Roles " Tango Lab with Daniel Trenner
Monday, March 24th, 2014
in a private home in Santa Barbara
7:30 - 10:00 p.m. - a Two-Hour Seminar - followed by ...
Supervised Práctica with Daniel
$40 / Dancer *
... (= $80 / couple)
* For this edition
of "Tango Lab" ...
This edition of Tango Lab is aimed at dancers with at least
one full/solid year of tango study - and - who partic ipate
regularly in social dancing.
To join us with confidence on Monday evening, we expect you to
be familiar and comfortable improvising tango in varying floor conditions,
to a range of music, with a variety of partners + embrace ...
In order to maximize everyone's experience and insure that we have
an equal number of leaders and followers, you are encouraged to
register and attend Tango Lab with a partner.
For single dancers interested in Tango Lab, please let us
know your role, and we will do our best to match you with an appropriate
single partner, if available ...
And while "traditional" gender roles are not a limitation
women who lead and men who follow are both welcome
we will plan on keeping to an even number of dancers
so that everyone will have a partner throughout this seminar ...
Limited to Eight Couples (16 dancers)
Thank you for your understanding that, for this intimate seminar
in a private home with Daniel Trenner, we can accommodate a maximum
of 16 dancers ... 8 couples.
Questions + Registration please contact:
Stephen Bauer ...
On the Possibility of a Private with Daniel
Newer dancers, unpartnered single dancers, those with Monday night
conflicts, and/or anyone who wants to spend more time with Daniel
might like to consider the possibility of a private lesson.
Depending on interest + scheduling, Daniel may be available for
a limited number of private lessons during the daytime on Monday,
If you're interested in this possibility, please contact Stephen
for more information ...
is considered by many to be the "godfather" of Argentine Tango
in North America.
Daniel's connection with the dance began back in 1986 when he first
traveled to Buenos Aires and discovered tango just as it was beginning
to re-emerge following years of neglect and political repression in
Argentina. Already an accomplished dancer in several other forms, Daniel
found there were few if any "tango classes" available at the
time, and the newly revived tango scene was dominated mostly by social
dancers who had learned their tango informally, "on the street"
in the 1940s and '50s, during tango's "Golden Age."
pictured with Anne Marie Duquette
Daniel attended countless milongas, meeting and befriending numerous
older dancers as he steeped himself in tango's culture and history.
His interest and enthusiasm gradually led to opportunities to study
with dozens of notable dancers-turned-teachers including Miguel
& Nelly Balmeceda, Antonio Todaro, Juan Bruno, Mingo & Esther
Pugliese, Rodolfo & Maria Cieri, Eduardo Arquimbau, Pupi Castello,
Tomi O'Connell, Pedro 'Tete' Rusconi & Sylvia Ceriani, and Maria
Villalobos as well as with gifted contemporary dancers like Gustavo
Naveira, Olga Besio, Miguel Zotto and Graciela Gonzalez who were actively
creating and pursuing their own influential investigations of tango.
As his understanding and experience with tango grew, Daniel was eager
to share his discoveries with fellow dancers in North America. He founded
the seminal "Bridge to the Tango" and began
to organize and host tours to Buenos Aires so that others could benefit
from the connections and opportunities he had encountered and pioneered
in Argentina. "Bridge to the Tango" also began to import and
sell tango music to dancers in the U.S., and Daniel took the initiative
to produce more than 80 instructional videos on tango including
many which document the artistry and insights of key dancers from the
1940s and '50s who are sadly no longer with us.
In between his many trips to Buenos Aires in the 1990s, Daniel traveled
widely throughout Europe and North America, and with the help
of world-class partners like Rebecca Shulman, Florencia Taccetti, Mariela
Franganillo and others he introduced thousands of newcomers and
experienced social dancers alike to the pleasures and challenges of
Daniel's deep background with and understanding of other types of
dance made him unusually adept at bridging the "cultural divide"
between this quintessentially South American art form and his non-Argentine
student dancers. As a result, Daniel helped seed and inspire many of
our most important and influential tango communities in the U.S.
indeed, in 2014, it would be difficult to find an active tango dancer
in North America who wasn't able to trace their own tango
roots directly back to the early investigations, inspiration, efforts
and enthusiasm of Daniel Trenner.
A long-time anchor of the tango and dance communities in New England
and the Northeast, Daniel has recently begun to travel and teach again.
And, after nearly 30 years of experience with tango, he now finds himself
in the role once occupied by his own early teachers and mentors: A
vital bridge to the history and practice of tango over the years
not only to the late 1980s and '90s when Daniel first caught the wave
and helped create tango's modern emergence as a thriving international
art form, but further back, to the tango of 1940s and '50s, when many
of the older milongueros that Daniel befriended and studied with
took their first steps onto the dance floors of Buenos Aires.
Please join us in Santa Barbara on March 24th to welcome Daniel
Trenner back to Southern California, and treat yourself a rare
view of tango past and present, through the unique eyes of this Modern
Website with essays, background, history and
Cafe Daniel's site for tango videos, including
the 80+ projects he created for Bridge to the Tango,
many of them documenting the work, artistry and insights of
milongueros who first came to tango in the 1940s and
For more about his work with this older generation of dancers,
see the "Milonguero
Preservation Project" ...
