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May Madness 2007

featuring guest instructors
Pedro 'Tete' Rusconi & Silvia Ceriani
and Maximiliano Gluzman & Milva Bernardi
and guest DJs Tine Herreman & Yulia Kriskovets

May 04-07, 2007
Ann Arbor, MI

Registration is Closed


About the Instructors | Schedule | Enrollment | Pricing | Private Lessons | Accomodations | Directions | Flying to Ann Arbor | Bulletin Board | Credits | Questions?


About Tete & Silvia

Pedro 'Tete' Rusconi is the foremost teacher of the close embrace style of Argentine Tango. Since 1995, Tete and Silvia Ceriani have been dancing and teaching together. They have toured throughout Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Spain, Belgium, Sweden and the United States (Ohio and Arizona), teaching, performing and being part of Tango Festivals. They prioritize the attention in the musical compasses, the sensibility of the body, and the liberty of the movement. Their tango waltz classes are highly appreciated worldwide. Tete is noted for his individual style of musicality, and the tango of the golden era of the 1940's and 1950's.

Tete and Silvia have two tango instructional videos, that are used and seen by most close embrace dancers.

Paul Pellicoro of New York wrote the book "Paul Pellicoro On Tango" (2002), where he discusses the masters of tango and included in the book are Tete and Silvia. The following are links to videos where you can watch Tete and Silvia perform a Vals and a Tango

About Maxi & Milva

Milva Bernardi and Maximiliano Gluzman are two young milonguer(o/a)s from Buenos Aires, the city where they live and dance. They represent the new generation of Milonguero style dancer. The tango that Maxi and Milva transmit is based upon communication between dancers in a continuously close embrace, musical interpretation and respectful navigation in the dance floor. Consequently, their lessons are based on posture, leading and following, and musicality as a source of creativity. They focus on improvisation as key to develop a dance that is funny and enjoyable for the couple, while they can still comfortably circulate in a limited space.

Milva Bernardi started dancing in 1996. She studied formally with great Argentinean teachers such as Eduardo Capussi, Celia Blanco and Graciela Gonzalez, among others, but feels that her ultimate school was the milonga portena, where she danced with the most experienced milongueros, discovering the secrets of their body language. She has taught classes lessons with renowned milongueros such as Enrique Rosich, Ruben Harymblat, Ricardo Vidort, Raul Poli and the world famous Pedro 'Tete' Rusconi.

Maximiliano Gluzman started dancing in 1997. He soon discovered milonguero style and studied with the most renowned Argentine teachers in this style: Susana Miller, Ana Maria Schapira, Pedro 'Tete' Rusconi, Pocho y Neli, Ricardo Vidort and Jorge Kero. Even if his main source of practice has been dancing in the milonga through endless hours, he has also embraced teaching as a main activity. He teaches at Susana Miller's La Academia in Buenos Aires at all levels as well as with Milva Bernardi. Maximiliano is one of the organizers of the International Milonguero Meeting that took place in Buenos Aires in February 2007.

About Tine Herreman

Tine does science by day and DJ's for fun at night. She plays devastating tangos, soaring valses and irresistible milongas. And some very groovy alternative, when the crowd is so inclined.

Tine DJ's regularly around the Northeast. Over the past year, New York gigs included Chelsea Market, the Seaport, Nocturne, Triangulo, Bailatango, El Embrujo, ... Festivals and travel gigs included the Atlanta Tango Festival, Tango Joven in Chicago, Boston Tango Festival, Tango de los Muertos, New Year's Eve in Montreal, the Yale Tango Fest, and others.

Tine was the founding president of the Yale Tango Club, and organized, taught and DJ'ed for the club from 2003 to 2007. She developed the club from a small practica to the most active social club on campus, with almost weekly workshops with visiting teachers and a national festival. She also started several networks for DJ and community development.
More info at www.tangomuse.com

About Yulia Kriskovets

Within the span of two years, Yulia has become a popular DJ at Washington DC milongas. She is a regular DJ at weekly DC venues such as Divino, The Eastern Market Milonga and Bethesda Dance Studio. Her playlists offer a mixture of Old Guard and Golden Age tango. Yulia also plays alternative music, when appropriate to the venue and the mood of the crowd on the floor, and has DJ'd numerous alternative milongas.

She has also been a DJ at festivals around the country, including Washington DC's Tangosutra Festival and Tango Marathon, Tango de los Muertos in Boston, Ann Arbor's May Madness, Tango Joven in Chicago, Longamilonga and New Year's Marathon in Providence and the Tango at Sea Cruise.

Schedule

Almost final!

