Coming to Pittsburgh - Oct 5-10 2017
Tate Di Chiazza & Karen Jaffe
Karen started her tango journey 20 years ago and has taught/performed throughout the US. Tate started teaching tango in Buenos Aires over 20 years ago, and has taught/performed in 17 different countries, on four different continents. They have toured together teaching tango in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Now in 2017 they bring over 40 years of tango experience to share with us.
Sat Oct. 7 Wilkins
2:15 Going Dark
4:00 Active Following (leaders & followers)
Sun Oct. 8 Wilkins
1:00 Up & Down (Height Changes)
2:45 Elasticity & Lag Time
Single events - A la carte
$15 * Thursday technique class at Absolute
$5 * Practica at Absolute Ballroom
$15 Friday Class at Ursula's
$10 Friday milonga at Ursula's
$30 Sat/Sun workshops at Wilkins
$15 Saturday grand milonga at Absolute Ballroom
$10 * Sunday milonga at Wightman + performance by
Tate & Karen.
The events starred (*) above are sponsored by PGHTango.
We appreciate Chewy/Yulia's support of Tate & Karen.
Sat/Sun multiple workshops
$30 1 workshops
$55 2 workshops
$80 3 workshops
$100 4 workshops
$120 5 workshops (buy 4, get one free)
Super value weekend pass
Fri - class + milonga at Ursula's
Sat - three workshops at Wilkins
Sat - 25th anniversary milonga at Absolute Ballroom
Sun - two workshops at Wilkins
Thu @ Absolute Ballroom 6617 Hamilton Ave. Pgh PA 15206
Fri @ Ursula's 150 Wabash Street, Pgh PA 15220 Sat @ Wilkins 7604 Charleston Ave Pgh PA 15218
Sun @ Wilkins 7604 Charleston Ave Pgh PA 15218
Sun @ Wightman 5604 Solway Street Pgh PA 15217
Private lessons are at 7 N Grandview Ave Crafton PA 15205 (corner of Grandview and Taylor). Entrance is from Taylor. Dance shoes or socks are required by the host.
To schedule private lessons, contact Karen Jaffe at 828-215-1177, or email her at email@example.com. They are available Friday Oct. 6, and Mon-Tue-Wed Oct. 9-11. (They might be able to schedule a private on Sat/Sun for a dancer traveling from outside Pittsburgh.)
Tate $95/hour $250/3hours (he prefers a leader have a partner, but not required)
Karen $75/hour $200/3hours
Argentine Tango with
Tate & Karen
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
September 28 - October 1, 2017
We are excited to be welcoming Karen Jaffe,tangogypsies.com, back to Sapphire! Once again, she is bringing her long-time partner and native of Buenos Aires, Tate Di Chiazza. Together they are offering a weekend full of workshops and social dancing designed to develop and build the skills you need to enjoy this wonderful social dance.
Schedule of Events
- Path to Tango
- Next Steps in Tango
- Advanced workshop
- A Taste of Argentina
Friday, Sept 29, 7:00 - 8:30 pm*
Path to Tango
Join us on the journey to Argentine Tango. In "Path" Workshops, we look deeply at the fundamentals - walking, posture, embrace, connection, and musicality - in a relaxed, friendly environment, supportive to newcomers and with plenty of material to challenge more advanced dancers.
Saturday, Sept 30, 2:30 - 4:00pm*
Next Steps in Tango - Navigation
Useful tools for navigating the social dance floor line of dance. Interesting, musical, circular or changes of directions….. never a dull moment! The half hour between workshops, the floor will be open for practice.
Saturday, Sept 30, 4:30 - 6:00pm*
Next Steps in Tango - Barridas
Sometimes called sweeps or drags, these unique movements can be playful and musical. We will explore the techniques to execute simple barridas that feel good. Proper technique is key to a successful and smooth barrida!
*There will be a half hour after each workshop for practice. Karen & Tate will be available to offer feedback and answer your questions about class material and other topics.
Sunday, Oct 1, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
A Taste of Argentina
Multi-media tour of the history and culture of Argentine Tango
Hosted at Beliveau Estate Winery, Blacksburg
Experience Argentine Tango in this multimedia performance, including live dancing. Enjoy wonderful wine and South American treats from Beliveau Winery as you watch the evolution of this beautiful and mysterious dance and culture unfold before you!
Tate Di Chiazza is a native of Buenos Aires and grew up with the music and culture of Tango all around him. Together with Karen Jaffe, they will offer you insight into how the dance came into existence and where it is evolving today. Join us in this relaxed atmosphere to soak in some Argentine culture and history and enjoy the dancing!
