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Elizabeth Wartluft
Portland, OR
I am an Argentine Tango teacher, a cultural anthropologist, and a mother.
Interests: Argentine Tango, travel, languages, hand spinning, West Coast Swing, Salsa and Latin dance, hiking, gardening
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I am building a new website and have moved my blog to the new place. Until I figure out how to correctly import all my old blogs, they will remain here. You can check weekly teaching topics, etc. on my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Dancing Soul
This week, I made a joke about having a long-term marriage with tango, complete with ups, downs, dry spells, and long arguments. Then I started thinking about it: my relationship with tango has been very much like a marriage. Tango... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Dancing Soul
Today, one of my students said that he has urges to show off when folks are watching, and asked me how to stop being aware of others watching him dance. I know that that the tango politically correct answer would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Dancing Soul
Many women I work with notice that they are learning to lead much faster than beginning male dancers. Why is this? First, you already know the moves in tango. For example, if you have followed walking to the cross (the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Dancing Soul
Trying new things as a teacher I have taught Argentine tango since 1996, and taught in Portland, Oregon since 2008. During that time, I have addressed many issues that arose in my community's dance technique. Each time I have focused... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at Dancing Soul
When I started Argentine Tango in 1995, my first teacher told us that we didn't need to use our arms and hands to lead, just the chest. He demonstrated by dancing around without using an embrace. We took this to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at Dancing Soul
A Facebook discussion going on about whether you should have your heels down or up for dancing tango made me decide to tell my pain-to-no-pain story about why I changed my technique to using my heels on the floor for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at Dancing Soul
After trying several repair places in my neighborhood, I found that many places would not repair my stiletto heels because they "didn't have that size heel tip" available. Could I bring one with me? How frustrating! Luckily, several of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Dancing Soul
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Dec 29, 2012
Coming back from Buenos Aires to dance in the USA is always difficult. It's not the level of technique: in some cases, that is comparable with the dancers in Argentina. Why are dancers here different? One Argentine teacher told me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at Dancing Soul
My last two nights of dancing in Buenos Aires are not happening: I caught a cold, and stayed home last night and tonight. I decided it was more important to try to get well than to squeeze more dance time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2012 at Dancing Soul
Today I went to the Feria de Mataderos with a friend (thanks, Sarah!). Like the other artesanal fairs, this has a bunch of imported, Chinese cheapo stuff around the edges, handmade things at the heart of the fair, and various... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2012 at Dancing Soul
I took my dance class today, spent two hours doing a photo shoot, and then ate a LOT of home-cooked meat and a glass of wine: no milonga tonight! However, instead of a milonga review, I have the first of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2012 at Dancing Soul
El Maipu (La Casa de Galicia, San Jose 224, 1st floor) Although I always go to Mondays at La Nacional, I had not been to Lucy and Dany's other milonga before. I had planned to go to Plaza Bohemia like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at Dancing Soul
The weather today was so perfect that it's almost impossible to remember how awful it was yesterday. It's sunny, with medium temperatures, low humidity, a bit of a breeze: is this the same city?? Neotango visit #2 I bought another... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at Dancing Soul
Last Saturday night was one I don't think I will ever forget: I got to dance to three live tango orchestras, on the Avenida de Mayo! There was a man filming who films at the milongas. What he told us... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at Dancing Soul
Strikes and demonstrations There was another rolling strike scheduled for today, so each subte line was supposed to be closed for three hours. On Sunday, I took the subte without paying because no one was at the ticket windows, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2012 at Dancing Soul
Tuesday: Flor de Milonga (Aires Tangueros, Rivadavia 1392) This was a new milonga for me. La Flaca Lucia and her partner, Gerry (an Irish guy) run this milonga.They are very friendly, comfortable folks. It was nice to be greeted with,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at Dancing Soul
Cromo for shoes After buying shoes the other day, I waited to go to the shoe repair. I had used one I liked last year, but my friends said her prices had doubled (40 to 80 pesos per pair of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at Dancing Soul
Although it is getting hotter and hotter, the milongas are air-conditioned, making them feel cool, despite the press of humans inside. Lujos (Plaza Bohemia), Alsina 2540 Yes, I am sticking to my neighborhood a lot this year. Notice that I've... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at Dancing Soul
Today I went in search of music. Where? Lavalle 2039, Piso 1. Buenos Aires Tango Club. You need to ring the bell, and a voice mumbles something. Ask for Euro Records or Buenos Aires Tango Club, and they will open... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at Dancing Soul
Today is perfect: blue sky, breezy, almost hot: heaven! Teatro Colon One of my students scolded me for never doing anything "cultural" when I am in Buenos Aires, so I walked down to Nueve de Julio, and strolled over to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at Dancing Soul
Despite huge changes in the price of living in the past two years, people are surviving. I have seen fewer street people, and folks seem less upset than last year. The Abasto mall was stuffed with families shopping. The stores... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at Dancing Soul
Lesson with Oscar and Georgina I had my first lesson of the trip today with Oscar Mandagaran and Georgina Vargas. Oscar has been my main teacher since 2000, and Georgina for the past five years. They rock, which is why... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2012 at Dancing Soul
The only time I ever got my hair done in Buenos Aires before this was when a flamingly gay milonguero did it back in about 2000 ("DARLING, how could you THINK I was gay? I am in LOVE with you!").... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at Dancing Soul