December Special Practicas

People dancing tango
Photo by Ian Ng

We are wrapping up 2018 with 3 special weekend practicas and workshops on Argentinian Folkloric Dance this December. This will be a wonderful opportunity to be in embraced with our new and old dancers + members of the queer tango collective + guests from out of town. Let's get together and enjoy the fruits of our efforts over the past year, renew our friendship and connection with each other especially with those who have been away or taking a break from dancing.

Argentinian Folkloric Dance for All!
Guided by Nick Wallach

Gato, Escondido, Bailecito, Zamba, Cueca -- Many of us have seen or danced the classic Argentinian dance Chacarera, but, with over one hundred beautiful and diverse dances more, Argentinian folklore is a wealth of movement, music, history, and connection to explore. In these two workshops and practicas we will dive into these, seeing some of the most common dances and bridging traditional forms with the contemporary. We will also consider what it means to queer folkloric dances and how to engage with and learn from other cultures without appropriating them. Whether you've never seen South American folkloric dances in your life, whether you're interested in all the dance Argentina has to offer, or whether you're simply looking for new tools to liven up your dance--folkloric or otherwise--these workshops will provide a unique individual and cultural experience to anyone.

Schedule

  1. Queer Tango Year End Practica

    Dec 15, 5 PM - 8 PM
    Arts On Site 4f / 4th floor

    Suggested contribution of $10

    Snacks and water provided

    Open to all!

  2. Beyond Chacarera: Intro to Argentinian Folklore

    Dec 23, 5 PM - 8 PM
    Arts On Site Studio 4f/ 4th floor

    Looking at some of the country's most common folkloric dances, we will explore folklore's basic forms, figures, and elements, including basic zarandeos (skirt movement), zapateos (rhythmic tapping), and pañuelo (handkerchief) use. We will deconstruct and consider gender presentation in these dances and always ask what it means to partake in these dances across time, geography, and cultures.

    Open-role and open to all! No experience or partner necessary. If possible please bring a light square handkerchief or scarf, roughly 20 x 20 inches ideally (Many extras available to borrow).

    Suggested contribution of $25

  3. Intro to Zamba! Feeling the Dance and Dancing the Feeling

    Dec 29, 5 PM - 8 PM
    Arts On Site Studio 4f / 4th floor

    Romantic, elegant, liberating: the Zamba (not to be confused with Brazilian Samba) holds an undeniably unique place among dance in Argentina and among dance globally. It's a world of its own and a world well worth entering. While many classes may teach a static choreography, this workshop will emphasize the relationships between the structures of the music and of the dance, always rooting ourselves in these connections and in those with our dance partner. Rather than "learn" the dance, we'll hear, feel, and explore it--and never find ourselves lost in a choreography again.

    Open-role and open to all! No experience or partner necessary. If possible please bring a light square handkerchief or scarf, roughly 20 x 20 inches ideally (Many extras available to borrow).

    Suggested Contribution $25

Arts On Site

12 St Marks Place
New York, NY 10003
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