Dear Valorie and Alberto:
|Last update, 7/29/04|
|I want to
my appreciation for the wonderful classes and workshops. I was awed by
your excellent style of dance and of the effective, simple manner in
you demonstrated it. Spring weather literally came to Urbana the short
while you were here making little Tanguero buds blossom at our Milonga.
Janet Urbana, IL
your passion about tango. I feel the same way about ballroom. I had the
fortune to dance with Alberto at the workshop at Cuneen Hacket. You are
so smooth. A real pleasure to dance with. Perhaps some day I will be a
good tango dancer too.
Kim Marrone Fishkill, NY
about how great Valorie's and Alberto's teaching and dancing is!! I
keep learning from the tapes we got. The other day as I was teaching a
private class during which I showed the tape of your performing it
very clear to me that each step was being savored as one would sip fine
wine or eat a delicious meal. No rushing through to execute a figure!!
What a different attitude for us to try to comprehend here.
this is my body memory of dancing with Alberto - I would love to be
to teach leaders to lead with such gentleness and clarity!!
Swari Hhan Albuquerque, NM
seem lonely around here without having one of your workshops to attend.
I’m really full of exciting things to work on with my tango dancing.
writing you to let you know what a lovely experience it was to meet
of you, to receive your teaching and to dance. What made this
“muy rico” was your openess, your excellent communication skills and I
guess most of all ,your willingness to make this a “hands-on”
for us. Sometimes, in workshops, this doesn’t happen. You make
that might not have made sense before...click and one goes...”Ah-ha” -
the lightbulb goes on! Valorie, I really enjoyed the Wednesday class of
your “Tango Barre”, it was insightful, fun and helped clear up some bad
habits. Alberto, you are a wonderful partner and I love your style. I’m
so looking forward to your return and hope you had a good trip back to
Carole Ross “El Tango, me copa”! Albuquerque, NM
know how to
say thank you for your excellence and giving. The typical case when
has developed expertise in an area after years of intense study and
is that they tend to dole it out selectively in small amounts, keeping
a reserve of information private, probably partly because it was
in private, and also partly because it is difficult to organize. With
Alberto and Valorie
the book is open and nothing is a secret. I admire the effort and
it takes to do that.
Joe Grohens, Champaign-Urbana, IL
simplicity-complexity lay in the way tango is taught. I was struck by
profoundly simple tango can be after having taken a class from Alberto
Paz. This was after having spent a lot of time with another instructor
learning long chains of what ammount to figures, as if I were learning
I don't think the regimented figure-centric method of instruction from ballroom dancing is well suited to teaching tango. A focus on fundamental movements and positions seems to be a more rational approach to teaching.
Greg Olsen, San Francisco, CA
to tell everyone what a wonderful experience the tango dancers of
had this past weekend of Oct. 6-11. Saturday and Sunday was a rebirth
tango for some of my students and especially for myself. After just 10
minutes into the workshop everyone was fixed on every word this man had
to say, you could hear a pin drop. I saw their eyes glued to this man
his partner, making tango look so easy and so beautiful. And in just a
few short hours I saw my students transform into people who's bodies
singing the tango. The smiles on their faces, the gleam in their eyes,
the feeling of acomplishment they just felt. YES, I can tango. Yes, I
Milonga. YES, I can Vals. Only a teacher knows that feeling when you
your studient learning and enjoying what they're learning.
This man taught us his technique of 8 body positions and the art of improvisation. For the men finding the mark and then placing the women on it, Now my male students understand the fine art of leading and the women have learned to surrender to the mans lead.
I feel I'm a good instructor for the short time I have been doing this, and I'm not putting myself down, I just was taught in a different way. I now see a new me, even more excited than ever to teach and pass on what I have just learned. I will be able to get more people to tango faster and enjoying it sooner, bringing me more students.
This man who come to Cleveland was not a performer, teaching us some of his fancy steps. This man was, and is a TEACHER. I rate this workshop the best I have ever been in, and I have had some very famous people here, and I don't mean any disrespect to them either, but this man is GREAT. You must bring him to your city. This man is known as the TANGOMAN, This man is Alberto Paz with Valorie Hart.
Tim Pogros, Cleveland, OH
Alberto to be extremely competent organizers, excellent teachers, and
warm and caring people.
Their classes were focused on improvisation. This was accomplished by starting with a familiar movement and then changing it in a direction not so familiar. When the new direction started to become comfortable, then a different ending was added or perhaps a way to connect into another familiar movement that was not totally obvious. A great deal of emphasis was put on the importance of the man “marking” all of the movements, directions, and timing subtleties.
Victor Crichton, Clearwater, FL
for the wonderful Labor Day weekend we spent dancing Tango with you. We
learned so much in a few fun-filled days. You both offered refreshing
challenging combinations and innovative moves, and most importantly you
showed how to execute them. This broadens our concept of what is
in Tango and keeps us from being complacent.
Nancy Lingeman, Santa Cruz, CA
|We were so
that we weren’t going to be back in Chicago for your weekend workshops
(we’re Arizona snowbirds) and then we were so happy to find out that we
would be able to take a class with you during the week at Tango Nada
We enjoyed the class so much. Your friendly smiles put us at ease
and in a very short time, we felt as though you were old friends. What
a delightful afternoon of Tango! We learned a lot and we are practicing
all the good information you passed along to us.
Sharon and Earl Knight, Westmont, IL
count the number
of workshops I have attended on one hand (with a few fingers missing)
I view yours to have been one of the most enjoyable. As a point of
the last workshop I had attended before yours was with a well-known
American teacher. The majority of the people attending this workshop
no dance experience whatsoever, let alone any tango experience, but
were eager to discover this thing called tango.
A few of the participants were there because I had persuaded them that it would be an interesting and enjoyable learning experience for them. They were treated quite badly by the instructor to the point that some of the women were on the brink of tears and completely discouraged from any further involvement in tango. I recognize that certain maestros in any field can be stern (Copes comes to mind), but this particular teacher's attitude seemed to border on contempt coupled with an ego suggesting he was God's gift to tango in the U.S. The experience was most surprising because I had heard people speak approvingly of this man's teaching, and he seems to have a fair number of admirers.
What a contrast to have attended your session! I don't know if any of the participants were absolute beginners or seasoned veterans, but you obviously treated all with respect and in a way that encouraged and inspired everyone to participate and share in your love of the dance. This is the way to build a true sense of tango community.
Bravo Alberto and Valorie! Your demonstrations were clear, and your discourses were immediately relevant to the figures or techniques being addressed. It was a most satisfying and informative session for Nancy and me. I hope we will be able to attend another workshop of yours in the future.
Thomas Ronquillo, Bloomington, IL
|I hope things are well with you both and your
is growing. They are so lucky to have you. I hope you guys come
teach here in the Bay area so I can connect. I want you to know
the little time I was able to learn from you both it was the most
over my 2 1/2 years of tango.
Isabela, Corralitos, CA