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Renowned tango instructors coming to Mt. Vernon

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tango instructors Gustavo Benzecry Saba and Maria Olivera will be at the Meet in the Middle tango festival in Mt. Vernon.
Details have been announced for the annual Meet in the Middle Tango Festival at Murray's Vintage Venue in Mt. Vernon, to be held Sept. 16-18.

Organizer Karen Whitesell has announced guest performers and instructors will be Daniel Trenner and the team of Gustavo Saba and Maria Olivera.

Daniel Trenner is a dance pioneer, setting trends from the 1970s to the 1990s in the jazz, modern and post-modern dance worlds. He discovered tango in Buenos Aires in 1986 while he was there teaching at the State School of Contemporary Dance in the San Martin Theatre. He was one of the first dozen young people involved in the new tango revival and has toured four continents for 25 years of touring as a tango teacher

Trenner is one of the early

proponents of teaching tango by its elements, he created the first tango tours to Buenos Aires, opened The Tango Catalogue, the first tango store in North America and produced more than 80 volumes of tango instructional videos. He settled in the Pioneer Valley in

Northampton, Mass. in 2002, and is presently teaching at Smith College, Amherst College, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College.

At Meet in the Middle, Trenner will be offering his popular lecture and archival video presentations showing the tango through its modern revival. He will also offer a variety of tango classes.

Gustavo Benzecry Saba and Maria Olivera met in 2003 in the occasion of a class Gustavo was teaching at a small dance Studio in Palermo. Shortly after Maria became his assistant teacher.

Today, they enjoy working together, teaching regular classes at Sal--n Canning, the most prestigious dance venue in Buenos Aires. For seven years and they have toured the world participating in festivals and international tango events.

At Meet in the Middle, they will teach tango fundamentals;

elegant walks for the social dance; spinning around the line of dance; and variation in speed, pronunciation and criss-crossing in the Milonga, the formal tango dance.

Reservations for the festival are $165 for the weekend prior to Aug. 16. The price includes classes, Milongas, meals, drinks, and more. For more information, contact Whitesell via e-mail at kglass02@centurytel.net or write her at 202 S Hickory, Mt Vernon Mo. 65712.

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