in Vermont 2008
It's hard to believe how much
time has gone by already since the weekend..., sometimes I feel I
still have DJ Richard's tunes still in my ears and the unique floor
of the great ballroom at the Brandon Inn still under my dancing feet!
I would like to once again thank all of you for participating in this
year's 'Moonlight in Vermont' Tango Festival. I have so far resisted
calling it a festival, but it's grown to such a special weekend, it
deserves to be called on par to any of the festivals I have visited
over the years of my tango dancing.
Thanks to all you, the dancers that showed up and really made it an
amazing and unforgettable weekend!
We hope you can join us again next year, Sept 11-13th, 2009!
Once more very special thanks to all the teachers for their great
classes, to Richard Lipkin for the fabulous music at the milongas,
the owners and staff at the Brandon Inn, which made all of it possible.
Particular thanks to Lydia and Clement for the tireless help in promoting
the weekend in Montreal and beyond - Je ne sais pas beaucoup de Francais,
mais c'est a dire: Merci bien!!
Special thanks also to Judith from Brattleboro for all the help and
filming, Eloise in Burlington and Cathy in Rutland.
There are too many thanks to name all, but one not to forget:
Thanks to Hugo Stabio from Luigi
Bosca winery and Testa wines, the wines are delicous!
With heartfelt thanks,
hugs and best greetings from Brandon, Vermont,
It is absolutely a Festival!! It was such a pleasant surprise to see
how much it has grown. Congratulations on a job well done!! We had
a fabulous time. Lots and lots of great dancing. So many nice people
- wonderful vibes everywhere. Most definitely coming back next year.
Thanks for everything.
I had a great time at your weekend
- it certainly is a FESTIVAL - and I think it has developed into one
of the best.
Have already marked my calendar for next year. You did a great job
of organizing - and the wines add the finishing touch.
The only comments I have are: All the teachers were great - but I
especially loved Ariel and Lorena - hope they return next year.
It was also nice having the venue ALL in the Brandon Inn - but I thought
the floor space was too small for some of the group sizes.
Thanks again for all - Holly
(We will definitely have larger
floors for next year!)
Thank you for a wonderful weekend. My husband
and I enjoyed ourselves very much and learned a great deal about argentine
tango (although we have a great deal more to learn). I understand
from talking with people in the area that your tango festival has
certainly grown and hopefully will continue to prosper. My only concern
(and it is a minor one), is that the portable dance floors were much
too small and it was sometimes frustrating not being able to have
the floor space (we did as much as we could on the carpet). Other
than that, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Vermont is beautiful. Thanks,
again. Sara and Robert .
Mate, it was a very nice weekend!
videos on Youtube!
Moonlight in Vermont Group Dance #1
Roxana & Fabian Belmonte (Tangodeoro.com)
Beatrix Satzinger &
Michael Young (EmbraceTango.com)
Sorry they couldn't make it this year:
Fed says: no visa! No dance...!
Lorena Gasse & Ariel Barrionuevo
Ariel & Lorena Canyengue, Tango,
María Olivera &
Gustavo Benzecry Sabá (Tangosalon.com.ar)
& Maria's Class Info
& special guests:
Lafond from Montreal
Clement & Lydia
Lachtrupp & Johnny Martinez from New York
Johnny & Dianne
Ellen from Boston
MaryEllen & Gerd Improv
DJ Richard Lipkin from
New York City
Warm-ups with: Ana
A historic Dutch Colonial Inn with a beautiful old ballroom!
I had a WONDERFUL time! Thank
you so much for all your hard work to make it happen. I know what
it takes and appreciate everything you've done to polish it into
an extremely enjoyable weekend. I'll be back! I especially liked
taking the advanced classes as a leader. I got a LOT out of them,
and it felt great to dance again after a month of much computer
Thank you for that wonderful
We had a great time and thought the teachers and workshops were
really good. John
...just wanted to say thank
you for unforgettable weekend...I had sooo much fun,and I hope to
be there next year....please let us know how we can help???, when
we are in Brandon....I am sure that we won't do such a fantastic
job like you did...but we will learn slowly:):):):) have a good
afternoon and take care ..... it was nice meeting you ..... Sincerely
Tamila from Montreal
Once again, Gerd, thanks for
putting together a lovely weekend, with great teachers, good food
and wine, and many friendly familiar faces. We had a great time!
