SMITH Tango Festival – May 4 – 6, 2012

by Jessica Broughton on March 7, 2012

Dance the sultry, sensual Argentine Tango at the SMITH Festival.

Dance the sultry, sensual Argentine Tango at the SMITH Festival.

Mark your calendars and get ready to heat up the beach!

The SMITH Tango Festival will be steamin’ up SoCal May 4th – 6th, 2012.

SMITH stands for the Santa Monica International Tango Holiday and attracts tango dancers and instructors from all over the world.

Milongas go on all day and all night, with good food and great lessons in between.  One of their favorite traditions is the milonga that they hold on the beach.  Bring lots of sunscreen, kick of your shoes, and spend the afternoon dancing in the sand.

The SMITH Festival started in 2010, and was such a success that it’s become one of SoCal’s favorite Argentine Tango workshops.

This is SMITH’s third year, so come out and make this the best year ever!

Our very own Matthew Castillo of LA Dance Lessons will be doing all of the sound for the event.  When he’s not working make sure you ask him to dance!  Matthew was my first tango instructor, and he’s a divine lead (ahem, ladies!).

Make sure you register early, as passes are going quick!  Registration is available using Paypal on their home page.

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Nytca April 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

An easy solution to the heel-first/ball-first qoeitsun is to let your forward step touch the floor first with the outside edge of the foot. Simply turn your toe out and down slightly so that the area of your little toe becomes the landing gear. It looks graceful and unaffected, and allows your weight to come automatically onto the ball of the foot as you complete the step. Depending on your walking trajectory, the heel may sometimes hit first, but it’s not a big deal and you will always have a soft landing if your foot posture follows this formula.Further hint: For back steps and side steps, the inner edge should touch down first. Reach back from the hip and set the posture of your foot to make this happen.

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