1st Annual Michigan Tango Festival

January 24-26, 2003 - Ann Arbor, MI

"Tango Rhythm & Connection"

PDF Flyer/Registration

Please join us, Michigan Argentine Tango Club and the Metro Detroit area tango dancers, for our first mini tango festival at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Enjoy the charm of downtown Ann Arbor, State Street and the University Campus.

The focus of this festival is

   i. Social dancing: 3 Milongas! - Fri, Sat & Sun.
  ii. Workshops on Rhythmic Close Embrace Tango.
  iii. Bring dancers from the mid-west region and Ontario together for an intense fun weekend.

The beginner's lessons and workshops during the weekend will focus on rhythmic close-embrace tango and will be led by Tom Stermitz of Denver Colorado. Tom is one of the active teachers in the Denver area and the organizer of bi-annual Milonguero Weekend Festival in Denver, Colorado. For more details check http://www.tango.org

We hope you can take advantage of the low cost and join us in the festivities for the weekend. Let us share the energy, the dance and the connection with dancers from Michigan and around.

Workshops in Close Embrace Tango with Tom Stermitz

Tom's classes are designed to have you up and dancing social Argentine Tango as quickly as possible. His approach to teaching tango is from the inside out, emphasizing improvisation, fundamentals, heart & soul, rhythm & music, and the connection between the leader and follower.

Tom has been teaching and organizing Argentine Tango classes and events for 6 years in the Denver area. He has been an invited teacher in LA, Berlin, and at the Portland Tango Fest.

Tom organizes two main yearly events: the "Denver Milonguero Weekends" which take place over the US holidays of Labor Day and Memorial Day. The most recent weekend included five tango dances and had attendance of over 300 dancers from Colorado and around the US.

Festival Milonga Schedule - 3 Milongas

Friday, Jan 24 - Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
   Welcome Milonga          - 8:00pm to 1:00am
    DJ: Tom Stermitz

Saturday, Jan 25 - Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
    Beginners Lesson         - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
    Milonga Picante           - 9:00pm to 1:30am
    DJ: Tom Stermitz

Sunday, Jan 26 - Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
    Marathon Milonga!       - 5:30pm to ??
    DJs: Tom Stermitz/Ramu Pyreddy

Dress party-casual for milongas. Elegant attire suggested for Saturday Milonga.

Saturday/Sunday Workshop Schedule

All workshops will be held in Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

Workshop A: Close Embrace Fundamentals
    Saturday, Jan 25 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
    Open to All (new beginners and experienced)

Workshop B: Close Embrace Vocabulary
    Saturday, Jan 25 - 5:45pm to 7:15pm
    Pre-requisite: Atleast 2 months of Tango

Workshop C: Ochos, Pivots and Preparation for the Turn
    Sunday, Jan 26 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
    Pre-requisite: Atleast 4 months of Tango

Workshop D: Explorations of Rhythm in Vals & Milonga
    Sunday, Jan 26 - 2:15pm to 3:45pm
    Pre-requisite: Atleast 4 months of Tango

Workshops/Milongas - Prices/Payment

Students with ID
    $10 each for 1 or 2 workshops, $30 for 3 or 4.
Non Students
    $15 each for 1 or 2 workshops, $45 for 3 or 4.
Early registration (before January 15) price for all four workshops
    Students with ID $20
    Non-Students $35

Admission to milongas is only by membership with the Michigan Argentine Tango Club. Membership costs $10 for students and $15 for non-students and entitles admission to all the milongas of the festival weekend and all milongas and practicas till the end of winter semester - April 30, 2003. Check the latest schedule of milongas and practicas.

The Saturday beginners lesson and milonga are free for people trying Argentine tango for the first time. Want to bring friends? - please do.

The festival flier and the registration form in PDF or Postscript or MSWord or PlainText is available online. Please make your check payable to
    "Michigan Argentine Tango Club"
and mail it along with your registration form to

    Michigan Argentine Tango Club
    4358 First Street
    Wayne, MI 48184-2121

Although we will allow registration for the workshops and milongas at the door, please save us time and save yourself time and money by registering early.

Michigan Argentine Tango Club is a non-profit student ogranization. This festival has been made possible by a grant from Michigan Student Assembly at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Questions/concerns: Dudhi Karonso d_karsono@hotmail.com 734 467 3929


Michigan League, 911 N. University Av., Ann Arbor (Map)
Friday's welcome milonga is at the Michigan League. From I-94, take State Street Exit 177. Go north - continue on State Street approximately 3.0 miles to the main campus area. Turn right on North University; go two blocks to Fletcher Street and turn left on Fletcher. The League is on your left. The Vandenberg Room is on the second floor. Parking can be found on Fletcher, or South Thayer Streets. Continue past the Michigan League, and the Fletcher street parking garage is on your right, before you get to Washington. A second structure is located on Thayer, between North University and Washington.

Michigan Union, 530 S. State St., Ann Arbor (Map)
All the events on Saturday and Sunday will take place in Pendleton Room of Michigan Union. From I-94, take State Street Exit 177. Go north - continue on State Street approximately 2.5 miles to the main campus area. The Michigan Union is on your left at the South State Street and South University Avenue intersection. The Pendleton Room is on the second floor. Parking can be found at the Thompson Street Parking Structure. The entrance to the structure can be found on Thompson Street, across from Richard L. Kennedy Drive.

For more details check

Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is about 30 minutes east of Ann Arbor and offers the best selection of flights and times. From the airport, take I-94 West towards Ann Arbor.


Some limited housing is available for out of town guests with local dancers. Please contact us soon. Please send email to umtango@umich.edu or call Ramu Pyreddy 734 327 0642 for housing with local dancers.

For information on hotels in Ann Arbor please check http://www.umich.edu/~info/hotel.html
Phone: 1 800 888 9487
Email: a2info@annarbor.org

We have blocked 10 rooms in Red Roof Inn, 3505 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Ph: 734 665 3500. Rooms are $49.99 per night. Call 1-800-REDROOF before January 20th. The rooms are booked under the group name "Argentine Tango in Ann Arbor" and the code is B564-000-250.


Bring warm clothing and footwear. Michigan winters can be very cold. Dress fairly casual or party-casual for the milongas. The Saturday milonga is a little more elegant affair than the other two.

The Union and the League are only a few minutes walk from many popular downtown Ann Arbor restaurants/cafes/bars. The basements of the Union and the League have a bunch of fast food places open quite late.

The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) is right across the street from the Michigan Union and is open during the day.

Registration Details

Workshops: A/B/C/D:
Years of dancing Tango/Close Embrace: