Tango Vals Musicality Class Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 in Somerville

Tango Vals Musicality: Rhythm, Accent and Melody, by Marco y Mary

A pre-milonga Music and Movement Class (for all levels) lead by Mary Oleskiewicz and Marco Cavallari, and sponsored by the Tango Society of Boston

When: Friday, August 16, 7:30 to 9:00 pm; Milonga begins at 9:00 pm

Where:  Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville, MA, 02143

Admission:  $15 Class / $20 Class and Milonga

Class Description

Our class will teach you how to hear, feel and move with grace and confidence to the most common rhythmic patterns found in Argentine Vals–even in music you have never heard before. Exercises will include patterns that emphasize beat 2 and beat 3, important variations that will add playfulness to your musical expression. We will also explore changes of level (by using the knees) to add sway and romance to your dance.

Teacher biographies

Marco Cavallari began dancing ballroom standard and Latin at the age of 14. Hailing from Switzerland, Marco has been teaching and dancing salsa and other Latin American dances since 1999, and Argentine tango since 2002. His approach to tango technique emphasizes clarity by breaking down and understanding the individual components of each movement. Marco is a founding member of the Basel-based show dance group Blickfang and has participated in numerous Euro Dance Festivals, Salsa congresses and Tango festivals and marathons around the world. He has studied extensively with renowned tango teachers including Mariano Chicho Frúmboli, Sebastián Arce and Mariana Montes, Pablo Pugliese and Noel Strazza, Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, Pablo Villarraza and Dana Frigoli, Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa, and Marcelo Varela and Analía Vega.

Mary Oleskiewicz’s extensive college teaching experience and her professional, practicing musician’s skills set her musicality classes apart. In addition to her experience performing in the classical world, she plays flute and bandoneon in Qtango Orchestra. Mary began dancing tango in 2005, and has taught musicality in Albuquerque, Boston, and at Brigitta Winkler’s Phoenix Studio in Berlin. Her tango teachers have included Jose Garufalo, Aurora Lubiz, Chicho Frúmboli and Juana Sepulveda, Muma, Javier Rochwarger, “El Pulpo”, Luciana Valle, Silvina Valz, Kara Wenham, and Brigitta Winkler. A prizewinning flutist, internationally published musicologist, and sought-after speaker and master teacher of music, Mary has taught at the University of the Arts (Berlin), Queen’s College (NYC) and has appeared as a soloist in New York’s Lincoln Center, The Library of Congress, Japan, and Europe. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at UMass Boston and records for the labels Naxos and Hungaroton Classic.


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