After the presentation, stick around for a reception and dance party.
Tate and Karen will be available for private lessons at several different times during the weekend. These sell out fast - talk to a Sapphire instructor to schedule yours now! Prices are listed below.
Sign up by Tuesday, September 26, to get these excellent prices!
Workshops = $25/person/workshop or take advantage of one of these awesome deals:
- Come to the first two workshops for only $40/person.
- Come to all three workshops for only $50/person (the third workshop is advanced, prior experience is required)
Sunday, Taste of Argentina - $25 per person - dancers and non-dancers alike will enjoy this multimedia event! Registration by Thursday, Sept 28, is required.
Private lessons with Tate are $100 for 50min.
Private lessons with Karen are $85 for 50min.
If you would like to organize a group private lesson, contact us for pricing.
Sign up by calling 540-382-8782 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact information, and what you would like to attend.
Tate & Karen's Biographies
Tate Di Chiazza
A native of Buenos Aires, Tate has studied under Susana Miller, Osvaldo Zotto, Bariel Angio and Natialia Games, Fabian Salas, Luis Solanas and more. He was an Assistant Choreographer and dancer (in multiple roles) for “Tanguera,” the international touring production, during 2001-2005. He continues to travel the world to teach.
When home, he offers group and private lessons in Buenos Aires, and weekly classes at the famous club, “La Viruta”. Tate also organizes, hosts, and DJs a weekly group class and practica “Garufa” in the popular Palermo neighborhood. You can find pictures and videos athttp://tatetango.blogspot.com/. You’ll need to bring your Spainish dictionary, but it's worth it.
Karen began dancing Argentine Tango in 1997 after an extensive history of theatre, gymnastics, and an eclectic mix of dance disciplines. She quickly realized that her love of this dance required a more intense commitment to learning. As a result of working with many very skilled and inspirational teachers over the years, she now greatly values a dance in which the partners coexist in its creation, where the follower's role prioritizes the connection with the leader, but also is active and expresses individual personality and musicality. Being a leader as well as a follower has given Karen a unique and valuable perspective.
Her reputation in both the SE region and wider Argentine Tango community is that of a skilled and engaging partner with well refined technique. Always seeking further education and refinement in the dance, Karen travels annually or more to Buenos Aires, where she works with a variety of skilled practice partners, continuing to study with world renowned teachers.
She enjoys working with a variety of partners, striving to bring new ideas and creativity to the dance itself, as well as to teach in a way that makes the dance accessible and enjoyable to all who are interested. As the owner of Tangogypsies, Karen is committed to share her passion for the social dance. Since 2005, she teaches group and private classes, hosts & DJs social dances, offers private lessons, intensive courses for further study, as well as various performances at home in Asheville, NC and beyond!
540-382-8782 - email@example.com
The Waiting Game Workshop - Tate Di Chiazza and Karen Jaffe
Tate and Karen are back with this amazing workshop and, as we like to make the best experience for our community, this workshop is designed to be taken in sequence. Meaning, each concept builds on the next...so consider the entire weekend for the maximum skill building set.
Friday Night: Class/Mixer/Milonga - Meet the Instructors.
Friday: Class 1: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 Exploring the Music
Mixer: 9:00 p.m. to midnight
Saturday Theme: The Waiting Game:
Saturday: Class 2: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. - Active Pausing
Class 3: 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. - Role Reversal/Gaining Perspective.
Class 4: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. - Elasticity and Lag Time
Location: 610 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
El Jardin Milonga: 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location: 618 Queen Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
Sunday Theme: Going to the Dark Side
Sunday: Class 5: 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. - Ganchos
Class 6: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. - Boleos
Location: 610 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
Private Classes: Monday, September 25 and Tuesday September 26
Call: 757-685-3727 for scheduling appointments for privates.
Full Package before September 20th:
Per Couple $400
Per Person $225
Ala Carte: $45
Full Package after September 20th:
Per Couple $450
Per Person $250
Ala Carte: $50
Milonga Only: $20
PAYMENTS: Mercedes Cook
Mail: 630 High Street #301, Portsmouth, VA 23704
Friday Sept 15
8p-12a Class and House Milonga at Juan Luis & Sodeya's House (PM for address)
“QUALITY as you Walk”
No matter if you are dancing Fresedo or D’Arienzo, walk with intention, bringing to life the music through every step. Refining mechanics and exploring “HOW” we walk as we express the music with our partner. Tips that will help you feel more confident and connected as you move together.
