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Learn to Dance the Argentine Tango with the Experts at the Tango Affair and Then … Hit the Dance Floor in Grand Style
Why not take your appreciation of Latin music to a whole new level with some tango lessons from the folks at the TangoAffair. What better way to increase your connection with the music than to move to it in a most authentic fashion. Rest assured that these experts will having you doing just that in no time! Their well constructed dance program, under the direction of well-seasoned and highly popular instructor, performer, and choreographer Simonida Cekovic-Vuletic, provides students with not only lessons in the art of Argentine tango but also ample opportunity to enjoy their newly developed skills out on the dance floor at one of their regularly scheduled Milongas (traditional tango parties). Vida Mia takes place on the 4th Friday of the month and often includes a mini-workshop given by a guest expert. This special lesson is specifically geared towards intermediate level dancers. Then its party-time featuring a live dj hosting plenty of dance activity designed for tango enthusiasts of all levels. Additional Milongas are also regularly scheduled throughout the year.
Attention!!! I want to point out here that dance classes at the TangoAffair are at a hiatus right now but will be starting up again soon, featuring lesson series designed for both beginners and intermediate level dancers. Check their website for further details and updates. I wanted to give you a heads up here so you can sign up in plenty of time to participate fully in the upcoming sessions. Private lessons are also available by special request. This program, which originated on the campus of MIT, is fully open to the public at this time and is expanding to multiple locations around the Boston area. Obviously, tango fever seems to be spreading in and around Boston! Why not then, come and experience some of the excitement yourself at the TangoAffair.
(Check back to the website for further details and updates on the upcoming lesson series)
When: Classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes long
Vida Mia – Workshop (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.) / Dance Party (9:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m.)
Where: Classes held in Cambridge, Arlington, Watertown, Boston
Admission: Fees specific to each event
Vida Mia (Milonga) – Workshop ($10.00) / Dance party ($12.00)
MIT students with ID ($5.00 discount)
More Info: 617-497-5568 OR email@example.com
Meet the Didgeridoo, Accordion, and Harp Up Close and Personal @ the New School of Music’s “World Instrument Workshops”
Ever want to try your hand at the didgeridoo, accordion, or Celtic harp? Well, now here’s your chance! Just come to the New School of Music’s World Instrument Workshops series! Come on out of the audience and into the classroom where you can actually learn to make a “credible sound” on each of these instruments in one easy 60-90 minute session. No, these are not music lessons in the true sense of the word. Rather they are fun-filled and informative mini-workshops designed to give you an introduction to select ethnic instruments in an intimate, interactive learning environment. Three of the area’s best qualified music instructors will better familiarize you with each instrument through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and best of all actual hands-on experience. Sounds like fun, Yes? The good news is that you don’t need a lick of playing experience in order to participate and all ages are encouraged to attend. Instruments will be provided unless you choose to bring one on your own.
Pre-Registration for all workshops is required!!! (Call: 617-492-8105)
Event Details/Instructor Bios:
The Didgeridoo – Entering the Dreamtime (Friday, March 9th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.) ($30.00)
Daniel Orlansky – Has performed professionally both nationally and abroad for 20 years, appearing locally at the Berklee College of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Jazz Festival and elsewhere.
An Introduction to the Accordion (Saturday, April 21st, 1:00-2:00 p.m.) ($25.00)
Emilion Badea – Holds academic degrees from the Romanian Music Academy and Boston University, and has appeared numerous times in his native homeland with the Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and with a number of performing ensembles in the Boston area including, the Boston Ballet, The Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Classical Players, and others.
The Harp – A Hands-on-Workshop (Saturday, May 12th, 10:00-11:00 a.m.)($25.00)
Mary Jane Rupert – Has performed both nationally and internationally as both a harpist and a concert pianist, recorded and published music, and taught at various academic institutions across the United States including Oberlin, Indiana University, Boston College, and MIT.
