El Aniversario del Medio Ocho

a.k.a 4th Anniversary Celebration!

featuring guest instructors
Tomas Howlin, Luciana Valle, Alex Krebs
and guest DJ Robin Thomas

September 23-26, 2005
Ann Arbor, MI

Register Online

About Tomas | About Luciana | About Alex | About Robin | Schedule | Workshop Selection | Enrollment | Pricing | Private Lessons | Accomodations | Directions | Flying | Bulletin Board | Questions?

About Tomas Howlin

Born and brought up in Buenos Aires Tomas brings and shares his 11 years of teaching and performing experience in Argentina, North America and Europe. Through his understanding and dedication Tomas creates a bridge linking traditional tango with the newer tendencies. Tomas dances and teaches authentic Argentine Tango. He had the privilege to study and assist some of the greatest teachers of all times: Pepe Avellaneda, Pupy Castello, Jose Brahemcha, Gustavo Naveira, Graciela Gonzalez. His knowledge and pedagogy are unique and exceptional. Tomas believes in a natural, relaxed, comfortable, thoughtful and skillful tango; one that is unique for each person. Tomas is appreciated for his sharp eye, gentle humor, and accessibility. More info about Tomas can be found at www.tangoclasico.com/tomas.

About Luciana Valle

Luciana has taken the U.S. by storm winning widespread recognition as the best female teacher to come out of Buenos Aires in many years. She has developed a passionate following drawn to her magnetic and expressive personality and her enthusiastic devotion to tango. She is an energetic and inspiring teacher noted for her technical clarity and her special genius at conveying the senuous style and soul of tango. Her classes will focus on understanding the structure of the dance, the technical keys to move comfortably and expressively and the strong connection required to lead and follow. Her workshops will give you the technical foundation to find and develop your own personal style.

About Alex Krebs

Alex Krebs, one of North America's most gifted teachers and tangueros, has been enchanting dancers throughout North America, Europe and Buenos Aires. He has received rave reviews for his teaching in Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden and across the United States. He is a creative improviser and has performed internationally with some of tango's most talented tangueras, including Florencia Taccetti and Luciana Valle.

Alex teaches Argentine tango for the social dance floor, emphasizing the improvisatory side of the dance through a strong communication between the lead and follow and on musicality. Alex tries to give his students the vocabulary necessary so that each person can find their own unique way of dancing -- dancing the tango of their own body.

More info about Alex can be found at

About Robin Thomas

A well-known and respected dancer and DJ, Robin's enthusiasm for tango can be seen most clearly in his wholehearted dedication to teaching. He believes that it is very important for students to dance simply and musically from the very beginning. Building that strong base of connection and musicality early, Robin believes, will allow even very new beginners to feel comfortable and confident on a crowded dance floor and will also lead to a more comprehensive and fluid understanding of more complicated techniques later on. Robins' teaching style reflects this philosophy, and his students appreciate the humorous and down-to-earth way he presents the material.

On the rare occasion that he is neither teaching nor DJing, Robin can always be seen on the dance floor, either working to expand his own understanding of tango, or simply enjoying the connection he works so hard to share with others. He is originally from Belfast, Ireland.

More info about Robin can be found at


Almost final!

Friday, September 23
8:00pm-9:00pm A Brief history of Tango Music and Dance with Exercises Alex Krebs Anderson Room, Michigan Union
9:00pm-1:00am Welcome Milonga DJ: Vijay N Anderson Room, Michigan Union
Saturday, September 24
12:30pm-1:00pm Check-in and warm up
1:00pm-2:30pm Track A:
Sacadas: Front & Back
Changing from Leaders to Followers Sacadas seamlessly!
Luciana Valle & Alex Krebs Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Track B:
Subtle Milonguero
Tomas's Special
Tomas Howlin Ballroom, Michigan Union
2:30pm-2:45pm Break
2:45pm-4:15pm Track A:
Tango Jewels
A Brief Collection of short, simple & practical forgotten classics
Tomas Howlin Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Track B:
Shared Axis Turns
Luciana Valle & Alex Krebs Ballroom, Michigan Union
4:15pm-5:00pm Mini Practica DJ: Robin Thomas Ballroom, Michigan Union
5:00pm-9:00pm Dinner break
9:00pm-1:30am Milonga Picante DJ: Ramu Pyreddy Ballroom, Michigan Union
2:00am-6:00am Milonga Till Dawn DJ: Robin Thomas Pittsfield Grange
Sunday, September 25
1:15pm-1:45pm Check-in and warm up
1:45pm-3:15pm Track B:
Fluid Embrace
Body rolling and going from close to open and back again
Alex Krebs Ballroom, Michigan Union
3:15pm-3:30pm Break
3:30pm-5:00pm Track A:
Navigational Skills
Can you do it in the line of dance?
Luciana Valle Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Track B:
The Tango Pyramid
4 Pillars for a Skillful Dance
Tomas Howlin Ballroom, Michigan Union
Track C:
Advanced Musicality
Unusual Rhythms and timings for embellishments
Alex Krebs U-Club, Michigan Union??
5:00pm-5:15pm Break
5:15pm-6:45pm Track A:
Milonguero Who?
Social Dancing in Buenos Aires
Tomas Howlin Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Track C:
Twenty Ways to Walk your Tango
Luciana Valle Ballroom, Michigan Union
6:45pm-7:45pm Refreshments & Socializing - No Dancing Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
7:45pm-8:30pm Chacarera! Tomas Howlin, Luciana Valle, Alex Krebs and all of US... Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
8:30pm-1:00am Una Milonga Mas DJ: Avik Basu Ballroom, Michigan Union
Monday, September 26 (All events at the Pittsfield Grange)
6:30pm-7:00pm Check-in and warm up
7:00pm-8:15pm Track B:
Extreme Tango
Very Advanced! :-)
Tomas Howlin Pittsfield Grange
8:30pm-9:45pm Track B:
Planeos & Enrosques
An Advanced Class on turns
Luciana Valle Pittsfield Grange
9:45pm-?? Die-Hard Practica DJ: Ramji V Pittsfield Grange

