Argentine Tango Classes

Where When Level
Atlanta, GA Mondays: Next Series June 10th, 2019 Beginner
Atlanta, GA Tuesdays @ 8pm to 9:30pm Int / Adv
Macon, GA Final Sundays @ 4pm Multi-level
Charleston, SC 3rd Saturdays @ 1pm Int / Adv

Milongas

Where When
Update: For May 2019, the 3rd Sunday milonga will be at the 57th Fighter Group.
57th Fighter in Atlanta, GA 1st Sundays @ 6:30pm
Taverna Plaka in Atlanta, GA 2nd Sundays @ 7pm
Apres Diem in Atlanta, GA 3rd Sundays @ 7pm
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La Pista y La Ronda

Very nice and simple graphic illustrating some of the key elements of good floorcraft for dancing Argentine Tango. There are more complex illustrations out there and feel free to post them below, but I do like the simplicity of this one.

La Pista translates loosely to "the dance floor." Another commonly used term is La Ronda (The Round) which is more closely related to "the line of dance." In other words, we dance in the line of dance (La Ronda) on the dance floor (La Pista). But these terms can be used interchangeably.

For newer (and not so new) dancers, the main things to notice in this illustration are:

  1. There is an outer lane, an inner lane, and the center of the dance floor. Generally, better dancers dance in the outer lane, but may sometimes use the inner lane as well, but rarely the center of the floor. It should be noted, that not all dance floors are large enough for these 3 areas. For example, at our milongas (Plaka and 57th), there is really only room enough for an outer lane and a center of the dance floor.
  2. The outer lane should be wider than what is represented in the illustration. My opinion is that it should be approximately two body widths. You do need room to move a little sideways to execute ochos and basic turns. So, the inner lane or those dancing in the center, should not crowd the outer lane. Too often, dancers straddle the outer and inner lanes.
  3. Dancers should stay in their lane during an entire song. If you are forced from the outer lane into the middle lane, you should stay there until the song ends and only then move back to the outer lane. It is considered very bad manners to constantly switch lanes during a song.
  4. Dancers should generally enter the dance floor at the corner's, unless it is an oddly shaped dance floor. Leader's entering the floor should attempt to make eye contact with the leader that they are entering the floor in front of. That leader should then nod or indicate approval for the couple to enter the floor in front of them. You do not have to do this if there is plenty of room for you to enter the dance floor without getting in anyone's way, but this is rarely the case on a crowded dance floor. This also means that leader's need to have their heads up when dancing and paying attention, especially when near a corner, so that they can acknowledge couples wanting to enter La Ronda. (Organizers: Do not put tables in the corner, that is where people need to cue up to enter the dance floor.)
  5. Avoid going backwards against the line of dance. A small back step is generally acceptable, but it should be small and preferably after you have first moved forward. What is unacceptable is taking large or multiple back steps against the line of dance. It is especially unacceptable for leaders to be facing against the line of dance and moving forward. I often say that the leader behind me should never be able to focus on my face. The only time he sees my face should be as it is in motion turning. It should never stop and move towards him.
  6. This is not in the illustration, but is one that I see more and more. Do not walk across the dance floor if people have already started dancing. Organizers can help with this by making sure that there is space behind the tables for walking, if at all possible.

Click here for more about Floorcraft and General Milonga Etiquette.

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Apres Diem Milonga

Apres Diem is a relaxed yet sophisticated take on the european style of dining. Apres Diem is an international bistro serving great food, espresso drinks, coffee/rotating desserts, full bar serving variety of cocktails.

3rd Sundays in April, May, and June 2019

7pm - 10pm - Traditional Music
10pm to 11pm - Mix of Alternative and Traditional

DJ: Clint Rauscher
Hosts: Shelley Brooks & Clint Rauscher

$10 Admission

Apres Diem Lounge 
931 Monroe Drive
Suite C-103
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

https://apresdiem.com/

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Tango Cruise - Caribbean - Mar. 1 to Mar. 7, 2020

Join us for a fun 6 day Tango Cruise from Miami to Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel! We had a group of over 40 people go last year, and expect about the same this year! This year we will have:

  • Tango workshops and practicas on the ship on the days at sea
  • At least one Tango History Lesson
  • Nightly Group Dinners with the Members of our Tango Group
  • 1 Day in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • 1 Day in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • 1 Day in Cozumel, Mexico.

