Polly's Tango Talk

July 13, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — tangopolly @ 4:33 pm

I’ve danced Argentine tango for 22 years, can’t imagine life without it, am extremely fortunate to live in Portland, Oregon and to have been a founding member of the Tango Community.  In 1992, Clay Nelson and I and our former partners discovered a new treasure and immediately knew that tango would speak for itself if we could get folks to give it a try.  We did, they did and it did.   Fast forward to today…ValenTango (created and directed by Clay)  has become the largest tango event in the country with over 500 participants from around the world (literally) attending.  Whooda thunk?   Details:  www.claysdancestudio.com.  Along the way, Portland has sustained a thriving community, wonderful teachers, beautiful venues, and tango every night of the week.  Details at:  www.portlandtango.com.

In 1998 Nora (Dinzelbacher) nee Olivera, (my idol) and I became friends when we were dorm-mates at University of the Pacific Folk Dance Camp where she was on staff.  That was my 18th year and up till that time my life revolved around International Folk Dance.  Performing, teaching, choreographing.   After Nora became Director of Nora’s Tango Week, (previously Stanford Tango Week directed by Richard Powers) she  invited me as her guest and to write “El Chamuyo” the daily newsletter.  I about fell off my chair when I read her email.  Incomparable privilege and honor.  Not to mention the fabulous experience of spending time with top of the line instructors!   Event details at:  www.tangoweek.com.

Link to video of my favorite partner and I ( grandson Joel; 22, started tango at 13) doing a demo to Pugliese’s “Recuerdo” at my Friday Practica.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11u1c8Gw9EI.

Link to video clips taken at my 70th birthday party.  Includes family and friend in swing, tap, unicycle.  Last number is Joel and I dancing to “La Mariposa.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM2sNUQh9pI

Should you be  inclined, it’s ok to quote, copy, print, etc. with credit to author.  🙂

I’d love to hear your comments about anything on this blog or other tango topic. If you prefer to respond privately, email to:   tangopolly@gmail.com.


  1. Hola Polly,
    Welcome to the Blogesphere!
    Just so you know, I’m adding you to my Tango Blog Buzz list.
    Suerte, and happy dancing!

    Comment by Cherie — January 6, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

  2. Congrats, Polly, for getting this underway. I look forward to watching it develop and learning from Polly’s Blog!!!

    Comment by Sue Brickey — January 8, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

  3. Polly – have always enjoyed your sweet spirit and slightly irreverent sense of humor – write on..!!

    Comment by Patty Leverett — January 8, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

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