Spring Tango 2019

May 10th - 12th, 2019 -  Self-expression: from playful to passionate!

A regional themed gathering with six milongas, two technique classes, tango poetry lecture, practica, a social, afternoon hike and potluck.

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This weekend will be lots of dancing, great connecting with tango friends and community, and classes taught by regional instructors. Classes will be focused around the theme: Self-expression. Guest Teachers and  DJ's from around the region will be teaching the classes and 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 Krys!

Interested in volunteering during the weekend? Limited volunteer discounts available: $55 off your whole weekend pass. Download the details here
Contact Lynnette Lubrant to register for one of these volunteer roles.

Also, we will be having our social again this year. This provides an opportunity to talk and connect with other dancers about tango! If you take the survey for this social  it will help us provide some direction for these conversations.

Sign up to bring food for the Sunday BBQ.

And yes, we will be having a clothing swap this year too! So bring any clothes, shoes, hats, etc.! that you would like to sell.

We will also be having a photo booth on Saturday night. So, keep that in mind if you want to dress up!




Friday, May 10th

7:00 - 8:30  Class 1 of 3 • Micro Adornments: Become Fleet-footed with Jeff Blend and Lisa Ronald - Express yourself in the micro--through simple, small, fast adornments in vals. Leaders will explore how to create space for followers to adorn while moving, rather than when paused. Followers will learn the technique and musical placement of micro-adornments, singular and chained, and will explore how to initiate this movement. The class ends with a role reversal, placing the adornment in the hands of the leader!

9:00 - 11:30  Welcoming Alt Milonga50/50 (Trad/Alt) • DJ - Tommy Smith

11:30 - 2:00   Welcoming Traditional Milonga • 100/0 (Trad/Alt) • DJ - Matt Doval

Saturday, May 11th

12:30 - 1:30  Practica - DJ Vince Godby

1:30 - 3:00  Class 2 of 3 • Forward Boleos: Finding your flavor with Tommy Smith - Learn the age-old art of sticking one leg out in front of yourself! This class will cover the basic mechanics of creating an easy and comfortable forward boleo, then show you how to turn the standard move into a personal statement reflecting your style. And if you thought forward boleos were only for followers, think again...

3:15 - 4:45  Mixed Social
Social connection time to l focus on the roles in tango, with 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 and share your experiences.
Social is at the Loft - upstairs from the DDC

9:00 - 1:00  Grand Milonga • Traditional music 90/10 (Trad/Alt) • DJ Lucia Petkovic - This is your chance to embody our theme: Self-expression! Use this opportunity to capture your memories on film at the free photo booth. Take a print home with you and pictures will be posted on Facebook after the weekend.

1:15 - 4:15 Late, Late Milonga • 30/70 (Trad/Alt) • DJ Danny Rondeau

Sunday, May 12th

11:30 to 2:30  An afternoon outside with Krys Standley - An Afternoon Outside with Krys Standley Trade in your dance shoes for hiking boots and explore nearby nature just outside Missoula. Meet outside the DDC to carpool/caravan to the trailhead for the Mount Jumbo Saddle Trail to Backbone Trail. Hiking time is approximately 2.5 hours, including a lunch break. This is a 4 mile round-trip hike on a lightly trafficked out-and-back trail. It includes very steep slopes for about a half mile leading up to Mount Jumbo’s southern peak, which overlooks the Missoula valley. The lower part of the trail is not steep; those desiring a mellower hike can turn back at this point. Mid-May is prime wildflower season, but trails are likely to be muddy. Bring decent walking shoes, water, and a snack or picnic lunch. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but please bring a leash (just in case).

1:00 - 2:30  Lecture - Tango Poetry: Past to Present with Dmitry Pruss - Explore self-expression in tango in a different way--through song lyrics. During this multi-media lecture, travel through time beginning with sung poetry illustrating the universe of urban migrants during the Great Depression and their despairs and longs for bygone days. Learn how lyrical language is reborn with exuberance, threatened again by the censorship of the morality police, and finally reaches a beautiful synthesis at the zenith of the Golden age.

3:00 to 5:30  Afternoon Alt milonga (50/50 trad/alt): DJ Joel Switzer

6:00 - 8:00  Potluck BBQ, at George and Nancy's, 4475 Sundown Road
         Sign up sheet for food.

8:30 - 11:30  Closing Milonga • 80/20 (Trad/Alt) • DJ Tim Stearns


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

The Loft - 119 W. Main St. (Upstairs from the DDC.)

Other questions? Contact Patrick.


Online REGISTRATION is Closed!
You can pay at the door all weekend! 
See you soon!



Whole weekend, all events - $115


Whole weekend, all events - Student rate - $90

Must show current I.D. at registration


Milonga Pass - $75

Includes all six milongas, social, & practica.


Milonga Pass - Student Rate - $55

Includes all six milongas, social, & practica.

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:

Teacher and DJs Thoughts on Self-Expression


This year’s teachers and DJs all have different ideas and values when it comes to self-expression in tango. Here are some of their thoughts.


To me, self-expression in tango means….


Dmitry Pruss: …being way different without abandoning the common language. Playful and passionate? The playfulness of tango is in its music, in its crazy exaggerations and preposterous repeats. As rich as this music is, it doesn't get to shine without a follower ready to smile along and to interject. This mutuality of the game is impossible to resist or forget.


Danny Rondeau: …there are things about which I am passionate, and not at all playful; conversely, there are things in tango that I'm very playful toward, but for which I don't really have strong passion. Where these two things overlap for me, is MUSICALITY.  Yes, all capital letters.  See?  Passionate.  I want every dance of mine to be honest in meeting the music as if it were both a stranger and simultaneously the most important thing to me in dancing. It is in this place that I respond to what is alive in that music, to play by its rules, and I am constantly monitoring my responses to see if I'm there!


Jeff Blend: …the two partners painting the floor with the music using rhythm, strength, pausing and personal style.  When the magic hits, the music, dance and partners become one.


Lisa Ronald: …the freedom, comfortability and skill to embody the music in ways that feel right to me in the moment and to empower my partner to listen to me during the resulting physical conversation. Self-expression as a follower challenges me to be assertive and decisive in a role that is often considered to be submissive.


Tim Stearns: …I can use my own artistic inclinations to interpret and dance to the music. As a DJ in tango, I try to be playful in my organization of tandas but passionate in my dancing.


Matt Doval: …“ _nothing.” What is self? Self can get messy. Ego loves to identify as self. But the body is home to an embodied dance such as Tango. I feel movement and I don’t get in its way. This is how I like to play. As Tolle puts it, with a slight change, I am the dance and music is the dancer.


Lucia Petkovic: …display, through controlled movement, of emotions generated by the music. Dancing to different orchestras and with a variety of people allows tango dancers to experience, reveal, and enjoy different aspects of their personalities. Tango enriches people’s lives! Tango is always an uplifting activity in spite of the sadness and nostalgia in much of the music and lyrics.


Joel Switzer: …turning sound into movement and physically expressing and listening to your partner and the music—a type of physical nuanced conversation.