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Tango Ecstasy Cruise to the Bahamas - Feb. 20 to Feb 25, 2019

Only $150 Deposit to Lock in your Price!!! Deadline July 31st, 2018!

Join us for a fun 5 day Tango Cruise from Charleston, SC to the Bahamas hosted by tango instructors, Clint Rasucher of Atlanta and Mauro Marcone of Houston! We had a group of 47 people go last year, and expect to have many more this year!

We will have workshops on the days that we are at sea and milongas each night. We need at least 20 people to book, before we can negotiate times with the cruise ship. But this year, we are going plan on doing some earlier milongas on the deck. We will bring plenty of dance wax to allow for better pivoting. Right now the tentative schedule is:

Wednesday - February 20th
Evening: Welcome Milonga

Thursday - February 21st
Daytime: Workshop and Practice
Evening: Milonga

Friday - February 22nd
Daytime: Docked at Princess Cays (Carnival's Private Beach)
Evening: Milonga

Saturday - February 23rd
Daytime: Docked in Nassau, The Bahamas
Evening: Milonga

Sunday - February 24th
Daytime: Workshop and Practice
Evening: Milonga

Tango Ecstasy Cruise Rates
Deadline July 31st, 2018!
Prices will go up $50 per person on August 1st!

Type of Room Price Travel Insurance
Interior Cabin
185 square feet. Two twin beds (push together for king). Chair. Full bathroom with shower. 3 Closets. Desk. pictures
$675 per person
$150 Deposit Plus 3 payments of $175.
$65
(optional - more info)
(can add at anytime)
Oceanview Cabin
185 Square Feet. Two twin beds (push together for king). Chair. Desk. Full bathroom with shower. 3 Closets. Picture window or 2 portholes. pictures
$750 per person
$150 Deposit Plus 3 payments of $200.
$65
(optional - more info)
(can add at anytime)
Oceanview with Balcony
185 Square Feet. Two twin beds (push together for king). Balcony w Two Chairs and small table. Chair. Desk. Full bathroom with shower. 3 Closets. Picture window or 2 portholes. pictures
$1030 per person
$150 Deposit Plus 3 payments of $293.
$65
(optional - more info)
(can add at anytime)
Junior Suite
(2 people sharing room)
220 Square Feet. Two twin beds (or push together for king) and single sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Mini-Fridge. Desk and seat. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. 30 Square Foot Private balcony with patio and Lounge chairs. pictures
$1220 per person
$150 Deposit Plus 3 payments of $356.
$65
(optional - more info)
(can add at anytime)
Junior Suite
(3 people sharing room)
220 Square Feet. Two twin beds (or push together for king) and single sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Mini-Fridge. Desk and seat. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private balcony with patio and Lounge chairs. pictures
$950 per person
$150 Deposit Plus 3 payments of $266.
$65
(optional - more info)
(can add at anytime)
Grand Suite
(2 people sharing room)
330 Square Feet. Two twin beds (or push together for king) and double sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Mini-Fridge. Desk and seat. Full bathroom with separate shower and whirlpool bathtubs. Walk-in closet. 70 Square Foot Private Balcony with patio and Lounge chairs. pictures
$1395 per person
$150 Deposit Plus 3 payments of $415.
$65
(optional - more info)
(can add at anytime)
Grand Suite
(3 people sharing room)
330 Square Feet. Two twin beds (or push together for king) and single sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Mini-Fridge. Desk and seat. Full bathroom with separate shower and whirlpool bathtub. Walk-in closet. 70 Square Foot Private balcony with patio and Lounge chairs. pictures
$1070 per person
$150 Deposit Plus 3 payments of $306.
$65
(optional - more info)
(can add at anytime)

* All of the rates below 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.

** Deposit and any payments are fully refundable up to October 15th.

*** If you would like a suite, contact me at clint@tangology101.com OR by phone at 404-931-2455 and I can provide you with custom prices.

**** If you are traveling with a person that does not dance tango, contact me to discuss rates that do not include tango fees for them.

Payment Due Dates
Deposit: Due at Registration
Payment #1: September 1, 2018
Payment #2: October 15, 2018
Payment #3: December 1, 2018
* If you register after a payment date, then your initial payment will include all previous amounts. (For example, if you register on October 16, your initial payment would be Deposit + Payment 1 + Payment 2).

