Milonga & Practica Schedules
7:30 - 10:00 pm
unless otherwise noted





7:30 - 10:00 pm
unless otherwise noted




KEY: CCC = Caspar Community Center; ECC = Elk (Greenwood) Community Centermaps ]

Updated 28 August 2015

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ONGOING:  |||   Milonga every Thursday; Practica every Sunday
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UPCOMING:  |||   List of upcoming tango events   
INFO:  |||   The Temptation To Tango by Irene & Larry    |||   Lead vs. Follow    |||   Tango Dance Etiquette    |||   Where do we Dance?   


  • Tango Mango: Bay Area Tango Events
  • No. Calif. Tango Instructors

  • Great book by two of our own milongueros:
    The Temptation To Tango

  • Tango Dance Etiquette

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    Argentine Tango is not the tango you see in Ballroom Championship dancing on TV, nor is it what you might have learned in a Ballroom tango class. Rather, it's the social partner dance that is practiced in clubs in Buenos Aires and all over the world, with an emphasis on the relationship between you, your partner, and the music. It is more sensuous and more intimate than other derivative forms of tango. The movie The Tango Lesson has good examples of both club style and stage Tango. Many ballroom dancers (ourselves among them), once introduced to Argentine Tango, have forsaken the study of other dances to focus solely on this exhilarating, romantic, and intensely passionate dance: the Tango.

    Hosted by Walter & Raquel

    Tango at 215 Main is a once-a-month milonga at "215 Main", a beer and wine bar across from the Arena Theater in Point Arena, CA.

    Scheduled for one Friday of every month, 8 to 11 pm. Next milonga date to be announced.

    A $5 entry fee is requested.

    For more information, call Walt at 707.882.2474 or email walts@mcn.org.

    A Yelp review of the "215 Main" bar: http://www.yelp.com/biz/215-main-point-arena

    Presented by Salon Tango Club of Ukiah

    Salon Tango Club of Ukiah hosts a practica every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 6:15 - 8:15 pm at YOMO (Yoga Mendocino Studio), 206 Mason Street, Ukiah, CA.

    $13 drop-in fee; a lower sustaining membership price is also available.

    For more information please call Benna at 707-895-3883.

    dancers UPCOMING EVENTS ...
    A list of workshops, festivals, and other special events occurring in roughly the western third of North America.

    August 2015:

    • No further events in August.

    September 2015:

    • Eduardo Saucedo in Sacramento, All of September, 2015
      Tango by the River hosts master teacher Eduardo Saucedo for the entire month of September, during which time he will offer multiple workshops. Eduardo is a phenomenal teacher and dancer; don't miss this opportunity to take your dancing to the next lever. At Tango by the River, in Sacramento, CA: rivertango.com

    • Tango on the Rocks (formerly Denver Tangofest), Thu-Mon, Sept 3-7, 2015 [ updated 4Aug2015 ]
      Now under new management, the former Denver Tangofest is now renamed Tango on the Rocks. This year the Labor Day weekend will be a smaller "mini-fest" event with one teaching couple, Homer and Cristina. They are also planning collaboration with other milonga organizers, such as G&G in Boulder, for your dancing pleasure. A new website is coming, but for now the old URL for DTF still works. In Denver, CO: denvertangofestival.com

    • NEW! Lady's Tango Festival in Marin, Fri-Sun, Sept. 4-6, 2015
      Johana Copes (daughter of the legendary Juan Carlos Copes) in conjunction with the San Francisco Bay area's TangoConFusion will be presenting the 3rd annual Lady's Tango Festival at the Alma del Tango studio in Marin county. The event will feature classes with Johana & members of TangoConFusion, milongas, live music with Quinta Tango, tea & chat with Johana, and more. Some events appear to be for women only, others for both men and women (milongas, to be sure). Additional info and registration is through the TangoConFusion website, which includes the full schedule of events. In San Anselmo, CA: http://tangoconfusion.com

