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Where is Riga?
Riga's historic district
 
Art noveau in Riga

"Paris of the baltic States" was the name of this town during the time between the two World Wars. The reason for this was the feisty nightlife and the cultural scene. Dynamical, creative and poetic - Riga lured Componists, Poets and Artists into the town for hundreds of years.

Because of its well situated place near the baltic sea - where east and west meets - Riga has been the most important Trading and Financial Centre for the last hundreds of years. Many nationalities - Latvians, Germans, Swedes, Russians, Polish - lived behind its walls to work and establish a high influence in this historical place.

A unique culture is owned by this town, which comes from still working medieval architecture and much art noveau. The UNESCO declared the town as World Cultural Heritage.

 

Ines Moussavi and Constantin Rüger in Riga, Latvia, 1. - 3. October 2010

The trip is organized by Ieva and that is the information she has send me. Please contact her her for all details and bookings, ievadrevina@inbox.lv
more information on her website: http://tango-forums.lv

We are delighted to welcome Ines Moussavi in Riga again. Ines has been visited us repeatedly but this time her partner will be a word class teacher and dancer - Constantin Rüger.

Programme of workshops:

Friday, October 1
18.00 – 19.30 Estilo Milongero I*
20.00 – 21.30 Active following: communication during the dance

Saturday, October 2
12.00 – 13.30 Estilo Milongero II*
14.00 – 15.30 Women/Man technique (separate lessons)
20.00 – 21.30 Adornments for her and him – led or unled

Sunday, October 3
12.00 – 13.30 Milonga: from easy to (almost) impossible
14.00 – 15.30 Big steps – small steps: dynamics of dancing
19.00 – 20.30 Rhythm or melody – or both?

*Estilo Milonguero (tango apilado / confiteria style)
This style originated as the 'petitero' or 'caquero' style in the “Tango Golden Era” in the1940s and 50s in closely packed dance halls and "confiterias”, so it is danced in close embrace, chest-to chest, with the partners leaning - or appearing to lean - slightly towards each other to allow space for the feet to move. There are not many embellishments or firuletes or complicated figures for the lack of space in the original milonguero style but now also those figures are danced, which only at first glance seem impossible in close embrace. Actually, a lot of complicated figures are possible even in milonguero.
Today, it is the most common tango style in the Buenos Aires milongas where most of milongueros dance for 30 – 50 or even more years. Although the rhythmic, close-embrace style of dancing has existed for decades, the term "Milonguero Style" only surfaced in the mid- '90s when the name was created by Susana Miller, who had been the assistant to Pedro 'Tete' Rusconi. Many of the older dancers who are exponents of this style (including 'Tete') prefer not to use the label.
Although there are only few dancers in Latvia who dances pure milonguero style, we chose this topic because it may give more valuable information and practical skills that will be useful for everybody. The main of them are the following: excellent contact between partners that provides more freedom in your movements, better awareness and feeling of yourself, your partner and other dancers, as well as an emotional intimacy that is the primary meaning of tango.

*All workshops will be about the close embrace and teachers will focus on good contact between partners, straight and relaxed posture, balance, elegance and freedom of movements, movement principles, but will not focus on certain figures and combinations. In other words, the lessons will be about the base basics that are necessary for everyone and without which it is impossible to dance beautifully and derive pleasurable sensations from tango…..

Location: Riga 6th Secondary School (A.Caka 102, corner of A.Caka and Artilerijas Streets, opposite to Ziedona park)

Prices:

20 Euro/per person/per lesson (1.5 hours). If you take all eight lessons – 140 Euro/per person.

Accomodation:
Information about different hotels you can find here: www.booking.com
Nearest hotels:

• www.rigaparkhotel.com
• www.xdream.lv
• www.lathotel.lv
• www.hoteldama.lv
• www.hotelenkurs.lv
• www.hotelromantic.lv
• www.hotelgrizins.lv
• www.hotel-viktorija.lv
• www.victoryhostel.lv
• www.hotelbaltpark.lv
• www.hotelaugustine.lv
• www.nb.lv
• www.besthostel.lv
• www.cityhotel.lv
• www.kbhotel.lv
• www.royallhotel.lv
• www.bb-riga.lv
• www.kg.lv

Apartments for rent in different places of Riga:

• www.apartments-riga.com
• www.stayinriga.lv
• www.stes.lv

*Nearest, biggest streets are: A.Caka Street, Artilerijas St.r, Kr.Barona Str., Brivibas Str., Matisa Str., Tallinas Str., Bruninieku Str., Stabu Str., Gertrudes Str, Avotu Str, Terbatas Str., Pernavas Str.

 

 

Information about Riga:

wikipedia.org/wiki/Riga
www.amazon.com: Dogs of Riga-Henning-Mankell, a thriller!
www.amazon.com/Latvia-Riga-Guide
www.rigatourism.com
Dancepartner You can look for a dance partner in our Tango-Forum...