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WORKSHOPS with guest teacher and performer Mirabai Commer:
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Thursday, September 24 , at Libertango:
Location: St. Mary's Ukrainian Centre, 3150 Ash Street
7:30 to 8:45pm Workshop # 1 with GABRIEL & guest artist MIRABAI COMMER: Milonga (all levels)

9:00pm  dance until midnight; at 10:30 short dance demo with  MIRABAI & GABRIEL

Saturday, September 26
Location: Centro Flamenco – #102-2083 Alma Street (4th Ave & Alma),  
underground level between No Frills and the Liquor Store; free parking.
GABRIEL & Invited Artists series: MIRABAI COMMER
Workshop # 2  
5:00pm - 6:15 pm Ochos Locos - (all levels except total beginners)
Workshop # 3 
6:25pm - 7:40pm The Cross and Uncross, Volcaditas  (Intermediate / advanced)
Workshop # 4
8:00pm - 9:15pm Musical Enganches  (Intermediate, advanced)

Sunday, September 27
Same location: Centro Flamenco – #102-2083 Alma Street (4th Ave & Alma)
GABRIEL & Invited Artists series: MIRABAI COMMER
Workshop # 5 
5:00pm - 6:15pm Musicality (all levels)
Workshop # 6
6:25pm - 7:40pm Cadenas, Chains of Movement - (all levels except total beginners)
Workshop # 7
8:00pm - 9:15pm Boleos (Intermediate / advanced)

1 workshop: $20.00/person or $30.00/couple
2 workshops: $35.00/person or $52.00/couple
3 workshops: $50.00/person or $75.00/couple
All workshops (9 hours of instruction): $110.00 /person or $165.00 /couple

About Mirabai Commer
Mirabai comes with impressive credentials. She is an accomplished and beautiful professional dancer with great passion for Argentine tango.
We look forward to welcoming her here in Vancouver very soon. We hope you too will appreciate her contagious, positive personality, her excellent rhythm and musicality, as well as her gift for teaching.
Mirabai’s tango dancing career launched in Buenos Aires and spans across continents, having toured in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Hawaii, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and more.
There will be a series of workshops, group classes and availability for privates from September 24th into first week of October). Save the dates.

Mirabai will be teaching with Gabriel the following workshops:
Musical Enganches
An enganche is when he grabs or traps her foot. It can be beautiful and even more so when put to music. We’ll learn the concepts behind the movements. To truly lead and follow the steps. Then we’ll play with the dynamics, allowing the music to bring out the best in us.

Ocho Locos
I’m going to start off teaching how to beautify Ocho Locos. That’s my term for when the leader leads ochos on the wrong foot. It’s bad to do unintentionally but really beautiful if you do it on purpose. Doing something so out of the ordinary presents different opportunities than might otherwise be available.

The Cross and Uncross – Volcaditas
This class will take a deep look into the subtleties and intricacies of the cross. Discover the beauty of the cross and uncross, play with the folllow’s free foot, and dress up the cross like never before. I just realized what a perfect entry to Volcadas it makes. We’ll get a chance to look at how to evolve the concept into small, beautiful Volcaditas.

Cadenas – Chains of movement.
Learning how to link movement is extremely helpful in Milonga and it’s a wonderful concept for Tango as well. There are many movements that lend themselves to linked movement, or chains. We will get the chance to see a few of these beautiful steps and practice them until you feel you can correctly execute them on the social dance floor.

Music touches our emotions and can inspire us to dance at a much higher level than we could normally attain. When trying to learn how to dance on the music, one can feel overwhelmed. But there’s a trick! Music is mathematical. It’s repetitive. Once a song has ‘played it’s hand’ you can use that information to your advantage. There are also some easy patterns one can learn to listen for. Many, many Tangos use these patterns. Once you can recognize them, you’ll have made a huge step forward.

Happy, playful, fun, light. It’s quick and that can require quick thinking, but the trick to milonga is, get a good idea then do it many, many times in a row. You can start slowly a couple of times, then you can double the speed. When you learn to fit the patterns into the rhythm, one good move can carry you a long way just by playing with it.

There are small boleos, and big boleos, sharp boleos and soft boleos. Whatever type of boleo you want to lead, it takes precision. Timing is the answer to success. I’m going to introduce the concept. Then we will hone our skills and then we’ll be able to apply it to the many different kinds of boleos. Circular, linear, forward, back, ‘en contra’, and ‘a favor’.

