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3. Argentine Tango Events & Private Lessons

Our Regular - La Milonga Tipica at Simpatico Greek Restaurant 

For November, only on the 4th Thursday Nov 23, 2017
The dance floor is situated at the mid-section of the restaurant with tables and banquette seating.  It is a cosy venue for socializing, a quick bite or a glass of wine and close embrace tango on hardwood floor.  Minimum food or drink purchase is $10 as cover and no extra charge for the milonga.  Please come in early to allow yourselves plenty of time to enjoy your food and drink, as the milonga starts 8:00pm and ends 11:00pm.  There are plenty of meter parkings on West 4th and free parkings in the neighbourhood.


Special Event in November!!
November 24 to 26, 2017

Argentine Tango Workshops, Gala & Exhibition

2013 World Tango Champion 

Maximiliano Cristiani 

Karina Colmeiro

MAXIMILIANO CRISTIANI is the Tango de Pista World Champion 2013.  In prior years, he has won many awards: 2005 Metropolitan Vice-Champion, 2008 Tango Escenario World Vice-Champion, 2012 Buenos Aires Tango Salon Champion, 2012 Milonga Champion, 2012 World Tango Vice-Champion.  He also took part in many successful tango shows in Buenos Aires.  Maxi has studied with the greatest maestros of Tango Salon: Osvaldo Zotto, Gerardo Portalea, Carlitos & Rosa Perez, Pupy Castello, Orlando Paiva, Gloria & Eduardo Arquimbau, Eduardo Parejita, Chino Perico and other legendary masters.  He is well known for his teaching methods and has educated hundreds of tango dancers.

KARINA COLMEIRO is renowned for the high sensibility of her dance and for the quality of her teaching.  With ballet and contemporary dance background, she studied at the National School of Dance and then at the Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires.  Karina danced and taught tango around the world through South America, North America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. She has participated in numerous Tango Festivals and worked with different partners like Horacio Godoy. Karina also choreograph shows in Buenos Aires and in others countries.  Karina has been part of numerous Dance Companies in Argentina and Europe.


The Essence of Tango is the mutual enjoyment of the dance within the embrace, not from other’s perception.

Argentine Tango Platinum Workshops

This special set of workshops are designed for Argentine Tango aficionados who want to deepen the quality of the dance and to reach an optimal level of comfort within the embrace.

With focus on the fundamental structure of Argentine Tango, Maxi and Karina will share their system and techniques related to posture, balance, embrace, walk and pivots, for both leaders and followers, and for couples.  In additional to dance sequences, they will also demonstrate that tango-connection and close-embrace are not synonymous with limitation.

The goal is for all participants to gain knowledge and control of their bodies and movements in order to dance with greater freedom, flexibility and fluidity. 

Workshops Description

W1 – Milonguero System (Int / Adv) - rhythmic music v.s. melodic music; Milonguero style v.s. Tango Salon; distinct figures for different musicality.

W2 - Full Connection (Int / Adv)- Linear sequences for social dancing, keeping the connection, mixing alternating linear sequences with turning in close embrace; demonstrate that tango-connection and close-embrace are not synonymous with limitation

W3F - Follower Techniques (No partner required)- Recognition of the Axis as balance with the right muscular tension, the use of the floor for coordination of movements;Pivots – the relationship of the torso and the hip in the movement; Spirals – the coordination between spirals and displacements; Musical interpretation and adaptation of the movement to the music

W3L - Leader Techniques (No partner required) - Posture, Walks (different styles) and dissociation;Knowledge of the Axis, Pivots;Use of the body to enhance the balance for the couple;Techniques and exercise for sacadas and enrosque

W4 - Takes Two to Tango (Intermediate) - Exercise in Walk & Embrace in different tango styles to achieve optimal connection between couple; Front and back ochos in close embrace; medio giro milonguero; medio giro de tres, medialuna

W5 - Girando (Adv) - Working in couples with step by step analysis, explore the best balance in back-ocho while turning;  Exercise to build muscle memory to enhance our ability to maintain the connection while turning; Timing for Giro for Leader in making sacadas, ganchos, barridas; timing for Giro for Follower around leader in enrosques

W6 - Sequences for Social Dance (Adv) - Sequences for social dance to suit different orchestras; Examine traditional figures for social dancing in tight space, as well as more complex patterns with open embrace for large dance floor.      


Friday November 24, 2017

·       Location: St Michael – 2474 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver

·       7:00pm – 8:25pm Workshop W1 Milonguero System (Int/Adv)

·       8:35pm – 10:00pm Workshop W2 Full Connection (Int/Adv)


Saturday November 25, 2017

·       Location: St. Mary – 3150 Ash Street, Vancouver

·       2:00pm – 3:25pm Workshop W3F / W3L Techniques (All)

·       3:35pm – 5:00pm Workshop W4 Takes Two to Tango (All / Int)

·       8:30pm – 12:30am La Milonga Tipica Gala & Show at 10:30pm


Sunday November 26, 2017

·       Location: St. Michael - 2474 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver

·       2:00pm – 3:25pm Workshop W5 Girando (Adv)

·       3:35pm – 5:00pm Workshop W6 Sequences for Social Dance (Adv)




Pre-registration L+F, no drop in.

Max 20 people (10L, 10F)



Pre-registration L+F, no drop in.

Max 20 people (10L, 10F)



Pre-registration. Drop in welcome, $45 at door.




Pre-registration.  Drop in welcome, $45 at door.




Pre-registration L+F, no drop in.

Max 20 people (10L, 10F)



Pre-registration L+F, no drop in.

Max 20 people (10L, 10F)

Saturday Gala $25 per person ($15 for students with valid ID).

Special Rates: 

A. $225 for all 6 workshops; pre-registration with L+F required

B. $100 for Saturday full day workshops (W3F/L, W4 ) plus Gala

Pre-Registration Close on November 20, 2017 

Inquires and Registration

Please email stevenjoannatango@gmail.com, Paypal, E-transfer or Cash Accepted

Private Lessons available for limited time. Kindly contact Joanna at 604 671 4363 for schedule.


Back To Regular Event in December:

La Milonga Tipica at Saint Mary's Ukranian Cultural Centre 
at 3150 Ash Street Vancouver on First Thursday each month - Dec 7, 2017.  
Schedule in 2018 to be determined.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Group Class
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Milonga

$15 Group class and Milonga
$10 Milonga only.

3150 Ash St

We also offer Private Lessons and Group Classes.

Contact Steven & Joanna at

Cell: (604) 671-4363