Date(s) - July 23, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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“Your soul is a seeker, lover and artist; shape-shifting through archetypal energy, between your darkness and fields of light, your body and spirit, your heaven and hell, until you land in the moment of sweet surrender; when you, as a dancer, disappear into the dance.” — Gabrielle Roth
Join us as we explore the depths of Argentine Tango. While this dance does have a reputation of being a challenge to learn, it does offer an opportunity to experience that “moment of sweet surrender” and “disappear into the dance” as the above quote eludes to. Based far more on emotion and feeling as aposed to memorization, the depth of connection between you and your partner that is possible, indeed required, is what makes this dance so irresistible on a profound soulful level. At least for me anyway.
Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern (6:00PM – 6:50PM)
I’ve always liked to have some sort of social time for people to sit and get to know each other a bit either before or after an event so to start out, we’ll meet at Jimmy’s Old town Tavern (697 Spring St. Herndon VA) at around 6:00 for happy hour and or dinner. At Jimmy’s we’ll be in the lower dining area just beyond the bar.
Herndon Sr. Center (7:00PM – 9:30PM)
Then at around 6:50, we’ll take a short drive to the Herndon Senior Center (873 Grace St # 1, Herndon, VA 20170) which is where we’ll be dancing. If you’d like to skip the happy hour get together and meet us at the Sr. Center at 7pm, you’re welcome to do so.
The following is from Nancy who runs the event at the Sr. Center… “I hope you can join us for free Argentine Tango lessons and dancing Monday evening’s 7-9:30pm. Even if you’ve never tried it before, we target the instruction to each individual’s level. Great music, provided by our excellent DJs, plays all evening, so everyone has the option to dance the whole evening, or after participating in the instruction. I hope you will be able to come for this great opportunity.”
The event is what is known as a “Practica” where it’s more about practicing rather then it being a regular social dance like what you’d find at a milonga. The way it works is a section of the floor is blocked off and a few of the more experienced dancers spend time offering beginners some very basic instruction. The rest of the floor is for regular dance practice. No partner is needed and everybody dances with everybody. All levels are welcome from beginners to seasoned veterans.
A few quick pointers if you’re new to social dancing… Make sure you wear shoes that allow your feet to pivot easily. Street shoes with smooth leather soles, sneakers with duct tape, or suede patches that are designed to glue on the bottoms of shoes to convert them to dance shoes.