The Red Valentine Milonga
Friday, February 15
9:30pm – 1am
Join us to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a beautiful tanda or two at DGS!
Dressed with a red flair,bring your lonely and full hearts and lose yourself in the poetic
lyrics of your favorite tango singer, beautiful performances by!
New Generation Dance Company
Ritsuko & Leonides Arpon
Walter Perez & Leonardo Sardella
and finally a champagne toast! We know most tango dancers are too sophisticate to find
love at a milonga but no tango dancers is ever too sophisticated to find an amazing tango
Admission: $20 with glass of champagne & 1 raffle ticket to a FREE tango workshop
with Master Dardo Galletto
$30 Online or $25 At the Studio
No Refunds or Exchanges Permitted
$200 (for the 2 months)
No Refunds or Exchanges Permitted
You can also check out the article here, and leave comments below!
Away From Stage, the Tango Turns Revealing and Intoxicating
Gabriel Missé and Analia Centurión at Dardo Galletto Studios
Published: March 7, 2012
Gabriel Missé, a master of Argentine tango and one of the most exciting dancers of our day, made his New York debut in 2008 at Symphony Space, with his partner at the time, Natalia Hills. Over the next two years he and Ms. Hills refined the give-and-take of their collaboration. This was, as several clips of their dancing on YouTubeconfirm, among the most compelling of all dance partnerships. The breakup of this team in 2011 was cause for real grief.
Ian Douglas for The New York Times
Analia Centurión and Gabriel Missé The duo performing in a milonga, a casual gathering of tango dancers, at Dardo Galletto Studios.
Mr. Missé, however, is now back in New York, teaching tango at theDardo Galletto Studios on West 46th Street for three weeks, and partnering Analia Centurión in a series of three milongas there. Tango can be ravishing in a theater: Mr. Missé ’s appearances at Symphony Space, the Vail Festival and the City Center Fall for Dance festival were intoxicating. Making the tango project theatrically, however, changes its emphasis.
It’s best appreciated in the context of a milonga, a casual gathering for amateur tango practitioners to come together and dance, and an event where a nondancing observer like myself is the exception.
The milongas of New York resemble nothing else in the city. Enter a different world! People of all ages and races come together to form couples in this most formally sensuous genre. (The women’s shoes alone could be a separate art form.) The city has milongas year-round, some in ground-floor bars with dance floors and others in small studios. It’s affecting just to watch the basic beauties of tango style there, with the upper bodies nestling so intimately above the wide range of dynamics and vocabulary shown by the feet, legs and pelvis.
On some evenings the floor clears for a visiting star couple, who then dance about three numbers, hungrily watched and eagerly applauded by the audience of regular participants. When the floor then refills with other dancers, the star man and woman usually join in, taking different partners now and then.
On Tuesday at the Dardo Galletto, Ms. Centurión and Mr. Missé danced three duets. Ms. Centurión — a less virtuoso dancer than Ms. Hills, but still lovely — was all honey, blond and gold in hair, earrings, dress and shoes. Mr. Missé wore a black suit, black shirt and broad red tie. He had recently injured his right hand, which was in a cast.
But he was much as I remembered him. He carries his elegance with a sweet, charming, boyish enthusiasm — until he dances, when those qualities become transformed by music into marvels of phrasing and intense absorption. Ms. Centurión, though without his technical brilliance, is a beautiful dancer; their partnership is felicitous.
It’s tempting to concentrate on the technical highlights of Mr. Missé’s dancing. The roomful of other tango dancers burst into applause at marvels like the rapidly traveling footwork, with heel and toe in rapid trill, as he guided Ms. Centurión across the floor, or the dazzling flourishes of one foot in the air before the dancers took off in a new direction.
And yet, as I remembered from the first time I saw Mr. Missé in a milonga in 2009, some of his footwork is all the more bewildering, even when seen at close quarters. One top-speed coloratura cluster of steps on the spot stops you from analyzing even as you watch, because its arrival is so sudden that its impact is that of an exploding cloud.
Best, though, is to concentrate on the basic beauty of his style, which is essentially legato: gliding, lingering and sweeping across the floor in currents stronger and calmer than the firestorms they often contain. Early in their first duet, he and Ms. Centurión simply paused, together, midphrase: the suspense was masterly. She, her feet moving fast, was marvelous at turning him, he holding a pose while she did so.
The overall mood was one of ardent courtesy, in which he repeatedly helped her glow. In one tiny moment she simply swayed softly from one foot to the other, as if in the most gorgeous kind of indecision. She shares his warmth of personality. Their second duet, in which the fast stitchwork of his feet was at its most amazing, was one of mutual delight and shared wit.
Milongas with Gabriel Missé and Analia Centurión run until March 20 at Dardo Galletto Studios, 151 West 46th Street, 11th floor, Manhattan; (212) 575-0222,dardogallettostudios.com.