Milonga tips

15:00 to 22:00 - Salon La Argentina/ El Arranque at Bartolome Mitre 1759
21:00 to 4:00 - Club Gricel at La Rioja 1180 (the best dance floor, but extremely crowded)
18:00 to 24:00 - Plaza Bohemia at Maipu 444 (also our favorite milonga, meeting the local middle-age crowd, good energy)
16:00 to 23:00 - Salon Canning at Av. R. Scalabrini Ortiz 1331 (a very large square dance floor)
22:30 to 4:00 - Confiteria Ideal at Suipacha 384 (Live Orquestas) (tourist crowd, stone tile floor, but excellent live music by two different orquestas, Eduardo Saucedo made us feel very welcome!)
18:00 to 0:30 - El Beso at Riobamba 416 (be careful of the big column in the middle of the dance floor, avoid being seated below the water dripping air conditioning unit)
22:30 to 4:00 - Nino Bien/ Centro Region Leonesa at Humberto 1 - 1462 (good dance floor in a large venue)
23:00 to 3:00 - Tango Cool at Club Malcolm at Av. Cordoba 5064 (recommended by locals for younger crowd)
22:30 to 5:00 - Club Gricel at La Rioja 1180 (recommended by locals for couples on Friday nights)
22:30 to 4:00 - Club La Independencia at Av. Independencia 572
24:00 to 6:00 - Centro Armenio at Armenia 1366/ La Viruta (recommended by locals for younger crowd)
22:00 to 4:30 - Sunderland Club at Lugones 3161 (recommended by the locals for couples and groups, dine, dance and people watching in a basketball court, very far from city center, no taxi service when you leave at 4:00; pre-arrangement for taxi service is recommended)
0:15 to 5 - Sabor a Tango at Italia Unita at Tte. Gral. J. D. Peron 2543
15:00 to 21:00 - Confiteria Ideal at Suipacha 384 (lots of space to practice on sunday afternoon, occasionally tourists group dropped in to take photos...)

Shopping tips
DNI - Corrientes 2140 - Tango shoes and clothing for men and women (Best fitting women's slitted pants and excellent women's practice shoes)
Sexo Opuesto de Fran Yard - Corrientes 3058 Abasto - Goth/ Heavy Metal clothing (lots of Men's Italian-cut pants)
Artesanal - Tomas de Anchorena 537 - Tango shoes/ clothing for men and women (Very good service and their shoes fit wider feet in very good style)
Lolo Gerard - Tomas de Anchorena 607 - Tango shoes for men and women (Very good service and their shoes fit wider feet in very good style for both men and women)
Tango 8 - Lavalle 3101 - Tango shoes/ clothing for men and women and instructional DVD (Good clothing selections at very good prices and they are all hidden at the back of the store)
Tango Brujo - Esmeralda 754 - Tango shoes/ clothing for men and women (Good service; Women's shoes fit narrower feet; Men's Italian-cut pants of higher quality)
Comme il Faut - Arenales 1239 Puerta 3 Dpto. M (1061) - Tango shoes for women (You don't get to see their entire stock; their staff will pick for you based on what you describe, so be prepared)
Neo Tango - Sarmiento 1938 (No service at all)
Tango Leike - Sarmiento 1947 (shoes in the front, clothing at the back. Cash only for the clothing.)
Fabio Shoe - Riobamba 10 piso 10 A (10th floor) (Nuevo Style, extremely light and comfortable dance shoes for both men and women, cash only.)

Classes tips
Escuela Argentina de Tango at Galleria Pacific, Centro Cultural Borges Recommendations:
1, Alejandro Figliolo and Valeria Inarra
2, Demian Garcia and Laura De Altube
CAD$5 per class or CAD$54 for a 12-class package deal
DNI - Corrientes 2140
Pablo and Dana, the owners. CAD$5 per class
Confiteria Ideal
- Suipacha 384
Wednesday Night 21:00 to 22:30
Edurado Saucedo and Marisa Quiroga. CAD$6.5 class and milonga



Argentine tango events and activities in Vancouver

Limbers Dance Discount

VanStart Dance Vancouver BC

Tango lirico - informative website about tango


St. Mary's Ukrainian Centre:
3150 Ash Street
-west of Cambie st. at 16th  and Ash st.
Ample free parking available

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