Pablo y Valeria

Pablo and Valeria

Festival Summary

Tango Passion Show:

  • Friday, July 18, Milford. With Argentine dancers Pablo and Valeria, Bandoneonist Juan Pablo Jofre and Violinist Rachel Lee, Grupo Folklorico Uruguay, Tango Sueño Performance Group. Detailed show info...

Classes/Workshops:

  • Intensive Tango Days, with Dale and Gem
    July 12: Boot camp for beginners in Milford.
    July 12, 13: Workshops in Norwalk and Danbury.
  • Special Workshops with Pablo and Valeria, visiting from Argentina, July 19, 20 in Milford and Norwalk.

Milongas (Tango Socials):

  • July 5: Opening Milonga CATS Milonga hosted by Judy Phelps. Judy Phelps and Gem Duras performing
  • July 11: Hartford Ballroom Milonga Hosted by Michele Evans, Dale and Gem performing
  • July 12: Stamford Milonga, Dale and Gem performing
  • July 13: Fifalonga Marathon! Watch the World Cup Soccer finals on a 14 foot screen, while dancing tango.
  • July 19: Red and Black Formal Milonga, Milford. Surprise performances, raffle..
  • July 20: Closing Milonga, by invitation only to participants.

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Dale and Gem

Festival Activities and Full Schedule: (Hotline: (203) 584 4480)

Tango Passion Show

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show co-sponsered by the Milford Arts Concil

Pablo y Valeria

Pablo and Valeria

JP Jofre

JP Jofre, bandoneonist

A night of Tango: Music and Dance
Friday, July 18, Milford

A Tango Show featuring world-renown Bandoneonist Juan Pablo Jofre and Violinist Rachel Lee, Argentine dancers Pablo and Valeria, Grupo Folklorico Uruguay, Tango Sueño Performance Group and more!

8:00 PM: Assigned and Limited Seating
Tickets $42, for sale here, or by calling
(203) 584 4480
Milford Center for the Arts, Milford (MF)

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Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee, violin

Grupo Folklorico

Grupo Folklorico Uruguay


Classes and Workshops

The festival presents an extensive and inclusive set of classes and workshops to cover various aspects of Argentine Tango with international performers Pablo and Valeria, as well as Dale Ellison from Charleston SC and Connecticut's own Gem Duras. Snacks will be served at the breaks. Singles are welcome, we change partners.

Milongas

Milongas are Argentine Tango Dance events where people spend the evening to socialize and dance tango. The 2014 Festival presents an exciting range of Milongas with some of Connecticut's most popular Milonga hosts.

Opening Milonga
Saturday, July 5, New Haven

Connecticut Argentine Tango Society (CATS) Milonga hosted by Judy Phelps. Performance: Judy Phelps and Gem Duras. DJ: Anda Horvath.

Judy Phelps

8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Whitney Arts Center,
New Haven (WA)
$15 at the door

Hartford Ballroom Milonga
Friday, July 11, Hartford

Milonga hosted by Michele Evans from Hartford Ballroom. Classic and Nuevo mix, DJ:Gem. Performance and Nuevo Workshop: Dale and Gem

Michele Evans

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Nuevo Tango Workshop
8 p.m. - 12 a.m.: Milonga
Hartford Ballroom, (HB)

admission at the door
$15 Milonga only
$25 Workshop and Milonga

Tango Sueño Stamford Milonga
Saturday, July 12, The Palms in Stamford

Superb dance floor, great ambiance, refreshments. DJ Gem with classic and nuevo mix. Chacarera class and Performance: at the intermission with Dale and Gem.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Palms, Stamford (PL)
$15 at the door

Fifalonga:
Watch the World Cup Soccer Finals with marathon Tango!
Sunday, July 13, Milford

Watch the World Cup Soccer Final Game on a 14 foot big screen with fellow tangueros and dance your heart out!

