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Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2001 14:32:49 +0900
From: astrid <astrid@RUBY.PLALA.OR.JP>
Subject: Tango in Tokyo

Last night we had our another "Gala"-Milonga in Tokyo, meaning one of the
teachers renting a beautiful hall big enough for 350 people (we fill it up
half or so, after all, we need space to dance), 5 hours of music, three
professional couples performing two pieces each, and food and drink. The
consul from the Argentine embassy giving a speech. It is THE event in the
Tokyo tango world.

Now, I have been to the first ever milonga like this in Tokyo in October
'99, and what I have noticed in development is this:
The first few events, the dance floor was empty for the first hour, because
nobody had the sangfroid to go out there and dance in front of all these
people. The dance teachers went out with the best partners and started the
dance. Then it was very crowded, everybody hugely enthousiastic, especially
after watching the performances right in front them, but there was lots of
bumping, and many people who could not dance very well. When our and the
Argentine economy went down even further, they used Japanese professionals
for the show instead of people visiting from BA.
This time, 2 years later after the beginnning of this event, I got there 30
min after start, and the dance floor was full. Within no time I was asked to
dance by all kinds of young men, and it was fun to dance with everyone of
them. I realised what great contribution Gustavo had made to our community
in the meantime. There was no bumping at all on the dance floor. I got
kicked once in the whole evening, and that was by an Argentine friend.
The show dancers were one couple from Chile, who live in Kyoto, and two
Japanese couples from Tokyo, who I have seen before. Last time Kazumi had
trained one of her students into doing a show with her, and they did a lot
of showey moves but it did not look very impressive. The other ones looked
good but very ballroomy. This time, a year later, they were both as good as
any Argentine couple I have seen there and really exciting !
Toward the end of the evening Gustavo silenced the music, and called out by
microphone: "Los Argentinos, por favor !" All the Argentines entered the
center of the dance floor, and danced a chacarera for us ! Some of us joined
in, the drumming in the music heating up our blood, then we danced salsa for
a while. They even played some rock'n roll, which my partner did not
appreciate, and it's been the first time in life that I danced tango steps
to "See you later, Alligator". It works too, let me tell you! ; )
At the end of this event we always join hands in a huge double or triple
circle around the dance floor and dance to Latin music, making trains, play,
laugh, and just let the rest of our energy go up in total exuberance.
The whole level in Tokyo has gone up. With the growth of the tango scene,
lots of new young dancers now (the original tango scene consisted of people
who loved tango in their youth, and they are over 60 on average, with young
women mixed in), and many of them have learned to dance well too.
When I go to Roppongi, I sometimes meet tourists from Europe or America, and
they always tell me of their surprise at the high technical level of the
dancers in Japan.
This spring I have had the pleasure to take lessons with Nito Garcia, Jorge
Torres, Julio Balmaceda and Corinna de la Rosa, and Gustavo Saenz.
Now I have reservations for classes with Jorge Torres, Carlos Gavito and
Fabian Salas ! They are all coming here.
Sometimes I get inquiries from Tango-L where to dance in Japan, or how to
meet me and other tango friends. If you are interested, for this, please
check our e-group, it has the event calendar, descriptions, adresses, chat:
I feel like Tokyo has become quite presentable !

Astrid




Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2004 14:48:07 +0900
From: astrid <astrid@RUBY.PLALA.OR.JP>
Subject: tango in Tokyo

Today I discovered that two of my Argentine teachers who have gone
independent in Japan and have founded their own dance company, rented a
studio in a central area of Tokyo and opened a successful milonga, now have
a homepage on the internet. It has three videos of them, "Velfarre" is of
their fantasia (really !) show in a huge disco in Tokyo which had a tango
night recently, "Budokan" is inside the martial arts stadion in Tokyo which
also hosts major concerts and events, and "Canaro" is in, I don't know, does
not really look like Club Canaro, but...
Laura has Sicilian blood, and you can see it...
http://homepage3.nifty.com/lunadetango/videosyx.htm

Enjoy
Astrid




Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 08:19:27 -0400
From: andrea <ako31@NYC.RR.COM>
Subject: Re: tango in tokyo

please email me directly if you have danced in tokyo about where it is
good to do so.

i will be there from the 13th-20th. if you are in tokyo, i would like
to meet up with any list members there.

