Daniel Trenner & Agape Pappas Tango Workshop

A weekend workshop presented by the Tango Club of Albuquerque.

Albuquerque was one of the many places Daniel Trenner planted the seeds of Argentine Tango in the 1990’s.  The Tango Club of Albuquerque invites you to meet and learn from the “Johnny Appleseed of Tango.” It makes no difference what your level of expertise is in Argentine Tango, this weekend workshop will be a real eye-opener.

Download the flyer and mail-in registration form.
Online workshop payments.

Friday, May 9th – 7:30 – 9:00 PM
“Tango from Zero” – All Levels

Daniel’s Introduction to Tango Dancing for Absolute Beginners is famous for being delightful and making dancing possible for even the most doubtful beginners.  No partner needed.  A perfect experience for people new to Tango.  Complete novices welcome.

For experienced dancers, learn the teaching methods that will make you a good ambassador for tango.  This is the class that gave Daniel his nickname of “The Johnny Appleseed of Tango” and inspired the people that built many of the tango communities in the US and Europe that are still thriving today.  See how Daniel gets people excited about learning tango without teaching the eight count basic.

Friday, May 9th9:00 – 11:00 PM
Demo & Practice – All Levels

Demo dance by Daniel and Agape followed by time to practice what you have learned and ask questions (called a “practica” in Argentine Tango).

Saturday, May 10th1:30 – 2:30 PM
“Tango Foundations for Everyone” – All Levels

Tango through the lens of its “Default Vocabulary.”  We begin with Basic Movements, and Lead and Follow, the hardest part of Tango.  Ease and efficiency with this material underlie all the complexity that follows.  We will proceed to fundamentals of Tango’s technique (Follower’s Mind) and architecture (Leader’s Mind).  The union of two “voices,” lead-follow, male-female, yin-yang, often referred to as “connection,” the “holy grail” of a social dancer’s search.  In the golden years of tango (1940-50) in Buenos Aires, these roles were aligned in society and the dance.  In modern times they are no longer.  In this class we will explore the traditional roles with a modern attitude.  Be prepared to challenge yourself to empathize with the other by embodying their role as well as your own.  This class will set the stage for all of Daniel’s classes.

Saturday, May 10th3:00 – 4:30 PM
Exploring the Close Embrace Style of Pedro “Tete” Rusconi & Maria Villalobos.
Part 1: The Embrace  – All Levels
(Prerequisite for Part 2 on Sunday)

The different styles of close embrace and how to make the adjustment to any dancer, for leads and follows.

Tete and Maria appeared in Tango’s revival in the late 1980’s and ignited the Young Generation’s interest in dancing in close frame.  Tete went on to greater fame with his later partner, Silvia Ceriani, but it was the style he developed with Maria that was the foundation for all the success that followed.  Maria is never given the credit she deserves for developing their unique take on this intimate and social form of the 1950s… Daniel was one of their first intensive students, and worked closely with them both throughout the 1990’s.  The classes: Squares and Spirals.  An in depth investigation of the Argentine “Close Embrace” style and its variations.

Sunday, May 11th1:00 – 2:30 PM
Exploring the Close Embrace Style of Pedro “Tete” Rusconi and Maria Villalobos.
Part 2: The Vocabulary  – Intermediate/Advanced

Followers technical adjustments.  Leaders geometry.  Spiral turns.  How to make the most of close embrace simplicity.

Sunday, May 11th – 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Multimedia Presentation and Lecture – All Levels

Comparing the History and Mythology of Tango.
Tango’s Roots, its emergence in Argentine Culture, its European travels, and the Golden Years.



Gustavo Benzecry Saba & Maria Olivera Workshops

Gustavo and Maria met in 2003 while Gustavo was teaching a class at a small dance Studio in Palermo.  Shortly after, they started working together at Salón Canning.


Gustavo As a dancer, he stands out for his agility and most of all for his endless creativity, which he bases in the ability of dominating the techniques and exploring the possibilities he’s being offered through the embrace and the release of the emotions.

Maria studied follower’s techniques with several prestigious dancers and learned even more from milonguero Masters that taught her about the emotion of the dance.  Her hallmark as a dancer is the speed and expressiveness of her feet, which she combines with the elegance of her walking and posture.

Tango Club of Albuquerque is hosting these tango workshops with Gustavo and Maria, Dec. 6th – 8th.   For a flyer with a mail-in registration form, class subjects, times, and pricing information please click here.

Gustavo and Maria will be available for private lessons beginning Friday, December 6, contact Leslie Jones: (505) 369-6040 • info@abqtango.org

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Friday, December 6

7:00-8:30pm (all levels) Tango: Connection, embrace, and partner communication

9:00-9:45pm Screening of Gustavo’s: “The History of Tango Dance 1940-1960” $10 (Not included with workshop. Discount admission coupons available to workshop attendees — $5) Purchase passes by clicking here.