2:45 - 8:00 p.m.
Milford Center for the Arts, Milford (MF)
$15 at the door

 

Tango Intensive
with Dale and Gem, Day I
Saturday, July 12, Danbury/Milford

Full day, 5 hours of instruction with Dale and Gem packed into this Saturday of intensive Argentine Tango. The morning sessions will fcus on Tango Elegance with various tango elements. The afternoon sessions will be held in Milford focusing on fundamentals for beginners. limited enrollment.

Morning: Tango Elegance (Danbury)

11:00 a.m.: Paradas and Sweeps: playful and creative footwork combinations.
12:00 p.m.: Single axis turns and colgadas: Sharing the axis with your partner and creating colgada effects.

Vitti's Dance Studio, Danbury (VD)
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Boot Camp for Beginners (Milford)

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 pm (with short breaks): Argentine Tango basics, embrace and connection. Next phase, pivots, ochos and turns. Free leg movements, combinations with ganchos "hooking legs together".

Milford Center for the Arts , Milford (MF)
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Tango Intensive: Nuevo Style with Dale and Gem, Day II
Sunday, July 13, Norwalk
(early start due to
Fifa World Cup Soccer Finals)

Full day, 4 hours of intensive tango instruction with Dale and Gem. The workshops will focus on the nuevo style with various types of voleos as well as single axis turns and colgadas. They will also present various concepts developed by renowned dancer Chicho Frumboli.

10:00 a.m.: Creative Volcadas: A continuation of the 2014 Tango Weekend, spicy volcadas with unsual twists!
11:15 a.m.: Linear Boleos in all directions: Linear boleos applied to nuevo, creative combos with soltadas.
12:30p.m.: Follower's Sacadas, Chicho Frumboli style: Combinations of soltadas and sacadas especially for followers!

Dance Dimansions , Norwalk (DD)
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Dale Ellison, known in Buenos Aires as Delia, has been dancing Argentine tango for more than 19 years, and teaching for more than 10. She has developed a reputation as a dynamic Argentine Tango teacher and performer in salon, milonguero, nuevo and performance styles of tango.

Originally a San Francisco resident, Dale received her tango training from the stars of the famous show “Forever Tango” most notably Carlos Gavito and Marcela Duran. Initially a salsa dancer and club style salsa instructor, Dale was drawn to tango for its sensuality and passion, later winning the first prize in the first San Francisco Tango Competition in 1998.

She has traveled to Buenos Aires numerous times to study with Gustavo Naveira, Osvaldo Zotto, Oscar Mandagaran, Chicho Frumboli, Geraldine Rojas, Graciela Gonzales, Marcela Duran, and women's technique with Lorena Ermocida. Dale Ellison teaches and runs tango activities as the director of Tango Rojo in Charleston SC.

Gem Duras started his tango training in 1995 initially with the original cast members of the famous show Forever Tango in particular the legendary Carlos Gavito. After incorporating his technique, elegance and musicality into his own dancing and teaching, he visited Buenos Aires numerous times to study ballet as well as advanced technique and stage tango with younger Forever Tango stars Jesus Velazquez and Francisco Forquera becoming a certified tango instructor and dancer.

During his partnership with Dale Ellison, they founded Tango Sueño and traveled to Buenos Aires numerous times to perfect their technique by studying with Gustavo Naveira, Juan Carlos Copes, Osvaldo Zotto, Oscar Mandagaran, Chicho Frumboli, Geraldine Rojas and Susana Miller among others. Gem recently performed and taught at the Stardust weekend upstate New York, and performed at the New Year’s Celebration event organized by Akademi Tango, in Ankara-Turkey. He runs Tango Sueño in Connecticut and holds regular classes throughout CT as well as Westchester, NY.

 

Ellison Duras

Dale Ellison and Gem Duras

Tango Workshops
with Pablo and Valeria, Day I
Saturday, July 19, Milford

Internationally acclaimed Argentine Teachers/Performers Pablo and Valeria will present workshops addressing various aspects of tango in a fun environment. All tango dancers are welcome as well as beginners who have taken Dale and Gem's intensive workshops.

