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Posted at 5:26 PM ET, 03/ 9/2005

Dancing Till Dawn


You know the feeling of meeting someone for the first time and developing such an intense connection that you stay up all night talking, a la Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in "Before Sunrise"? That's what tango dancing embodies, a "deep communication between two people," says instructor Marc Shepanek of Flying Feet Enterprises. And that's why he's organizing the first all-night milonga on March 18 at Glen Echo.

Milonga means a tango dance party, and this one goes to 5 a.m. at the glamorous Art Deco Spanish Ballroom. All ages and all levels, even those starting from scratch, are invited: there's a lesson from 8 to 9. A live band, Siempre Tango, plays 9 to midnight, and a DJ picks it up from there.

It does take two to tango, but there's no need to bring a partner to this milonga. Generally, you switch partners every cortina, or three to four songs, and both men and women ask each other to dance. Think of it as an elegant, sustained version of speed-dating, albeit one with much more physical contact (which gives you more insight on a potential date anyway.) Of course, you could come with a date. You could even come for the lesson, stop out for a romantic dinner and come back to dance. This is sexy stuff.

The ballroom has no heating or air-conditioning, so think layers. And although Flying Feet is offering coffee, water and cake, it doesn't hurt to bring your own (nonalcoholic) beverage.

-- Anne

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You've missed the greater part of the 4th DC Tango Marathon--it's a series of classes and milongas (in fact, there are all-nighters every night of the marathon). And for the beginners there are a whole series of beginning classes that weekend. If anyone wants more details check out the organizer's site (not me! I'm just eager to pass along info about tango) at under special events.

Posted by: DC tanguera | March 14, 2005 11:30 AM | Report abuse

One show only!

Sergio Alessandro Buslje and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra invite you to an evening of tango excitement -- From traditional tangos to the modern tangos of Astor Piazzolla.

Joining the orchestra are special guest artists from Argentina, Bandó, a young and talented tango quintet. Tango dancers complement the show.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

Tickets $25 (general admission - reserved seating)
On sale now at the Lisner Box Office or TicketMaster (301) 808-6900 or PASO at (240)242-8032 or (202) 884-9008.

Posted by: jamie | September 8, 2005 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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