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Learn to Tango @ your Library

Summer Tango at Your Library is back!  After a successful series in 2011, the Keene Public Library is again offering Argentine Tango on Thursday nights for six weeks from July 5, 2012 through August 9, 2012  Judith Schwartz will teach the weekly class from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Heberton Hall, the library annex. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street.  Registration for the six-week series is free to the general public.  To register, call the library at 603-352-0157 or visit www.keenepubliclibrary..org. No experience in any dance form is necessary for beginners, and no partner is needed.  Come alone, or bring your friends! Teens, tweens, seniors and everyone in between are encouraged to attend.  Please wear comfortable clothing and clean dance shoes or heavy socks to  allow for easy pivoting.

Since November 2000, Judith has studied the dance, music, and culture of Argentine Tango from renowned professionals in North America and Buenos Aires. She teaches group and private classes in SW NH from May through November each year and then returns to Buenos Aires to continue her study of tango at its source. 

Argentine Tango evolved in Buenos Aires at the turn of the 19th Century, when European immigrants to this bustling seaport were far from home and from the familiarity and warmth of friends and family.  Often described as "taking an embrace for a walk", it is traditionally danced with couples softly enfolded in each others' arms, moving on the dance floor together, sharing tango "conversations" against a background of romantic and dramatic music from the "golden era" of Tango (1930s, 40 and 50s) or perhaps with more contemporary tango compositions and arrangements.

Much like a spoken language, Argentine Tango is improvised spontaneously between partners, in the context of a learned vocabulary and grammar. It is a simple and elegant "walking dance" that, with patience and practice, anyone can learn to do beautifully.  It is warm, respectful, gentle and intimate, but can be passionate, dynamic, and dramatic as well. 

Summer Tango at Your Library offers combined class and practice sessions that will focus on introducing and reviewing basic concepts of Argentine Tango each week.  These will include posture & alignment, techniques of walking, lead and follow, connection & partnership, fundamental tango vocabulary, improvisation, navigating on the dance floor, history of the dance and music, and social dance etiquette here and abroad. 

Summer Tango is sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library.  All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 603-352-0157 or contact judith at 603-504-2512 or MonadnockTango@gmail.com