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Well...... actually.... Argentina has many Folk dances. Chacarera is one of the most well-known. It is danced at milongas in Buenos Aires, often at the end of an evening. It has strong associations with Argentine national identity.
The practica at DNI is a Saturday afternoon institution in Buenos Aires. The school, run by Dana Frigoli attracts dancers from around the world and the practica is a multicultural tango melting pot. Here you can dance the afternoon away while conversing in German, Greek, Spanish and even Rumanian.
The atmosphere is casual and friendly. But the place is not for the squeamish or sweat-averse. As the temperature rises, the place becomes stickier and stickier. Fortunately, DNi have recently installed air conditionin
Classes with Dana Frigoli are always dense with technical information and lots of humour at the same time. I like the way that her explanations describe how every part of the body is involved in generating a movement. Sometimes the concepts are diffcult to grasp as they are very complex, but as the class progresses they become clearer as she incorporates them into a recognisable movement. In this class Dana was talking about the generation and termination of the pivot and how contrabody movement is involved in each aspect.
Last night I managed to take myself to my first Milonga since arriving. I love Milonga 10 because it is small and intimate with a relatively young crowd. So many familiar faces and people to catch up with. With the humidity being so high here at the moment, it didnt take long for me to be cutomarily red in the face and dripping with sweat. How embarrassing! Nobody else seems to have this problem! La Tanguera Roja.
The evening started with a class on Walz with Jose Halfon and Virginia Cutillo, my favorite teachers. It is amazing to see Vicky in top form again after having her twins and having so little sleep. As usual , their class was fantastic. I have yet to find teachers that teach so systematically ,with such depth and clarity. So many epiphanies! On Thursday I went back to Escuela Argentina de Tango for the first time in many years. It was a place that frequented in 2008. The lesson with the well-known and beautful teacher was fun. But it really struck me that many good dancers cannot teach well, that teaching itself is a gift which is as important as being a good dancer.
Dancing at Milonga 10, I enjoyed feeling so many different leads, from experienced to relatively beginners. Nice connections, all of them. Walking towards my bus stop at 3 am I was delighted to find a heladeria open and packed with people. The lemon sorbet was melting in my hands as I ate it...... mmmmmmm
Here is a video of the lesson summary with Jose and Vicky.... and of MIlonga 10
Rachael Glaser: tango junkie, teacher, diva, sourceress