Intensive Workshop Weekend
with Robin Thomas and Jennifer Bratt

November 12-15, 2004
Ann Arbor, MI

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(Early Bird Registration extended to Friday, Nov 12!)

About | Schedule | Selection | Enrollment | Pricing | Private Lessons | Directions | Questions?

About Robin

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

About Jennifer

A life-long dancer based in New York City, Jennifer studied various forms of dance from childhood until she discovered the Argentine Tango a few years ago. She was entranced by the beauty and energy of this art form and completely devoted herself to it. Today, an elegant and accomplished tanguera who is able to lead as well as follow, she moves with a natural grace and expressive fluidity.

Jennifer believes that it is the close contact between two people in milonguero-style tango and adherence to the rhythms inherent in the music that facilitate a level of communication that is profound beyond words. She maintains that anyone can create and experience beauty through Tango if they are open in body and heart to their partner and the music.

Emphasizing technique, in her teaching she focuses on posture, connection, and musicality to help her students have rewarding dances. She advises followers on how to find that meditative place between relaxation and alertness, and works with them to develop the very delicate balance between being too light and too heavy. Jennifer continues to be a passionate student, ever developing her dance to new levels of expression and creativity. She has studied with Susana Miller, Brigitte Winkler, Cacho Dante, Luciana Valle, and many others.

More info about Jennifer can be found at www.close-embrace.com.


Friday, November 12
9:00pm-1:00am Alternative Milonga
Cover charge: $5
Saturday, November 13
12:30pm-1:00pm Check-in and warm up Ballroom, Michigan Union
1:00pm-2:30pm Level 1:
Ocho Cortados on the Spot
Ballroom, Michigan Union
2:30pm-2:45pm Break
2:45pm-4:15pm Level 1:
Ocho Intensive: "Secret" ochos, ocho variations, ocho embellishments
Ballroom, Michigan Union
4:15pm-4:30pm Break
4:30pm-6:00pm Level 1:
Follower's Technique and
Embellishment Boot Camp

Highly recommended for leaders
and followers of all levels!
Ballroom, Michigan Union
6:00pm-9:00pm Dinner break
9:00pm-1:30am Milonga Picante DJ: Robin Thomas Ballroom, Michigan Union
Sunday, November 14
12:30pm-1:00pm Check-in and warm up G115 Angell Hall
1:00pm-2:30pm Level 2:
Little Runs: Forward, Back, Side,
and Turning Corridas
G115 Angell Hall
2:30pm-2:45pm Break
2:45pm-4:15pm Level 2:
Changes of Direction in Close Embrace
G115 Angell Hall
4:15pm-4:30pm Break
4:30pm-6:00pm Level 2:
Flying Feet 1: Sacadas, Ganchos,
and Boleos in Close Embrace
G115 Angell Hall
6:00pm-?? Interactive Practica w/ Robin and Jennifer G115 Angell Hall
Monday, November 15
7:30pm-8:00pm Check-in and warm up Pittsfield Grange
8:00pm-10:00pm Level 3:
Flying Feet 2: Sacadas, Ganchos,
and Boleos in Close Embrace
Pittsfield Grange
10:00pm-?? Die-Hard Practica 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 days in the table below.

Recommended Minimum ExperienceAppropriate Workshop Day
Completed only our Beginner Series
or 2-6 months of close-embrace tango.
Saturday Only
Completed our Advanced Beginner Series
or more than 6 months of close-embrace tango.
Saturday and Sunday
Attending our Intermediate (Close-Embrace) Series
or Monday classes at the Grange
or have 1 year of close-embrace tango experience.
Saturday and Sunday and Monday


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

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

Workshop Prices

Early registration prices (postmarked on or before November 12)

  • One workshop day (Saturday OR Sunday): $20 (students) / $40 (non-students)
  • Two workshop days (Saturday AND Sunday): $30 (students) / $60 (non-students)

Late OR at-the-door registration (postmarked after November 12)

  • One workshop day (Saturday OR Sunday): $30 (students) / $60 (non-students)
  • Two workshop days (Saturday AND Sunday): $40 (students) / $80 (non-students)

Note that registration for the Monday workshops/practica will be handled at the door. The cost will be $10 (students) / $15 (non-students).

The Semester Milonga Pass will be valid for the milongas/practicas over this weekend. If you would like to attend the milongas/practicas without a Semester Pass, you can pay the drop-in rate of $5 (students) / $10 (non-students).

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.


Angell Hall (Map)
435 S.State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Cappo's (Map)
3139 Oak Valley Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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

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

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 Avik Basu at 734-262-5800.