May Madness 2004!

An admittedly crazed weekend of necessarily excessive tangoing...

with special guest DJs and instructors
Robert Hauk and Robin Thomas

May 7-10, 2004
Ann Arbor, MI


About | Schedule | Private Lessons | Pricing | Accomodations | Directions | Flying | Questions?

Join your fellow die-hard tango friends for a weekend of dancing including an all-night milonga, workshops, and practicas!

About Robert Hauk

Robert is one of the most highly-regarded close-embrace style dancers in the Northwest. His main tango inspiration is Susana Miller of Buenos Aires, with whom he has studied extensively. His other important influences are Cacho Dante, Nestor Ray, and more recently, Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa.

Robert has spent signifcant time in Buenos Aires dancing with the old-style milongueros. During the last four Labor Day weekends (September 2000-2003), Robert has taught at the highly acclaimed "Colorado Milonguero Tango Weekend" in Denver. He has also taught workshops Anchorage, Atlanta, Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Phoenix.

More info on Robert can be found 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 www.close-embrace.com.


Friday, May 7
8:00pm-1:30am Zanzibar Milonga
Start off this mad weekend with a night of tango in the heart of Ann Arbor!
DJ: Avik Basu Zanzibar Restaurant
Saturday, May 8
2:00pm-5:00pm Alternative Milonga (FREE!)
Roll out of bed and start your day at this casual milonga with music that's just a little bit different...
Pittsfield Grange
10:00pm-8:00am All-night Milonga MADNESS!
Soft drinks and light refreshments will be provided. Bring a snack to share (nothing big, just enough for 2-3 people). Free breakfast for all survivors from 5:30am-7:00am!
DJ: Robin Thomas Pittsfield Grange
Sunday, May 9
5:30pm-6:00pm Check in and warm up
6:00pm-7:30pm Walking Better
Discover the secrets of walking, both in parallel feet and crossed feet. Exploration of frame, movement, and walking turns.
Instructor: Robert Hauk Pittsfield Grange
8:00pm-?? Last Couple or Last Candle Milonga
Till the last couple leaves the floor or the last candle burns out!
DJ: Robert Hauk Pittsfield Grange
Monday, May 10
7:30pm-8:00pm Check in and warm up
8:00pm-9:30pm Dancing to the Music of Pugliese
The art of doing nothing.
Instructor: Robin Thomas Pittsfield Grange
9:30pm-?? Mad Practica
How long can you last?
DJ: Ramu Pyreddy Pittsfield Grange

Private Lessons

We have slotted some time throughout the weekend for our guest instructors to give private lessons to dancers seeking individual 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.


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

Please pay at-the-door:

  • Friday milonga: $7 (for all)
  • Saturday all-night milonga: $10 (students) / $15 (non-students)
  • Sunday workshop and milonga: $10 (students) / $15 (non-students)
  • Monday workshop and practica: $5 (students) / $10 (non-students)


Housing with local dancers may be available for those out-of-towners who contact us prior to May 3. If you are interested, please email tangohousing@yahoo.com.

If you are a local dancer interested in providing housing, please sign up here. We at the club and our friends from afar greatly appreciate your willingness to share your home with fellow dancers.

See the accomodations page for more information on local accomodations.


Zanzibar Restaurant (Map)
216 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2014

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 35 miles east of Ann Arbor. From the airport, take I-94 West and follow it all the way to Ann Arbor Saline Rd. exit (Exit #175) in Ann Arbor. Take a left on Ann Arbor Saline and continue for about 1 mile until you reach the Pittsfield Grange (on your left).

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 Avik Basu at 734-262-5800.