Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tango is Life as a work of Art

Ready to the challenge?
Since the learning curve of Tango never ends, what counts is our predisposition to keep learning.

Now, you are ready to understand a bit more about the value of Tango, the value of what we, milongueros, value; the value of being engage, present, aware of your own body -with its possibilities and limitations, and the window of potential for improvement-, aware of your partner, of those who dance around you, of those who -you realize by listening to such wonderful tango music- had worked very hard and passionately on its creation and development for around 150 years, since Tango began.

Among them, Francisco Canaroabout whom I wrote the following article. Enjoy it!!!

Friday, July 29, 2016

TONIGHT, classes on different rhythms of tango: tango, milonga and vals.

It is understandable in some ways that the sense of belonging to a group that contains the individual’s anxieties and insecurities is an important aspect to value in relation to be part of a Tango community, but this community does not need to be about Tango if the focus is not on Tango. What Tango brings to add to this need for connection, is the Art. Without the Art and the discipline that it demands, any gathering would ultimately exhaust itself in mediocrity.

Monday, June 13, 2016

What brought you to Tango?

Dear students, milongueras and milongueros:
Welcome to learning to Tango!
Or, if you have already been learning Tango for a while, we would like to invite you to pause, and think for a moment about why you are here, and what the consequences are of your participation in Tango, for yourself, for those around you, in Tango or outside of it, for Tango itself, and for life itself. 
Tango is education. Our purpose is to educate you about Tango. 

What brought you here, to Tango?
Among the many answers that you could give, the only one that we care about is that you realized that you cannot live without Tango. If your answer is far away from this one, you are wasting your time, and ours. Tango is simple, but not at all easy. It requires passion, commitment, focus, perseverance and stamina.  

If you are still here, what do you think Tango can bring to your life?
What Tango brings to your life is Tango. It is what you want it to be, and it is what you want your life to be.

At Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires we work patiently, modestly and laboriously on improving our knowledge and understanding the infinite beauty of Tango.

Part of Tango is a human creation. Great musicians -Canaro, Firpo, De Caro, D'Arienzo, Di Sarli, Troilo, Pugliese, Laurenz... (to name a few); wonderful lyricists -Contursi, Flores, Cadícamo, Manzi, Discépolo... and many more-; amazing dancers -El Cachafaz, Carmencita Calderón, El Vazquito, Petroleo, Finito, Osvaldo and Coca, Blas, La Vitola, Pincen, Miller, Dante, Garcia, Zotto and many more-.

  Part of Tango is nothing we made, like the proportions of our human bodies, like the perception of beauty that sounds awake in us, like the natural laws of physics that shape the possibilities of our movements...

Since Tango is something that already exists as it is when we come into Tango, we owe it a lot of respect.

We can see Tango as the planet we live on (actually, that is what Tango is for a milonguero o milonguera).
Do we really respect the planet Earth? This has been put in doubt lately, since we collectively hold the power to transform it for good or not.
We do not understand completely how we are affecting our planet, and it has now become a matter of survival of the human species and all forms of life on Earth, that we understand it, to be able to fully assess the consequences of our actions.
No difference with Tango. No matter how recently or long you have been in Tango, there will always be someone in it for longer that you and newer people coming in all the time. 
You must always set a good example. That is really the way to promote and preserve the beauty of the Art of Tango, of which we all are responsible.
Blas Catrenau and Luciana Guido
Blas Catrenau and Luciana Guido
Attention: Neither classes nor milonga in Lafayette on Friday June 17 doe to San Francisco Milonguero 2016 Festival. See you there!!! Online registration ends on June 15 at 00:01 am. Save money!!! For more information, click here.

Milongas:Our goal is to train our students to participate and dance comfortably at milongas. We decided to organize milongas in which we can put in practice all the elements necessary to a full Tango experience. Do not miss Milonga Florida celebrating The Golden Era of Tango, on June 15 and 22, Milonga Mandinga Celebrating 22 years with Tango as my profession , on June 24, and Milonga Linda y Sublime in San Jose on June 25. For more information, click here.

A social Argentine Tango gathering with Maestra Susana Miller on June 17 to 19, 2016. Online registration ends on June 15 at 00:01 am. Save money!!!
  • Opening milonga with Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto Típico, playing Golden Era favorites in the style of the GE great orchestras.
  • 5 progressive workshops with Maestra Susana Miller.
  • Leader/follower balanced.
  • 5 milongas with great DJs playing time-tested tunes from the Golden Era of Tango.
  • El chamuyo de Susana - an informal conversation and open Q&A.
  • 2 talks about Tango history and sound by recognized speakers (*).
  • Venue with 2300 sq.ft. wooden floor and the right atmosphere. The Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley, CA 94702. For more information, click here.
We organize a tour twice a year. These tours are very educational. Get now our EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: 10% OFF on "Milongueros Gold" package for classes and "9 Best milongas in Buenos Aires". Use promotion code BUENOSAIRESINLOVE until 7/4/16. 


