Tango Classes in Los Angeles
The EMBRACE Project! - Argentine tango for amputees and their family & friends

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Read Naomi's interview with LA examiner= Creating a More Inclusive Tango Community.

Embrace Project Performance at the Santa Monica Tango Festival "Tango on the Street" event, May 2nd 2010. Brenda & Jeremiah.

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Share the joy and connection of tango.

EMBRACE Project Workshop for amputees and the amputee support groups
Looking into the possibilities of Argentine Tango for Limb Challenged Individuals
November 8th Sunday- 2-3pm at the Pacific Arts Center
10469 Santa Monica blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025

*Introduction to Argentine Tango, mechanics of the dance, class and demonstration

*Any questions, please contact Naomi Hotta Tango in Santa Monica

Embrace Project Mission
Sharing the joy of Argentine Tango dancing with the amputee community by connecting through the tango embrace.

Benefits of Dancing the Argentine Tango
1: A fun way to get exercise: Practice balance, posture, and alignment of the body by finding your axis. Explore weight shifting and moving your center of gravity. Expand range of motion. All of which is done to tango music and with a partner.
2: Social and natural way to connect to people: All exercises will be done together with a partner.
3: Sweeps you away into a moment of bliss in music and dance

Brief History of the Argentine Tango
The Argentine Tango started in the streets of Buenos Aires in the 1800s. It was a dance for the lower class population and mostly danced in the brothels. At this time, many immigrants were moving from Europe to find work in Buenos Aires, which meant that most of them were men. The ratio between men and women were so different that the men had to go to visit the brothels in order to enjoy the company of women. At these brothels, they played live tango music. As the men waited their turn to be with these prostitutes, they would practice dancing tango with each other, as they wanted to be able to impress the women when they were granted with the opportunity.

In the 1900s, the workers would return to Europe where they would start introducing tango, as the highly successful men would dance the tango. The more middle and upper class population in Europe started catching onto tango leading into the big breakout in Paris. As a trend-setting city, the tango spread through the European countries quickly. At the same time, the tango dance was also becoming more of a common dance being danced by the middle class in Buenos Aires.

The 1940s and 1950s were one of the highlight eras of tango where many orchestras well known today appeared. The tango music was expanding and tango dancing was in full bloom. This era didn't last that long, as tango became banned in 1955 with the military coup. President Peron was heavily involved with tango, and tango dancers were heavily involved in politics. This was the dark ages of tango where tango dancers were thrown into prison, and the dancing happened discreetly in the corners of the city. In 1983, the lights came back to the city and to the tango.

Since then, the tango has developed into a dance widely recognized around the world. You may travel to a remote city in a random country to find a tango community that will welcome you in if you walk in with a pair of tango shoes. Through the embrace, we connect, speaking the language of tango. This is a dance danced by young and old, tall and short, many nationalities, all over the world. Tango is about connecting with your partner, feeling the music, feeling our bodies move to the music, and being present in the moment with yourself and your partner.

What a joy!! Let's all embrace and dance this dance of passion & connection. Come and join us to enjoy the Argentine Tango!

Message from Naomi Hotta - Argentine Tango Dancer & Instructor, Founder of Embrace Project.
Brenda, amputee with prosthetic leg learning tango In 2002, I met tango where I fell madly in love with the dance instantaneously. In 2003, being inspired to experience tango at the mecca, I traveled to Buenos Aires for a month. With the love for tango, I returned right away in 2004 for 4 months with plans to stay for a longer period of time. Unfortunately, I had a knee injury during a jazz class that I took during my stay, disabling me to walk or dance. Deprived of one of my favorite passions in life, I couldn't imagine what it would be like if I were to be challenged permanently. I was devastated at the thought.

Thankfully, since then, my knee has recovered going through surgery and physical therapy, where I am teaching and dancing as strongly as I had been before. This year, I came to a strong realization that I would love to expand the horizons of tango, not only to teach and interact amongst the tango community but to open up the doors of this beautiful dance to those who many not dream it to be possible for themselves. Tango is a beautiful dance and can be danced by many, and I would like to invite you to dance with us. We'd like to welcome you. Let's share this passion & joy of tango - feel the connection!

Any donations to support and expand this project is appreciated.