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3rd Anniversary Celebration!

featuring guest instructors
Alex Krebs, Caroline Peattie, & Christopher Nassopoulos

September 24-27, 2004
Ann Arbor, MI

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About Alex | About C&C | Schedule | Workshop Selection | Enrollment | Pricing | Private Lessons | Accomodations | Directions | Flying | Bulletin Board | Questions?


Please join us as we celebrate the 3rd anniversary of our club through a weekend and more of non-stop dancing! This annual celebration is becoming increasingly popular for social dancers across the states. Designed with dancers in mind, dancing and more dancing are the main themes of these friendly and affordable festivities.

About Alex Krebs

Alex Krebs, one of North America's most gifted teachers and tangueros, has been enchanting dancers throughout North America, Europe and Buenos Aires. He has received rave reviews for his teaching in Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden and across the United States. He is a creative improviser and has performed internationally with some of tango's most talented tangueras, including Florencia Taccetti and Luciana Valle.

Alex teaches Argentine tango for the social dance floor, emphasizing the improvisatory side of the dance through a strong communication between the lead and follow and on musicality. Alex tries to give his students the vocabulary necessary so that each person can find their own unique way of dancing -- dancing the tango of their own body.

More info about Alex can be found at
www.tangoberretin.com.

About Christopher & Caroline

Known for their extraordinary musicality and dynamic movement, Christopher and Caroline are among the finest Argentine tango instructors and dancers in North America. Together they have more than 18 years of experience dancing and 14 years of experience teaching. Both have backgrounds in athletics, body work, yoga, and pilates.

You will enjoy these very caring and generous instructors whose contagious humor creates a positive, upbeat class atmosphere. Skilled and talented, they exhibit a well-developed teaching strategy and a keen ability to analyze and solve movement problems.

Christopher and Caroline teach regularly in the San Francisco area, contributing to the high quality of tango that area is famous for. They have instructed and performed at major festivals and weekend workshops throughout the country. Their experience dancing throughout the United States, Europe, and Buenos Aires gives them a well-rounded perspective of the contemporary world tango scene.

More info on Christopher & Caroline can be found at
www.carolineandchristango.com

Schedule

Friday, September 24
8:00pm-1:30am Welcome Milonga DJ: Christopher Nassopolous Ballroom, Michigan Union
Saturday, September 25
12:30pm-1:00pm Check-in and warm up
1:00pm-2:30pm Track A:
Mastering the Embrace
Fundamentals for open and close dancing.
Alex Krebs Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Track B:
Advanced Biomechanics
Acceleration and velocity in turns.
Christopher & Caroline Ballroom, Michigan Union
2:30pm-2:45pm Break
2:45pm-4:15pm Track A:
Manifestations of Ocho Cortado
Variations on a familiar theme.
Christopher & Caroline Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Track B:
Musicality - Beyond the Basic Rhythm
With Alex demonstrating rhythms on his bandoneon.
Alex Krebs Ballroom, Michigan Union
4:15pm-5:00pm Mini Practica Ballroom, Michigan Union
5:00pm-9:00pm Dinner break
9:00pm-1:30am Milonga Picante DJ: Ramu Pyreddy Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
2:00am-6:00am Milonga Till Dawn DJ: Alex Krebs Pittsfield Grange
Sunday, September 26
3:00pm-3:30pm Check-in and warm up
3:30pm-5:00pm Track A:
Refining Your Dance
Details for walking, pivoting and turning.
Alex Krebs Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Track B:
Milonga Traspie
Accelerating and alternating rhythms in Milonga How to make your milonga tight and expressive - comfortably and effortlessly - no matter how fast the music.
Christopher & Caroline Ballroom, Michigan Union
5:00pm-5:15pm Break
5:15pm-6:45pm Track A:
Changes of Direction in Close Embrace
Christopher & Caroline Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Track B:
Interaction
Qualities that bring passion and soul to your dance.
Alex Krebs Ballroom, Michigan Union
6:45pm-8:00pm Refreshments & Socializing - No Dancing Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
8:00pm-?? Una Milonga Mas DJ: Avik Basu Ballroom, Michigan Union
Monday, September 27 (All events at the Pittsfield Grange)
6:30pm-7:00pm Check-in and warm up
7:00pm-8:15pm Track A:
Playing
Combining movements improvisationally.
Christopher & Caroline Pittsfield Grange
8:30pm-9:45pm Track B:
Improvisation & Dynamics
Alex Krebs Pittsfield Grange
9:45pm-?? Die-Hard Practica DJ: Vijay Namasivayam Pittsfield Grange


Which workshop should I take?

