SF Argentine Tango teacher leads workshop Sunday in Grass Valley
Jennifer Olson, a San Francisco-based Argentine Tango teacher, will be in Grass Valley Sunday for a workshop and milonga (dance party).
Olson, teaching in Nevada County for the first time, will lead the event from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange, 11283 Grange Court.
Olson will teach a follower’s technique class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a pre-milonga class from 1 to 2 p.m. on musicality and other techniques that she will customize specifically for this group of dancers.
There will also be a 30-minute casual dance between lessons.
After the classes, Olson will DJ for the milonga from 2 to 4 p.m. with both traditional and alternative Tango music.
Olson said she is inspired by many Tango dancers; however, she says she does not “aspire” to dance like any one specific person.
“Tango is a unique expression of one’s self. No two people need to dance the same.” she says.
Skilled in both leading and following, Olson strives to instill versatility in her students.
Since Tango is a social dance, she believes it is important to master both close and open embrace — and everything in between.
After having a comfortable embrace, nothing is more important to her than the music, she says.
She said she hopes to transmit this through her teaching, so she approaches every class with a strong command over the music.
Olson was first introduced to Tango by a boyfriend who thought it would make an interesting first date.
Olson took to the dance and started dancing every day.
She also found the dance to be powerful and healing when she was feeling alone and going through a difficult time.
“Tango is a safe environment to be close to people,” she says. “It can be very cathartic.”
After some time, Olson began teaching Tango and dropped out of school to teach full time. She then toured the world extensively for the next 12 years, including Argentina, where she lived for more two years.
“This was the best decision I ever made, “ she says.
“It gave me a chance to travel internationally while teaching with other cultures. People dance Tango differently in different cultures,” she says. “It’s akin to speaking the same language with a slightly different accent, except that with the language of dance, you can understand a person at a deeper level through touch.”
The cost of the event is $20 for all day; $15 for the pre-milonga class or $10 for milonga only.
Argentine Tango classes with Sean and Juliana Dockery are offered every Monday night starting at 6:30 at the Golden Empire Grange, 11283 Grange Court, Grass Valley. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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