We will be sailing on the Carnival Horizon, which is Carnival's newest and nicest ship. Where you can enjoy the following:

  • Great food at the many restaurants including the upscale: Bonsai Sushi and Teppanyaki, Cucina del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, and The Chef's Table. To the more standard fair: Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina,  Seafood Shack, Jiji Asian Kitchen, Pizzeria del Capitano, Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, and the Blue Java Cafe.
  • Fun entertainment such as: Imax Movie Theater, Broadway Style Productions, Dive-In Movies at the Pool, Dueling Piano Bar, The Punchliner Comedy Club, and The Alchemy Bar.  
  • More adult fair including: Havana Bar & Pool, The Serenity Adult-Only Decks, Cloud 9 Spa, Massages, Fitness Center.

Click here to find out more about the Carnival Horizon!
 

Ports of Call

Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Ocho Rios is a town in the parish of Saint Ann on the north coast of Jamaica. Just outside the city, travelers can visit Columbus Park, where Columbus supposedly first came on land, and see maritime artifacts and Spanish colonial buildings. Ocho Rios is also famous for its watersports such as: scuba, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, and the unique horseback ride-and-swim. Also nearby, is Mystic mountain which features bobsleding and ziplining. Or if you just want to take it easy, you can enjoy the VIP Bamboo beach club.

Another popular attraction is Dunn's River Falls. This collection of waterfalls are about 180 feet high and 600 feet long. They are terraced like giant natural stairs that empty into beautiful small lagoons. The falls are bordered by lush, green vegetation that shades visitors from the sun.

Ocho Rios was also featured in two James Bon films, Dr. No and Live and Let Die.

 

 

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands. The island is 22 miles long and 8 miles wide. There is much to do here including swimming with dolphins and stingrays.

In the West Bay district, is the island's largest land-based attraction, the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter. This facility includes areas where you can view and swim with turtles in Turtle Lagoon, vist with the birds in the Caribbean Aviary, watch sharks at Predator Reef, or vist Butterfly Garden. You can also visit the past on Cayman Street, where you can walk down a gravel path laced with old traditional homes, sand gardens, thatch relics, and conch shells. Nature lovers might also enjoy Blue Hole Nature Trail, where you can exprience some of the regions natural flora and fauna including: The Mahogany Tree, The Silver Thatch Tree, and The Banana Orchid. 

 


Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel is an island and municipality in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. The economy of Cozumel is based on tourism, with visitors able to benefit from the island's seaside resort towns, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

Just a short ferry ride away is the Ancient Mayan City of Tulum. Tulum was a former Maya trade site, located right on a cliff overlooking to the sea; admire the main temples "El Castillo," The Temple of the Descendent God, The Temple of the Water and the Temple of the Frescos. The Maya settled Cozumel in the early part of the 1st millennium AD.

 


Tentative schedule


Sunday - March 1st

The ship departs at 4pm from Miami. After departing we will have a welcome tango event.

Monday - March 2nd
We have a fun day at sea with workshops and dancing.

Tuesday - March 3rd
We arrive in Ocho Rios, Jamaica at 9am and depart at 5pm. We will have some dancing in the evening.

Wednesday - March 4th
We arrive in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands at 8am and depart at 4pm. We will have some dancing in the evening.

Thursday - March 5th
We arrive in Cozumel, Mexico at 10:30am and depart at 6:30pm. We will have some dancing in the evening.

Friday - March 6th
We have a fun day at sea with workshops and dancing.

Saturday - March 7th
We arrive back at Miami, Florida at 8am.

 

Rooms Available

All Prices are based on DOUBLE OCCUPANCY! If you want a private room then you will be charged double and the deposit will be double!

The prices listed below for Interior, Ocean View, and Balcony rooms are guaranteed, while supplies last, until October 1, 2019. 

You CAN register as a single person until Oct 1st and I will room you with another suitable Tango dancer traveling alone OR you can find someone else to register and share a room!

 

Interior Cabin (4B)
Size: 185 sq ft
Location: Decks 1 & 2
Quantity Available: 6

Price: $740 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that can convert to a king-size bed some staterooms have one or two additional bunks to accommodate one or two more guests bath with shower and sink interactive LCD TV telephone individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets and desk and ottoman seat.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/4B

 

Interior Cabin (4H)
Size: 185 sq ft
Location: Decks 9 & Lido
Quantity Available: 6

Price: $780 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that can convert to a king-size bed some staterooms have one or two additional bunks to accommodate one or two more guests bath with shower and sink interactive LCD TV telephone individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets and desk and ottoman seat.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/4H

 

Deluxe Ocean View Cabin (6L)
Size: 230 sq ft
Quantity Available at this price: 3
Location: Deck 1
Quantity Available: 3

Price: $895 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that can convert to a king-size bed some also have single sofabed or single sofabed and upper bunk to accommodate one or two more guests window bath with shower and sink and additional bath with junior tub and sink interactive LCD TV telephone individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets desk and ottoman seat sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/6L


Balcony Rooms

If you are registering for one of the rooms below, you need to be registering with a roommate or talk to me to see if someone else is looking for a roommate for one of these rooms. Before I will register one of these rooms with the cruise line, I need deposits for both passengers.

