For those who're behind on the plot - My wife Dedra Demaree and I started a Tango club at Oregon State University last year and, except for my trip back to South Africa, have been teaching there more or less ever since.
We've always been
partial to helping beginners find their feet, and so the "nothing
fancy, just good fundamentals" motto is what permeated our tenure here -
but as things have worked out in 2013 - due to work and life
circumstances we will moving to Washington DC at the end of June.
OSU Tango will keep going
Because we're going away (for now) that doesn't mean OSU is soon to dance its last tanda!
fact, there are already 3 veterans from the community who have made
commitments to carry on instruction at the class - Rafeal Miranda who
more or less runs the Tango scene in Newport, Frank Davis who's well
known all round and a regular at the Portland Tango (both of whom have
taught at the club before), and Peter Gysegym who's had his own classes
and milongas going in Corvallis for years - with one or two other
experienced gentlemen waiting in the wings who want to help build Tango
There is also an
OSU faculty member ready to take the reigns on the club admin. So
classes should continue without issue after we've left.
We hope that it'll remain free of charge - open to anyone with a good attitude that wants to get a start in Argentine Tango.
largely started the club to help nurture the local community and expose
OSU's ample ballroom, swing and blues fraternities to this art; which
we're happy to have been successful at.
main concern at the moment is getting a few new students willing to
stand up as committee members for the club at the turn of the new
academic year. We trust that a few of you will raise your hands and help
keep the doors open when the time comes. Please contact me directly
should you feel motivated to contribute and...
Work together to help the club grow.
now, classes will run as usual, every monday evening from 7 - 9pm, and
will have one last milonga at our house some time in June.