Missoula Spring Tango 2018

May 11th - 13th, 2018


A regional tango gathering. With five milongas, three technique classes, live tango music, a mixer, practica, and men's and women's socials!

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This weekend will be lots of dancing, some great connecting with tango friends and community, and classes taught by regional instructors. Classes will build on each other and will be focused on spontaneity and will be appropriate for all levels.

Guest DJ's from around the region will be crafting the music for the milongas.

Most events are at the Downtown Dance Collective
121 W. Main  -  See Map.

Interested in offering housing to out of town guests - or needing housing while you're here? Contact Us!

Interested in volunteering during the weekend? Add your name to the sign-up sheet here


Note: This is also graduation weekend for the University of Montana. So, if you are wanting to get a hotel room Contact Patrick! for some hotel rooms we have reserved. You will need to get these rooms early!

Also, we will be having our socials again this year. These provide an opportunity to talk and connect with other dancers of the same gender/role about whatever it is you want! If you take a survey for the Women's and Men's socials it will help us provide some direction for these conversations.

Some scholarships available!




Friday, May 11th

6:00 - 7:30 | Class 1 of 3 • Taught by Lori Mitchell & Patrick Marsolek - Missoula - Finding the fun in the Unexpected - Keeping our connection, while we dance fun surprises with playful solutions. (All Levels).

8:30 - 9:00 | Mixer
Fun dancing and games to get to know the other dancers. There will be door prizes for attendes! Facilitated by: Patrick & Lori

9:00 - 2:00 | Welcoming Milonga • 80/20 (Trad/Alt) • DJ - Lauren Coleman - Bozeman

Saturday, May 12th

12:30 - 3:00 | Art/Practica
This will be open practica time and we will also have arts and crafts tables set up to create wearable art for the Urban and Dark milongas this evening. Come and decorate some clothing, socialize with friends and dance as well!

3:30 - 4:45 | Class 2 of 3 • Taught by Tommy Smith - “Missoula’s Hot New Tango Orchestra”
There’s a new tango orchestra in town – and you’re a member! In this class, we’ll be exploring a variety of tango rhythms, both playing them with our bodies (not clapping!) and dancing them with a partner. You’ll find a new depth of musicality as you explore both sides of the orchestra/dancer relationship.

5:15 - 6:30 | Separate Women's and Men's Socials
This separate workshops will focus on the women's/men's role in tango, with some technique, some Q & A on etiquette and social codes in tango, personal experiences and challenges and will include some snacks and drinks.
This is a great opportunity to connect with others of your gender, socialize and share your experiences.
Women's Social is in the DDC studio.
Men's Social is next door to the East in the Engineering Building. See directions at the DDC.

8:00 - 9:00 | Introductory Class • Taught by Lloyd Hausam (Spokane) & Krys Standley (Missoula)

9:00 - 1:00 | Grand Milonga • Traditional music 80/20 (Trad/Alt) • Theme: Urban • DJ - Rob Gallimore - Missoula

1:15 - 4:00 (?) | Late, Late Milonga • 40/60 (Trad/Alt) • Theme: Underground/Dark (Glow in the dark - Black light) • DJ  - Matt Doval - Spokane

Sunday, May 13th

1:30 - 2:45 | Class 3 of 3 Taught by Lucia & David - Idaho Falls - Tango Syncopations. We will explore one of the most ubiquitous features of tango music and apply simple dance moves to add spice to our dance. (All levels)

3:00 - 5:00 | Afternoon Live music Milonga • Music by Tango Sensacíon - Helena.

6:00 - 8:00 | Potluck BBQ • at Krys's house: 615. N. Davis St.

8:30 - 11:30 (?) | Closing Milonga • 80/20 (Trad/Alt) • DJ  - Tommy Smith - Boise.


DDC Studio - 121 W. Main St.
Free Parking all weekend long on Main street and across the street in the parking garage.

MCT Theater - Room 305, 3rd Fl.
The corner of Main and Adams (the back door of MCT) in the double doors, up the stairs to the third floor, down the hall!


All Weekend

There will be a clothing exchange running through the weekend. So, bring your tango clothes and shoes to sell! If you have questions, contact Lori Mitchell.

Other questions? Contact Patrick.


Online REGISTRATION is closed.

You can pay at the door this weekend!


Whole weekend, all events - $115


Whole weekend, all events - Student rate - $90

Must show current I.D. at registration


Milonga Pass - $75

Includes all five milongas, socials, mixer, practica.


Milonga Pass - Student Rate - $55

Includes all five milongas, socials, mixer and practica.


Class Pass - $60

Includes all three connection classes, and Grand milonga, socials, mixer.

Individual Class - $15 .

Individual Class -  Student rate - $10

Must show current I.D. at registration


Individual Milonga or Social - $10


Individual Milonga or Social- Student rate - $8

Must show current I.D. at registration

Individual practica - $5 .


