Tango Lesson, October 11, 2013, La Pista

Two big challenges in dancing tango: balance and full-body awareness Balance comes easy when you realize that all movement comes from the core. If you practice yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, or any martial art, you already know how to move and execute from the core. Jazz dancers, ballet dancers also know. By full-body awareness we […]

Back to Basics, Writing Workshop

This is a writing workshop for writers who need help jump starting their writing, big or small projects. This workshop is perfect for the novice writer who needs advice, inspiration, direction getting started, and keeping on track,too big. We’ll cover the basic elements of good writing and what I call the “Magnificent Seven Entry Points” to creative non-fiction. Come prepared to write. Bring laptaps or paper, whatever you prefer.

Two in-the-body experiences

Lengthen your spine, says the man facing about 100 of us in the lecture hall. Now open the front of your body around the sternum. Don’t strain, feel relaxed. This is the same instruction I give to tango dancers preparing to embrace, connect, and move to the music together. The man giving these instructions is […]

TEDx Tango Talk, NY, 10/25/13

I’ll be presenting a talk on Tango as part of the Hero’s Journey, a la Joseph Campbell at this landmark event. I’ll be presenting at TEDxLowerEastSide with speakers from a variety of backgrounds including scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, yogis, monks, educators and activists.

San Francisco Writers Conference 2014

Hey! I’m on a panel of memoir writers at the
2014 San Francisco Writers Conference, February 13–16.

Tango Lesson, Friday, 9/20

Walking, or caminando, is the most basic unit of tango, the most elegant when done well with a partner, and the most under-estimated for its beauty. In this class we’ll work on different “flavors” of walking to the music, including the understated weight changing in place, the playful rock step (or cadencia), and rock steps with 1/4 & 1/2 turns or pivots. We’ll start with the music of Señor Romantico, Carlos DiSarli, and move into practica with El Res del Compas, the King of Rhythm, Rodolfo Biaggio. See you Friday!

Tango Beginners Class, Friday, Sept. 13

Tango for Beginners & Beginners’ Minds Friday, September 13 (lucky day in tango) This week: easy, breezy sacadas 7:30–8:30pm – Camille & partner show you steps & technique 8:30–10:30pm – Practica, with guidance $10 – package deal From the verb sacar, to remove or displace, sacadas play into the game-like aspect of tango where the […]

Workshop: Memoir & Creative Non-Fiction, Inventing the Truth

“Tell the truth even if you have to make it up.” —Bazooka Joe Workshop: Memoir & Creative Non-Fiction Inventing the Truth HOW TO CRAFT GOOD STORY “I am led to the proposition that there is no fiction or nonfiction as we commonly understand the distinction; there is only narrative.”  —E. L. Doctorow Tuesday, January 14, […]

Beginners’ Mind Tango class, 9/6/13

Media Luna & La Cunita This is a beginner’s level tango class with mixed levels of beginners. Some of you have been dancing for a while, others are taking their very first tango class. All of which works just fine. Tango is a dance that you can enter into from various points. So even those […]

Writers Journey via Ox-herding drawings

1. Searching for the Ox – Sitting down on a Chair/Ox to find the Story. You & Story are separate. “Everything is shifting and unsteady.”Frisson of excitement and/or agitation.

2. Seeing the Traces – Aha! Moments. You spill some ink, symbols on a blank page. Flashes of insight. Startling! Scent of your own genius arises. Wow! It’s been there all along right under your nose.