Tango & Politica…

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A beautiful opportunity to be part of Tango & Politica..a television show filmed in Buenos Aires for cable TV.

 

 

festivals yes….festivals no….

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albuquerqueNeed a change?   Caught up in the local Tango scene and needing some fresh air?

Why not try out the idea of going to a new Tango Festival or finding time for more tango travel?

Chicago Isabella and Paul 2013

The lovely benefits of meeting new dancers (and old), listening to even more beautiful music, being in a different space and feeling a new vibe, certainly can be enchanting.

 
The idea of meeting more people that are as passionate as you and just as dedicated to growth within the dance absolutely beckons.

See you in Albuquerque.

on safari !

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Tango shoes in Buenos Aires…the selections in the stores here are fabulous and the shoes peer out in various showcases like gorgeous, shimmering jewels waiting to be found.

animals and tango shoes 2013 019Looking in some of the windows is so exciting at some locations, while at others you have to go in and ask to see the latest trends. Some of the shops are modern, others frou frou but my favorite is the shop that is loaded with antiques and harkens back to a by-gone era.

Tango shoes come in all kinds of colours, solids or patterns,, leather, suede, patent leather, even stamped leather and fabric.

Which heel height would you like? High? Low? In the middle range?
What style of heel do you feel good in? Flared? Spike?

Does the arch fit your foot?

Sling back, full back, or T strap?

Do you prefer things that are sleek or fuzzy?

What kind of sole do you like most? Leather, non-leather, chrome, a mix of both?

Should you pay cash or use a charge card? What are the advantages to either?

Isabella y Gerard 4Buy one pair or more?

Go with a friend or find your treasure on your own?

Which brand will I choose??

So many lovely questions to ask oneself when on a tango shoe hunting safari.
No wonder it takes us so long to decide on which pair after considering all of the above!

Ladies….enjoy!

Tango in tiny spaces…

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Wood floor, lovely music, nice partner….but oops!

How do I adjust my dance to this tiny little floor space?

La piccola milongaWell, nothing beats an embrace that gets a little closer, steps a little smaller and of course more contra-body movement. Connect in a way that is even more intimate.
Breathe and flow with the music and dance creating small spirals as a group.
The milongas in Buenos Aires have this down to a science practically. Everyone dances in a counter-clockwise motion and ‘lanes’ are formed. The group breathes and moves together and an honour of a milonguero is to make sure his partner “never” touches anyone. Passing happens rarely and if it ever does it is from the left.

To see this mass moving together really is something beautiful and special.

Please join us Sunday June 2 at El Almacen and enjoy the beautiful tango music and embrace your own ‘small space dancing’ skills!

DJ Isabella Szymonowicz

Longing for springtime tango…

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old pink suitcase

Whether it be Portland, Chicago, Santa Fe, Buenos Aires or even Milan…who wouldn’t adore following the spring weather for a little tango travel? Time to brush off the suitcases, polish the soles of our shoes and follow our whimsy for a little travel.

If well planned one could experience the arrival of spring in many tango capitals for weeks on end and be truly refreshed for the dance floor… 

pink tango shoes

Maybe we will meet in spring flight …in Santa Fe and Chicago this April, ….Toronto in May,  …Costa Rica June or Buenos Aires  from June till September.  Until then may your dancing be a light as the spring sunshine !

Alluring improvisations….

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At times I have asked myself if other people that dance tango in the milongas truly adore the absolute thrill and visceral power of dancing totally “improvisationally” as much as I do.

When the opportunity arises to attend a milonga the anticipation beforehand is palpable.

What music will be played?

What should I wear?

How will my tandas be?

Will my favourite partners be there?

How will the floor/group feel?

Will I be able to open a little door and create some of the magic that will leave us both desiring more at the end of our beloved tanda?


isabella y juan carlos 2012

Having the experience of dancing here,abroad and travelling to Buenos Aires many times and residing there for months on end my desire to improvise something beautiful/passionate and completely in the moment has never been diminished.

I would be thrilled to hear some of your stories about interesting spontaneous tandas and would love you to share some of them here if you like.

Here is one of my last demos this year in Buenos Aires at Cachirulo,the Saturday night milonga hosted by Norma and Hector in Villa Malcolm. This tango is pure spontaneous improvisation….and to me, completely thrilling.

Isabella Szymonowicz currently is one of the hosts of a Monday night practica.
For details/times please check Swansea Town Hall

 

This article has been translated in articulos en espagnol.

Let’s join together…

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Dear friends,

sandy hookAs most of you already know I have had the honour of working for the school board here in Toronto for many years. I have shared my passion for music with many educators and students.

Fridays events have left me shaken (as with the rest of the world) and questioning my beliefs. In an effort to try and do ‘something’ I would like to invite you to make a donation with me to the families and community of Sandy Hook. I don’t possess to have any knowledge of how this must feel but I do know what it is to lose a loved one.

Today we will have our last practise of 2012. We will have a special envelope for anyone to donate if they wish with me.

If you are unable to join us this evening, online donations are accepted here.

We look forward to seeing you this evening, and I want to extend our wishes for a peaceful holiday and joyful new year to those who are unable to join us.

Come celebrate !

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We invite you come out and share our joy in celebrating our one year Anniversary of classes, workshops and special events at Practica El Beso with a little toast Monday November 12. 

 

 
Each week we offer Buenos Aires style Argentine Tango music in a beautiful space with wood floors, mirror, and barre.   In the Teiaiagon Room at Swansea Town Hall,95 Lavinia. 
 
We encourage you to come out and viscerally feel the music as styled from the milongas of Buenos Aires by Isabella and practise your beloved tango in a supportive environment.
 
Cost $8.00
From 8p.m. till 10p.m.
 
Stay tuned for upcoming events…

Monday Night Practica…

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Practica El Beso is pleased to announce a new weekly Argentine Tango practise on Monday evenings from 8-10 p.m. starting on October 1st in the Teiaiagon Room at Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto.

Your hosts will be Isabella and Nicolai.

This informal practise will feature Argentine Tango music from the Golden Age.

The Teiaiagon Room is on the second floor at Swansea Town Hall and features a beautiful wood floor and mirrors.\

Price $8 each participant.

We encourage you to bring a partner to practise with.

Free Parking behind the building and street parking available.   We are close to Runnymede subway.

This article has been translated in articulos en espagnol.

one night in Cachirulo…

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Laughter, beautiful embrace with my partner Javier Gramigna, Alicia Pons tapping the rhythm with her fingers, incredible vals music by Donato, La Tapera, selected by Carlos Rey and off we go for our second ‘despedida/cumple’ dance at Cachirulo in Buenos Aires recently.

The festive atmosphere, the seduction of mystery, the improvisation, the union of music and partner and the thrill of knowing that dance will never be repeated all hook you in deeply and keep you hungering for more.

Thank you to Hector and Norma for this latest invitation to dance.