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Tango Stories Musical Secrets
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An essential reading for anyone who would like to understand tango better.

Michael Lavocah is an authority on tango dance music. He works internationally as a Tango teacher and DJ, with a special reputation for teaching musicality. He has a reputation for making complex ideas easy to understand, transmitting a depth of knowledge with humor, simplicity and clarity. Michael is the proprietor of the website www.milonga.co.uk, a reference point for tango dance music in the English speaking world.

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The Meaning of Tango
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The Story of the Argentinian Dance

Traces the development of the dance, from its birth in poverty-stricken Buenos Aires, through the craze of the early 20th century, right up to its recent revival today. By Christine Denniston.

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Encyclopedia of Tango
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A detailed account of tango recordings before, during, and after the golden age of tango.

Tango, declared cultural heritage of Buenos Aires in 1998 and intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the UNESCO in 2009, is probably the only cultural manifestation throughout history that embodies music, dance, and poetry. This encyclopedia gives a detailed account of tango recordings before, during, and after the golden age of tango, along with tango orchestras, musicians, and singers.

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Masculinities
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Football, Polo and the Tango in Argentina

The complex relationship between nationalism and masculinity has been explored both historically and sociologically with one consistent conclusion: male concepts of courage and virility are at the core of nationalism. In this ground-breaking book, the author questions this assumption and advances the debate through an empirical analysis of masculinity in the revealing contexts of same-sex (football and polo) and cross-sex (tango) relations. Because of its rich history, Argentina provides the ideal setting in which to study the intersection of masculine and national identity.

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Che Boludo!
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A gringo's guide to understanding the Argentines

by James Bracken (Author).

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Born to Walk
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Myofascial Efficiency and the Body in Movement

The ability to walk upright on two legs is one of the major traits that define us as humans; yet, scientists still aren't sure why we evolved to walk as we do. In Born to Walk, author James Earls explores the mystery of our evolution by describing in depth the mechanisms that allow us to be efficient in bipedal gait. Viewing the whole body as an interconnected unit, Earls explains how we can regain a flowing efficiency within our gait--an efficiency which, he argues, is part of our natural design. by James Earls (Author),‎ Thomas Myers (Foreword).

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Movies about Tango

Tango, Our Dance
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Director Jorge Zanada spent years researching and recording the tango’s place in Argentine culture and exploring the machismo that drives the dance.

The sensuality and stylized ritual of the tango are captured in this illuminating documentary. Most riveting are the milongueros-the amateur dancers who preserve the pure, traditional steps. Their intimate stories about their personal experiences reveal the intensity that feed their individual tango styles. Numerous tango aficionados, including actors Robert Duvall and Juan Carlos Copes (star of Broadway’s TANGO ARGENTINO), make special appearances. A passionate valentine to what Martha Graham called “the most beautiful dance of this century.”

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Si sos Brujo
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A Tango Story

Si Sos Brujo is a heartfelt, inspiring film that could do for Argentine Tango what the Buena Vista Social Club did for the music and musicians of Cuba illuminating an evolving culture, a way of life and the triumph of preserving one of the most intricate musical traditions of the world, following nearly 50 years of relative obscurity. This beautifully shot documentary brings the compelling story of a group of young Argentine musicians racing against time to learn and preserve the elegant and nuanced music played by the legendary Golden Age tango orchestras of Buenos Aires in the 40 s and 50 s.If you are familiar with the names of Pugliese, Triolo and Piazzolla, this film is essential viewing. Yet it has broad appeal, and anyone interested in the creative, musical process will love this film.

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The Tango Lesson
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This is a true story, and both Sally Potter and Pablo Veron play themselves in the movie.

About halfway thru the movie when Sally’s and Pablo’s friends are searching for a studio to rent for their dancing practice, the film really picks up – and then, it simply blows your socks off !!! If you like dancing, love the tango, or have been or want to go to Buenos Aires, don’t miss this film.

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El Cafe de los Maestros
Interviews with the musicians and singers from Argentina's golden days of Tango.

Café de los maestros is the gathering of the greatest living legends of this formidable musical genre.

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E-media, websites, podcasts

Learn Argentinian Spanish
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Do you want to learn all about Argentina?

This site provides Spanish listening comprehension practice on a wide range of topics related to Argentina.

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Tango Sensei
Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires, an Argentine Tango School in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn to dance with Marcelo Solis.
Un podcast de tango desde Tijuana-San Diego.

Una búsqueda a través del pasado y del presente del tango por la huella que lo llevará al futuro. Conductores: José Ciccone y Marcelo Fernández Controles: José Ciccone Jr.

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Music as a language
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Victor Wooten at TEDxGabriolaIsland

Victor Wooten is an innovator, composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, and multiinstrumentalist. He has been called the greatest bass player in the world. He is a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, a magician, husband and father of four, and a five-time Grammy award winner

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