To help you choose the workshops which will be the most beneficial for you, we have listed recommended experience for the different workshop tracks in the table below.

Recommended Minimum ExperienceAppropriate Workshop Track
Completed only our Beginner Series
or less than 6 months of close-embrace tango.
Track A
Completed our Advanced Beginner Series
or more than 6 months of close-embrace tango.
Track A or B
Completed our Intermediate Series
and more than 6 months of close-embrace tango.
Track A or B

Enrollment

Please register online for the weekend workshops/milongas. We will not accept email reservations!

Due to the capacity of the rooms, enrollment in each workshop will be LIMITED to 50. As we process registrants on a first-come-first-serve basis, enrolling well in advance will assure you a spot in the workshops and save you money as well (see prices below). It will also give the organizers ample time to handle your requests (we appreciate your early enrollment greatly!).

Note that you do not have to register in advance for the Monday workshops/practicas--for these we welcome you to simply show up and pay at the door.

Pricing

Please note that student rates are available only to FULL-TIME students with a valid student ID.

Workshop Prices

Early registration prices (postmarked on or before September 17)

  • One workshop day (Saturday OR Sunday): $25 (students) / $45 (non-students)
  • Two workshop days (Saturday AND Sunday): $35 (students) / $65 (non-students)

Late OR at-the-door registration (postmarked after September 17)

  • One workshop day (Saturday OR Sunday): $40 (students) / $70 (non-students)
  • Two workshop days (Saturday AND Sunday): $50 (students) / $90 (non-students)

Note that registration for the Monday workshops/practica will be handled at the door. The cost will be $10 (students) / $15 (non-students).

Milonga Prices

You can either purchase an Anniversary Milonga Pass ($10 students / $20 non-students) for entry to all milongas during the weekend or pay at the door for each milonga individually (prices listed below):

  • Friday "Welcome Milonga": $5 (students) / $10 (non-tudents)
  • Saturday "Milonga Picante": $5 (students) / $10 (non-students)
  • Saturday "Milonga Till Dawn": $5 (students) /$5 (non-students)
  • Sunday "Una Milonga Mas": $5 (students) /$10 (non-students)

Please note that both the Semester Milonga Pass and the Semester Lesson/Practica Pass will not be valid for the anniversary milongas. If you are a Semester Pass holder, you must still purchase an Anniversary Milonga Pass for entry to the milongas.

Private Lessons

We have slotted some time on Monday for our guest instructors to give private lessons to dancers seeking individuial attention. If you are interested, you must schedule these private lessons through the club by emailing your request to umtango@umich.edu. In your email, please let us know if you have any scheduling preferences. The slots will be filled on a first-come first serve basis.

Accomodations

Housing with local dancers may be available for those out-of-towners who register prior to September 17. If you are interested, please email tangohousing@yahoo.com. The sooner you register, the more likely it is that we will be able to find you housing.

Local dancers who house out-of-towners will receive a 25% discount on the workshop cost for each individual they host. If you are a local dancer interested in providing housing, please sign up here.

See the accomodations page for more information on local accomodations.

Directions/Locations

Michigan Union (Map)
530 S. State
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free covered parking at specified times on weekends and evenings (please see signage on structure) is available in Thompson Street Parking structure which is right behind the Michigan Union. Thompson street is parallel to and one block west of State St.

Pittsfield Grange (Map)
3337 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-9711

Flying to Ann Arbor

The closest major airport to Ann Arbor is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).

The airport is about 35 miles east of Ann Arbor. From the airport, take I-94 West and follow it all the way to the State Street Exit in Ann Arbor. Take a right on State St. and continue for about 3 miles until you reach the University of Michigan campus.

Bulletin Board

We now have a virtual bulletin board available for you to post your messages regarding sharing rides to/from the airport or sharing hotel rooms. If you would like to get housing with local Ann Arbor Dancers, do NOT post here--instead, send an email to tangohousing@yahoo.com.

Questions? Concerns?

The most time consuming thing for us as organizers is when people ask us questions (email, personal, or telephone). We definitely do not mind answering your questions but many of the answers to your questions are available on this website.

If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to email us at
umtango@umich.edu. You may also call Ramu Pyreddy at 734-327-0642 or Avik Basu at 734-262-5800.