Where: New School of Music (Directions)
More Info: 617-492-8105
So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to actually try out these instruments for yourself, and at the hands of an expert no less. What more could one ask for?
Celebrate 15 Years of Celtic Music Greatness with Solas, America’s #1 Irish Band: February 25th, Saturday @8:00 p.m.
That’s right, it is indeed the 15th anniversary of the highly renowned, extremely popular Irish-American band Solas. However, this momentous occasion isn’t simply about commemorating a band’s history, it is also about honoring the staying power of a musical legacy that has definitely left a major imprint upon the evolution of Celtic traditional music as a genre. Known for their leading-edge dynamic style, this “super band” is undisputedly our nation’s most beloved and highly revered Celtic music ensemble of all time. According to major music critics they have virtually taken America by storm, and I quote: “the first truly great Irish band to arise from America” (Boston Herald), “mind-blowing Irish music, maybe the world’s best” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “the standard by which contemporary Celtic groups are judged” (Austin American-Statesman). Of course, it should come as no surprise then that they have also earned for themselves a stellar international reputation as well.
The band was founded by Seamus Egan, the truest of multi-instrumentalists, who plays more than seven instruments with the band and fiddler Winifred “Win” Horan. Both of them have developed such a reputation amongst the music community at large that their playing styles are often mimicked. Although they definitely serve as the basic foundation of the band’s music, they are accompanied by three fabulous virtuosos in their own right, Mick McAuley, Eamon McElholm, and Niamh Varion-Barry. Solas’ repertoire consists of both original and re-interpreted traditional pieces all of which exhibit that exceptionally unique, creative, highly progressive style for which they so well-known. They have a special knack for enriching the old standards in such a way as to effectively provide them with a new and exciting modern flair without overpowering their original character to the degree that it becomes lost. The band adds both content and stylistic variety to their musical offerings by spicing them up with the occasional American or English folk piece or experimenting with the incorporation of blues, jazz, and/or world music elements into their overall sound.
This anniversary concert also serves as a cd release performance for the band’s latest recording “Shamrock City”. As part of a very special project that is near and dear to their hearts, Solas has produced a collection of pieces honoring the Irish immigrants who came to Butte, Montana in the early 20th-century in hopes of attaining a better life for themselves mining copper. Along with it, they have also produced a companion DVD, a musical/historical documentary, which was filmed live on location. Excerpts of it can be seen as a visual backdrop during the concert performance. Solas will share with you the story of this hardy group of Irish souls as only they can tell it, through an intriguing series of intensely emotional, lyrical ballads complimented by livelier folk tunes filled with the most rapid and thrilling of improvisational passages, designed to challenge the best of virtuosos.
When: February 25th, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Somerville Theatre (Davis Square)
Tickets: $28.oo (+ $1.00 fee)
More Info: 617-876-4275
Join Multi-Talented Egyptian Entertainer Karim Nagi as He Showcases the Culture of the Middle East in a One-of-a-Kind Theatrical Extravaganza: February 10th, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy this clip from Arabized
The Center of Arabic Culture is proud to present Arabized, a unique and original theatrical presentation of Middle Eastern culture as seen through the eyes of world renown producer and performing artist Karim Nagi. Previously a local resident and highly renowned artist, Nagi comes back to Boston after 5 years of success on the international stage. His well-seasoned experience as a man of many talents serves as the basis for a show that is sure to be a hit. Over the years, he has demonstrated his skills time and again as a master drummer, composer, folk dancer, speaker, educator, recording artist, producer, choreographer, artistic director, and dj. (career highlights) He is a grand master at the art of fusion in more ways than one. First and foremost, his dance productions center around choreography that is totally at one with the music, a unity he views as sacred with respect to any artistic work involving sound and movement. He is also adept at the effective intermingling of traditional and modern styles of dance and music from many diverse cultures, all within a single work. Arabized is a virtual showpiece of all of Nagi’s highly developed and varied skills within a cultural extravaganza of music, dance, and spoken word. A vast array of colorful Middle Eastern folk cultures are brought to life on the stage through Nagi’s inventive re-interpretations of traditional performance arts in modernized form, featuring the incorporation of elements of electronica and other Western music genres.