Horizon Cove Balcony (7C)
Size: 185 sq ft with 45 sq ft balcony
Location: Deck 2
Quantity Available: 3

Price: $982 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms also have single sofabed or single sofabed and upper bunk to accommodate one or two more guests window and balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/7C

Horizon Standard Balcony (8C)
Size: 185 sq ft with 35 sq ft balcony
Location: Decks 7 & 8
Quantity Available: 6

Price: $1,045 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms also have single sofabed or single sofabed and upper bunk to accommodate one or two more guests window and balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/8C

Horizon Standard Balcony (8E)
Size: 185 sq ft with 35 sq ft balcony
Location: Decks 9 & Lido
Quantity Available: 4

$1,075 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms also have single sofabed or single sofabed and upper bunk to accommodate one or two more guests window and balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/8E


Havana Cabana & Suites

Guests cruising in Havana Cabana staterooms have exclusive use of the Havana Pool through 5pm each day. Note: I cannot reserve pricing on suites, so you will need to message me in order to verify current pricing. The prices below are estimates and they go up as availability goes down.

If you are registering for one of the rooms below, you need to be registering with a roommate or talk to me to see if someone else is looking for a roommate for one of these rooms. Before I will register one of these rooms with the cruise line, I need deposits for both passengers.

 

Havana Cabana (EH)
Size: 185 sq ft and 100 sq ft patio (has walkway between patio and ocean)
Location: Promenade

Price: $1,520 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms have single sofabed or single sofabed and upper bunk to accommodate one or two more guests floor-to-ceiling window and outdoor patio cabana facing a private Lanai (outdoor promenade deck) bathroom with shower; 2 interactive LCD TVs telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table privacy room divider and curtain.

Patio Cabana Features 2 patio chairs and table 2 sun loungers directly in front of patio cabana.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/EH

 

Havana Extended View Aft Balcony (HI)
SIze: 185 sq ft and 60 sq ft patio (has walkway between patio and ocean)
Location: Decks: 6, 7, 8, 9

Price: $1,620 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king window and extended balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar 3 closets walk-in closet desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

Patio Cabana Features 2 patio chairs and table 2 sun loungers directly in front of patio cabana.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/HI

 

Havana Premium (HL)
Size: 185 sq ft and 75 sq ft patio (has walkway between patio and ocean)
Location: Deck 6

Price: $1,685 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king 2 windows and wrap-around balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar walk-in closet desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

Patio Cabana Features 2 patio chairs and table 2 sun loungers directly in front of patio cabana.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/HL

Havana Premium (HM)
Size: 185 sq ft with 75 sq ft balcony
Location: Decks 6, 7, 8, 9

Price: $1,980 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king 2 windows and wrap-around balcony bathroom with shower; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar walk-in closet desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table. Balcony Features 2 patio chairs and table 2 sun loungers directly in front of patio cabana.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/HM


Suites

I cannot reserve pricing on suites, so you will need to message me in order to verify current pricing. The prices below are estimates and they go up as availability goes down.

If you are registering for one of the rooms below, you need to be registering with a roommate or talk to me to see if someone else is looking for a roommate for one of these rooms. Before I will register one of these rooms with the cruise line, I need deposits for both passengers.

 

Junior (JS/YU)
Note: All Junior cabins have partially obstructed views on this ship

Size: 275 sq ft with 35 sq ft balcony
Location: Deck 9

Price: $1,115 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king single sofabed to accommodate one more guest windows and obstructed standard balcony bathroom with shower whirlpool tub and double sinks; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar walk-in closet desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/YU

Ocean Suite (OS/U3)
Size: 275 sq ft with 65 sq ft balcony
Location: Deck 7

$1,580 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms also have a single or double sofabed to accommodate one or two more guests 2 windows and a large balcony bathroom with shower whirlpool tub and double sinks; interactive LCD TV telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar walk-in closet desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table. Wheelchair Accessible Staterooms: 7378

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/U3

Grand Suite (GR/GS)
Size: 345 sq ft with 85 sq ft balcony
Location: Deck 7

$2,145 per person / $250 Deposit + Paypal Fee or use one of the alternative payment methods listed below

Two twin beds that convert to a king some staterooms also have a single or double sofabed to accommodate one or two additional guests 2 windows and large balcony private bath with shower whirlpool tub bidet and double sinks interactive LCD TV (swivels) telephone 110 AC current individual climate control hair dryer safe minibar walk-in closet/dressing area with vanity table and seat desk and ottoman seat sitting area with sofa and coffee table.

https://cruiseline.com/ship/carnival-horizon/cabins/GR


* All of the rates quoted include your room, taxes, port fees, and tango event fees. These rates are based on double occupancy, so you will be sharing a room with another person. If you already have a friend going and want to room with them, then you can specify that after you signup; otherwise, we will book you with another person of your same gender. You can travel alone, but all the above fees will be double.

