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Workshop in Ojai:  April 2009

Sabine Zubarik — from Erfurt, Germany


"Milonga for Beginners"


Monday - April 20th, 2009

- in the Gallery at the Ojai Art Center -



Sabine dancing in Europe


Overview:  "Milonga for Beginners" with Sabine Zubarik



Monday, April 20, 2009



Ojai Art Center - in the Gallery - 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai

Milonga Workshop:


6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - an Extended 90-minute Session


Cost:      $15* / Dancer for this Special Workshop

Supervised Práctica: 


7:30 - 8:00 p.m.     ... FREE ...

— Beginners + New Dancers Welcome — No Experience or Partner Necessary —


Download a .pdf flyer (40k) for "Milonga for Beginners" on 4/20/09 ...

Driving Directions and more about Monday Night Tango in Ojai ...

      * $5.00 Discount in Ojai for Dancers attending any of
Sabine's UCSB Workshops 4/17 & 4/18


After the Workshop + Práctica, please join us for Social Dancing at ...

The Monday Night "Tango Incident" in Ojai


8:00 - 10:00 p.m.         Free — No Cover

— at  LOS CAPORALES - 307 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai  - next to Libbey Park

More about the the Monday Night "Tango Incident" in Ojai ...

Description:  "Milonga for Beginners" with Sabine Zubarik

What Sabine says about her "Milonga" Workshop:

"If you are unacquainted with the Milonga rhythm and you don't know what to do with it and what not, this is the right class for you! We will get into the rhythm with basic steps, try to stay in it without racing ourselves breathlessly; we will see where in the music we can give ourselves a break and how to re-enter the beat again. The material we work with is simple — only steps and weight change — but believe me, it is more than enough to create an interesting dance!"

More About Milonga — the Music and the Dance:

An introductory workshop like this is the perfect opportunity to begin exploring the rich territory shared by tango and milonga, and an excellent way to expand the depth and range of your dancing.

The syncopated, up-tempo 2/4 beat of milonga is the rhythmic foundation of all tango music, and it dominated the sound during the 19th Century when the many overlapping threads of modern tango were first coming together.

Through the related forms of candombe and habernera, historians now trace the driving beat of milonga directly to West Africa — in the areas of present-day Congo and Angola — where this distinctive rhythm is more than 1,000 years old. In these cultures, the syncopated pulse of milonga still means what it always has, quite literally: "Get up, and dance!"

In our own culture, the challenge for dancers is to match the vocabulary and movements of tango to the pace and energy of this music to create the style of dancing we call milonga.

Of course, in addition to a particular kind of music and the dancing that it inspires, the word "milonga" also refers to a gathering of dancers who come together to enjoy tango. So it's entirely possible to "Dance a milonga to a milonga at a milonga" — quite a wonderful thing.

More About Sabine Zubarik

Sabine Zubarik lives in Germany, where she teaches tango in Berlin, her hometown of Erfurt, and at international tango festivals. She started dancing tango in Argentina, and returns there regularly to study with master teachers. She received her professional training as a tango teacher in Hamburg, and continues to expand her tango skills with master dancers from Europe, Argentina and the United States.

Her perspective on tango is that it should "wake our senses" — for our own bodies, for communication with others, and for music and expression. She likes to combine playful social games with precise body technique.

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Sabine's visit to Ojai is being presented in collaboration with the Argentine Tango Club of UCSB where she will be teaching several other tango workshops from April 16 - 18, on campus at UCSB.

For information about these weekend workshops with Sabine — and for more on the Friday Night Milonga on April 17 at UCSB's Student Resource Building, please visit the Argentine Tango Club of UCSB website.



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