Thanks for another magical
weekend in Brandon, I'm already anticipating next year!
I wish to thank you again for having
the time of my life at Tango in Vermont. What an event you
set up! It gave me a new appreciation for living in this wonderful
place called the hills of Vermont AND being cosmopolitan at
the same time. We do not have many delicious occassions to
dress up or to meet such wonderful and facinating people in
one place. They were all just beautiful.
Thanks again Gerd, see you in class! Love Saskia
I just wanted to congratulate you again
on the beautiful weekend in Brandon...you really did a wonderful
job putting it all together...but even more important, you
set such a sweet tone for the whole event, and made everyone
feel welcome. I know how much work it is to produce an event,
and on such a large scale...so, I hope you feel proud, and
hope you are resting!
Thanks again, Cathy
I thought everything went really well
this past weekend in Brandon -- really enjoyed myself! Judy
Thanks Gerd! Has been my first one
but not the least nor my last one; Had a wonderful weekend
in this lovely Vermont town. Marcel, Montreal
I´m sure I’ve already mentioned this…..but,
Ariel and I had the greatest time during the whole Festival’s
This location opened the possibility of meeting a lot of nice
people, share experiences and learn from them….
Thanks for making us part of you dream, and for your invitation
…we’ll try to make it possible to be there next
Un abrazo, Lorena
wow! what a weekend!
perseverence furthers, not only in learning to dance
tango, but definitely in learning how to organize
the best annual tango event of the year....watching
"Moonlight in Vermont" from birth through
toddler stage, and experiencing the currently mature
and exciting festival in just four brief years, has
been nothing short of amazing....thanks so much to
Gerd Hirschmann for sticking with this great event,
and bringing to fruition a warm and welcoming, professional
level tango festival that may, perhaps, have even
surpassed his own wildest dreams..five
heavy-hitting tango couples headed up an impressive
list of teachers and despite last-minute visa problems
which prevented Michael and Beatrix from appearing,
the other four couples filled various dance floors
with energy and focus on both fundamental skills and
a few new tricks :) a handful of local and regional
instructors, including "yours truly", added
their own sprinkling of diverse and interesting workshop
topics to the mix, which was attended by no less than
120 dancers from New York to Boston and Montreal --
and lest we forget our homegrown Vermont and New Hampshire
dancers, the point is that "Moonlight in Vermont"
is hardly a roll in the cornfields -- it is an elegant
and incredibly tasteful weekend, in a lovely and historic
setting......do i have to say that i had a blast,
or can you tell???
friday night, along with my favorite singing DJ from
NYC, one of my other favorite dancers turned up....at
one point i had my partner crooning tango lyrics in
my ear, while Richard was (as he often does) singing
his heart out at the DJ desk -- as we danced by, i
was treated to a rare and very special duet....and
i got to dance with Richard, too.....it was almost
like being back in Buenos Aires.....sigh......
saturday night another very special tango friend from
Montreal unexpectedly walked into the lobby of the
inn and practically swept me off my feet....we danced
later, of course! there were lots of old friends,
who have been at this event every year, and i met
new people -- special people.....wonderful people,
both on and off the dance floor.....beginner dancers
and world class professionals -- and all those somewhere
in between....the whole weekend was like that.....high
energy, but this was not (and has never been) a wild
party.....maybe it is the cultural difference between
wine-tasting, as opposed to passing around a flask
or bottle of tequila.....and yet this is not a snobby
event at all.....it is down to earth, inclusive, serious,
and also fun :) what i can say is: put this event
on your calendar NOW for 2009.....it does not get
any better than this.....thanks again to Gerd.....and
to all the great teachers and dancers who put Brandon,
VT on the tango map! Judith Schwartz
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