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Cheryl Slabozeski
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Username: Tangolover

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Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 4:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Just type in a search for "Tango History Tours" and you will find a lot of good information about Buenos Aires. We highly recommed this tour service. Alan was our tour guide. He is honest and full of information about the city.
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Roberto
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Post Number: 442
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 4:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Do you mind telling us specifically what the tour was about? Which places did you visit and did it include tango lessons?
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Cheryl Slabozeski
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Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 8:33 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Roberto,

The first tour we took was a 2 hour walking tour. We met on Peru and Avenida de Mayo. We saw the Government House which is called the Case Rosada/Pink House. Its the building where Eva Peron stood on the balcony speaking to millions of people. We went inside Cafe Tortoni which is the oldest and most famous cafe in Buenos Aires. It was founded in 1858. Its like walking back into time, seems like nothing has changed. When is the last time you ate at a restaurant with marble tables? They offer a tango show in the evening. Its an ok show. I prefer the more glamerous shows. Next door is the National Tango Academy. The museum is open Mon to Fri from 2-6. Tango lesson are in the evening Mon to Fri from 6-8. We also saw the Cabildo House of Colonial Government. Its the oldest building in Buenos Aires built in 1609. There is a museum inside but unfortunally the building is closed because it is being repaired. Buenos Aires will be celebrating its 200 year since its independence. I believe the 200 year mark will be 2010 so they are starting repaires early. We got to ride on the first subway built in the city in 1913 by the English. Its called the Peru Subte Station. I recommend riding this subway line. Its in original condition. It has the old dim lights and wooden seats. Basically, this was a walking tour just to get acquainted with the city.

The second tour we took was a San Telmo tour walking tour. It was 5 hours long. We walked through the San Telmo neighborhood where tango was born. We walked over to the La Boca neighborhood which is along the original port where the ships use to come in. Our tour included a 1-1.5 hour tango lesson at one of the shoe stores. They make the shoes right there. I bought two pairs of dance shoes for about $120.00. The tango lessons are intense. They show you many steps in a short period of time.

Well Roberto, I hope this information has helped you.
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Roberto
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Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 11:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Very nice tour, Cheryl. Thank you for taking the time...

As an argentine, it is always nice to hear a foreigner's perspective. I went to school right in that district, walked by the Cabildo and Tortoni cafe hundreds, if not thousands of times and rarely I noticed about the subway... Except for last week when I was down there. What you said. Somehow we succeeded in keeping alive some old traditions making life just a little more real. May I also add that restaurants (most) still have tableclothes on the tables?

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Cheryl Slabozeski
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Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2006 - 12:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Roberto,

I am already planning my next trip to Buenos Aires. I really love tango. Could you recommend several teachers who give private lessons? Also, I would like to go out dancing with a partner. Do any of the teachers esort their students? I don't want to go alone, I don't think it is safe.
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Roberto
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Posted on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 12:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Cheryl, we like Mayoral as tango tutor/teacher. I don't have names of those who may escort their students but I am positive there are some. In general, milongas are safe. Many women go to milongas by themselves but even in this case you may want to have a female companion. To contact Mayoral just drop an email to my mother at erna@travelsur.net. She is in touch with him.

Anyone else reading this thread, you are welcome to drop tango teacher recommendations!
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Huy Nguyen
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Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2006 - 4:02 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi everyone,

My wife & I will be spending almost a month in B.As. in november 2006 and we are tango fans. We have a question for Roberto or any other argentine users who may be able to help: are the courses given at Escuela Argentina de Tango bilingual (spanish and english)?

Thank you very much
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Roberto
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Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 12:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Huy, no, they don't. Only in spanish. You may want to look at this thread where some members posted information on Tango and see if you can find alternatives.
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Isaac Ho
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Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 10:43 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Huy,

I attend some of the lessons at Escuela Argentina de Tango. It really depends on which teacher you take.

There are many teachers in the school. My experiences range from teachers who take every effort to translate everything they teach into english; teachers who teach in spanish and only translate upon request; to teachers who teach only in spanish.

So, try and take the teachers you like. The truth is even if you don't understand what the teacher is teaching, you can always count on someone in the class who can explain to you. Also, I don't understand 100% of what the teacher is saying all the time, but I learn from their body movements anyway.

Hope this helps!
Isaac
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Huy Nguyen
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Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 7:56 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Isaac,

Thank you very much. Much appreciate your input.

Cheers

Huy

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