on the floor with experienced dancers.)
8:45 to 11:00 Standard Tandas (Beginners encouraged to stay and dance and socialize and be exposed to the different orchestras and styles of Tango, Vals and Milonga music!)
What is a Beginners Milonga?
A 30 minute lesson followed by dancing for new tango dancers.
In its simplest form, Argentine Tango is just a hug and a walk to the music. Later you can add some other fancy stuff.
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 to dance, hang out, watch and listen to music and meet new friends.
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 El Stevito.
2. Beginner’s Milonga 8:30 – 8:45. (Beginners rotate partners every song for the first 15 minutes.)
3. Standard Tandas: 8:45 – 11:00.
4. DJ: Fabulous DJ El Stevito will be playing exciting Tango music just perfect for dancing all night long!
Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00 (Lesson 8:00 – 8:30)
Cost:
Adults: $10.00.
Students: $5.00.
(If anyone CAN’T attend because of financial reasons, please contact Steve Littler.)
BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, etc and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night.
Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at “The Rosa B Williams Center 352Artspace” 524 NW 1st St., Gainesville, Florida 32601. (On the West side of the street. Easy parking, great lighting and security.)
Organizer: Steve Littler
DJ: Steve Littler
For more information: call Steve Littler
Cell phone 1-352-226-1103

Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville this Saturday Aug 12, 2017 8:00 pm at our *NEW* Venue!!!

Thank you to every one who supported us last month at our ***NEW*** venue at the beautifully newly renovated Rosa B Williams 352artspace. We are now an affiliated group with the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural affairs. (Support provided by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department – a CAPRA accredited agency.)

We have a great new wood floor, good lighting, security and free parking on the street. We also have parking passes for the lot across the street. And there are other lots being arranged for in the near future.

This event will be 3 hours long, but it may be possible to go longer into the evening in the future after we have some track record with the City.

Regular Programming this month:

8:00 to 8:30 Beginners Milonga (Experienced dancers welcome! 30 minute beginners lesson + 15 minutes dancing rotating partners after every song where we want to be sure to get all the beginners out on the floor with experienced dancers.)

8:45 to 11:00 Standard Tandas (Beginners encouraged to stay and dance and socialize and be exposed to the different orchestras and styles of Tango, Vals and Milonga music!)

What is a Beginners Milonga?

A 30 minute lesson followed by dancing for new tango dancers.

In its simplest form, Argentine Tango is just a hug and a walk to the music. Later you can add some other fancy stuff.

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 to dance, hang out, watch and listen to music and meet new friends.

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 El Stevito.

2. Beginner’s Milonga 8:30 – 8:45. (Beginners rotate partners every song for the first 15 minutes.)

3. Standard Tandas: 8:45 – 11:00.

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

Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00 (Lesson 8:00 – 8:30)

Cost:

Adults: $10.00.
Students: $5.00.
(If anyone CAN’T attend because of financial reasons, please contact Steve Littler.)

BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, etc and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night.

Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at “The Rosa B Williams 352artspace” 524 NW 1st St., Gainesville, Florida 32601. (On the West side of the street. Easy parking, great lighting and security.)

Organizer: Steve Littler

DJ: Steve Littler

For more information: call Steve Littler

Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville **NEW VENUE** Saturday July 8, 2017

https://youtu.be/eDEXYlXj2Z0 video of our new venue!

Thank you to every one who supported us last month! We had a good crowd with visitors from Jacksonville and Ft Lauderdale! 🙂 ❤

This month we are excited to announce our ***NEW*** venue at beautifully newly renovated Rosa B Williams Dance Center oeprated by the City of Gainesville Parks and Recreation.
We have a great new wood floor, good lighting, parking and security! And we will be able to retain the old admission of $10.
We are very proud that Tango will be the FIRST dance to initiate this great new dance floor! 🙂 ❤
This event will be 3 hours long, but it may be possible to go longer into the evening in the future after we have some track record with the City.
Regular Programming this month:
8:00 to 8:30 Beginners Milonga (Experienced dancers welcome! 30 minute beginners lesson + 15 minutes dancing rotating partners after every song with easy Tango with lights dimmed where we want to be sure to get all the beginners out on the floor with experienced dancers.)
8:45 to 11:00 Regular Tandas (Beginners encouraged to stay and dance and socialize and be exposed to the different orchestras and styles of Tango, Vals and Milonga music!)
What is a Beginners Milonga?
A 15 minute lesson followed by dancing for new tango dancers.
In its simplest form, Argentine Tango is just a hug and a walk to the music. Later you can add some other fancy stuff.
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 to dance, hang out, watch and listen to music and meet new friends.
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 El Stevito.
2. Beginner’s Tandas 8:30 – 8:45. (Beginners rotate partners every song for the first 15 minutes.)
3. Traditional Tandas: 8:45 – 11:00.
4. DJ: Fabulous DJ El Stevito will be playing exciting Tango music just perfect for dancing all night long!
Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00 (Lesson 8:00 – 8:30)
Cost:
Adults: $10.00.
Students: $5.00.
(If anyone CAN’T attend because of financial reasons, please contact Steve Littler.)
BYO DRINKS, WATER, WINE, etc and LOTS of SNACKS for passionate dancing all night.
Location: Milonga El Abrazo de Gainesville is held regularly on the second Saturday of each month at “The Rosa B Williams Dance Center” 524 NW 1st St., Gainesville, Florida 32601. (On the West side of the street. Easy parking, great lighting and security.)
Organizer: Steve Littler
DJ: Steve Littler
For more information: call Steve Littler