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


No milonga. Happy Thanksgiving!

No milonga. Happy holidays!


7:30 - 10:00 pm
unless otherwise noted


Practica cancelled! Too many people gone to Ashland.


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

Updated 26 November 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:

    Click for Buenos Aires, Argentina Forecast

    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.

    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.

    November 2014:

    • 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//

    • 'Connect' (Ashland) Tango Festival, Fri-Sun, Nov. 28-30, 2014:
      Connect Ashland Tango Festival (formerly Ashland Tango Festival) presents three days of workshops and eight milongas. In Ashland, OR: connecttangofest.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 but it's in English)

    • Workshops with Eduardo Saucedo in Sacto, Sat-Sun, Dec. 23-24, 2014
      Sacramento's Tango by the River hosts the incomparable Eduardo Saucedo for two days of workshops. Private lessons also available. For more info, contact Kikki at hikikki@yahoo.com. In Sacramento, CA: rivertango.com

    • New Year's Tango Ball in Arcata, Wed, Dec. 31, 2014
      Join Humboldt Tango for a New Year's Eve milonga at the Arcata Veterans Hall from 9:00 pm to past midnight. They will provide hats, noisemakers and a midnight champagne toast; you bring finger foods and drinks to share. In Arcata, CA. For more information, call Lee at 858.205.9832 or email info@tangodelsol.net: tangodelsol.net

    • 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

    January 2015:

    • Two weekends of Tango Bootcamps in Honolulu
      Fri-Sun, Jan. 9-11, 2015: Beginners
      Fri-Sun, Jan. 15-18, 2015: Intermediate/Advanced
      George Garcia of IslaTango presents two weekends of "Tango Bootcamps" in January. Each three-day workshop emphasizes fundamentals and advanced technique. Discounts available for early registration and past participants. At the Honolulu Club in Honolulu, HI: islatango.com

    February 2015:

    • Portland ValenTango Festival, Wed-Mon, Feb. 18-23, 2015
      Clay Nelson once again presents the very popular ValenTango Festival with 14 instructors, 48 classes, 16 milongas, 2 orchestras, 2 performance nights, 8000 sq ft of dance floor, an "Equal Opportunity Two-Song Tanda Mixer Milonga", a special Beginner's Milonga, and much more. In Portland, OR: valentango.us

    March 2015:

    • San Miguel Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, Mar. 12-15, 2015
      Four days of tango dancing in beautiful San Miguel de Allende. 32 classes, 5 milongas; early bird special pricing is $199 (US dollars) until Dec. 31st. In San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX: sanmigueltangofestival.com

    April 2015:

    • Tucson Tango Festival, Thurs-Sun, Apr. 2-5, 2015
      Rusty & Joanne have retired and turned over the Tucson Festival to new organizers, Lorayne & Jim Baker. The festival is now held in a new, convenient venue and offers exciting new concepts in instruction. 6 instructors, 7 milongas, master classes, private lessons, and more. In Tucson, AZ: tucsontangofestival.com

    • Argentine Tango USA Championship & Festival, Thurs-Sun, Apr. 2-5, 2015
      The "USA Official National Championship 2015", a four day event that includes a tango festival and a tango competition. Workshops, performances, live music, and social dancing. In San Francisco, CA: argentinetangousa.com

    • NaturalTango Festival, Fri-Sun, Apr. 24-26, 2015
      Billed as a "weekend full of big and small surprises, precious moments and inspiring people! Experience intense workshops with masterful instructors, and amazing milongas with DJ's who know how to keep the flow alive and the dancers going ALL NIGHT!" Also a "weekend of tango history, music, workshops and dancing". In Denver, CO: naturaltangofestival.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