Video featuring Daniel's Dancing:
Testimonials + Perspective
Over many years and many travels, Daniel has met, taught, danced with,
and inspired tens of thousands of tango dancers.
For more perspective on Daniel and his teaching as well as insight
into his deep and lasting influence on tango along the West Coast and
beyond see these thoughts from Homer + Cristina, Alex Krebs,
and Christy Coté.
“Cristina and I have known Daniel as a friend and tango mentor
for many years now. Throughout the years he has he given us much needed
advice for the art of teaching tango and also for working as full
time instructors. In addition, Daniel has shed much light on the development
of tango historically from the Golden Age and, in a first-hand account
way, since its reemergence as a global social dance in the 80’s and
through the 90’s. This is much needed information, which without Daniel’s
thoroughness of documentation and attention to detail, would otherwise
be lost or mired in a state of utter confusion, gossip, and make-believe.
The United States tango scene owes a great debt to Daniel for his
early pioneering work, vast community building efforts, and scholarly
recordings. In truth Daniel was and still is the bridge to the tango
for many of us...”
+ Cristina Ladas, Organic Tango School, Bay Area
“Daniel's experience in tango is almost unparalleled of any teacher
I know. He was studying tango in Buenos Aires in the 1980's with many
milongueros that are no longer with us and not only learned from,
but documented a lot of them on film. Because of this he has a unique
perspective in the tango world today -- bridging the old and new styles
and being able to transmit his knowledge to students in an informed,
entertaining, and well-thought out manner.”
Krebs, Tango Berretin, Portland
“Daniel Trenner was knocking on the door of Buenos Aires to discover
the world of Argentine Tango long before any of us knew it existed!
With his extensive dance background he was able to decipher much about
Argentine Tango in this very much underground scene of the late 80s
and early 90s and by spending one on one time with the authentic Milongueros.
Luckily for all of us he was also a great teacher and shared his knowledge
with dancers all over the United States as he traveled and also through
an extensive video collection in which he documented so much of his
discoveries about Argentine Tango. Daniel is truly a fountain of knowledge
and experience when it comes to Argentine Tango. An opportunity to
study with him is one I highly recommend!”
Coté, Tango Con*Fusion, San Francisco
on Leading + Following
Beginning with his earliest encounters with tango back in the 1980s,
Daniel has delved deeply into the lead + follow dynamic of the dance,
probing the inner workings of this most essential tango relationship.
Along the way, Daniel's unique blend of historical and cultural perspectives
bilingual, North American, fluent in many forms of body movement
+ dance, equally adept at both leading + following has helped
make his observations, discoveries and insights particularly valuable
to his fellow tango dancers.
Among Daniel's many investigations:
Changing Codes of Tango Social Dancing" Daniel's
classic 1998 essay on the issues, forces and transformations that
were unfolding in tango from the late 1980s into the 1990s, during
the early days of Tango's Renaissance ...
"Homage to the Followers": Part
1 and Part
2 Daniel's 2009 ruminations on the continuing development
and evolution of the follower's role in the first decade of the 21st
Century, and its impact on the relationship(s) and interactions between
For additional background on similar themes, topics and history:
Traditional Way to Learn Tango" insights from
Christine Denniston on how dancers learned tango in the "Golden
Age" of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, from her website on the History
Interview with Fabián Salas for a different
perspective on then-current changes and developments in tango, including
an evolution in the pedagogy of the dance that was being explored
and developed by the Tango Investigation Group, an influential
collective of forward-thinking younger dancers intent on learning,
understanding and engaging tango as contemporary art form.
The Tango Investigation Group included many of Daniel's peers and
colleagues in Buenos Aires of the 1990s Fabián Salas,
Gustavo Naveira, Chicho Frumboli, Mauricio Castro, and Andrés
Amarilla, among others.
+ Perpective on Tango "Styles" tracing tango
from its earliest days, through the "Golden Age" and Tango
Renaissance, on into our own present time and experience, from dancer
In tango, the slippery term "style" often refers to our
attempts to highlight particular aspects of the form and its practice,
and/or to organize the divergent elements of the dance into broad
categories, related groupings, convenient containers ...
One way of understanding this fluid and ever-changing mix is to
look at tango through the lens of history, geography, and the many
shfiting cultural factors that have and continue to influence the
ongoing evolution of the dance.
Quantum Tango Workshops & Events with Visiting Dancers
Winkler "INTER: Act / Sect / Weave / Relate"
Chen + Florencia Han "Milonga: Fast + Small"
Daniel Trenner Tango Lab:
"Iconic Roles - Tango's Lead & Follow Dynamic"
Martinez "Cross-System Gems" September
Fabiano "Close Embrace of the Third Kind"
Tango Quartet & Avik Basu "Tango Music: Its
Secrets Revealed" August 2010
Trenner "Milonga: Traditional Perspectives &
Tráspie" May 2009
Zubarik "Milonga for Beginners" April
Amarilla + Meredith Klein Mulitple Workshops October
Amarilla : Extended Residency January / February / March
Andrés Amarilla + Meredith
Klein Tango Lab: "Alternative Embrace"
Amarilla + Meredith Klein Multiple Workshops May
/ June 2006 (pdf)
Andrés Amarilla + Meredith
Klein Tango Lab Intensive: "Nuevo" February