Argentine Tango in Berkeley

Class and Practica Schedule

Wednesdays in February, 2019

February 6*, 13, 20, 27
7:00-8:00 Fundamentals Class
7:00-10:00 Practica – DJ’d by Guillermo in February

* On February 6th the class will be held in the drawing room, which has a tile floor.  That night the practica will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 pm and will be $5.

Location

Berkeley City Club: 2315 Durant Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

Price

$15 class and practica
$8 practica only

This is a member event of the Berkeley City Club; Club members receive a $5 discount.

No parking in the Berkeley City Club lot; please use another lot nearby or park on the street. Ring front door bell and say “tango”!

Come to the best venue for East Bay Tango!

Join Us for Tango in the East Bay

Join us to learn and practice Argentine Tango in the historic Berkeley City Club ballroom. We will have rotating teachers on a monthly basis.  Everyone is welcome!  No partner or experience necessary.  All genders are encouraged to lead and follow. Leather-soled shoes are preferred.

Instructors February 2019: Guillermo & Hande

A tango guitarist, dancer and engineer from Argentina, Guillermo García has been teaching tango in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2001 and is one of the pioneers of local live tango music. He has been a guest teacher at most of the local dance studios and milongas (tango dance parties) and his San Francisco weekly class has been running since 2007. In 2011 he was part of the dance cast in the show Tango Fatal, directed by Forever Tango lead dancer Jorge Torres. In 2018 Guillermo and his partner Hande Yildiz taught the beginner and intermediate tango program at Stanford University in the Spring Quarter, and two eight-week programs in Berkeley focused on the different rhythmic forms of Argentine Tango. 

As a musician Guillermo started playing guitar at age ten, learning from tango guitarists in Argentina and later undergoing classical guitar training at the Conservatory of Bahía Blanca. In 1996 he settled in California and co-founded band Flor de Tango, with whom he performed for four years and recorded one of the first locally-produced tango albums at Stanford University. He then prompted the creation of Trio Garufa in 2001, with whom he has recorded three albums and performed extensively in the USA, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Colombia and Canada. He also performs tango music as a solo guitarist and in collaboration with other musicians.

After becoming an electrical engineer in Argentina, Guillermo specialized in signal processing for music technology in France and California. He holds an MSEE from Université d’Orsay and a Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University.

Guillermo believes that everyone can dance tango and that most of us tend to encounter similar challenges along the learning curve. His teaching method is influenced by both his engineering and musical backgrounds, and is based on musicality, partner connection, technique and steps, historical context, and social etiquette at milongas.

Upcoming Instructors

2019
February: Guillermo Garcia and Hande Yildiz
March, April: Luz Castineiras

The Berkeley City Club

The Berkeley City Club was commissioned as the club house of the Berkeley Women’s City Club, which was formed in 1927 when 12 local women’s clubs merged together. Constructed in 1929, the building is one of the outstanding works of California architect Julia Morgan. Born in San Francisco, Morgan studied engineering at UC Berkeley and was the first woman to gain admission and earn a certificate from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She became the first licensed female architect in California. She designed nearly 100 buildings for women’s organizations throughout her career, and over 700 buildings of various types in California, including Hearst Castle. Her interpretation of Moorish and Gothic elements in the Berkeley Women’s City Club created a landmark of California design.

The Berkeley City Club is still a member organization, having become co-ed in 1962. Member activities aside from tango include book club, wine club, chess club, movie club, playreaders, and trivia night. The historic swimming pool is available to members and hotel guests. The club runs a hotel and event space that can be used for weddings and conferences. It is also home to Julia’s Restaurant and Morgan’s Bar and Lounge. Morgan’s is usually open during the tango practica until 9pm.

The building is registered as a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The club has recently decided to have an apartment building constructed on the current site of its parking lot. For more information on the Berkeley City Club, visit www.berkeleycityclub.com.