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Mimi Santapa Workshops

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 by openhorizonsteve

Mimi Santapa Workshop coming  June 19-21, 2009 – Tallahassee; June 26-28, 2009 – Gainesville

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by David Chayes

Thanks to Gordon Erlebacher, Mimi Santapa will be in Florida from June 19 through June 28, to teach…US!!!

Mimi’s depth of understanding of tango is inexhaustible and profound. So much, that she is in Argentina a legend, and so was her father (“el Marioneto”) who taught her.

This year, like last year, we expect that the best dancers of various towns will come to participate in her workshops and to take private lessons with her. Only, due to word of mouth spreading of Mimi’s reputation, we expect 1000% OR SO MORE of them to come. Gordon and I are working on improving the framework for her teachings to be more easily received, BEFORE she arrives. The necessity of preparation was impressed on many, including myself: I found myself, over time, on many occasions as I was studying, discovering, and integrating concpepts of tango technique, saying to myself: “Aha! THAT’S what Mimi was talking about!”

The idea is this: Mimi has created, in her own person, priceless values. We are working hard to help prepare the way so she can deliver those values to as many people as possible.

Mimi Santapa grew up as a girl, observing her father, Mariano Leotera, teaching the tango dancers of his generation. Mr. Leotera, nicknamed “el Marioneta” was himself a famous dancer of the golden age of tango. His lasting achievement is his development of an integrated understanding of tango, and a methodical way of teaching it (his collection of 30 patterns still serve as the basis for many tango teachers’ methods today.)

Mimi witnessed many great dancers pass trough the hands of her father, among them the late Carlos Gavito and Juan Carlos Copes, who were in the same class together!

When Mimi teaches, she reminds us often: “these are just the things my father taught me, with a few things I added through my own understanding of the body.” Mimi is, like her father, an integrator. Her knowledge of tango is related seamlessly with her understanding of the body, which she practices as a podiatrist in Buenos Aires, where she also runs her tango academie.

Today, many of the great tango performers know about “Mimi’s secrets” about posture and balance. Her power is, in the words of Gordon Erlebacher, in “making the invisible, visible.” Gordon, who met Mimi in France, is responsible for introducing Mimi to North Florida in 2008, first in Tallahasse, and then with our cooperation in Gainesville.

There will be 6 days of workshops between Tallahassee and Gainesville. The cost will be $20 workshop. If you participate in 2 cities, the second series will cost $15 per workshop.

(Clarification: Friday’s workshops are $20, and the rest of the workshops are $25 individually but $80 for 4.

For example: All 12 workshops would be $120 + $90.
8 would be $120 + $30. (i.e. 6 in Gainesville, 2 in Tallahassee.)

TALLAHASSEE:

http://www.tangotallahassee.com

Friday June 19:
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: men technique (walking, balance, posture)
(more experienced women can attend if interested)

8:45 pm – 10:15 pm : woman technique (walking, adornos, giros)
(more experienced men can attend if interested)

10:15 pm – midnight : practilonga

Saturday June 20:
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm : (Tango) Contrafrente and variations
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm  : (Vals) giros and rythmic variations

8 pm : Milonga at Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Sunday June 21:
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm : (Tango) Enrosques
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm : (Milonga) Use of rythm, double time

GAINESVILLE:

http://www.tangoyte.com

http://www.tangoyte.com/mimi2009.php

Friday June 26:
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: men technique (walking, balance, posture)
(more experienced women can attend if interested)

8:45 pm – 10:15 pm : woman technique (walking, adornos, giros)
(more experienced men can attend if interested)

Saturday June 27:
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm : (Tango) caminatas and variations
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm  : (Vals) giros and rythmic variations

8:00 pm : Milonga at Tango y Te’

Sunday June 28:
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm : (Tango) (giros, sacadas, double time)
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm : (Milonga) In and out of traspie

NOTE: There are only 1 or 2 more hours of Private Lesson slots available in Gainesville.

Contact David Chayes david.chayes@gmail.com for more information.