The Tandammandments of Tango Etiquette :)

Respect is the most important guiding principle of all interactions. In a crowded tango environment, respect becomes paramount for other people’s safety, space, comfort and their right to enjoy dancing without being bumped or crowded by some inconsiderate yahoo. Here are the tandammandments according to the most recent convention of Tibetan Yaks:
1. Hygiene, please use soap and deodorant and avoid garlic and onions. If you are a sweater, please bring a shirt along (pun intended). Sweaty forehead? bring a towel (easy if you care enough).
2. Invite gently and only with Cabeceo, don’t have a Tanturi if you are rejected. Use common sense, it won’t hurt you. If a lady is eating or in deep conversation, wait till later.
3. Guide the lady to the floor and only enter the floor if there is room. Establish eye contact with the dancer coming at you so they can signal permission.  Please do not just jump in, it is not a pond and you are not a frog.
4. Stay in your lane please and move counter clockwise with the line of dance. Remember, you are not a Salmon going to lay eggs.
5. Don’t tailgate the couple in front of you and don’t obstruct the ones behind you. Simply wait for space to open and move into it. In the meantime, dance in the space you are in. This is not bumper cars.
6. Passing people is not only annoying, it is also risky especially when you pass from the lead’s blind side on the right. This includes people who are walking to their seat right on the dance floor – Hello???
7. Don’t harass the DJ’s, they are artists at work trying to make everyone happy. This includes loud conversations around the DJ booth, “Rabbit season, Duck season”.

8. No high Boleos please, the beautiful shoes can be lethal weapons. No one wants to be stuck neither by a stiletto nor a ninja star.

9. Back to her seat, escort the lady off the dance floor, then a true Jedi you are.
10. No teaching or commentary during the dance. Yes, this includes you professor 🙂

Yak's Restaurant Recommendations – San Diego Tango Festival :)

The Kona Kai (the festival hotel) has a nice restaurant which is convenient, has a wonderful view and offers a nice selection of good food. If you want to explore restaurants outside the Hotel, here are some recommendations:
Yak’s Top Pick for Lunch:      Blue Wave Web Site
Island Palms Blue Wave Restaurant is a great spot for lunch. It is a short walking distance from the Kona Kai (Festival Hotel), it has a beautiful outdoor section with a nice view right on the water and it is ideal if the sun is shining. Recommend ordering The Wedge Salad ($8) then the Kobe Beef Burger ($15) as an entre. Suggest you avoid their Fish Taco (trust me).
Yak’s Top Pick for dinner:     Pomodoro Web Link
Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano has been a popular spot for San Diego Festivaleros all along. Nicely priced and delicious food. It is less than a half hour walk from the Kona Kai with adequate parking outside in case you decide to drive. They are quite adept at putting together big tables for festival groups.

Yak’s Top Pick for Sushi:        Sushi Ota Web Site
Sushi Ota is the best sushi in San Diego and my all time favorite anywhere. It is 9 miles away from the Festival, but worth the drive. It is extremely popular especially at night so make sure to call and make a reservation before you go there.
Yak’s Top Pick for Thai Food:        Supannee Web Site
Supannee house of  Thai is close to the festival venue and offers great food at very reasonable prices. Their best dish is Mango Curry and comes with your choices of added stuff. Also wise to make a reservation first.
Yak’s Top Pick for Pizza:       Pizzeria Pommaro Web Site
Pizzeria Pummaro not to be confused with Pommodoro listed above. Great Pizza prepared by hand and they claim the ingredients come straight from Italy. Just the Italian accent on their voice mail is enough to make you crave Pizza. Less that a half hour walk from the Kona Kai.