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Denver Memorial Day TangoFest Photos

On May 26-31, tango aficionados gathered from all points of the compass to meet in Colorado for Tom Stermitz' Memorial Day TangoFest, to see old friends and make new ones in the workshops with Julio & Corina, Brigitta Winkler, Alex Krebs, Homer Ladas and Heather Morrow, and to dance the days and nights away to great DJ'ed music from Robin Thomas, Dan Boccia, Ramu Pyreddy and Lisa Battan.    Some photos appear below:

 

The first stop for many was the Mercury Cafe on Friday night, for the first milonga and a memorable set of performances by Julio & Corina.

Tango Colorado's traditional outdoor picnic/milonga at Cheesman Park Pavilion posed the question: what's it like to tango in a leather jacket?  High winds (20-30 mph gusting to 50) and chilly temperatures (highs in the low 50's) didn't deter the hungry crowd who descended on the Pavilion for the afternoon revels.  The unusual conditions rewarded those who dressed in layers, because...

...once the floor filled up a little, the "tango weather" was just fine!

 

 

The traditional thank-yous were led off by Pat Patton of Tango Colorado, acknowledging the outpouring of support from Tango Colorado members for the picnic/milonga logistics...

 

 followed by Tom, who acknowledged his assistants for the herculean job of running the festival events...

 

then Nina stepped up to introduce the teachers, and to set the stage for...

...Julio & Corina's exhibition to the live guitar accompaniment of Gregory Nisnevitch...

...which inspired everyone to more tango trances as the darkness and chill eventually set in...

...herding us back to the Doubletree Hotel Ballroom to dance until the wee hours of Monday...

 

...after which, feet sore but hearts full, we retired for the night...until next time!

Thanks to Rick Moss for contributing some excellent new photos to this collection.

Thanks to Tom Stermitz of La Eterna Milonga, Nina Pesochinsky of Tango Maverick, Marilyn Megenity of the Mercury Cafe, Chas Gale & Marlena Rich of the Tango House, and all the volunteers from Tango Colorado who make the TangoFests the incredible success they have been.  To all the out-of-town visitors - thanks for coming, and come back soon!