TBA Michigan Argentine Tango Club

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Instructor Bio

Kara Wenham

Kara was first introduced to tango in 2000. Prior to that, she worked professionally in the theatre, with acting and dance forming the primary components of her artistic training. She received her BFA in Theatre from Emerson College before founding the Concrete Stage Company in Chicago.

Once immersed in Tango in Buenos Aires, her primary teachers have been: Gustavo Naveira, Andrea Misse, Pablo Villarraza, Dana Frigoli, Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa. For six years, she danced professionally with Matias Facio, with whom she participated in international festivals in Argentina, Europe and Asia.

As a dancer, Kara moves with great presence and vitality. Her dance is subtle and communicative, and is inspired and guided by the music as well as the nuances of the embrace. She aims to achieve a personal tango aesthetic that clearly transmits and evokes her inner sensibility. As a teacher, Kara has developed a hands-on approach that allows her students to immediately entrain to a technique that they can both feel and understand. Her pedagogy is designed to give students the necessary tools for continued training and for developing their own dance style.

Kara has lived in Buenos Aires since 2001. When she is not touring abroad, she often teaches and performs in different venues around Buenos Aires. In 2009, she formed her partnership with tango dancer, Javier Antar.

Javier Antar

Javier has been traveling the world since 2000 to inspire students and audiences through his teaching and performing of Argentine Tango. When Javier discovered Tango, it quickly became a nightly obsession. While he studied with several well-known instructors, Gustavo Naveira became his most important influence, a source of inspiration and learning.

After many years of intense training in Buenos Aires, and armed with a very strong knowledge of technique, music and a sense of the dance as a whole, Javier is at the top level as a dancer. His message and philosophy: conquer your own style. His musicality, grace and elegance make Javier a riveting dancer to watch; his technical knowledge makes his dance fluid and precise.

Javier is known for his generosity as a teacher. While his group lessons require focus and work, he gives students an important degree of freedom so that they can use what they have learned and add their own new material. Based in Buenos Aires, it is easy to find Javier performing and teaching at local milongas or practicas, when he is not touring. These days, it's not unusual to find international and well respected tango instructors taking group or private lessons with him in Canada, Europe or in Argentina.

Schedule

Note:
  • Changes to schedule and venue are possible.

Saturday, Nov 3, 2012

Location: Mason Hall 3463
11:30am - 12:00pm Registration and Warm-up
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Class 1: Understanding the natural movement of tango and how it fits inside the rhythmical structure of the music. The How, When and Where they fit together.

All levels
1:45pm - 3:15pm

Class 2: Milonga: Lisa, Traspie, and the Melody

All levels
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Class 3: Unexpected positions and Uncommon rhythmic structures for boleos

Advanced
8:00pm - 12:00am Milonga (Vandenberg Room, Michigan League)
With performance by Instructors!
DJ: Harish Ganesh

Sunday, Nov 4, 2012 (Note: Daylight Saving ends)

Location: Mason Hall 3463
12:30pm - 1:00pm Registration and Warm-up
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Class 4: Giros in all the rhythmic possibilities

All Levels
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Class 5: Sacadas of the man and the woman: Structure, Timing and Fluidity

Intermediate
8:00pm - 11:30pm Milonga (Ann Arbor Phoenix Center)
DJ: Elizabeth Garcia

Monday, Nov 5, 2012

Location: Pittsfield Grange
7:45pm - 8:00pm Registration and Warm-up
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Class 6: Ganchos of man and woman: Solid Technique, Timing and Structure

Intermediate
9:30pm - 11:30pm Milonga
DJ: Mira Krauze


Pricing and Registration

Register online! Note that early registration has ended.

Note: Regular club passes (series/milonga/Half-year/Full-year) will not apply for events during these workshops. You must purchase workshop passes separately.

All student prices are applicable for full-time students with a valid ID.

Student Non-student

Early Registration
(on or before October 24th, 2012)

Full Workshop Weekend Pass
$45 $60

At the door

Full Workshop Weekend Pass
$60 $80
Saturday Pass
$30 $50
Sunday Pass
$20 $40
Any one milonga
$5 $10
Any one workshop (if space is available) $10 $20


Private Lessons

Please register for private lessons here

Locations

Vandenberg Room, Michigan League, 911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI (Map)

Ann Arbor Phoenix Center, 220 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI (Map)

Mason Hall, 419 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1027 (Map)


Questions? Concerns?

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email us at matc-nov12@googlegroups.com.