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 26 May 2015

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ONGOING:  |||   Milonga every Thursday; Practica every Sunday
|||   Monthly Milonga in Point Arena    |||   Twice-monthly Practica in Ukiah   
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

  • Tango Humor

  • All Tango with Larry Sawyer, tango on the radio bi-weekly Wed. 2-4 pm on KZYX.org

  • Streaming Tango Music, 24/7:

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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.

    The next milonga will be on Friday, June 5, 2015, from 8 to 11 pm.

    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.

    May 2015:

    • Redwood Tango Trio milonga, Sat, May 30, 2015
      Dance to and enjoy the music by these fabulous musicians, playing very danceable tangos. They will play two sets from 9 to 11 with recorded tandas before, during break and after. Come early to get a good seat, have dinner or dessert, drinks etc. $10 cover. 8:30 to 11 pm at the Redwood Cafe, Cotati, CA: redwoodcafe.com

    June 2015:

    • Burning Tango, Fri-Sun, June 26-28, 2015
      Clay Nelson's fifth annual and very popular Burning Tango will again be held over a weekend in June. Different in concept from most festivals, there are no schedule conflicts: only one class or milonga happening at any time. Plus beautiful surroundings in the vicinity of Mt. Shasta for extracurricular activities. In McCloud, OR: burningtango.us

    July 2015:

    • Nora's Tango Weekend, Thu-Sun, July 2-5, 2015
      Nora Dinzelbacher presents her 18th annual tango festival in the SF Bay area. She bills it as "the largest world-class and most immersive tango event in North America". Instructors include the much revered Nito & Elba, Fernanda & Guillermo, and others. 15 classes a day to choose from, evening "chamuyos" (talks with instructors), nightly milongas with exhibition dances, live music on some nights, and more. At SFO Airport Marriott in Burlingame, CA : tangoweek.com

    • New! Las Puertas Tango Marathon in Albuquerque, NM, Thu-Sun, July 2-5, 2015 (Dates corrected...)
      Six milongas at the "legendary Las Puertas event center" in downtown Albuquerque. Door prizes every night. No classes, but private lessons with world-renowned tango instructors available. A stand-alone five-class series of musicality classes by acclaimed Argentine tango musicality author and instructor, Joaquín Amenábar. In Albuquerque, NM: laspuertastangomarathon.com

    • Seattle TangoMagic, Thu-Mon, July 9-13, 2015
      Five beautiful days and summer nights of tango in Seattle. Includes live music with The Alex Krebs Orchestra, outdoor salmon bake, & more. In Seattle, WA: seattletangomagic.com

    August 2015:

    • Denver Labor Day Tangofest, Thu-Mon, Sept 3-7, 2015
      New venues for the DTF this year; they've moved to downtown Denver. From their website: "It will be the cat's meow! You are going to blow your wig when you see all the fun we have in store for you this year! We plan to have all the best dolls and jellbeans joining us from around the country! This year's Golden Age of Tango Festival will include fabulous themed Milongas held at the Savoy, the Turnverein and we are back at the Mercury Cafe Speakeasy for great days and nights of dancing!" In Denver, CO: denvertangofestival.com

    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

    • 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

    • 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

    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