found us bringing to life our dream of providing Argentine dance &
cultural programs to schools and seniors communities.
tough economic times, schools and seniors activity programs have had to
cut their offerings. We provide low- or no-cost presentations to help
fill that gap. Folkloric dance & tango are wonderful expressions of
Argentina's rich cultural heritage. We fund this program through
sponsorships and fundraising activities. Want to help? We're happy to
accept your cash donation via our Tango Store on this website. Your help is appreciated by the kids and seniors we serve!
We performed our first program on 3/31/09 at the Julia Morgan School for Girls
in Oakland. Gigi & Carlos Castaño gave a lecture/demonstration to
50+ middle school girls. What fun! Thank you to April McCurtry, their
Spanish language teacher, for inviting us.
May 2nd found Warren & Gigi performing at the Cinco de Mayo & Latino culture celebration at O'Hara Park Middle School
in Oakley. It was fun to share their dance talents with former
workmates and students (some whose children now attend the school!).
8th graders at the Julia Morgan School for Girls were fortunate to have
Gigi Jensen and her partner Carlos give a presentation... The show
included a fun and informational video about the origins and present day
conceptions about tango music and dance... all 60 students were
captivated." - April McMurtry, Spanish Teacher
Tango & More performed for the entire school at Jean Parker Elementary. Brooke Byrne started the program w/ Malambos de Pies & Malambos de Boleadoras. Tap dancing
between whirling weapons - cool! The tango dancers shared social-style
tango that really showed how tango is a joyful dance. Bernardo Lurie w/ Yumiko Krupenina and Jim Smith w/ Gigi
Jensen. As Yumiko said afterwards, "It is
such a different energy to dance for children. It's very nice!"
Additional programs include the San Leandro Senior Info Fair, The Sequoias, (a senior living community in San Francisco), Oakland's Melrose Leadership Academy's fundraising night, and most recently - Mt. Tamalpais School in Mill Valley.
"Thank you so much for performing at our Unity event. Your performance was beautiful!" - Moyre Contreras, Principal, Melrose Leadership Academy
Thank you to our Performers: Brooke Byrne (dancer) Carlos Castaño (dancer) Glenn Corteza (musician) Jesse Cuevvas (musician) Count Glover (dancer) Bernardo Lurie (dancer) Yukiko Krupenina (dancer)
Julian Miller (musician) Jim Smith (dancer) Katy Sullivan (dancer) Maurice Wren (dancer)
troupe of dancers connected with audience well. Their smiles to the
young audience told us they wanted to be here and share with us their
talents." - Janet Dong, Principal, Jean Parker Elementary School
Thank you to our Donors & Sponsors: Heather Houston David Lei Mt. Tamalpais School Vernon Products Yumitea
you know of a school or a group of seniors that might be interested in
receiving one of our sponsored programs? Let us know. We're always
scheduling performances and raising funds to make these happen.
Want to donate but don't know how? Give us a call and speak w/ Gigi Jensen at (510) 326-6415. Photos: 1. Bernardo Lucero, Alicia Bonovini, Moyre Contreras, Gigi Jensen, Maurice Wren 2. Carlos Castaño & Gigi Jensen at Julia Morgan School for Girls 3. Brooke Byrne at Jean Parker Elementary School 4. Jim Smith in cafeteria at Jean Parker Elementary School