‘Tango Argentino: The Dance of Love’ set for Feb. 15

Jacques Saint-Cyr and Maria Castello (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Give the “Gift of Dance” to your special someone on Valentine’s Day! Register for “Tango Argentino: The Dance of Love,” set for 7-10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Hall (the former First Presbyterian Church), 406 N. Main St., Rockford.

Bring yourself and a special someone (or find one there!) to this Valentine dance hosted by Maria Castello and Jacques Saint-Cyr.

The evening will start with a class, followed by demonstrations and open dancing.

Saint-Cyr obtained a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Quebec in Montreal and a master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Montreal. He became involved with Tango in 1993.

From 1996 to 2003, Saint-Cyr taught, choreographed and performed at La Tangueria in Montreal, one of the first and most renowned places dedicated to Argentine tango. He has worked as a guest teacher in many cities across North America, including Quebec, Chicoutimi, Ottawa, Champaign-Urbana, Purdue and Madison, Wis. In 2001, he participated in the production of the film Macadam Tango, which has been presented in television by Radio-Canada and TV5 (the International French Network.)

Castello graduated from the National School of Dance and the School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a Laban/Bartenieff Movement analyst. She has always been interested in dance in all its forms. Parallel to her career in ballet and contemporary dance, she joined the Argentina Folk Ballet directed by Nora and Raul Dinzelbacher, performing with this folklore-tango company in Argentina, Brazil, and the United States from 1980 to 1988. Both Saint-Cyr and Castello studied with Suzuki and Pepito Avellaneda and Rodolfo Dinzel and Mingo Pugliese. The pair have been collaborating since 1994.

For more about them, visit www.mjtango.com.

Admission is $10 per person or $14 per couple. To make a reservation, call Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center at (815) 964-9713.

From the Feb. 13-19, 2013, issue

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