Saturday, December 7

1:30-3:00pm (beg/int) Tango: The sensuality of Salón – snake walks, smooth pivots and cozy embraces

3:30-5:00pm (int) Milonga: The geometry of traspié

8:00pm-Midnight — Milonga de las Puertas. Hosted by Lee Blaugrund. Featuring live music with Ziegler Cuarteto and performance by Gustavo and Maria. $15 (Not included with workshop. Discount admission coupons available to workshop attendees — $10)

Sunday, December 8

1:30-3:00pm (int/adv) Vals: Spinning and turning around the line of dance

3:30-5:00pm (adv) Tango: Rhythm vs. Musicality

7:30-10:30pm Milonga at Kellys, hosted by TCA — FREE

Per class: $25 TCA members; $30 non-members.

Workshop Package after 11/30/2013
Package: $100 TCA members; $125 non-members
(does not include admission to documentary screening or Saturday night milonga)

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Enriqueta Kleinman Tango Workshop

Tango - Enriqueta KleinmanThe Tango Club of Albuquerque will be hosting a beginner/intermediate level Argentine Tango workshop with Enriqueta Kleinman.

Enriqueta is available for private lessons from Wednesday, Sept 11 through Monday, Sept 16. Contact Leslie Jones: (505) 369-6040 • info@abqtango.org

For a flyer with a mail-in registration form, class subjects, times, and pricing information please click here.

Click here to purchase workshops passes online.

Enriqueta comes from Buenos Aires and grew up with the culture, music, and dancing of Argentine Tango all around her.  She currently teaches and performs in Buenos Aires, US, Canada, and Europe. She is an expert in Salon Tango-Milonguero Style, the social dance style of Argentine Tango. Enriqueta also specializes in teaching women’s technique and is known for her smooth, sensual dancing. She has performed in the Metropolitan Championships in Buenos Aires as well as many milongas and festivals in Buenos Aires, the US and Canada. Having lived for several years in New York City, Enriqueta speaks English fluently.

Friday, September 13

7:30-9:00pm (All Levels) Milonguero Fundamentals: Caminatas (walks), quick walks, different ways to advance forward. Variations for amague (“rock step”); with flexion and change of weight, with flexion and change of direction, without flexion (in place).

9:00-10:30pm Guided Practice session

Saturday, September 14

1:30-3:00pm (Beginner/Intermediate)
Cruzadas and Ochos (crosses and figure 8’s): Getting to the cruzada (cross) from the basic walk. Different combinations of ochos — backward, milonguero, cut, front, from the side, with backward crosses walking for circulation and for moving ahead.

3:30-5:00pm (Beginner/Intermediate)
Giros (turns): giros and contra-giros (counter turns), half turns, 180-degree turns, turns with change of direction, turns with backward and forward corridas (runs).
8:00pm-Midnight — Milonga de las Puertas. Hosted by Lee Blaugrund. $5.

Sunday, September 15

1:30-3:00pm (Beginner/Intermediate)
Tango Sequences: Combinations of turns; counter-turns and pivots, the feel of direction using your feet, turns using the floor, changing the embrace, raising and lowering the energy of the woman according to the part of the sequence that needs it.

3:30-5:00pm (All Levels)
Technique for the follower: Posture, separation of the torso from the rest of the body, sustaining the axis, maintaining connection, technique as the foundation for beautiful embellishments.

6:30-9:30pm — Milonga/House Party with Enriqueta at the home of Julie Reichert and Bill Mohr. Pot luck. Free. Details TBA.

Per class: $20 TCA members; $25 non-members.
Friday practica only: $5 members or non-members
Package: Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday 1:30 class: $80 TCA members (does not include Follower’s Technique class); $100 non-members

Early Bird — Register and pay by midnight 9/10/2013
Package: $75 TCA members; $95 non-members
Package + Follower’s technique (Sunday 3:30 class): $95 TCA members; $120 non-members

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Felipe Martinez Workshop

The Tango Club of Albuquerque Presents a Weekend with Felipe Matinez!

Friday Night, April 27, 2012 @ Las Puertas
7:00pm – 8:30pm: Posture, Axis & Embrace (all levels)
8:45pm – 10:30pm:  Practica

Saturday (4/28) & Sunday (4/29) classes will be held at Lloyd Shaw Dance Center

Per Class:  $25 members  *  $30 non-members
Beginner Pkg (Fri night, 1st Sat class)  $35 members  *  $45 non-members
Intermediate Pkg (Fri night, both Sat classes)  $50 members  *  $65 non-members
Advanced/Full Weekend Pkg  $85 members  *  $110 non-members