This event also serves as a kind of cd release celebration, honoring Karim Nagi’s latest recording which shares its name with the show. The music itself is world fusion featuring various combinations of Middle Eastern, Latin and Asian genres and Arabic-style reinterpretations of well-known classical compositions. During his original tenure in Boston, this highly accomplished and esteemed ambassador of Arabic culture gave rise to no less than 100+ local events, including the long running series entitled “Arabesque Mondays” formerly held at the infamous Club Passim. Find out what Nagi’s current mega-project is all about and be prepared to be highly entertained during a performance of Arabized.
When: February 10th, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Cambridge Theater (YMCA)
Tickets: $20.00 (adults) / $10.00 (students)
More Info: Contacts (Including tickets)
Enjoy Two Great Balkan Music Events for the Price of One Each and Every Month!: Saturdays (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
This is one highly entertaining Balkan inspired event to be sure! Since 1997, the Zdravets folk ensemble has been faithfully providing the public with a dance party, concert, and social get together all in one, each and every month. Hit the dance floor, mix and mingle, or just sit back and chill out to the wonderful and intriguing sounds of purely authentic traditional music originating from Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonea, and their Balkan neighbors. Zdravets, who refer to themselves as “Boston’s friendly neighborhood Bulgarian band”, is well known for their ability to throw a good party with music that naturally lifts the attendees’ spirits, keeping one and all in a festive and fun-loving mood all evening long. The dancing is performed group-style so no partners necessary. In addition, I would point out this is a very laid back event, so dress comfortably and rest assured that dance steps will be less complex in nature and will be demonstrated for the sake of any beginners in the crowd. Dancers with all levels of experience are happily accommodated for!!! Now here’s the added bonus that comes with this particular event. During the rest periods, dancers will actually be treated to a mini concert, compliments of Zdravets of course! There will also be a refreshment table on the premises where you can meet your fellow party guests. Culinary donations made in honor of the party feast are welcomed.
The name Zdravets refers to a wild species of geranium which thrives year round on the mountain-sides of Bulgaria. To the native population, this bloom represents health and endurance. And appropriately so, such is the state of the band’s music which has itself been thriving for over 20 years! Much of their repertoire is representative of Bulgarian folk genres, which are characterized by their irregular rhythms, tightly spaced harmonic structures, and sonic intensity. The bands instrumental selections literally beckon one to get up and dance while the sharply vivid harmonies of the vocal numbers cannot help but grab ones attention. They take the authenticity of their traditional music very seriously as many of their interpretations are based on actual field recordings of native folk musicians. In addition, Zdravets performs for the most part on ethnic instruments including: kaval, gadulka, tambura, tapan, tarabuka, and gaida. Aside from regular local appearances throughout New England, this nine-member folk ensemble has appeared oversees in Bulgaria at such prestigious events as the National Folklore and Petrova Niva festivals and on native national television and radio as well. Their latest recording is entitled “Late Harvest“. Thanks to the enthusiastic and dedicated efforts of Zdravets, Bostonians can enjoy first-rate Balkan music and dance virtually every month of the year!
When: Saturdays (Monthly) (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
Where: Church of Our Savior (Arlington)
More Info: 617-964-2003 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn to Dance the Hula in True, Authentic Style with the Experts of The Hula Workshop of Southern New England: December 20th, Tuesday @ 8:00 p.m.