1:00 p.m.: Planeos and Turns: Elegance and style in drawing circles and shapes on the dance floor.
2:30 p.m.: Front and Back Enrosques:Alternative spirals, with decorations and combinations with pasadas.
4:00 p.m.: Dancing to Vals: Musicality with on and off axis turns.

Milford Center for the Arts , Milford (MF)
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Tango Workshops
with Pablo and Valeria, Day II
Sunday, July 20, Norwalk

Pablo and Valeria will continue their teaching in Connecticut with three more workshops with progressive difficulty. All tango dancers are welcome as well as beginners who have taken Dale and Gem's intensive workshops.

11:00 a.m.: Circular Boleos: Technique and elegance, sequences with entradas and enlaces
12:30 p.m.: Ganchos and Enlazadas: Entangled leg comibinations with ganchos.
2:00 p.m.: Dancing to Milonga: Pablo and Valeria's favorite milonga lisa and traspie sequences.

Dance Dimensions, Norwalk (DD)
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Internationally renowned dancers and teachers, Pablo Nievas and Valeria Zunino both started dancing in their childhood. Pablo initially learned tango from his grand-father at the age of five by first studying the female part! As his grandfather would say: to do the leader’s part properly in tango it is important to learn the follower’s part. Later he attended the “Escuela Municipal de Danzas” to study tango and Argentine folk dances professionally. Valeria started dancing at the age of four, and later attended the prestigious “Escuela Nacional de Danzas Clasicas” where she studied ballet first. After working as a jazz dancer at various musicals in Buenos Aires and performing at various ballet theaters, she was introduced to tango and became partners with Pablo to create a long and impressive international tango career.

They have been invited to teach and perform in most countries in Europe as well as Asia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. They have performed in most major milongas and venues in Buenos Aires such as Parakultural (Salón Canning), Niño Bien, La Nacional, Porteño y Bailarín, Confitería Ideal, El Cachafaz, La Baldosa, Grisel and Italia Unita among others. They have danced as guest performers with legendary orchestras such as Color Tango, Sexteto Sur, Narcotango and Los Reyes del Tango. In additional to their international teaching activities, they are the main instructors at Confiteria Ideal, one of the most important historic Buenos Aires tango venues, which has been featured in many feature films and documentaries.

 

Pablo y Daniela

Pablo and Valeria

Red and Black Formal Milonga:
Saturday, July 19, Milford

A special milonga emphasizing the sensual nature of tango! Ladies: dress as sensually as you feel comfortable, gentlemen suit and tie or black compadrito costume encouraged! Tango Sueño style refreshments with an extra twist, drinks and surprises!

8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Milford Center for the Arts, Milford (MF)
$15 at the door

Closing Milonga for festival participants
Sunday July 20

Location and times TBA during festival activities.

At a Glance

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July 11 July 12 July 13

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July 18 July 19 July 20
10 am       Norwalk Nuevo Workshops
D & G
     
Danbury
Workshops
D & G
P & V Workshops Day II
Norwalk
 
P & V Workshops Day I
Milford
Boot Camp
D & G
 
Fifalonga
Stamford
Palms
Milonga
 
Nuevo Tango
D & G
  Closing Milonga
8 pm C.A.T.S
Opening
Milonga
Tango Passion Show Red and Black Formal Milonga
Hartford
Ballroom
Milonga
   
 

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Thai Massage for Dancers: Contact Rita Lang, LMT, 203 640 9276, (New Haven)
The official massage therapist of the festival: www.RitaLangHealingArts.com

Registration: (Hotline: (203) 584 4480)

Register early! Limited Enrollment for classes and workshops. Admission to classes is not guaranteed without pre-registration; Dance shoes required for classes and workshops except the Beginner Boot Camp. The prices below are per person. No partner necessary, singles welcome. Private lessons available with all instructors, call (203) 584 4480 to inquire. Don't forget to check out the festival passes at the bottom for further discounts... To pay by credit card, please click the Add to Cart buttons below and checkout using PayPal. You don't have to be or become a PayPal member. To pay by check use the registration form here...

