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2008, November 22 – PREMIERE OF “TANGO ADAMOR”

Stage Show – Premiering at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills, the inspiration for Tango Adamor came from an autistic boy named Adam and through a fairy tale,“Dance into Unity Through the Heart of Tango” written by Elena Alexandra and Svetlana David, it explores how Adam can be helped to emerge to the light of communication through the soul of Tango…in the story, two characters “Truth” and “Light” live in the land of “Unity” and are happy; the one exception is “Snake” who feels ugly and who lives apart and doubts the existence of Unity…Truth and Light courageously become separated as they enter the “Land of Separation” to undergo a saga of discovery…eventually through tango, through dance they are able to be reunited and even bring Snake into Unity and happiness where she becomes a tango dancer.

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Artistic Director and Choreographer, Miriam Larici was born in the neighborhood of Matheu in Buenos Aires Argentina. Introduced to the world of dance at the age of five, she trained in classical ballet, jazz, flamenco, acrobatic and tango. …some of her extensive credits include having been a principle with Forever Tango, various Broadway shows, performances with renown orchestras, conducted seminars all over the world and with current partner Leonardo Barrionuevo, the gold medal winner in NBC’s , Super Stars of Dance in 2009…acclaimed dancer Leslie Caron has said of them, “If I had to choose from among the tango dancers of the world, these two would be my choice”...all net proceeds from the show were donated to the treatment of children with autism

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1916, November 13 – LATIMER LOSES EYE TO TANGO !

That night Brent Latimer had taken the long train ride from Greenville to Ashville North Carolina to attend a tango dance which he had read about in the newspaper…once there he was quite smitten by a fashionable young lady and finally found the nerve to ask her to dance…he was totally immersed into the magic of the moment, when suddenly, during a turn, the quill in the girl’s hat somehow entered behind his glasses and pierced his right eye…he was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately nothing could be done and he lost sight completely in that eye…Tango was all the rage then and had been popularized primarily by the mythical dance team of Vernon and Irene Castle who made close dancing chic in America with their success on broadway and with their best seller “Modern Dancing” published in 1914…

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On a trip to Paris performing the latest American dances, the Castles were the rage of Parisian society and it is there that they discovered Tango…their success was widely reported in the United States, preparing their way for a triumphant return to New York in 1912 and their introduction of this new dance to American society eventually even popularizing an innovative hands free tango step…Irene was the daughter of a prominent New York physician and Veron was an aspiring actor from Norwich England…their marriage was not approved by Irene’s father but together they would attain fame and fortune….he died at the age of 30 as a decorated pilot in World War I; she would marry three other times but would pay tribute to him in her memoir “My Husband”

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  • CLICK HERE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5TE74e9vAg to see a clip of Vernon and Irene Castle dancing including an instant when they dance the tango…the later part of the clip shows a section from the the 1939 film “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” starring Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers

1937, November 12 – BIRTH OF HECTOR MAYORAL

Dancer, Choreographer (Scorpio) – In 2009  fictionalized film of this man’s life and career it describes him as “the greatest dancer of all time”…he plays himself in the film, The Man Who Dances,  which is a collage of the different stages in his life…he grew up in a tough Villa Pueyrredon neighborhood and had to leave school early but his salvation was his love of dance….during the day he worked odd jobs but at night he would hang around the milongas where the old milongueros took him under their wing and showed him how to dance…in one of life’s turning moments, one evening at a milonga he struck by a shy girl standing alone and he asked her to dance..

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Elsa Maria Borquez was from the mythical neighborhood of La Boca who at the age of 8 had started studying ballet, music and art; she would become his life’s and career partner…their destiny would take them, as dancers in the award-winning “Tango Argentino” and “Forever Tango” all over the world….they have danced and taught people like Lady Di, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Robert Duvall, Frank Sinatra, Placido Domingo, Robert Deniro, Mijail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Liza Minelli, Julio Iglesias, Whoopi Goldberg…As innovators, they have developed a new health alternative therapy, “Cardio respiratory benefits during the tango dance”, together with professional scientists from the “Fundación Cardiológica Argentina”….Hector says “when you hear the beat of the tango and it travels through your ear annd into your heart, and it becomes your legs, you feel that you are telling the story of your barrio”

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1957, September 17 – debut of “LUCY DOES THE TANGO”

TV Episode – on this date aired this episode of the TV comedy “I Love Lucy”…discouraged by the returns of his  new chicken-raising business, Ricky declares that he’ll sell all his hens unless they starting laying more eggs…hoping to mollify Ricky, Lucy (born Aug. 6, 1911, Leo) and Ethel purchase five dozen eggs to plant them in the hen’s nests…

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Unfortunately, Fred  unexpectedly shows up, and rather than admit her subterfuge, Lucy stuffs dozens of eggs in her clothes…It is at this point that Ricky arrives home, insisting that he and Lucy rehearse their tango routine for the upcoming  PTA show…the slapstick routine that follows elicited the loudest and longest sustained audience laughter of any episode in the history of I Love Lucy

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1938, September 6 – BIRTH OF MARIA NIEVES

Dancer (Virgo)…daughter of simple Galician immigrants… her  father dies suddenly, she leaves school in the 4th grade  and still practically a child, is forced to work as a maid...Juan Carlos Copes sees her for the first time at the Club Estrella through her sister Nata…eventually she becomes his dance partner but to perform he has to lie about her age; she is only fourteen years old…thus is born a legendary tango dance couple

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When she is of age they marry but the marriage, due to his infidelity, lasts only eight years however their partnership lasts for 50 years… their ideal is Gene Kelly and Chyd Cherise…their brilliant performances include the Ed Sullivan Show and at the Reagan white house…about tango she says, “’The first time I danced the tango, it entered my skin through my feet, passed from my skin to my blood and through my blood to my heart

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