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In conversation with Alicia (part one)

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Often when a tango teacher visits Toronto we don’t have the opportunity to get to know them, beyond the context of a class or workshop. We’d like to “introduce” you to Alicia through a series of conversations that she has had with Isabella.  Enjoy…

1. What brought you first to tango?

Alicia: My parents met while dancing tango. My family, aunts and uncles all danced. I remember dancing as a small child on my fathers’ feet. Even when my mother was pregnant with me I danced while in her belly. Tango is in my blood. In my adolescence I got away from it but again it came back into my life at the age of twenty when I was at a party and saw a couple dancing.

 

2. What was the reaction of your friends and family outside of tango when you first started?

Alicia: They have always encouraged me and now they feel proud of what I have been able to do.

 

3. What was the cultural climate like when you started tango and how has it changed over the years?

Alicia: The thing that has changed the most is that now it has a commercial side to it that before did not exist. Everybody danced because they enjoyed it. Now many things have appeared, taxi tango dancers, lots of teachers etc.

 

4. What do people in Argentina think of people that visit Buenos Aires mainly for tango..tango tourists?

Alicia: They can’t believe that tango attracts lots of tourists to come to Buenos Aires, and that they stay two or three weeks or more “ONLY TO DANCE”.

 

5. What was the most significant thing you learned from Graciela Gonzalez?

Alicia: Graciela was my model, she gave me the technique, her elegance. The way that she moves her feet gave me the inspiration to create my own expression.

 

6. How did you enjoy teaching with Cacho Dante?

Alicia: With Cacho we had a lovely school, he always respected my concepts and I always respected his. I always felt good teaching classes with him.

 

7. Being a world class dancer and teacher puts you in the spotlight often. What is the most important thing you would like people to learn from you?

Alicia: Really I would like to transmit the sentiment of dancing, the connection with the partner and with the music more so than the “steps”. I always say that “tango happens inside you”.

 

 


Explore your tango embrace…

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Practica El Beso would like to invite everyone to come out and share an evening  for an exploration of  the Tango element “embrace”.

This will be the first workshop in our new home at Swansea Town Hall.  We hope you will be able to join us.

Details:

Date:        Tuesday January 3,

Time:         8:15 -10:00p.m

Cost:          $22

Location:  Swansea Town Hall

Coming home!

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It is truly an incredible feeling to have the chance to go back “home” especially this time of year.  Unexpectedly the opportunity arose.  We will be moving from Vivace Studios to Swansea Town Hall.

Over the years Swansea has been an important part of my life, we have collaborated together on so many occassions I can’t even remember them all.  This space is absolutley special to me.  Over the years it has been my pleasure to rent innumberable rooms in this building.  So many memories of mainly vibrant, engaging, creative, emotional times.  From hosting my students year end piano recital (with my daughter being the master of ceremonies), teaching weekly adult singing classes, facilitating international voice/movement/acting workshops, teaching childrens ORFF music classes to hosting my own impovisational group…etc.  This place has always encouraged me to come and spend some time here.  Thank you Swansea Town Hall you have always been there to welcome me.

Please come join us for a five week Tango Fundamental series.

Each week we will investigate a different fundamental element of  Tango Milonguero (close embrace).   Improve balance, core strength, confidence, grace, musicality and more.

All levels welcome.

Date:        Tuesdays

Time:        8:15p.m. starting January 3

Cost:         $22

Location:  Swansea Town Hall 95 Lavinia Avenue

 

This article has been translated in articulos en espanol.

What are you doing tonight?

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Why not take a Tuesday tango break ?  and join us at Vivace Studios

Class:      7:30 – 8:30

Practice: 8:30 – 10:30

Everyone is welcome… take a break from the pre-holiday rush… and give yourself the gift of Tuesday Tango.

Hasta pronto !!

Drop Ins:

$25 for class and practica

$20 for class

$8 for practica only