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
  • Address
  • Phone
  • 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
  • The group/organizer code, if you are registering with any local group that is joining us on the cruise.

Other fees you can expect to encounter:

  • Travel to and from Charleston. 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.
  • Gratuities. Just like with any hotel or resort, gratuities are expected. The easiest way to handle this is through to pay Carnival's built in gratuity of $64.75. They will then take that and divide it up between all those that provided you services. Click here to learn more.
  • 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.
  • Excursions. When docked at a port, you can exit the ship and wonder the city on your own, or pay for guided excursions such as snorkeling, sailing, tours, etc.
     

Group/Organizer Discounts
If you would like to organize a group from your area to join us, email me for details. If you can organize a group of 4 or more, not including yourself, you can get a reduction in your room rate. Sorry, but this will exclude the areas of Atlanta, Charleston, and Houston.

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 or 404-931-2455.

Videos of Instructors:

Clint Rauscher

Mauro Marcone

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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.

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Tanda 63: Pugliese Instrumental Tango from 1944

This week's tanda is a beautiful, dramatic instrumental set by Osvaldo Pugliese.

The first song of this set, "Recuerdo" is considered by many a turning point in the composition of Argentine Tango music. It was composed in 1924 and has a complexity that had not been seen before. There is some debate over who the composer was. It was originally registered by Adolfo Pugliese, Osvaldo Pugliese's father, but Osvaldo said that he gave it to his father to register because his father was having a hard time financially. Apparently, it was later re-registered under Osvaldo's name. Some also say that it belongs to Osvaldo's brother, who left the composition behind after moving away. I would go with Osvaldo's story, since the music sounds so similar to his other compositions. If it was Osvaldo's composition, then he wrote it at the age of 19.

The title means "memory" and the original title was "Recuerdo para mis amigos (Memory of my friends)." Pugliese said that he wrote it in honor of his friends who used to meet at a café called La Cueva del Chancho (The Pig's Cave).

And the other songs in this tanda are just as strong with Pugliese's characteristic flow of melodic tenderness marked with strong punctuations of rhythm.

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Creative Weight Change Part 1 with Cruzada and Parada

Teachers: Clint Rauscher and Shelley Brooks
Song: Solamente Ella by Carlos di Sarli with Jorge Durán 1945
More at: Tangology101.com

The main focus of this class is the idea of having the follower change weight in order to enter into cross system rather than the leader and dancing slowly and elegantly with women taking an active role. Then we added a short figure including a cruzada (cross), with a parada (stop) mordida (bite).  

Gambling on Tango: Casinos again the center for the Argentinian Dance

Gambling on Tango: Casinos once again becoming the center for the Argentinian dance

In the late 1800s, Argentina had become a place of cultural diversity with major influences from the Africans, one of which was their rhythmic drum beats that later developed into the most sensual dance that's known to man - the Argentine Tango. Because it was a dance deemed unacceptable among the upper white class, many young men that belonged to the upper class still scoured the corners of Buenos Aires to learn the forbidden moves. These men eventually traveled to Paris, bringing the seductive dance to theatrical venues, creating a hyperbole that surrounded the dance and thus becoming more widely accepted as an art form.

Fast-forward more than two centuries later, the dance still holds a certain appeal that has got people wishing they could move as smoothly as a dancer executing this wonderful art form. To bring the tango to a wider audience, casinos are now inviting people to their establishments so that they can join them in reveling in the culturally significant dance.

Perhaps it's the long history between casinos and the Argentine tango that has had casino providers reminiscing. For a time, the tango was only performed by the lower class in what was referred to as low-life establishments, such as dance halls, bars, and gambling houses. Casinos are now tracing back to their old Argentinian roots and celebrating the dance in leading entertainment hubs. Although the major incentive for hosting tango events could stem from the popularity of online casinos, a trend that started when InterCasino launched in 1996. Since then, operators of land-based casinos have had to diversify and look more appealing for people with different interests. Whether it is actually a strategy to increase both gaming and non-gaming income or not, a tango night in a casino aims to give participants a glimpse into the heritage of a once forbidden art form.

At the tango-themed charity event in Casino Shangri La, casino goers now have the chance to witness articulate and intimate moves of professional dancers, as well as have the opportunity to learn the steps of this beautiful Latin art.