Portland Revels is proud to introduce our new program of Tradition Days. Several times a year we’ll be partnering with
local artists and “tradition bearers” to teach us traditions from around the world.
The focus of our first Tradition Day is on tango; both as a dance style and a South American cultural tradition. We’re bringing Liz Hutchinson and Yelizaveta Nersesova of Dos Minas (www.dosminas.com) in to teach us how the music of tango has changed throughout history and across culture. And, or course, to teach us to DANCE!
We’ll have other afternoon offerings if you don’t feel like dancing all day. Betsy Branch, our associate music director, will be launching “Band of Fools”, a chance for you to make music in a group with whatever instrument (and skill level) you’d like to bring. And Leela Grace, a nationally-known singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and percussive dancer who was a wonderful part of the 2012 Appalachian Revels, will be teaching by-ear harmony singing.
After dinner we’ll be hosting an all-ages Milonga, or Argentinian social dance, complete with additional dance instruction. A safe, comfortable, Revels way to step out into tango.
March 4th, 2017 3-9pm
Rose City Park Presbyterian Church
1907 NE 45th Ave, Portland, OR 97213
- 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – The Music of Tango w/ Dos Minas (presentation) OR Band of Fools w/ Betsy Branch.
- 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm – Introduction to By-Ear Harmony Singing with Leela Grace OR Beginning Tango Dance w/ Dos Minas
- 5:45 pm -7:00 pm – Potluck Supper!
- 7:00 pm-9:00 pm – Milonga (Social Dance) with Dos Minas
- The Music of Tango w/ Dos Minas
Learn about the rich cultural history behind the music of the Argentine Tango.
- Beginning Tango Dance
Learn the basic dance steps of the Tango with our Tango instructors from Dos Minas, a local dance studio.
- Band of Fools w/ Betsy Branch
Join Betsy for a lively and accessible tunes session. She will teach a few simple tunes by ear, but also will welcome suggestions from participants about great tunes to play as a group. Any instrument is welcome, and you can come even if you don’t have an instrument. Revels will make some fun rhythm instruments available for your use during our time together. It is also really fun to sing fiddle tunes, so singing voices are welcome too. Feel free to bring along a recording device so that you can learn any tunes we play on your own. They will likely come up again in future Band of Fools sessions!
- Introduction to By-Ear Harmony Singing with Leela Grace
With a patient, light-hearted approach, Leela will help you discover the power of voices raised in harmony. Through large and small group singing, we will practice the fundamentals of two-, three-, and four-part harmony using by-ear techniques. This class is all about singing . . . singing together, finding your voice, experiencing the power of voices raised in song together, listening, laughing, and generally having lots of fun. We will learn to understand harmonies and how they work by SINGING a variety of songs, from Appalachian old time to contemporary folk. All abilities and experience levels are welcome. Come explore the possibilities! Since this is a by-ear class, a recording device of some sort is strongly recommended.
Full day participation (3-9pm) – $25 adult
Full day participation (3-9pm) – $20 child
Evening only (dance) participation – $15
Evening only (dance) participation child – $8