1. Global Argentine Tango Event Repository/Resource

  2. Kevin Andresen

  3. Create an XML database of Argentine Tango event and teacher information and various methods for extracting information by regional web sites.  Make it easy for students and promoters world-wide to get access to the rapidly diminishing number of aging masters as well as their students.

  4. This project will create an XML database, present various forms for event and other data entry, distribute access to XSL template transformation to web page hosts and basically keep track of all aspects, movements, and events involving the teaching of authentic Argentine Tango.
  5. Why:
    Argentine Tango is a movement form for couples, transformed by Europe and the American systems into a dance that is barely recognizable.  Rock and roll, following on the tail of swing, took over the young minds of the world and there was a twenty-year gap in the transfer of knowledge.  While the Peron administration loved and took part in Tango, their desire to suppress sedition hindered meetings of the men who shared the 80-year old secrets of the subtle twists and slight shifts that brought couples together in an intricate walking embrace.

    Nowadays, the form of Tango that developed in Buenos Aires is spreading throughout the world, this time more authentically.  Unfortunately, there is a very small supply of the aging dancers who spent decades developing their technique.  As such, students are clamoring to find and follow particular teachers throughout the world to learn from them and simultaneously practice with other students.

    Presently, information about Argentine Tango events is broadcast around the world on one particular mailing list.  This information, while manageable, requires every recipient dealing with email and extracting their information.  There is no easy way to extract the information.
    Even searching (e.g. by Google) for teachers and events is difficult without knowledge of Spanish or which teacher is which, especially with nicknames ("El Pulpo", the octopus.  ... and, just in case you're wondering, that's from what he does with his legs.)

    It is still important for local websites to host the information about Festivals (events that combine teaching and dancing) within reach of their area or of particular interest to students of the host.  (There are several styles of Argentine Tango that developed in the different sections of Buenos Aires, all authentic but, because tango is so subtle, sometimes incompatible within a set of music with the same partner).

    For example, one of the most thorough web sites is produced locally ( http://tango.havetodance.com ).  On one page, events are listed.  It's a somewhat random selection for a New England regional web site.  It's what people send him.
    Note the similarity in information for each, - Title, Dates, Location, number of dances, number of classes, instructor pairings, links to instructor websites

    Maui Tango Festival
    February 20-25, 2007, on Maui, Hawaii

    Yale Tango Fest
    April 6-8, 2007, New Haven, Connecticut. 3 milongas and 20 classes with instructors include Brigitta Winkler and Tomas Howlin, Nick Jones and Tara Fortier, Robin Thomas and Jennifer Olson, Ney Melo and Jennifer Bratt, Carlos and Tova Moreno.

    Tango Fantasy Festival
    May 25-June 2, 2007, at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach, Florida. Attending instructors include Miguel Angel Zotto & Romina Levin, Osvaldo Zotto & Lorena Ermocida, Facundo & Kely Posadas, Daniel "El Flaco" Garcia & Silvina Vals, Silvia Gryntz & Guillermo Salvat, Fabian Salas & Carolina del Rivero, Guillermina Quiroga & Claudio Villagra. Early enrollment deadline is February 28.

    Montréal International Tango Festival
    July 7-July 15, 2007, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Instructors include Aurora Lubiz & Hugo Daniel, Valeria Zunino & Pablo Nievas, Vilma Vega & Fernando Galera, Soledad Larretapia & Ricky Biggeri, Marisol Morales & Alejandro Larenas, and Agata Jakubczyk & Gerardo Sanchez. Music by Beba Pugliese, Miguel Varvello & Sexteto Tango Libre, Fiestango and Cuarteto Argentino.

    go to Stowe Tango Fest
    Stowe Tango Festival & the US Tango Championships
    Stowe, Vermont. 2007 dates to be determined (as of 03/30/07, the dates on their website were for 2006).

    Las Vegas Tango Weekend
    September 20-23, 2007, at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 Last Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada. Instructors include Osvaldo Zotto & Lorena Ermocida, Nito & Elba, Carolina & Diego, Hugo Latorre & Zita Gonzale, and Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo. Hosted by Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo to benefit the Cancer and Luekemia foundations

    © Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved. Benson Wong.

    Benson is happy to enter any information that is sent to him.  However every email he gets is different and many producers forget to inform him of last minute changes.  Occasionally he gets tired.

    What is needed is an easy way to get information about events and extract it into personal web sites.  This allows for personal creativity and decreases the anxiety about publishing correct information.

  6. Data will be put into a central XML database.
    Why XML?  Because that is this class and because it is easy to examine by people interested in using the data.
    Aspects of the project
  7. Questions
    I am concerned about the size of the database.  What size can be managed?
    Is there any standard practice for being open but secure for such a database?