Friday, May 04
8:30pm-9:30pm Welcome Lesson (All Levels):
Communication
Maxi & Milva Anderson Room, Michigan Union
9:30pm-1:00am Welcome Milonga
FREE ($10 after 10PM)
DJ: Tine Herreman Anderson Room, Michigan Union
Saturday, May 05
12:00pm-12:30pm Check-in and warm up
12:30pm-2:00pm All Levels
Follower's Walking Technique
Milva Pendleton Room
2:15pm-3:45pm Beg-Int
Basic Embrace
Tete & Silvia Pendleton Room
4:00pm-5:30pm Beg-Int
Basic Giros
Maxi & Milva Pendleton Room
5:30pm-6:30pm Mini Practica DJ: Veronika Fischer Pendleton Room
6:30pm-9:30pm Dinner break
9:30pm-1:30am Milonga Picante DJ: Silvia Ceriani Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
1:30am-6:00am Milonga Loca
(Breakfast for survivors @ 5:00am)
DJ: Yulia Kriskovets Pittsfield Grange
Sunday, May 06
2:00pm-2:30pm Check-in and warm up
2:30pm-4:00pm Beg-Int
Cadencia & Changes of Direction
Tete & Silvia Pendleton Room
4:30pm-6:00pm Int-Adv
Improvisation
Maxi & Milva Pendleton Room
6:15pm-7:45pm All Levels:
Charla con Tete
Pizza & Soft drinks provided
Tete Pendleton Room
8:00pm-11:30pm Adios Milonga DJ: Tine Herreman Ballroom, Michigan Union
Monday, May 07
9:00am-6:00pm All Levels:
Private Lessons
Tete, Silvia, Maxi & Milva Pittsfield Grange
7:30pm-8:00pm Check-in and warm up
8:00pm-9:30pm Int-Adv
Vals
Tete & Silvia Pittsfield Grange
9:30pm-?? Die-Hard Practica DJ: Patricia Greve Pittsfield Grange


Enrollment

Registration is closed. You can sign-up at the door.

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. 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!).

Pricing

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

The Friday workshop and milonga are FREE if you come before 10:00pm and $10 ($5 for students) if you come after 10:00pm.

Package Prices

Early registration prices (postmarked on or before May 01)

  • Tango-Insane Pass (3 Day Pass - All events Saturday-Monday): $40(students)/$80(non-students)
  • Tango-Crazy Pass (2 Day Pass - All events Saturday-Sunday OR Sunday-Monday): $35(students)/$70(non-students)
  • Tango-Mad Pass (Milongas Only Pass - All Milongas & Practicas Saturday-Monday): $20(students)/$40(non-students)

Late OR at-the-door registration prices (postmarked after May 01)

  • Tango-Insane Pass (3 Day Pass - All events Saturday-Monday): $60(students)/$100(non-students)
  • Tango-Crazy Pass (2 Day Pass - All events Saturday-Sunday OR Sunday-Monday): $55(students)/$90(non-students)
  • Tango-Mad Pass (Milongas Only Pass - All Milongas & Practicas Saturday-Monday): $30(students)/$50(non-students)

A La Carte Prices

  • Any Milonga/Practica (Saturday - Monday): $10 (students) / $15 (non-students)
  • Any Workshop (Saturday - Monday): $10 (students) / $20 (non-students)

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. All the private lessons will be held at the grange. The slots will be filled on a first-come first serve basis. In the case that we have more requests than we can comply with, preference will be given to people who have registered for the festival.

Accomodations

Housing with local dancers may be available for those out-of-towners who register and pay prior to April 30, 2007. 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.

In the past, we have been able to find housing for almost all of the visiting dancers who requested for housing. However, as the number of out-of-town dancers have increased, we are finding it difficult to satisfy all the housing requests. See the accomodations page for more information on local accomodations.

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.

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 25 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.

Transportation to/from the airport.
Public Transportation from the airport to/from Ann Arbor is limited to taxi-cab or a shuttle. Shuttle services might not run periodically. You will have to call them in advance to schedule a pick-up or drop-off. Check the city's visitor guide transportation page for more information. The area code for Ann Arbor is 734.

You don't a car need that much once you are in town, but renting a car at the airport might not be any more expensive than taking the shuttle both ways.

You may also try the airports at Flint (FNT) and Toledo (TOL). Sometimes airlines have cheaper fares to these cities. Toledo and Flint are about an hour drive from Ann Arbor.

Credits

Event Organizers
  • Aleric Soans - Instructor Liason, Logistics and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Anjali Purkayastha - Housing & Decorations Coordinator
  • Gabriela Contreras - Event Coordinator
  • Sandeep Tata - Registration, Treasurer and Food coordinator
Acknowledgements
  • Rie Yamaoka - Poster and Flyer Design

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 Aleric Soans at 313-574-1794 or Sandeep Tata at 734-730-2493.