In the mood for a little holiday fun? And who isn’t this time of year! The folks from the Hula Workshop of Southern New England are giving dance lessons at Johnny D’s in Somerville. Now here is your rare chance to learn this most beautiful Polynesian performance art with expert instructors from the area’s top rated Hawaiian cultural organization. Collectively they represent 30+ years of experience as instructors, performers, and cultural consultants. Led by Carol Anne Buckley, workshop founder and head instructor, this informal class is designed to teach you more than just dance moves. At the end of the session you will actually walk away with some knowledge of Hawaiian culture and language as well. Learn the art of storytelling as it is represented through expressive hula movements in both traditional and modern styles. Students with all levels of experience are welcome. And to top it all off world music fans, John “Tin Pan Handle” Hicks and friends will be on hand to liven up the party with plenty of Polynesian music for your dancing and listening pleasure!
If it just so happens that you come away from this event with a hunger for more of the same, then by all means check out the Hula Workshop’s web site for more info. on all that they have to offer in the way of classes and private lessons, event planning and hosting, shows, and more. Buckley, herself, is actually a former resident of Hawaii where she learned her art from the islands’ top dance masters. Also armed with a college education in Hawaiian language arts she has enjoyed a highly versatile career, sharing her expertise with others in numerous aspects of the native culture. So if you want to learn a little hula, while having a whole lot of fun doing it, just let the experts at the Hula Workshop of Southern New England show you the ropes!
Where: Johnny D’s Uptown (Somerville)
Tickets: Cover charge at the door.
In order to be guaranteed a seat you must have a dinner table reservation or be willing to possibly stand for the performance.
More Info: 617-776-2004 OR 617-800-9720
Learn to Dance Latino Style While Sampling a Variety of Scrumptious Authentic Homemade Cuisine: Hosted by the Folk Arts Center of New England: December 10th, Saturday (4:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
The Folk Arts Center of New England is hosting a very special Salsa Dance Workshop with well-seasoned dance instructor Greg Coles. Also a dj and known for his infectious energy, this Tufts University professor will have you movin’ and groovin’ in no time to the sweet sounds of his specially selected Latin music excerpts. Actually, they could call this event the “Salsa and Beyond Dance Workshop” since Mr. Coles will also be teaching Bachata, Merengue, and ChaChaCha dance moves as well, while he shares with students his most authentic knowledge of the art of Latin dance enhanced by a very unique sense of style all his own. Instruction will be tailored to party goers with all levels of dance experience, singles and couple alike, so don’t be shy even if you are a total beginner. What makes this event extra special is the potluck supper featuring fine homemade Latin cuisine. Yum! Oh and, of course, there will be a dance party following the lessons. The FAC does ask that all workshop participants please wear “soft-soled” shoes only and refrain from the use of fragrances of any kind as some are allergic to these substances.
In addition to his educational activities at Tufts University where he specializes in African dance, Greg also teaches both drumming and dancing at his own local studio “Greg Coles Drum & Dance“. He has been appearing frequently at numerous instructional and entertainment events around the area since the 1990’s and in the process has worked with countless students of all age groups and skill levels. As a youth, he began developing his dance skills in a wide array of styles and eventually wound up with a scholarship at the most prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance School in NYC. In fact, Mr. Ailey himself was so impressed with his student that Greg was appointed as a curator of his private library for an entire summer season. Upon relocation to the Boston area, he began to build his reputation as a first- rate dance instructor simply by showing fellow party goers dance moves on an informal basis at clubs around town. Now as a full-time professional, he prides himself not only in developing excellent dance skills among his students but also in raising their awareness of the critical role that social dancing can potentially play in the enrichment of their everyday lives. What better way to enhance your Latin music listening pleasure than by learning some new ethnic dance moves at the hands of one of the areas best pros. And don’t forget while you’re at it … there’ll be plenty of tasty Latin cuisine to go around too!
Pre-registration highly recommended but not required
When: December 10th, Saturday (4:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
Workshop – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Dance Party – 8:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Where: Park Avenue Congregational Church – Parish Hall (Arlington)
Admission: Prices vary (See details – Please remember to bring food)
More Info: Contacts