Festival Venues

MF: Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford, www.milfordarts.org
DD: Dance Dimensions, 3 Quincy Street, Norwalk, www.dancedimensionsnorwalk.com
VD: Vitti's Dance Studio, 10 Precision Road, Danbury, www.vittisdancestudio.com
HB: Hartford Ballroom, 30 Arbor Street North, Suite 306, Hartford, www.hartfordballroom.com
WA: Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, www.phelpstango.com
PL: The Palms, 129 Atlantic Avenue, Stamford

Dale and Gem Intensive Day I, Boot Camp for Beginners and Tango Elegance
July 12 (VD) (In Danbury) 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Paradas and Sweeps $25
12:00 - 1:00 pm: Single Axis Turns and Colgadas $25
July 12 (MF) (in Milford) (4 spaces left. Followers without a partner please call (203) 584 4480 before registering) Beginner boot camp: (2:30 - 5:30 pm) $60
Discount packages:

(Further Silver and Gold pass discounts available here...)

Both Danbury Workshops: (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) $40
OR discount registration for all day $90
Dale and Gem Intensive Day II, Dancing to Nuevo Tango
July 13 (DD) 10:00 - 11:15 am: Creative Volcadas $30
11:15 am - 12:30 pm: Linear Boleos $30
12:30 - 1:45 pm: Follower's Sacadas $30
Discount packages:

(Further Silver and Gold Pass
discounts available here...)

Discount registration for all three $75
Tango Passion Show
July 18 (MF)

One show ticket is included in the Gold Pass. Gold Pass details here...

(sorry sold out! please call for cancellations, or to be in the e-mail list for next year!) 8:00 pm
Please pick-up your tickets between 6:30 and 7:30 pm on the day of show. If you want your ticket to be mailed please send an e-mail or call (203) 584 4480
$42
Sorry Sold out!!!
To be in the e-mail list for next year please write to info@cttangofest.org
or call
(203) 584 4480 to see if there are any cancellations.

Pablo and Valeria Day I, Specical Guest Workshops in Milford
July 19 (MF) (sorry full, please call (203) 584 4480 for any cancellations) 1:00 - 2:15 pm: Planeos and Turns $30
(sorry full, please call (203) 584 4480 for any cancellations) 2:30 - 3:45 pm: Back Enrosques $30
(sorry full, please call (203) 584 4480 for any cancellations) 4:00 - 5:15 pm: Dancing to Vals $30
Discount packages:

(Further Silver and Gold pass discounts available here...)

(sorry full, please call (203) 584 4480 for any cancellations) OR discount registration for all day $75
Pablo and Valeria Day II, Special Guest Workshops in Norwalk
July 20 (DD) (sorry full, please call (203) 584 4480 for any cancellations) 11:00 am - 12:15 pm: Circular Boleos
$30
(sorry full, please call (203) 584 4480 for any cancellations) 12:30 - 1:45 pm: Ganchos and Enlazadas
$30
(sorry full, please call (203) 584 4480 for any cancellations) 2:00 - 3:15 pm: Dancing to Milonga
$30
Discount packages:

(Further Silver and Gold pass discounts available here...)

(sorry full, please call (203) 584 4480 for any cancellations) OR discount registration for all day
$75
  Private lesson with Pablo and Valeria $110
Festival Pass
Save! Silver Pass
Includes 9 classes -other than the beginner boot camp- the Second Saturday Milonga and Fifalonga. Please specify the 9 classes at the "Comments" area after the PayPal checkout. (Please note: the Silver Pass does NOT include the Tango Passion Show ticket)
$220
Save More! Gold Pass
All classes, one Tango Passion Show ticket, Second Saturday Milonga, Fifalonga, Red and Black Formal Milonga. (Please note: the Gold Pass does NOT include the Opening CATS Milonga and the Hartford Ballroom Milonga)
$320
Festival Contact Information:
Phone: 203 584 4480, E-mail: info@cttangofest.org Phone number for the Press: (203) 543 8099. Photos for the press: click here...

Get ready for a month of pure excitement!