Which workshop should I take?

To help you choose the workshops which will be the most beneficial for you, we have listed recommended experience for the different workshop tracks in the table below.

Recommended Minimum ExperienceAppropriate Workshop Track
Completed our Advanced Beginner Series
or almost 6 months of close-embrace tango.
Track A
Repeated our Advanced Beginner Series
or more than 6 months of close-embrace tango.
Track A or B
Completed our Intermediate Series
and more than 6 months of close-embrace tango.
Track A or B
Usually for advanced dancers; Use your judgement - Rotation of partners maybe optional. Track C


Please register online for the weekend workshops/milongas. We will not accept email reservations!

Due to the capacity of the rooms, enrollment in each workshop will be LIMITED to 50. 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!).


Please note that student rates are available only to FULL-TIME students with a valid student ID.

Package Prices

Early registration prices (postmarked on or before September 19)

  • 4th Anniversary 4 day pass (All events Fri-Mon): $45 (students) / $90 (non-students)
  • 4th Anniversary 3 day pass (All events Fri-Sun): $35 (students) / $70 (non-students)
  • 4th Anniversary Milonga-Only Pass (4 milongas + monday practica) : $20 (students) / $35 (non-students)

Late OR at-the-door registration prices (postmarked after September 19)

  • 4th Anniversary 4 day pass (All events Fri-Mon): $60 (students) / $120 (non-students)
  • 4th Anniversary 3 day pass (All events Fri-Sun): $50 (students) / $100 (non-students)

A La Carte Prices

  • One day of workshops (Sat/Sun/Mon): $20 (students) / $35 (non-students)
  • Any Milonga or Monday practica : $5 (students) / $10 (non-students)

Admission to the Friday milonga includes the workshop on "history of tango...".
Admission to the Monday workshops includes admission to the Monday practica.

Please note that both the Semester Milonga Pass and the Semester Lesson/Practica Pass will not be valid for the anniversary milongas. If you are a Semester Pass holder, you must still purchase an Anniversary Milonga Pass for entry to the milongas.

4th Anniversary Poster

To order a personal copy of the poster, please contact the artist Julie Bessette

Private Lessons

We have slotted some time on Monday for our guest instructors to give private lessons to dancers seeking individuial attention. If you are interested, you must schedule these private lessons through the club by emailing your request to umtango@umich.edu. In your email, please let us know if you have any scheduling preferences. The slots will be filled on a first-come first serve basis. And all the private lesson will be held at the grange.


Housing with local dancers may be available for those out-of-towners who register and pay prior to September 19, 2005. If you are interested, please email tangohousing@yahoo.com. The sooner you register, the more likely it is that we will be able to find you housing. Priority will be given to those dancers who register for the whole weekend (either 3-day pass or the 4-day pass).

In the past, we have been able to find housing for almost all of the visiting dancers who requested for housing. However, as the number of out-of-town dancers have increased, we are finding it difficult to satisfy all the housing requests. See the accomodations page for more information on local accomodations.

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


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.

Pittsfield Grange (Map)
3337 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-9711

Flying to Ann Arbor

The closest major airport to Ann Arbor is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).

The airport is about 25 miles east of Ann Arbor. From the airport, take I-94 West and follow it all the way to the State Street Exit in Ann Arbor. Take a right on State St. and continue for about 3 miles until you reach the University of Michigan campus.

Transportation to/from the airport.
Public Transportation from the airport to/from Ann Arbor is limited to taxi-cab or a shuttle. Shuttle services might not run periodically. You will have to call them in advance to schedule a pick-up or drop-off. Check the city's visitor guide
transportation page for more information. The area code for Ann Arbor is 734.

You don't a car need that much once you are in town, but renting a car at the airport might not be any more expensive than taking the shuttle both ways.

You may also try the airports at Flint (FNT) and Toledo (TOL). Sometimes airlines have cheaper fares to these cities. Toledo and Flint are about an hour drive from Ann Arbor.

Bulletin Board

We now have a virtual bulletin board available for you to post your messages regarding sharing rides to/from the airport or sharing hotel rooms. If you would like to get housing with local Ann Arbor Dancers, do NOT post here--instead, send an email to tangohousing@yahoo.com.

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 answers to your questions are available on this website.

If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to email us at
umtango@umich.edu. You may also call Ramu Pyreddy at 734-327-0642 or John Lang at 734-355-2607.