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Thanks to everyone who helped to make a very lovely, warm day of tango amidst the Montana winter! Thanks Tommy and Christian for sharing your passion, understanding and easy natures. And thanks to the Tango Missoula Board for collaborating to make this happen. (We missed all of you from out of town held back by the weather, and look forward to next time.)
Saturday, January 28th
Tango Workshops and Milonga with Tommy Smith and Christian Wheelihan from Boise, Idaho.
Venue: Elks Lodge - 112 N Pattee St , Missoula.
Classes for all levels - some tango experience necessary.
$15 per class or $25 for two
Students $10 per class or $15 for two
$12 per person or $8 for Students
Special additional workshops:
10:00 - 11:30 AM
DJ WORKSHOP with Tommy - $15
This session is happening! Yay!
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
FOLLOWER'S LEADING CLASS with Christian - $15
This session is happening. Yay!
(You can register for the special additional workshops using the same registration link as below. $15 for one or $25 for both. For students: $10 for one and $15 for two. If you want to register for the Class 1, Class 2, and Milonga as well, you can choose multiple items in the cart as needed.)
12:45 - 2:00 PM • Break for Lunch
2:00 - 3:15 PM
CLASS 1 • A RIVER OF MOVEMENT - $15
A river flows into the path open to it, unconcerned with any twists and turns the landscape may present to it. Be like the river! This class will focus on taking familiar cross-system movements (like ochos) and learning how to shape and change them to flow anywhere you desire.
3:45 - 5:00 PM
CLASS 2 • WAS THAT YOU OR ME? - $15
This class will focus on deepening connection and making our dancing more collaborative. We'll learn how to use technique from the opposite role to listen more deeply, be more confident, and create something together. By the end of the class, you'll be executing movements and asking "was that you or was that me?"
8:00 PM - Midnight
MILONGA - $12
Theme: Midwinter's Night
DJ Tommy Smith
Available with Tommy and Christian for $80/hour. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule privates.
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Interested in hosting someone from out of town? Have a spare bedroom or comfy couch?
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Tommy discovered tango in early 2012 and immediately became obsessed. Since then his love for exploring both the technical and emotional facets of tango has grown. His skills and interests run the full spectrum: teaching, DJing, performing, and organizing. Constantly seeking out top tango instructors to train with, Tommy is committed to the notion that learning tango is a journey, not a destination.
Tommy brings his analytic and organized teaching style into the tango classroom, drawing from extensive experience as a professor of engineering. He values deep investigation into the “whys” and “hows” of tango movement, 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 embrace, thoughtfulness, and musicality. With over 6 years of tango teaching experience, Tommy has taught in multiple locations around Boise, as well as regionally at events such as Boulder’s UniTango Festival, Missoula’s Spring Tango, and Salt Lake City’s Mountain Milonga.
Tommy also has a passion for traditional tango music and DJing, and he believes understanding the mind of the social dancer is the key to great DJing. To educate and motivate beginning DJs, progressing DJs, and those interested in tango music, he offers semi-regular DJ workshops. Festivals he has DJ'd at include Montana's Tango Uprising, Salt Lake City Tango Festival, Mountain Milonga, CONNECT, Tango on the Rocks, and Washington DC’s Holiday Tango.
Christian discovered Argentine Tango 10 years ago with her partner Tommy Smith, and has since become a beloved teacher in the Boise community. Her teaching style emphasizes what she values most: connection in the embrace and comfort in the dance. Christian aspires to bring a relaxed and positive environment to the class, taking a highly personal approach to teaching. She has 7 years of tango teaching experience and has taught in multiple locations around Boise, including weekly lessons, group progressive series, and student club classes at Boise State University. When Christian is not dancing, she works in the community as a social worker, bringing her empathy and compassion developed in this arena into her dance.