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A Midsummer's Eve Finnish-Argentinian Tango Fundraiser

Celebrate Midsummer's Eve with El Taller at our "Finnish tango meets Argentinian tango" fundraiser! Enjoy traditional tango music, dance, Finnish food and drinks and great Spanish and Finnish conversation! 

Plus there are plenty of great prizes to be raffled! Win an hour of therapeutic massage with Manos Therapeutics (value $150) or dinner for two at the luxury Smorgas Café ($100) - just two of the fantastic gifts that could be yours! 

What is Finnish tango? Now you can find out and immerse yourself in a wonderful new tango experience. Acclaimed Argentine composer-musician Bernardo Palombo will open the doors of his spacious art gallery/performance space to the public for a milonga unlike any this city has ever experienced. Learn the steps of Finland's unique fusion of fiery Argentine rhythms and elegant Scandinavian patterns in the landmarked Upper West Side building! 

Brought to Europe in the 1910s by traveling Argentine tango players and dancers, Finns quickly embraced the passionate rhythms and, isolated as they were from the many currents of tango evolution that swept South America, Europe and America, they developed their own style of exotic tango expression. These traditional Finnish tangos are taught in schools all over Finland and are celebrated annually at midsummer dance fests. 

After tangoing the Finnish way at a workshop with professional dancer Sari Nordman, compare and contrast the steps with an Argentine tango workshop held by tango instructor Dante Polichetti. Pick the style that suits you and dance the night away to the sounds of a live Argentine tango band. 

Sari Nordman is a New York-based freelance dancer-choreographer and a native of Finland. Sari has performed nationally and internationally in venues as diverse as Columbia University, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Jacob's Pillow, The Kitchen, Mabou Mines, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Sitelines, and the Tang Teaching Museum, among others. She holds an M.F.A. degree in modern dance from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She also teaches dance. For more information check her web site www.myspace.com/sarinordman

Dante Polichetti has been dancing tango in New York since 2002 when he walked through the doors of the Sandra Cameron Dance Center. There he discovered the Argentine tango and fell in love with the beauty, movement and sensibility of the dance. As a member of the center's student tango company, he was invited by his teachers, Karina Romero and Dardo Galletto, to perform with their New Generation Dance Company. Dante has spent the last four years performing in the NGDC shows "Black/White Tango," "El Rey del Tango," and "Volver al Sur," and has been privileged and honored to share the stage with such legendary dancers as Carlos Copello, Guillermina Quiroga, Natalia Hills and Gabriel Misse. Though he now teaches at the Sandra Cameron Dance Center, Dante looks forward to being a student of this magnificent art form...forever. Abrazo, caminar, bailar. For more information check his web site http://sandracameron.com/.

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