Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tango workshops and milonga with Hugo "Gato" Valdéz

Hi everyone,
I am very pleased to announce workshops and milonga with Hugo Valdez. Please read below about Hugo and the dates for his classes. Please register before because we have limited seats. Last minute registrations will not be accepted.

Hugo "Gato" Valdéz

Hugo “Gato” Valdez was born in Buenos Aires to a family of “milongueros”. As a child, he accompanied his parents to a well-known milonga in the south area of the city called “Bomberos de Lanús”, where he had the chance to watch the legendary old “milongueros” dance.
Gato started learning tango in the milongas in 1983, first by watching the old “milongueros” dance (the ones who danced the authentic style popular in those years), and later, by taking many lessons with the great masters: Fino, Antonio Todaro, Raúl Bravo and Mingo Pugliese.
In 1984, he performed professionally for the first time with the Osvaldo Pugliese orchestra in the film“Tangos, el exilio de Gardel”, directed by Pino Solanas, a film that got the best film award in Venecia Festival, 1995.
Gato has also appeared in many films, such as “Gracias Maestro” (an Argentine film directed by Luis Segura and dedicated to the life of Osvaldo Pugliese), “Evita”, directed by Alan Parker and “The Tango Lesson”, directed by Sally Potter.
He has also studied drama, performed in many productions as a dancer, and has acted in several one act farces.
Gato has been teaching tango since 1989, the same year in which he went on his first European tango tour.
In 1994, he founded the group “La Postango” together with the singers Pablo Banchero and Cardenal Dominguez.
In 1998 Gato met tango dancer Andrea Monti, with whom he formed a professional tango couple. Since then, they have been dancing and teaching together very successfully both in Argentina and around the world, being the most visited countriesEngland, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil, Costa Rica and in the last few years the USA.
They have recently achieved their most chanllenging project: Argentine Tango USA Festival and USA Official Championship in San Francisco, which is an official branch of Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup, organized by the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires.  April  2 -5, 2015
Also Gato directs a new project for the Florida Tango Festival 2015 in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. USA.  May 7 -10, 2015
Gato has been as an official Judge of the “Mundial de Tango de Buenos Aires” (Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup) which is yearly organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.

Classes in New Delhi  October 2014
The class will start with a series of technique exercises form both men and women (posture, balance, axes, weight, changes, pivots lapices, enrosques, molinetes and rhythm, with a special focus on the tango walk to apply later in a specific figure or sequence. Gato¨s instruction is progressive, challenging and comprehensive; it gives particular importance to musicality and technique, to the interpretation of the music and the expression of the couple's feelings through the dance.
COST: Pack of 8 consecutive* workshops Rs.9000/-
Pack of 6 workshops Rs. 6600/-, Pack of 4 workshops Rs.5400/-; One workshop Drop in Rs.1500/-
Private lessons available. Please book in advance. 1 hour Rs.3500/-

October 7  tuesday Milonga with Hugo
October 8- Wednesday
1. 7 pm to 8;15 pm  walk, simple figures
2. 8;30 pm to 9:45 pm   cross system, figures
October 10 Friday
3. 7 pm to 8;15 pm  turns to the right side, simple and doubles (molinetes)
4. 8;30 pm to 9;45 pm. turns to de left side simple and doubles (molinetes)
October 11 saturday
5. 7 pm to 8;15 pm. review of walk, figures and turns
6.  8;30 pm to 9;45 pm. navigation, musicality, simple and double times
October 13 monday
7. 7 pm to 8;15 pm. review of all workshops, complex figures
8. 8;30 pm to 9;45 pm  vals and milonga workshop.
October 14, TuesdayMilonga with Hugo

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Tango Fireworks- Three days of passion in mystic India.

Tango Fireworks- Three days of passion in mystic India.
In support with Embassy of Argentina.

Tango festival coming up- 27th Feb, 28th Feb, 1st March 2015.
  • This festival will have  

Fee for the festival - 22.5 hours of workshop.

Early bird price
Register in August till end of September- Rs. 12,500/-

Register in October till end of November
Rs. 13,500/-

Register in December and January
Rs. 14,500/-

Register for festival in February. It includes the milongas
Rs. 15,500/- 

2 Milonga in the festival = Rs. 5000/- 
1 milonga= Rs. 3000/- 
The milongas will be in a 5 star. Food and drinks included. 

There will be a day trip organized to Taj Mahal, Agra with teachers and the whole team. If you want to be a part of this trip, extra charge: Rs. 3000/- = $50 = € 37.5
Includes- travel cost, lunch in Agra, tickets and professional photographs shot there.

Payment mode: cash, cheque, bank transfer, paypal

Friday, July 4, 2014

A Tanguera from India describes her tango journey

My article published on Tango Folly. Check
It says
Passionate Tango in the mystic land of India

A Tanguera from India describes her tango journey
 When the dance becomes a spiritual practice, it transcends every barrier of this earth. It escalates to become something heavenly.
 Inspired by Indian yogic teachings, where deep-rooted practice of dance is referred as “sadhna”, my traditional roots have intermingled with my practice of Argentine tango. Indian classical dances, consider “sadhna” as a spiritual practice. They require the practitioner to surrender and have one point of focus that brings mind, body and soul together.

In India, we give a lot of importance to “Guru” - The Teacher. An Indian classical dance teacher, does not only teach you dance, but gives you a philosophy of life. He shows you the right path and leads you from darkness to light through training and knowledge. There is a very strong relationship between Guru and his student. The place of Guru is above parents. In the old days, small children were sent away to stay with Guru in “Gurukul” and study with him, to become knowledgeable. The Guru would teach many things - books, arts and dance, archery, etc.

I hail from this traditional background. My “karma” led me to a teacher, with whom I was fortunate to stay and study Tango with. Daniel Trenner is a very well known teacher of Argentine Tango. He has made a small and cute abode where his students go and stay with him and he gives them not just Tango but a philosophy of life. I was a meek and timid follower. Daniel said,

“What are you waiting for - A lead from the leader? Don’t you know that he is an idiot? One look at him should have been enough to tell you, not to trust him. If you trust him, he will fail you. Dance your own dance. Play chess with me and not checkers. That timid girl might be cute but that confident woman is very attractive. And if your man says, ‘you are wrong’, say ‘yes dear’ and then do exactly what you want to do. But shhh! He cannot know that he is an idiot. Because if he knows, then he will be very upset.”

And then I danced as a leader and he said,

“Be a man. You are the man of the universe. You are the king, who says to his troupe - Charge! Take hold and lead her like you are the man. But shh! She cannot know.”

That is when I realised the truth of not just tango but also of life. My teacher or Guru drilled in me a philosophy of, life through tango or tango through life. I have solved many riddles of life by incorporating tango.

Tango surpasses just being a dance. Tango is a way to live your life.

Here 100 + 100 = 100.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Event with little black book Delhi

Yesterday there was an event organized by Little Black Book Delhi. It was done in Delhi Rock. The event had rock climbing, Tango and organic food. It was so very well attended by enthusiast crowd. Some of the pictures below are taken from little black book.

I am in a different zone when I am teaching Tango. Look at my expression below.