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Puerto Vallarta Celebrates Argentine Tango

Published Dec 4, 2012, 4:38pm - (Updated Dec 18, 2012, 4:14pm)

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Around the globe, December is the month when all the world recognizes Argentine Tango, declared by the United Nations as a cultural World Heritage gem. Puerto Vallarta will celebrate with two special events for the public, an authentic Tango exhibition by Tango Masters Jaimes Friedgen and Christa Rodriguez and a Moonlight Milonga on the Malecón presented by the Puerto Vallarta Department of Culture and Tango Centro. 

The Argentine Tango concert at Los Arcos Amphitheater on the Malecón from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 13, will be breathtaking in its purity of spirit and the shared passion and energy Jaimes and Christa bring to the dance. The Puerto Vallarta Argentine duo Bohemia Viva will accompany portions of the concert. It is free to the public.  

On Saturday, December 15, the Department of Culture and Tango Centro will create the essence of a real Milonga in their Moonlight Milonga on the Malecón. When tango dancers come together for an evening of Tango dancing in a club, a home, anywhere, it is called a Milonga…a tango party. With Jaimes, Christa, and dancers from Puerto Vallarta, Seattle, and several other places joining to dance from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am at the Faro, the old lighthouse at the foot of Galeana, on the Malecón the public can enjoy an example of the variety of improvisation that lies at the heart of real Tango. Bohemia Viva will play some segments of the evening’s music along with recorded Tangos and other favorite Latin rhythms for the public to join the dance.

Jaimes and Christa have danced and taught their authentic Argentine style of tango in countries everywhere from a total of 25 years experience. Jaimes began at a very early age studying with a long list of well-known, old time Milongueros living in Los Angeles. Now based in Sweden, they still maintain the tango school he founded in Seattle, a major Tango center in the US. He and Christa combine dedication to authenticity, love for the music, the dance and its history, raw talent, and precision and perfection of their moves to best exemplify the magic of this dance. While teaching workshops in Puerto Vallarta in March 2012 and performing at Los Arcos, they fell in love with the city and were pleased to return for more workshops and this month’s concert. 

Bohemia Viva will be joining them on stage with live music straight from Argentina. Andrea Mottura Vaudagna y Luis Lujan Balduin brought their talented duo to Puerto Vallarta from Argentina last spring and received an enthusiastic welcome. With guitar and voice they capture all the spirit of Tango and share it in restaurants and clubs around the city.

Tango Centro and the Puerto Vallarta Tango community invite those interested in the dance to join them any Sunday at the Hotel Rosita for a free class from 4:30 – 5:30 pm and their Sunday Sunset Milonga from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

Source: Pat Henry


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