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Vantango Newsletter May 2014

Vantango Newsletter May 2014
Claude and HazelBy Claude & Hazel

Hola Tangueras and Tangueros

Of course we have a tango filled schedule right here in Vancouver and there are a few regional events coming up that you might be interested in.

Seattle’s TangoMagic takes place July 10 – July 14.  The Maestros this year are:
Sebastian Jimenez & Maria Ines Bogado (Buenos Aires)
Pablo Inza & Sofia Saborido (Buenos Aires)
Diego Blanco & Ana Padron (New York City)

Early bird registration discount ends May 15.  Check out all the info at

Rebecca Niemier has invited Richard Council to give workshops in Bellingham May 23 – 25.  Richard is an elegant dancer and a good teacher. Early bird registration discount ends May18. Full program on Rebecca’s Facebook page or email Rebecca at

And for a different tango festival, check out the Burning Tango festival in McCloud, California June 27 – 29  The Everything Pass is only US $64.  The village of McCloud is near Mt Shasta in northern California and you can hike, fish ..

And for Sage Advice to the Tango Forlorn, check out

Tangazos  Claude and Hazel

Vantango Newsletter February 2014

Vantango Newsletter February 2014
Claude and HazelBy Claude & Hazel

Hola Tangueras and Tangueros
Happy Chinese New Year.  And it’s time to let you know about all the wonderful tango events we have in Vancouver and elsewhere.

Special Events in Vancouver

Cynty and Toto have just left.  Thanks again to Deborah and Santiago for bringing them back.

Next in town for the first time will be Los Totis – Virginia Gomez and Christian Marquez hosted by Monica and Gabriel, and Vanya and Georgi.  Mark the dates – February 20th to 24th.  For the full program for workshops and milongas, check

Then Gabriela will be hosting the Spring Festival 2014 on March 14th to 16th with Guillermo Salvat and Silvia Grynt, and Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes. The program for the workshops and Gala is at!__events

Geraldine is hosting a special Masquerade Milonga weekend on March 22

Regional Events
Portland’s Valentango 2014 is almost here and this Wednesday, February 5th, is the last day to pre-register and receive a discount.  Details on And here’s a tip – check out the Prize page.

In Seattle March 20th – 23rd, Ilana and Tony are hosting Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreno

Events Elsewhere
And if you have ever thought a cruise and tango would be so romantic, Patty Leverett from Seattle has sent us this invitation:

“Please consider joining us – it’s going to be sooooo much fun!!!” On the beautiful Golden Princess departing Seattle Sept 6th, 2014 on a 7 day luxury Cruise to Alaska – ports include Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan, Victoria, Seattle.  We’ll provide info on Tango Practicas & Milongas throughout the week’s cruise + free Tango survival Lesson for non dancing partners/friends. Details on the Events Page  Call & book w/ Megan Keller, AAA Washington, Seattle (D) 206-548-7802 (W)

See you soon so we may dance again.

Claude and Hazel

History of Tuesday Tango in Vancouver

By Claude Esposito


The first night of Tango at the Polish Centre was in June, 1998 and there were 8 of us – Hazel and I, Gloria, Kera,  Lucio, John Sanders, Claude Philoctete and Colin.We are not quite sure if this list is right so if you were there, let us know.  Actually it was John Sanders who had the idea of starting a Practica and he found the location.At the beginning we were upstairs but after a while the Polish Centre asked us to move downstairs and we really liked the intimate night club feel.

Then after another year, the Polish Centre asked us to move back upstairs which was a good thing as our numbers were growing.  I think we even changed to a Monday night for a while but luckily we changed back to Tuesday which obviously is the perfect night.


It started out as a Practica but quickly became more like a Milonga.

We have always wanted to keep an informal atmosphere and to allow flyers for all tango events in the community to be displayed.

As well, Vancouver has the reputation of being the best community for making all our visitors feel welcome.

I put together the music at first and it took me 3 days to make a tape and we played tapes on a ghetto blaster.  I had very few records so I spent several days at Nora’s and Linda Lee’s borrowing their collections.

Soon we felt the inadequacy of our amateurish sound system.  Claudio Bigler encouraged us to invest in decent equipment, and found us a deal in a couple of professional speakers.

Then of course – reflecting the changes in technology – we switched to CD’s, Ipods and now laptops.  We also felt that it would be a good thing to multiply the number of DJ’s, and of course we now have many great DJ’s in Vancouver to choose from.

We have had help from many people through the years and in recent years, Benji has always been there for usmaking sure the tables and chairs are set up properly and Iracema faithfully sitting at the front signing in the attendees.

And of course we are happy that the Milonga has now been taken over by Lucio and Wendy who share our love of tango – the dance, the music, and the will to run a successful Milonga.