We are looking forward to seeing you and dancing with you soon!!!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Milonga Linda y Sublime in San Jose, Saturday February 27

Starting with a class at 8 pm.
The goal with every milonga that we organize is to make tango come alive, as if we were in Buenos Aires.
8:00 PM CLASS –  9:00 PM to 1:00 AM MILONGA
For questions and reservations, please CONTACT US.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Come with me in March 2016

Do not miss this great deal: 2.5% discount in "Milonguero Gold" classes and "9 Best Milongas" packages. Use promotion code BUENOSAIRESQUERIDO. Valid until 3/1/16.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Culture, Buenos Aires and Why Tango

Let’s say you’re in Buenos Aires and you’re looking for a class or milonga. Typically, you might do some research using the internet or follow the advice of someone you don’t know that well, which could lead to you missing out on what only Buenos Aires has to offer in relation to Tango.
This is because Tango is not a commodity. Tango is an apprenticeship. You do not get tango the way you get gasoline. It’s not like you can go to any place, or the cheapest place, pay, fill up, and leave having acquired tango. You “learn” Tango from a “master”.
The responsibility of your tango teacher is to be the bridge between your life before Tango and your transformation into a milonguera or milonguero. You also have a responsibility on your journey, which will require passion, courage, and fearlessness. You must be willing to jump wholeheartedly into Tango.
People want to learn to dance Tango. Why? Because we are meant to do it.
The rest is either preparation or avoidance of it.
If you were in a place affected by war, you would either drop out by hiding away, or escaping; or you would choose a side and fight.
In peace we are able to be good and beautiful, and we should choose to be as such.
Tango is a language that allows you to speak with your whole being. Your entire body is talking, in verses, or in a poetic prose, with an everyday colloquial conversational style that can speak in very deep and charming phrases.
Why should we choose to be charming?
As well as we are always learning, we are always educating others. It is inherent to our human nature. We must charm to bring others into the task of making this world the way we can be proud of it.
Why are we so insecure when we start dancing for the first time? Because we are exposing ourselves. We realize how transparent we become when dancing. We could hide who we are to others by learning and rehearsing a choreography, perhaps. We can hide ourselves to others by acting as a character instead of being who we are. But Tango is improvised. It requires spontaneity.
Tango is a way to educate you on how to be more like yourself, building on the pieces which are often ignored at work, at the gym, at the bar…
By exposing your weaknesses, you can begin to work on them objectively and improve. Learning to be a milonguera or milonguero requires a sensitivity to its inherent value. This is another area where a teacher can be invaluable.
Right now, Buenos Aires is the only city in the world in which there are certain milongas where this system of ethics and aesthetics is the norm accepted by all the participants. It starts with the hosts, the DJs, the wait staff, the regulars and all others who attend. Are you willing to miss out?

Friday, September 26, 2014

What it means to be a good student?

I want to talk about what it means to be a good student.
I am a teacher and a student. Most of you may know me well as a teacher, and I’d like to share my perspective on being a student. These thoughts apply to tango and many other areas of life:
  • Marcelo & KindraAs a student, I expect my teacher to continue studying and to constantly improve. As a student, I can be in the same class with one of my teachers, who have been dancing and teaching for decades before me, without coming to the conclusion that I am at the same level. On the contrary, I appreciate the opportunity to learn in the same classes with my teachers and to have the same experience beside my teachers.
  • As a student, I choose to learn from the best teachers and I highly value their life of dedication to the art. If I undervalue my teachers, I undervalue myself. If my teachers are not the best, why would I want to learn from them in the first place?
  • I support my teachers as much as my means allow. I know that everything I give to my teachers will come back to me in some form. I fully participate in the art and am not satisfied with being a mere witness or someone who just wants to have “fun”.
  • I support my teachers with my physical presence in classes, and by following their advice and working on my own to become better. I participate because I know that the support and attention I give is what I will receive. If I am not willing to give anything of myself, then I will get nothing.
  • I do not judge my teachers based on anything other than their art. The rest is not my business. I go to class to learn. It would be a waste of time and energy to pay attention to other matters outside of learning the art.
  • I respect my teachers in the same way I respect my friends and relatives, because they are as important to me as my friends and relatives. I feel that when I display this level of respect that my teachers reciprocate.
  • I have confidence in my teachers. I can only learn from those that I have 100% confidence in, and it doesn’t take me long to figure out if I am improving or not. For this reason, I listen to my teachers and follow their advice.
  • When I go to classes, I recognize that there are always negative and positive elements. I choose to focus on the positive ones. I know that focusing on the positive aspects is the most efficient use of my energy, while focusing on the negative aspects and complaining or refusing to cooperate during a class is a waste of everyone’s time. If I have suggestions for improvements to a class, I make time to talk to my teacher in private or write an e-mail.
  • I do not blame my teachers for my failures – those are all on me. Also, I recognize that my achievements are only possible with their help and I am humbled by their willingness to share the art with me.
  • I do not expect an overnight miracle or to have an epiphany in class that will all of a sudden make me great. I know that learning requires every day, consistent and patient construction work.
  • I challenge my teachers to be better in their art and as teachers by imposing on myself to get better. When I get better, that challenges my teachers to continue to improve too.
  • I share an immense love for this art with my teachers. This love manifests in continually deepening my understanding and knowledge of the art.
I feel very lucky that I have many students that share these thoughts. They inspire me and challenge me to become better every day.
My profession is the practice and teaching of an art. Some people do not appreciate the importance of art in their lives. Sometimes I am able to teach them to realize how important art in his or her life is. Other times I do not succeed in this. But when I succeed, or when the student knows already that life, True Life, is impossible without art and creativity, they never underestimate the time and passion that I give to them.
Here is my schedule of activities:
I am looking forward to seeing you and dancing with you soon,