    • Yo La Tango Festival, Sept. 4-6, 2015
      Yo La Tango of Austin presents their annual Tango Festival. With unusual central venues and outdoor activities around town (to give you a feel of Austin), the festival is billed as an "active, fun, varied and budget friendly" event. Nightly milongas have various themes. In Austin, TX: yolatangoaustin.com

    • Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne in Portland, Sat-Mon, Sept. 5-7, 2015
      Three days of tango seminars, workshops, plus a show with Gustavo and Giselle Anne. The theme is "The Embrace, Distance & Posture". In Portland, OR: gustavoygiselle.com

    • Tango in the Square, Sun, Sept. 6, 2015
      The San Francisco Parks Trust offers their final free tango event of the summer. September features live music by Orquesta Z, with performances by Mila Salazar and her tango troupe and DJ music by Jordana del Feld. A free introductory tango lesson is offered at 2 pm. From 2 to 6 pm in Union Square Park, San Francisco, CA: bayareatango.org/

    • Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne in Boulder, Fri-Sun, Sept. 11-13, 2015
      Another three day tango seminar with Gustavo and Giselle Anne. The theme of this seminar is "Milonguero Style". In Boulder, CO: gustavoygiselle.com

    • Tango Turns Festival in Santa Barbara, Thurs-Sun, Sept. 17-20, 2015
      A four day festival with teachers Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne, and Federico Naveira (no relation to Gustavo) & Sabrina Masso. Plus live music with the Alejandro Zeigler Quartet. In Santa Barbara, CA: festival.tangoturns.com

    October 2015:

    • Boulder Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Oct. 2-4, 2015
      Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne host the sixth annual Boulder Tango Festival in (where else?) Boulder, Colorado, with workshops, practicas, milongas, & outstanding tango shows. Four couples instructing. Special discounts for groups coming from out of town. At Boulder Tango Studio, in Boulder, CO: gustaveygiselle.com

    • Portland Tango Festival, Thurs-Mon, Oct. 8-12, 2015
      Not much information on the website yet, but most everyone knows what the Portland Tango Festival is like -- one of the best in the nation. Now organized by the Portland tango community. Save the dates! In Portland, OR: portlandtangofest.com

    • Red Carpet Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, Oct. 15-18, 2015
      Four days of workshops, four milongas guided by the maestros, Saturday night Gala Milonga, Exhibition show. Stellar list of instructors. Three nights hotel accomodations (for any two people sharing a room) included in cost of festival package. Red Carpet Tango Productions will honor Nito & Elba "for their exceptional artistic career and for their impressive contribution to the dissemination of Argentine Tango around the world". In Las Vegas, NV: redcarpettangofestival.com

    • Albuquerque Tango Festival, Wed-Sun, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2015
      The sixth annual Albuquerque Tango Festival. Enjoy world-class instructors and DJs, a huge (4,000 SF) dance floor, the warm and welcoming tango community, the high levels of floor craft, and their signature touch, cake at every milonga. The 2015 festival is shaping up to be bigger, better, and even more friendly. Don't miss it. In Albuquerque, NM: albuquerquetangofestival.com

    November 2015:

    • Tango Maya Festival, Thu-Mon, Nov. 5-9, 2015
      The fourth annual Tango Maya Fest. An all-inclusive package that includes hotel, all meals & drinks, some beach activities, nightly entertainment in 3 restaurants, etc. More than 24 tango lessons, 3 practilongas at the beach, 4 milongas, 4 lessons for beginners, plus extra events and activities. There will be an opening show with live music, a tango concert on the beach, and more live music for the closing show. At the Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe Hotel, in Cancun, Yucatan, Mexico: tangomayafest.com

    • San Francisco Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, Nov. 6-8, 2015
      Registration is now open, and the list of events is posted online. Milongas (Seth Asarnow y su sexteto tipico plays for opening night), lectures, & more milongas. Add the dates to your calendar now. You must register with them to participate (email address required). In San Francisco, CA: sftangomarathon.com/

    • Connect Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Nov. 27-29, 2015
      Popular Thanksgiving weekend tango festival. Registration is now open. Role balance is important and controlled, so enroll early. Multiple workshops, instructors, and milongas. Formerly known as 'Ashland Thanksgiving Tango Festival' and before that, 'Ashland Turkey Tango'. In Ashland, OR: connecttangofest.com

