"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,
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
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
Sunday, October 3
12.00 – 13.30 Milonga: from easy to (almost) impossible
14.00 – 15.30 Big steps – small steps: dynamics
19.00 – 20.30 Rhythm or melody – or both?
*Estilo Milonguero (tango apilado / confiteria
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
20 Euro/per person/per lesson (1.5
hours). If you take all eight lessons – 140 Euro/per
Information about different hotels you can find here: www.booking.com
Apartments for rent in different places
*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:
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