Tango and Art Meet in San Diego: Tangolicious!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tangolicious Dance Flyer

What do you think of when someone mentions the tango dance?  For me the dance conjures up images of fashionably dressed and sophisticated people connecting to exotic melodies.  Indeed, the intertwining of fashion and tango dance is evident throughout the history of the dance.

A local event here in San Diego called Tangolicious will examine this link between fashion and tango dance.  Tangolicious will feature guest artist and headwear designer Susan Lake and performances by the TangoCentric Dance Project.  (Check out the interview I did with Susan Lake for Ritmo Bello here) The event also boasts special Tangotini cocktails and plenty of desserts to enjoy as well.

For more information check out the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meeting Group RSVP page.

See you all on the dance floor!

San Diego’s TANGOCENTRIC hosting FREE Preview Performance…

Friday, January 23, 2009


There is a great tango dance event coming up here next Friday January 30th for the TANGOCENTRIC Dance Project.  

The event is a preview performance where the group will preview works that are currently under consruction from their workshop and performing ensemble.  

Under the artistic direction of Susan Lake (you can see the interview I did with her in a previous post), TANGOCENTRIC’s projects are unique in that they incorporate traditional Argentine Tango along with ballet, modern and interpretive dance.  

For more information on this event please visit the page setup on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.  


Be a Part of Tango’s New Direction with TANGOCENTRIC

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Tango dancing has moved in many new directions over the last few years.  Here in San Diego a unique dance ensemble called TANGOCENTRIC is making its mark on the dance scene.

TANGOCENTRIC  originated with 6 talented dancers under the direction of Susan Lake .

Experimenting with Jazz, Ballet, and contemporary techniques, this innovative dance company is pushing the boundaries of what we all know as tango.  Definitely not for the weak of heart, the challenging choreographies break the traditional look of what we have accepted as tango dancing today.

Saturday morning on August 9th, the first TANGOCENTRIC dance auditions will take place as the company continues to find its place in the theatrical dance community.  For anyone wanting to expand their dance experience, this would be a dance "must" according to Susan Lake, director of TANGOCENTRIC.

To find out more information and to RSVP for the audition please visit the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group.

Ritmo Bello Interview with Tango Producer Susan Lake and TANGOCENTRIC

Saturday, July 5, 2008

As the Main organizer for the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group I have the honor of meeting dance professionals from all genres of the Latin dance world.

Here in San Diego the dance community is particularly privileged to have one such professional from the Tango world helping keep the dance alive.

Susan Lake from Susan Lake Productions recently sat down with me for an interview to discuss tango dance and music here in San Diego, California. Below is the article. Enjoy!


Ritmo Bello: Hi Susan, thanks for taking the time to address the Ritmo Bello audience. What is the focus of your organization in relation to the San Diego Dance community?

Susan Lake: My company, SUSAN LAKE PRODUCTIONS, has always been about bringing to San Diego the best information on dance. 10 years ago, I created the TANGO BALL which served as an arena for not only some of the best tango performers in the world, but became the beginning roots of dance fusion in San Diego. As the Artistic Director for TANGOCENTRIC , a performing tango dance ensemble, I have opened the door to experimental dance using tango as the dramatic center of the choreography. At present I am conducting workshops in San Diego for performers and advanced dance companies who wish to integrate tango into their own particular dance styles.

Ritmo Bello: What are the origins of your production company?

Susan Lake: I am originally from New York City, Where I attended Hartt College of Music. When I came to San Diego I became part owner of Mac Vitties Dance Studio. After selling the studio, I started a dance company called TANGO LAGO. I organized dance classes, brought guest artists to San Diego conducted educational tours to Argentina for the study of tango and eventually originated the longest running event of its kind, the TANGO BALL. At present my company is called SUSAN LAKE PRODUCTIONS and my career has led me into the areas of Producer, Director, Project Developer and lecturer.

Ritmo Bello: A question I often get from my audience deals with identifying what is and is not Tango. What is Tango? How do you know if a piece of music is tango or not?

Susan Lake: The dance tango, has its origins in Argentina. It is the result of immigrants from Europe coming together in a time in history when people were being displaced from the countries they once called home. The dance tells the stories of humanity and its stuggle for an identity.

As far as tango music is concerned, yes there is music that is considered traditional tango music and is commonly identified by the sound of the bandoneon . However, today tango is danced to everything from jazz to symphonic music and electronic sounds.

Ritmo Bello: What is the difference between American and Argentine tango?

Susan Lake: One of the most distinct differences is the use of the legs. Secondly is the embrace or what is commonly known as the dance frame. One of the unique and beautiful aspects of Argentine tango is the use of the "pause", which significantly adds to the drama or "tension" of the dance. It is very typical to watch American style tango and be able identify "set" patterns. In Argentine tango, the combinations are endless and it is common to observe that everyone is creating their own story through the dance itself!

Ritmo Bello: I heard you mention earlier that you have a new performing ensemble called TANGOCENTRIC. Could you tell me a little bit about what that is all about?

Susan Lake: Yes, I started TANGOCENTRIC a year and a half ago. It is an experimental dance ensemble that incorporates different dance styles in the choreography. They have performed locally at several different venues and we are currently working on a unique Tango program.

Ritmo Bello: Do you have contact information in case anyone from the Ritmo Bello audience wants to contact you?

Susan Lake: Yes. As I am now an organizer on the San Diego Salsa and Latin Dancing Meetup Group and will continue hosting Tango events for the group’s members. I will also be available to anyone who may have tango questions. You can e-mail me at susanlakeproductions@gmail.com and you can reach me at 888-796-9670.

Ritmo Bello: Susan Lake, Thank you so much for your time and I hope to attend some of your Tango events in the future.

Susan Lake: My pleasure John.  Hope to see you at one of my upcoming events!

Art, Hair, and Tango Dancing at Art Around Adams this Saturday June 7th

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"Art Around Adams" is this Saturday, June 7th. For those of you not familiar with the event it will boast 1.5 miles worth of art and music all along Adams Avenue .

TANGOCENTRIC will perform at HairDrezzersOnFire , Saturday, June 7, at 9PM as part of the performing artists featured in this one day event. This will be a great opportunity to see and hear this Tango group in action. To get a taste of what is in store, just watch the video I’ve included in this post from their last performance at the North Park Festival of Arts.

Join TangoCentric at this new business location on Adams for the latest in hair design, make-up, music, performance and fun! Performance location: 3463 Adams Ave, San Diego, Ca. 92116

For more information you can call 619-281-FIRE or visit Susan Lake Productions .

John F. Bello

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