    December 2015:

    • International Day of Tango, Fri-Sun, Dec. 11-13 2015
      In Argentina, December 11 is the official Day of Tango, celebrating the birthdays of orquesta leader Julio de Caro and legendary tango singer Carlos Gardel (born on the same day, but 9 years apart). Both men were influential in the worldwide promotion of tango. With the approval of La Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina, The Academy of Tango-Texas honors this day with performances, workshops, milongas, and more. In Austin, TX: DayOfTango.org

    • Homer & Cristina Workshops on Mendo coast, Sat-Sun, Dec. 19-20, 2015
      Homer and Cristina Ladas will be teaching a weekend of classes on Saturday, Dec.19th and Sunday, Dec.20th at the Caspar Community Center. All classes $15 each. There will be a milonga on Saturday evening with Homer as DJ. In Caspar, CA: theorganictangoschool.org (Homer & Cristina's website)

    • San Diego Tango Festival, Thu-Mon, Dec. 31, 2015 - Jan. 4, 2016
      The 10th annual tango festival in San Diego. From their website: "We will ring in the year with an all night Champagne and Cake party and end with a blast of an all-nighter with waffles and the usual goodies. Our motto remains, 'We treat our artists like royalty and our dancers like family.' We provide both a fun environment to enjoy dancing within the line of dance etiquette that we all believe in. We share the same beautiful location with the sunsets, the sailboats and the good weather. So many cool DJs and teachers and so many fun things to do. We can't wait!." At the Kona Kai Hotel, in San Diego, CA: sandiegotangofestival.com

    For more information on tango events in the San Francisco bay area and other major US cities, visit the excellent and comprehensive Tango Mango website at tangomango.org.

    Know of an event you think should be listed here? Email it to events@tangomendocino.com

    By Irene D. Thomas and Larry M. Sawyer

    book cover Two of Tango Mendocino's own milongueros have written a fascinating book about the attraction of tango and what it's like to learn this complex and engaging dance.

    A unique feature of this book is that it includes both a man's and a woman's point of view. Irene's essays give newcomers an idea of what they will encounter, both physically and emotionally, in the process of learning this dance; advanced dancers will recognize themselves and the experiences she describes. Larry's short stories offer vignettes of the tango experience from a variety of perspectives and add an extra dimension that enhances the reader's understanding of the alluring world of tango.

    Part essay, part memoir, part history, part fiction, The Temptation To Tango appeals to experienced dancers, beginners just starting their tango journey, those who aren't yet sure if tango is for them, and those who are simply curious about why this dance is so compelling to so many.

    Excerpts from the book are available online. Visit their website, http://TheTemptationToTango.com, for more information and to order your copy.


    Some may say that Leading is the more challenging role in tango, because from a kaleidoscope of options, continuous split-second decisions require pleasing a partner, interpreting the music, maintaining safety & direction, and uniquely expressing oneself.

    Some may say that Following is the more challenging role in tango, because it requires near-psychic sensitivity which must be slightly subdued, while making continuous accurate split-second responses to match a partner, enhance the music, maintain balance, and uniquely express oneself.

    With thanks to Polly McBride of Portland, OR -- from her (now defunct) All Things Argentine Tango website.


    Here is an informative explanation of the etiquette of the Tango. This is especially good information for new dancers who haven't yet had much experience at milongas or Tango dance workshops, with lots of good general tips plus specific advice for leaders and for followers. More experienced milongueros probably know much of this already, but it's still a good review.


    Here are maps and driving directions to tango venues on the Mendocino coast:

    Tango Mango, a S. F. Bay Area Tango Events calendar: http://www.tangomango.org

    B.A. Tango, the S. F. Bay Area Argentine Tango page: http://www.batango.org
    (subscription required)

    For inquiries about Argentine Tango on the Mendocino Coast:

    A text-only version of this page is available at tangomendocino.com/textonly.shtml