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After performing in such distant lands as Belarus, South Africa and Australia, the exciting, decade-old Argentinean tango dance company, Estampas Portenas, is finally coming to Brooklyn.

Founded in Buenos Aires by highly acclaimed Argentine ballerina and choreographer Carolina Soler, the 10-member Estampas Portenas ("Made in Buenos Aires"), is presenting "Tango Fire" tomorrow night at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.

"Tango is very sensual dance, very attractive for me," says Soler, 49, who was a prima ballerina in Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colon. "[It is] more sensual than ballet."

"Tango Fire" includes full-company pieces and unique duets (pictured) for each of the five gorgeous couples and is interspersed with performances by singer Diego Fama and the piano-bandoneon-strings quartet, Quatrotango.

The two-hour extravaganza showcases a range of tango styles and rhythms, including the highly intimate, lyrical "milongas."

"Only ’milongas’ is boring," says Soler. "You need to put a show on stage. The company [has] very young people and they have a lot of energy."

Call it ’energy’ or call it hot-blooded passion, the sultry moves of these Argentines are not to be missed.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents Estampas Portenas in "Tango Fire" on Nov. 5 at 2 pm at the Walt Whitman Theatre, 2900 Campus Rd. at Hillel Place on the campus of Brooklyn College in Midwood. Tickets are $15, $30, $35. For tickets, call (718) 951-4500 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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