Stanford Tango Club Workshops with Sharna Fabiano on Sat Feb 21, 2015: Exploring Tango Performance



Saturday, Feb 21

Check out Sharna’s choreography: “Points of Contact” with Arona Primalani (2008)
Her MFA dance thesis (UCLA):
Her improvised Stanford performance with Aja (2011):


Dance your creativity

1. What is the difference between tango “social dance” and tango “performance?”
2. Are there special moves just for performance? And is social dance, itself, a kind of performance?
3. When do you improvise and when do you choreograph?

In this unique pair of workshops, we’ll attempt to shed light on these sometimes confusing questions by shifting the variables of space, time and energy in our own dancing, and by exploring the relationship between performer and spectator in the same way that we might focus on that of leader and follower. The majority of our time will be spent dancing, but each session will include a small amount of video presentation as a way to deepen our understanding of performance possibilities. You will utilize your own existing tango repertoire as well as learn a few new elements. There are no pre-requisites. This course is for all levels with partners optional. Attending both sessions is strongly recommended as they will reinforce each other thematically.


3:15-4:45p Workshop 1 Improvising
5:15-6:45p Workshop 2 Choreographing
8:30-12:00 Milonga (social dance party)
@ Black Community Services Center, Stanford


Affiliates: $10/ workshop, $15/ 2 workshop
Community: $25/workshop, $40/ 2 workshop
milonga: $5/affiliates, $10/community, $0 with workshop(s)


Black Commuity Services Center, Stanford, CA (at intersection of Lomita Dr and Santa Teresa Str)

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About Sharna

1. Visiting from LA

2. Teaches at UCLA and Oxygen Tango

Shana holds an MFA in Dance and has been involved with tango in all kinds of ways since 1997. She toured with the acclaimed all-woman company TangoMujer, based in NYC, from 2003-2006, and directed her own company, Sharna Fabiano Tango, in Washington, DC between 2006-2010. Her choreographic work explores the tango tradition as it intersects with other dance and theater disciplines. She has created both improvised and choreographed tangos, tangos that turn upside down, tangos with objects and furniture, solo tangos, invisible tangos, silent tangos, and tangos in disguise. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she teaches in the Departments of Theater and World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA and at Oxygen Tango. More at


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