also: i have tried to see sally potter's new film 'yes' and it was sold
out both times at the tribeca film festival here in nyc.

andrea





Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 18:35:02 -0700
From: Daniel Lapadula <clubstyletango@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Re: tango in tokyo

Hi Andrea...I am in Tokio for an other week teaching
but also going to the milongas .There is a number of
them but only at the weekends.
You can contact Akiyoshi or Noriko (two tango master
from here) at:gotan@a1.mbn.or.jp
There are also some members of the list from Japan
that should be giving you more details.
Regards.
Daniel Lapadula
--- andrea <ako31@NYC.RR.COM> wrote:

> please email me directly if you have danced in tokyo
> about where it is
> good to do so.
>
> i will be there from the 13th-20th. if you are in
> tokyo, i would like
> to meet up with any list members there.
>
> also: i have tried to see sally potter's new film
> 'yes' and it was sold
> out both times at the tribeca film festival here in
> nyc.
>
> andrea
>
>
> should be sent to
> send the
> LISTSERV@MITVMA.MIT.EDU.
>
>


Daniel Lapadula
ClubStyleTango@yahoo.com










Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 03:47:07 -0500
From: Ting-hsu Chen <chenth@COMCAST.NET>
Subject: Tango in Tokyo

I'm going to be in Tokyo from March 5-12. Has anyone here been to Tokyo
recently?
How are the milongas? I received some very helpful information from some
people in
the Tokyo Yahoo group on where to go and wanted to get other people's
thoughts on
the selections.

The main calendar is here: http://www.tango-npo.org/calender/index.html
It actually translates very well via Babelfish. (I can't read or speak
Japanese unfortunately.)
Based on suggestions so far I've come up with the following options:

Sun March 5: TangoNight at DASH-G www.tangonight.com

Mon Mar 6: The Tsukiji market @ Cuban Cafe

Tue Mar 7: Tango Argentino practica 18:30-21:30 1000
http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/practica/index.html

Wed Mar 8: Tango XXI practica www.tango21.jp

Thu Mar 9: Tango Love @ A-Life www.tangolove.com

Fri Mar 10: Luna de tango www.lunadetango.com
or Pure Tango http://homepage3.nifty.com/purotango/

Sat Mar 11: Luna de tango www.lunadetango.com
or Tango XXI Zero milonga www.tango21.jp

Also if anyone has suggestions about their favorite places in Tokyo to
visit feel
free to drop me line.

TC




Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 17:01:23 -0400
From: "Nitin Kibe" <nitinkibe@hotmail.com>
Subject: [Tango-L] Tango in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai
To: tango-L@mit.edu

I would greatly appreciate any guidance on tango in:

1. Tokyo (from Sunday, July 9 through Wed, July 12, both days and nights
(!) included)
(I have checked the websites but not much info in English)

2. Beijing (from Thursday July 13 through Saturday, July 15; and, Thursday,
July 20 through Friday, July 21)

(Got an EM from Felicia of Beijingtango)

3. Shanghai (From Saturday July 22 through Sunday July 23)

Many thanks!

Nitin Kibe

Washington DC, USA







Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:18:18 +0930
From: Rodney Daniells <tango0809@hotmail.com>
Subject: [Tango-L] Tango in Tokyo and Kyoto
To: <tango-l@mit.edu>


Hi

I'll be in Japan from 21st March to 2nd April and am looking for milongas in Tokyo and Kyoto during that period.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards
Rodney
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Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 01:41:07 +0900
From: Astrid <astrid@ruby.plala.or.jp>
Subject: Re: [Tango-L] Tango in Tokyo and Kyoto

Luna de Tango is closed. Puro tango is closed, too. TangoXXI aka Zero
hour with Juan Guida is still there. Cristian Lopez is to be found at
Momo's studio in Denenchofu now. El Abrazo is low on customers but worth
a visit for the music.
The rest I do not consider worth going to, unless you want to go visit
Tropicana in Roppongi to see if any traveling tango stars are teaching
there. Ask those guys in Melbourne, I have led several of them around
here already and mail me in private for more

quickie
Astrid

Rodney Daniells wrote:

> Hi
>
> I'll be in Japan from 21st March to 2nd April and am looking for milongas in Tokyo and Kyoto during that period.
>
> Any information would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Kind regards
> Rodney
> I






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