Here's some of the die hards from a previous Urban milonga with painted/decorated clothing! Come and have fun with this one!

ABOUT the DJ's, Teachers and Musicians:

Tango Sensación.
Tango quartet from Helena, Mt. They will be coming from just playing for the TangoHelena Uprising in April. We're So excited to have live tango music in Montana! They are:  Phil Robison bandoneon and vocals, Ellie Parker violin, Ruth Stuart-Wagner piano, and Tom Larson, bass.

Lauren Coleman - Bozeman, MT.
Lauren Coleman has studied the Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina and from master teachers at workshops in major US cities and in Europe. She has traveled to Buenos Aires every year for over 18 years in order to bring current material and an authentic flavor to her classes. She has studied from over a hundred Argentine masters in such festivals such as the Chicago Int’l Tango Congress,  Stanford Tango,  CITA, Tango Fireworks, Denver Tango Fest, Portland Tango Fest and the Mantova Tango Fest. Over years of teaching the tango, she has developed a unique organic and musical approach to this complex dance.

Rob Gallimore - Missoula, MT.
Rob is an ex-martial artist teacher and competitor of many years who was looking for an activity that was more gentle after many sports injuries.  Rob found dance with his wife in 2008 and never looked back. After Swing, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Foxtrot, Country Two Step, Waltz, and Samba lessons, Rob began teaching Swing, but found Tango shortly after.  Its music, freedom, and class intrigued Rob, and it quickly became his primary study in dance for years. Any given week you can find Rob sharing his enthusiasm for tango at local tango practices, classes,  working with beginners, and attending/DJ-ing social dances. Rob regularly attends Tango festivals and events, as near as Missoula, and as far as Budapest. He has taken private lessons from many of the best teachers available at these events to further his understanding of the dance.

Patrick Marsolek - Missoula, MT.
Since Patrick first tasted tango in 2005, he’s attended seminars, festivals and has studied with many of the modern ‘masters’ of tango from the United States, Europe and Argentina. He's been twice to Argentina to experience the rich culture of tango and study from the Porteños. He’s one of the founding members of TangoHelena, and is dedicated to promoting the tango and the culture of the dance in Central Montana and has taught tango since 2007. He’s shared tango in schools, retirement communities, workplace Christmas parties, private groups and individual lessons. Currently Patrick is working on building the tango community in Missoula and Western Montana with his wife Lori Mitchell, and the tango dance team - a group of the tango 'regulars'. 

Lori Mitchell - Missoula, MT.
Over the last 30 years I have studied modern, ballet,  jazz, flamenco and trained in Pilates, Gyrotonics, and Laban movement fundamentals. My work as a dancer has encompassed performance hanging from ladders, dancing in fountains, and dashing across the Broadway stage. Whenever possible I dance in Joy French’s Thursday night Modern class – I highly recommend it. My tango career began in 2009 with classes at the DDC and continues to expand from there.  In 2014 I spent 3 weeks dancing  in Buenos Aries. Tango is a passion shared with my husband Patrick, we regularly attend Tango festivals studying with internationally recognized teachers. We teach  regular classes and workshops at the DDC, as well as dancing and teaching  throughout Montana and leading workshops in Spokane, and British Colombia.

Krys Standley - Missoula, MT.
Raised in Montana, Krys came to tango through improvisation and contact improvisation.  She loves the intimacy and creativity of these dances, and was hooked by tango as a dance one can engage in for a lifetime.  The welcoming local dance community in Missoula was just what she was looking for when she moved to Missoula in 2013.  Krys enjoys leading and following, and discovering the possibilities for initiation and listening in both roles.

Lucia Petkovic and David Caputto - Idaho Falls, ID - David and Lucia discovered their passion for tango after moving from Argentina to Idaho in 2003. They have promoted the diffusion of this dance in southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming since 2008 and are currently teaching tango workshops once a month in Jackson, WY. Lucia's formal education in music and David's practical approach are successfully combined in their classes to help dancers to develop their individual styles through integration of embrace, posture, and musicality.

Tommy Smith - Boise, ID. Tommy discovered tango with his dance partner/girlfriend Christian in early 2012. Since then his love for Argentine tango has grown into an obsession as he seeks ever increasing depths of knowledge. Tommy brings his analytic and organized teaching style into the tango classroom, striving to present concepts that both reinforce each other organically and are accessible to students of all levels. He teaches comfortable and connected social tango, emphasizing versatility, thoughtfulness, and musicality. With over 2 years of tango teaching experience, Tommy has taught in multiple locations around Boise, including weekly beginner lessons, group progressive series, and student club classes at Boise State University. Tommy also has a passion for DJing, as he believes great music with varying energy is key to great social dancing. To educate and motivate beginning DJs, progressing DJs, and those interested in tango music, he offers semi-regular DJ workshops.