** These optional fees can be paid directly to Carnival via their Guest Services website. You will be given access to this site after you pay your deposit: 1. Pre-paid gratuity (69.95/pp for Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and 79.95/pp for Suites) 2. Travel Insurance (49/pp Interior, 59/pp Ocean View, 89/pp Balcony, 109/pp Junior Suite, 129/pp Grand Suite)

*** Cancellation Fees: UNLESS YOU PURCHASE TRAVELLER'S Insurance, even a death in the family, you will lose $250/pp after December 1st. After Jan 1, 2020, you lose your deposit plus 55% of what you have paid. After Jan 15th, you lose 80% and, after Feb 7th you will lose 100%.

**** If you are traveling with a person that does not dance tango, their final payment will be charged $100 less, but let me know this after you make the deposit.

Payment Due Dates
$250/pp deposit is required at the time of registration to reserve your room.
50% of remainder is due by August 15, 2019.
Final 50% due by November 15, 2019.
Also, you can feel free to make the full payment at anytime, via paypal or check.

Pay by Check instead of Paypal:
Clint Rauscher
281 Northern Avenue NE
7-D
Avondale, Estates, GA 30002

And email me your:

  • Full name as it is on your Passport
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Are you a naturalized US citizen?
  • The name of the person that you will share your room with and their email and phone number OR if you would like me to help find you a roommate

Frequently Asked Questions (PLEASE read):

1. Do I need a passport?
Yes, you have to have a passport!

2. What if my significant other does not dance tango?
They are welcome to come, in fact, several couples do this each trip. Just contact me and I will discount their room fee accordingly.

3. What are pre-paid gratuities?
Above, under the room fees, you will see what the pre-paid gratuity is for each room type. You can tip your waiters and room attendants and other ship employees directly, OR you can use their pre-paid gratuity. Carnival takes this fee and divides it up between everyone that likely helped you on the ship based on who helped you the most. 

4. Do I need travel insurance?
I do recommend it. Each year we have people that don't get the insurance and then have to cancel at the last minute and want refunds. Imagine if you have a death in the family or there is a hurricane, or plane delays. Click here for more travel insurance info.

5. When do I need to arrive in Miami?
We recommend that you arrive at least a day early to avoid travel delays and missing the departure time. We might can help you find a place to stay the night before, but can't promise that.

6. What are drink packages?
Food and regular drinks such as water, tea, and lemonade are free, but alcoholic beverages and sodas are extra. You can pay for them individually or with special drink packages.

7. How do I pay for things on the ship?
Most everything is provided for free on the ship, but you do have to pay for alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, specialty foods, bottled water, gambling, etc. Once you are on the ship, you will be given a sail and sign card which is tied to your credit card. They will initially charge you $100 and put it on the card for you to use. After the cruise, they will refund any unused money to your card.

8. Do I have to get off of the ship when we are in a port?
No, you never have to get off of the ship. Some people prefer to enjoy a mostly empty ship while it is docked at ports.

9. Can I bring alcohol on the ship?
You are allowed to bring 1 750ml bottle of wine or champagne on the ship with you. You can drink that bottle in your room or any public area of the ship, but if you want to use it at dinner, you will be charged a corkage fee.

Also, prior to departure, you can purchase bottles of wine on the Carnival website and those bottles will be waiting for you in your room when you arrive on the ship.

10. Can I bring homemade foods onboard?
No, any food brought on board must be pre-packaged and unopened.

If you have any other questions, please visit Carnival's FAQ page!

Also, join the discussion and let everyone know when you are registered on the Official Facebook Event Page.

If you have additional questions you can contact Clint at clint@tangology101.com.

Videos of Instructors:

Clint Rauscher

 

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Translation of El Ultimo Cafe

The Last Coffee
lyrics by Cátulo Castillo
?music by Héctor Stamponi

Your memory touches down like a tornado,
the autumn sun begins to set again
I watch the drizzle, and as I watch
the spoon stirs in the coffee…

In the last coffee
that your lips coldly
ordered that time
in a sighing voice. 

Visit Poesía de Gotán: The Poetry of Tango to see the rest of the lyrics.