Saturday Sept 16
2 Classes and Practica at The DeRail Zone (717 Winona Street)
4-5:30p “QUALITY in the Pivot”
Technique Time!....using torsion to pivot with tension and release, we amp up your pivots! Create effortless pivots by closely examining “HOW” you are using your bodies to invite a pivot. Timing, relative position and body mechanics.
6-7:30p “QUALITY in your Turns”
Turns are the heart of the dance. Many other movements reside inside the turn. Let’s take a close look at “HOW” we make a turn. Deconstruction of the turn will allow us to explore each part more deeply to understand more and improve the feeling we experience in our turns. Clear invitation, active following, maintaining connection.
Sunday Sept 17
11am Nadine and Donatello K/T
HoLa Festival - Demo at 3pm at the Main Stage in Market Square
Tate & Karen will perform for the first 2 songs and then we need EVERYONE dancing in front of the stage for a mini milonga
7-10pm at The Derail Zone (717 Winona St, Knoxville, TN)
Short Intro class followed by lots of dancing!!!
Monday Sept 18
7-9p class and practica at Hollingsworth Auditorium-UTK
“Dancing the Melody”
for ALL LEVEL DANCERS
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Guest Tango Instructors Karen Jaffe and Tate Di Chiazza Return to B’ham!!
Wednesday, Sept. 7 Practica - Come Meet and Greet Karen and Tate! Homewood Rec Center, 1632 Oxmoor Rd., 35209
Saturday, September 9 *Note Class and Milonga in Different Locations*
Special topics – “Pivots and Changes of Direction” Homewood Senior Center, 816 Oak Grove Rd., B'ham 35209
2:15pm-5pm $30 or $15 each class.
2:15 Stretch and Prepare to Dance; 2:30-3:30 (ALL LEVELS); 3:35-4:35 (Advanced)
Milonga 7:30-10pm $10 milonga alone, $5 with one or two classes, Handworks.
SPECIAL PATH TO TANGO CLASSES WITH KAREN AND TATE* (See description below)
Friday, September 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Practice 8:30-10:30 p.m. Practice only, $5
Sunday, September 10, 2-3:30 p.m. Practice 3:30-4:30 p.m. Practice only, $5
$25 for each class at HandWorks, 3234 Cahaba Heights Rd. B'ham 35243. Last turn is easy to miss, map at handworks-ot.com.
*Tangogypsies Karen Jaffe with SPECIAL GUEST Tate Di Chiazza, visiting from Buenos Aires, offer this Path to Tango workshop, designed to help you take your first steps in Tango for NEWCOMERS OR for more experienced dancers, to refresh, review, reinforce and refine your all important fundamentals! Includes technique for the embrace, walking, pivots with a strong emphasis on comfort, connection, navigation and musicality. to help you get out onto the dance floor and enjoy this wonderful dance
ALSO Sunday September 10 12-1:30 p.m. Follower’s Technique Class $25, Handworks
Wednesday, September 13 “WINE and GUIDED PRACTICA” All levels; 7-9 pm $10 HandWorks.
September 13th Wednesday “WINE AND GUIDED Practica” All levels; 7-9pm $10 HandWorks
SMALL GROUPS of 4-8 can share cost of private lesson, flexible times.
PRIVATE LESSONS also available September 7-13: introductory to advanced levels. Contact Beth, firstname.lastname@example.org or 205 383-8579
Watch for updates on Facebook at Tango Birmingham and by email.
*Tangogypsies Karen Jaffe with SPECIAL GUEST Tate Di Chiazza, visiting from Buenos Aires, offer this workshop, designed to help you take your first steps in Tango for NEWCOMERS OR for more experienced dancers, to refresh, review, reinforce and refine your all important fundamentals!
Information, technique, practical application to help you get out onto the social dance floor at the
milonga and enjoy this wonderful dance! Including technique for the embrace, walking, pivots with a strong emphasis on comfort, connection, navigation and musicality.
About our guest instructors:
Tate Di Chiazza, is an international artist visiting from Buenos Aires. Since his teens he has studied with masters, worked teaching and performing Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires. Tate has traveled extensively, around the world with Tango, both as an instructor and performer. He toured with the famous show "Tanguera" from email@example.com
Karen Jaffe lives near Asheville, NC. In her 20 years of Tango she has supported dancers through
offering weekly classes, social dances, has organized dozens of events and has traveled extensively to continue her own education and to teach.www.tangogypsies.com
We are very excited to have Tate here in the states, sharing his vast knowledge with us. Together with
Karen, they have over 40 years experience dancing, teaching and performing Argentine Tango!
This event is part of their US tour 2017/2018
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