Friday, August 21, 2009 - Virginia Theater, Champaign, Il
Saturday, August 22, 2009- Harris Theater, Chicago, Il
Sunday, August 23, 2009- The Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin, Il
Thursday, August 27, 2009- Depaul's Merle Reskin Theatre, Chicago, Il
Saturday, August 29, 2009- Depaul's Merle Reskin Theatre, Chicago, Il
Sunday, August 30, 2009- Christian Heritage Academy, Northfield, Il
About American Tango Institute
Netza Roldan and Babette Klein founded the American Tango Institute in 2004 to spread the benefits and joy of tango to the Chicago community at large.
ATI moved to our current location on Hoyne in January 2006 to accommodate larger audiences, more classes and new programs.
In the last ten years we've seen tango become one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing popular forms of expression and social activities around the world. The tango as it is experienced today, reflects the theory that all cycles in life look to return to their beginnings, always seeking their foundation, their origin. In the last decade, tango has been embraced by hundreds of thousands of people who have made it an important activity in their personal and social lives. The tango experience creates positive feelings, peace of mind and relaxation in the individual dancers and also gives a sense of encounter with one's unknown origins.
Most tangueros in the world feel that tango is the pathway to happiness, but more than anything else, tango provides a vehicle to express their feelings, first to themselves and then to others.
Tango was born over a hundred years ago of many cultures, styles and ideologies. It had its beginnings in the ports of Rio de la Plata (Argentina & Uruguay) with immigrants who arrived in search of a better life, but who also longed for home. They came together to express their joy, their sadness and their nostalgia for their homelands, with the music, instruments and styles of dance they brought with them from countries such as Poland, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Africa and Cuba, thus laying the foundation for what has evolved into the unique world of the tango.
ATI is a place where people will be able to come to rediscover themselves, to find joy in movement, music and other forms of art or to relax, connect with friends and enjoy the pleasures of the music and dance of tango.
In addition to tango dance, music and art, ATI will offer instruction in other dance rhythms such as salsa, merengue, cha-cha-cha, danzón, cumbia, mambo, regional Mexican dances, stepping, as well as classes in yoga and tai chi, as a part of their efforts to promote dance and movement as a means to world of tango with audiences throughout the United States. We work with other tango organizers and organizations to support efforts to introduce the tango to our own community and to others around the country.