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 29 August 2014

News &    

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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    Click for Mendocino, California Forecast


    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.

    Next milonga will be on September 5, 2014, 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.

    August 2014:

    • Denver Labor Day Tango Festival Marathon, Over Memorial Day weekend, Fri-Mon, Aug 29 - Sept. 1, 2014:
      Tom Stermitz hosts the 15th annual Labor Day Tango Festival (now Marathon) "for dancers, by dancers". Six Nine milongas, now with a total of 41 hours of dancing; three days one day of workshops with Brigitta Winkler and Lazzaro Chionna; guest instructors to be added. In Denver, CO: denvertangofestival.com/

    • Workshops with Eduardo Saucedo in FB, Sat-Sun, Aug 30 - 31, 2014:
      Master teacher of Argentine tango Eduardo Saucedo returns to the Mendocino Coast for a weekend of workshops at the Weller House Inn, hosted by Tango Mendocino. Three workshops on Sat. (12, 2, & 4 pm) on tango & vals, two on Sun. (12 & 2 pm) on milonga & tango. Milonga on Sat. night from 8-11 pm with live music by Seth Asarnow & Marcelo Puig. $15 per workshop, $15 milonga entry. For more info, contact Raquel at 707.882.2474 or raquel@mcn.org. At Weller House Inn, in Fort Bragg, CA: about Eduardo...; Weller House Inn

    September 2014:

    • Tango & Folklore Festival, Fri-Sun, Sept. 5-7, 2014:
      Gabriella Rojas of BC Tango hosts the incredible tango master Pablo Veron (star of movie "The Tango Lesson") for workshops, with additional classes by Elizabeth Rocca and Claudio Otero. Plus master folklorist Juan Santillan 'El Diablo', who will teach Zamba Argentina. A Tango and Folklore Gala with performances by all on Sat. Sept. 6. In Vancouver, BC, Canada: bctango.com/#!__events

    • Redwood Tango Trio, Sat, Sept. 6, 2014:
      Dance to live music performed by the Redwood Tango Trio at the Redwood Cafe, from 8 to 11 pm. For more information, contact Donna at donna.agoitia@gmail.com or 707.338.1249. In Cotati, CA: tangopetaluma.com/events/

    • Workshops with Oscar & Georgina, Sat-Sun, Sept. 13-14, 2014:
      Tango by the River hosts Oscar Mandagaran and Georgina Vargas for two days of workshops. In Sacramento, CA: rivertango.com/osmaandgeva.html

    October 2014:

    • Boulder Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Oct. 3-5, 2014:
      Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne offer 3 days of workshops, practicas, milongas, tango shows, & live music. Five different instructor couples will be teaching . In Boulder, CO: gustavoygiselle.com/english/01_Schedule.htm (Scroll down...)

    • Portland Tangofest, Wed-Mon, Oct. 8-13, 2014:
      Clay Nelson offers another incredible tango festival in Portland, Oregon. Dates are confirmed, but website is sparse on details; keep checking. In Portland, OR: portlandtangofest.com/

    • Red Carpet Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, Oct. 9-12, 2014:
      Three days of workshops, a musicality class, 4 milongas, 2 "guided milongas", Saturday Gala show. 10 instructors. Live music. Hotel accomodations included in entry fee. Panoramic view of Las Vegas from ballroom on penthouse floor. At the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV: redcarpettangofestival.com/

    • Albuquerque Tango Festival, Thu-Sun, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2014:
      Daniel Boardman presents the 5th annual Albuquerque Tango Festival, with world-class instructors and DJs, a 4,000 sq ft dance floor, a warm and welcoming tango community, high levels of floor craft, and "our signature touch, cake at every milonga". The 2014 festival is shaping up to be bigger, better, and even more friendly. Don't miss it. In Albuquerque, NM: albuquerquetangofestival.homestead.com

    November 2014:

    • Tango Maya Festival, Thu-Mon, Nov. 6-10, 2014:
      3rd annual festival to be held at the all-inclusive resort Crown Paradise Club Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Milongas, shows and master tango classes with international artists. A one-day side trip to Tulum is available (extra cost) to see Mayan ruins and swim in a cenote. In Cancun, MX: tangomayafest.com

    • San Francisco Tango Marathon, Fri-Sun, Nov. 7-9, 2014:
      Not much information on their website other than a registration page and a brief history, but those of you who've attended before know what it's about. In San Francisco, CA: http://www.sftangomarathon.com

    • Miriam Larici & Leonard Barrionuevo workshops in BC, Fri-Sun, Nov. 14-16, 2014:
      Gabriela Rojo of BC Tango presents workshops with the fabulous Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo. In Vancouver, BC, Canada: bctango.com; Miriam & Leonardo's website ladetango.com

    • Fandango de Tango, Wed-Sun, Nov. 26-30, 2014:
      16th annual event held at the downtown Omni Dallas Hotel. Over 100 hours of "tango dancing fun" and over 37 hours of social tango dancing. In Dallas, TX: fandangodetango.com//

    December 2014:

    • Day of Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Dec. 5-7, 2014
      The Academy of Tango, Texas presents the fourth annual Day of Tango Festival with performances by international tango champions, local area tango instructors, professional performers, and musicians; in Austin, TX: dayoftango.org

    • International Day of Tango, Thurs, Dec. 11, 2014
      December 11 is officially El Dia Nacional del Tango as established by La Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina in 1977 to honor and commemorate the birthdays of the famous orquesta leader Julio de Caro (1899) and the legendary and still-revered and idolized tango singer Carlos Gardel (1890), both born on the same day, nine years apart. The "Day of Tango Festival" (above) is Austin's official recognition of this date. Two websites with info on the "Day of Tango": Day of Tango 1; Day of Tango 2 (the latter is a Bulgarian website)

    • San Diego Tango Festival, Wed-Mon, Dec. 31, 2014 - Jan. 5, 2015
      The 9th annual San Diego Tango Festival will be held at the end of December, at the Kona Kai Resort. "World class DJs and instructors brought to you with the warmth of the San Diego Tango Community." 20 workshops, 11 milongas. SF Bay area's Homer & Cristina Ladas among the 8 instructors. 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:

  • Caspar Community Center in Caspar, CA
  • Greenwood Community Center in Elk, CA
  • Weller House Inn in Fort Bragg, CA

  • 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