2nd Anniversary Celebration

featuring workshops with
Christopher Nassopoulos and Caroline Peattie
and guest DJ Robin Thomas

September 26-28, 2003

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About C&C | About Robin Thomas | Milonga Schedule | Workshop Schedule | Enrollment | Pricing | Accomodations | Directions | Questions?

We welcome you to join us as we celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Michigan Argentine Tango Club. We've come a long way and we still have a long way to go. This celebration weekend is simply a few steps on that long road...

We will have 2 milongas with invited DJs. Friday - Milonga A Media Luz, in the charming and historic Cobblestone Farm bathed in only candle light. Bring a red rose and admission is free.

Saturday - our good old Milonga Picante in the Pendleton Room. In addition we will have workshops with two of the best social tango teachers in the US.

Some of the local dancers will be opening their homes to guests from out of town (a 25% discount on the workshops is available for locals who house out-of-towners--sign up here if you are interested)

The only thing required to make this a complete celebration is YOU and your participation. Please come and join us for a weekend of music, dancing, camaraderie and fun!

About Christopher & Caroline

Known for their extraordinary musicality and dynamic movement, Christopher and Caroline are among the finest Argentine tango instructors and dancers in North America. Together they have more than fourteen years of experience dancing and ten years of experience teaching. Both have backgrounds in athletics, body work, yoga, and pilates.

You will enjoy these very caring and generous instructors whose contagious humor creates a positive, upbeat class atmosphere. Skilled and talented, they exhibit a well-developed teaching strategy and a keen ability to analyze and solve movement problems.

Christopher and Caroline teach regularly in the San Francisco area, contributing to the high quality of tango that area is famous for. They have instructed and performed at major festivals and weekend workshops throughout the country. Their experience dancing throughout the United States, Europe, and Buenos Aires gives them a well-rounded perspective of the contemporary world tango scene.

More info on Christopher & Caroline can be founnd at

About Robin Thomas

Robin grew up in Belfast in the north of Ireland and moved to New York to go to film school. He worked as a professional photographer for 13 years before turning pro as a tango teacher and DJ. Strangely enough he came to tango from rock and ice climbing rather than a background in other dance forms. But he contends that nothing he ever did in ice climbing was as scary as asking a woman to dance when he was a beginner.

Robin Thomas is one of the top tango DJ's in North America. He dj's many regular milongas in New York City as well as travels around the country to provide music at festivals.

More info about Robin can be found at

Milonga Schedule

Friday, September 26

Saturday, September 27

  • Milonga Picante
    9:00pm - 1:30am; Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

    Robin Thomas from NYC will DJ!

Workshop/Practica Schedule

Saturday, September 27

  • Check in and warm up
    12:00pm - 12:30pm; Room 2000, Chemistry Building

  • Navigation in Tight Spaces I
    Use the close-embrace style to your advantage in social situations.
    Pre-requisite: 3 months close-embrace tango.
    12:30pm - 2:00pm; Room 2000, Chemistry Building

  • Milonga con Traspie
    Learn the different rhythms to add spice to your milonga.
    Pre-requisite: 3 months close-embrace tango.
    2:15pm - 3:45pm; Room 2000, Chemistry Building

  • Secrets for success at the milonga
    All levels welcome, but this is not an intro class.
    Pre-requisite: NONE!
    8:00pm - 9:00pm; Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

Sunday, September 28

  • Check in and warm up
    1:00pm - 1:30pm; Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

  • Navigation in Tight Spaces II
    Turns, turns, and more turns in close-embrace.
    Pre-requisite: 5 months close-embrace tango.
    1:30pm - 3:00pm; Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

  • Vals and Swirly Turns
    Make beautiful turns in vals with that carousel feeling.
    Pre-requisite: 5 months close-embrace tango.
    3:15pm - 4:45pm; Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

  • Practica (DJ: Ramu Pyreddy)
    5:00pm - ??; Pendleton Room, Michigan Union


Please register online (preferred method) or use the flyer. We will not accept email or phone reservations!

Due to the size of the room, enrollment in each workshop is LIMITED to 80. As we process registrants on a first-come-first-serve basis, enrolling well in advance will assure you a spot in the workshops and save you money as well (see prices below). It will also give the organizers ample time to handle your requests (we appreciate your early enrollment greatly!).


Workshop Prices

Early registration (postmarked on or before September 15)

  • No longer available!

Regular registration (postmarked after September 15)

  • One workshop day: $30 (students) / $50 (non-students)
  • Both workshop days: $55 (students) / $85 (non-students)

Registration at the door

  • One workshop day: $45 (students) / $65 (non-students)
  • Both workshop days: $70 (students) / $100 (non-students)

Milonga Prices

Friday Milonga:

  • Bring a long stem rose and enter for free OR pay $10!

Saturday Milonga:

  • Milonga pass holders: FREE
  • Drop-ins: $5 (students) / $10 (non-students)


See the accomodations page for more information on local accomodations. Please note that because September 26-28 weekend is a UM football weekend, hotels may be difficult to find.

Housing with local dancers may be available for those out-of-towners who register prior to September 15. If you are interested, please email matc_housing@yahoo.com.

Local dancers who house out-of-towners will receive a 25% discount on the workshop cost. If you are a local dancer interested in providing housing, please sign up online.



Chemistry Building (Map)
903 N.University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Chemistry building is few hundred feet North-NorthEast of Angell Hall. Free covered parking at specified times on weekends and evenings (please see signage on structure) is available in the Church Street parking structure which is on Church St. between N. University and South University.

Cobblestone Farms (Map)
2781 Packard
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

From US-23 to the East, take Exit 37, turning west onto Washtenaw Avenue towards Ann Arbor. Turn left at the next major intersection onto Huron Parkway. At the first light, continue going straight as it becomes Platt Road. Turn right at the second light onto Packard. The farm will be on your right just after Easy Street. Turn right into the Buhr Park grounds and park on the left across from the farm.

Michigan Union (Map)
530 S. State
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free covered parking at specified times on weekends and evenings (please see signage on structure) is available in Thompson Street Parking structure which is right behind the Michigan Union. Thompson street is parallel to and one block west of State St.

Here is a map that shows the Michigan Union, Angell Hall and the Chemistry Building.

Questions? Concerns?

The most time consuming thing for us as organizers is when people ask us questions (email, personal, or telephone). We definitely do not mind answering your questions but many of the questions can be answered by either reading our website or this email thoroughly.

If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dudhi Karsono
d_karsono@hotmail.com. You may also call either Ramu Pyreddy at 734-327-0642 or Avik Basu at 734-564-0811.