Touch of tango

Anyone who has ever seen the movie "Cabaret" knows the words: "What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play."

But some people, including the members of the new SoCo Tango Club, have acted on that advice. They come out to exercise, socialize and even fraternize, but mostly just to dance.

Their style varies from ballroom and West Coast Swing to salsa and tango, but the appeal is the same. It's fun.

"You form a community with the people who do the dance you do. The people who do salsa have a salsa community. The people who do ballroom have a ballroom community," said Dyana Foldvary, who founded the SoCo Tango Club earlier this year.

"All dance is social, but tango is on a whole different level of social, going toward almost intimate," said Foldvary, a Forestville graphic artist and dance teacher. "In the tango community, because of the nature of the dance, you learn more about other people's lives."

Dance groups have produced many friendships, some romances and a few marriages, Foldvary said.

Leslie McCauley, a Santa Rosa Junior College arts instructor, said "Tango Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" drove her to join Foldvary's new group.

"Five years ago, after a solo adventure to Buenos Aires, I became addicted to the joys of tango. Really, this dance has changed my life and, I think, made me a better person," McCauley said.

North Bay tango aficionados often drive to San Francisco or the East Bay for the chance to dance, she said, and they welcome the new local group, which meets regularly at the Lomitas Schoolhouse, off Chanate Road in Santa Rosa.

"It is so nice to be able to dance locally. These dancers are people we know, we enjoy dancing with, and who are a part of our tango family," McCauley said.

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