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Instructor Bio

Carrie has been dancing for as long as she can remember. One of her first memories (at age 3) is of the steep climb up a dim, sawdusty-smelling staircase to "Pre-Ballet for Pre-Schoolers," clutching her first pair of soft pink ballet shoes in joyful anticipation. Though preferring her own experimental movements to her teacher's classical technique at first, she quickly began to absorb as many different styles of dance as she could. From grade school through high school she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, character, and hip-hop.

It was during high school that Carrie began her teaching career. It was a complete disaster. Have you ever been in a small basement room with twelve 9 year olds wearing tap shoes? With little training as a teacher and even less guidance, Carrie realized quickly that she needed help. This led her to see the difference between being a good dancer and being a good dance teacher, and she began to attend dance classes with a new motive: to study how other teachers teach movement.

While attending University of Oregon for her Bachelor's Degree in business, Carrie continued studying and teaching dance, and took a ballroom dance class in her continual quest for new movement and teaching styles. Ballroom led to Salsa which led to Lindy Hop, which ultimately led to Argentine Tango.

After a three year apprenticeship with Alex Krebs, Carrie began her full time professional tango career, and has since led a charmed tango life, teaching and/or performing with several of the most talented dancers in the US, including Homer Ladas, Robin Thomas, J. Abling, and Jaimes Friedgen in Portland, Seattle, New York, Washington DC, Boston, and San Francisco, as well as in Vancouver BC, France, Scotland, England, and Germany.

Tentative Schedule

  • Changes to schedule and venue are possible.
  • On Saturday, the Ann Arbor art fair will affect parking and vehicle traffic during morning and afternoon classes. More information on parking and fees ($10-15 designated lots) can be found here. Please factor these in your travel times (~20-30 min).

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Location: Mason Hall 3463
11:00pm - 11:30am Registration and Warm-up
11:30am - 1:00pm

Class 1: The three most important steps in tango: Special emphasis on Technique

All levels
1:15pm - 2:45pm

Class 2: Reduce, reuse, recycle: Take what you already have and make it musical, interesting, and challenging

3:15pm - 4:45pm

Class 3: El Cambiazo: Smooth and interesting ways to exchange roles

4:45pm - 5:30pm


8:00pm - 11:30pm Milonga (Vandenburg Room, Michigan League)
DJ: Mira

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Location: Mason Hall 3463
11:00am - 11:30am Registration and Warm-up
11:30am - 1:00pm

Class 4: Teamwork + tango = goal! Staying present to make every moment count

All Levels
1:15pm - 2:45pm

Class 5: Surprising steps in predictable moments

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm BBQ (Island Drive - Old Shelter)
5:00pm - 8:30 pm Outdoor Milonga (Island Drive - Old Shelter)
DJ: Harish

Pricing and Registration

In order to secure Early Registration prices, please register online on or before Wednesday July 18th.

Note: Regular club passes (series/milonga/Half-year/Full-year) will not apply for events during these workshops. You must purchase workshop passes separately.

Student Non-student

Early Registration
(on or before July 18th, 2012)

Full Workshop Weekend Pass
(includes 5 workshops, 2 milongas, BBQ + Potluck on Sunday)
$40 $55

At the door

Full Workshop Weekend Pass
(includes 5 workshops, 2 milongas, food on Sunday)
$50 $65
Any one milonga or practica
$5 $10
Any one workshop (if space is available) $10 $15

Private Lessons

Please register for private lessons here


Island Park, 1450 Island Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (Map)

Vandenburg Room, Michigan League, 911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI (Map)

Questions? Concerns?

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