Natalia and Juan
Natalia and Juan Paulo
"Forever Tango" Stars/Dance Captains
Festival Summary

Tango Passion Show:

  • Friday, July 19, A stage show featuring pianist Emiliano Messiez with bandoneonist Rodolfo Zanetti, Forever Tango Stars Natalia and Juan Paulo, a special appearance by Anahí Barrios and more.

Classes/Workshops:

  • July 12, 13, 14: Beginner Boot Camp, The Essence of Tango and Nuevo Tango Workshops, with Dale and Gem
  • July 20, 21: Special Workshops
    with Natalia and Juan Paulo

Milongas (Tango Socials):

  • July 12: Opening Milonga, Greenwich
  • July 13: Special Milonga TS New Dimensions, Norwalk, performance: Dale and Gem
  • July 20: Red and Black Formal Milonga, Milford. with surprize performances!
Dale and Gem
Dale Ellison and Gem Duras
Festival Activities and Full Schedule Hotline: (203) 584-4480
Emiliano Messiez
Emiliano Messiez, pianist
Grupo Folklorico
Grupo Folklorico Rio de la Plata
Anahi Barrios
Anahí Barrios, boeladoras
Tango Passion Show

A night of Tango Music and Dance

Friday, July 19
Milford Arts Council, Milford

A stage show featuring pianist Emiliano Messiez with bandoneonist Rodolfo Zanetti, Forever Tango Stars Natalia and Juan Paulo, Grupo Folklorico Rio de la Plata and the Tango Sueño Performance Group, with a special appearance by Anahí Barrios on the boleadoras.

8:00 PM: Assigned and Limited Seating
Tickets $38/$48, for sale online, or by calling
(203) 584-4480

Select your seat using the seating chart and purchase!

Natalia and Juan

Natalia and Juan Paulo

Rodolfo Zanetti
Rodolofo Zanetti, bendoneonist
Tango Sueno Performance Group
Tango Sueño Performance Group
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Classes, Workshops and Milongas

Classes and Workshops

The festival presents an extensive and inclusive set of classes and workshops to cover various aspects of Argentine Tango with Forever Tango stars Natalia and Juan Paulo, as well as Dale Ellison from Charleston SC and Connecticut's own Gem Duras. Snacks will be served at the breaks. Singles are welcome, we change partners.

Tango Workshops
with Dale and Gem
Day I

Saturday, July 13

Boot Camp for Beginners

Milford Arts Council, Milford

2.5 hours of instruction with Dale and Gem packed into this Saturday of intensive Argentine Tango. Limited enrollment.

2:30 - 5:00 pm, with a short break
Argentine Tango basics, embrace and connection. Next phase, pivots, ochos and turns. Free leg movements, combinations with ganchos hooking legs together

The Essence of Tango
EdanSe Company and Ballroom, Enfield

10:00 am: What is Tango?
10:00 am: A comparison of various authentic tango orchestras Interpreting the music using essential patterns with romantic or rhythmic movements.

11:15 am: Dancing to Tango Vals
11:15 am: Understanding the vals rhythm as applied in tango, and interpreting various essential steps with tango vals music.

Tango Workshops
with Dale and Gem
Day II: Nuevo Tango

Sunday, July 14
Dance Dimensions, Norwalk

Full day, 4.5 hours of intensive tango instruction with guest instructor Dale Ellison and Gem Duras with workshops focusing on nuevo tango idioms.

1:00 pm: Nuevo Style Linear Boleos
1:00 pm: Use linear boles with the dynamics of alternative music, such as jazz and swing.

2:30 pm: Soltadas for Classic Tango and Doble Frente
2:30 pm: Let go of the arms to turn to shadow dance, or create a new world of possibiltiies.

4:00 pm: Single Axis Turns with Soltadas
4:00 pm: Combine the soltadas from the previous workshop, with single axis turns.

Dale and Gem

Dale and Gem


Tango Workshops
with Natalia and Juan Paulo
Day I

Saturday, July 20
Milford Arts Council, Milford

Forever Tango Dance Captains Natalia and Juan Paulo will present workshops addressing various aspects of tango in a fun environment. All tango dancers are welcome as well as beginners who have taken Dale and Gem's intensive workshops the previous weekend.

1:00 pm: Dissociation in the Embrace and Boleos
1:00 pm: Exploring various ways of leading boleos using dissociation and the embrace

2:30 pm: Sacadas - Displacements
2:30 pm: Generating sacada variations using distinct height levels

4:00 pm: Milonga Traspie
4:00 pm: Natalia and Juan Paulo's favorite Milonga traspie patterns and variations.

Tango Workshops
with Natalia and Juan Paulo
Day II

Sunday, July 21
Dance Dimensions, Norwalk

Natalia and Juan Paulo will continue their teaching in Connecticut with three more workshops. All tango dancers with some experience are welcome.

1:00 pm: Dancing to vals
1:00 pm: Natalia and Juan Paulo's favorite chain combinations

2:30 pm: Giros - Turns
2:30 pm: Using centrifuge effects and different dynamics for controlled turns

4:00 pm: Stage Tango Elements and Sequences
4:00 pm: Adding intention and attitude for thrilling stage tango sequences, like Forever Tango Stars!

Natalia and Juan

Natalia and Juan Paulo



Milongas

Milongas are Argentine Tango Dance events where people spend the evening to socialize and dance tango.

The 2023 CT Tango Fest offers an exciting range of Milongas at some of Connecticut's most popular venues in Milford, Norwalk and Greenwich.

Opening Milonga in Greenwich, CT

Friday, July 12
Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Greenwich

Opening milonga hosted by Tango Sueño Academy. Classic and Nuevo tango mix, refreshments and snacks included. DJ: Gem. Performance and Workshop:
Dale and Gem.

7:00 - 8:00 pm: Milonga Lisa and Traspie:
An exploration of the two main milonga styles with fun steps for tight spaces.
8:00 - 11:00 pm: Milonga

admission at the door
$40 Workshop and Milonga
$25 Milonga only

Milonga TS New Dimensions

Saturday, July 13
Guest: Dale Ellison

Dance Dimensions, Norwalk

Superb dance floor, great ambiance, refreshments. DJ Gem with classic and nuevo mix. Performance: Dale and Gem.

8:00 pm - 12:00 am
$30 at the door


CT Tango Fest Preview Milonga

Saturday, June 29
Milford Arts Council, Milford

Celebrate the CT Tango Fest with a raffle and prizes. Wine, refreshments and music with nuevo and classic mix.
Performance: Susan Rzucidlo and Brian McGuire

7:30 - 11:30 pm
$30 at the door


Special milongas/receptions for festival participants

Sundays July 14 and 21

Location and times TBA during festival activities.

Red and Black Milonga

Red and Black Formal Milonga

Saturday, July 20
Natalia and Juan Paulo
Forever Tango Stars/Dance Captains

Milford Arts Council, Milford

A special milonga emphasizing the sensuality in tango! Ladies: dress as sensually as you feel comfortable, gentlemen suit and tie or black compadrito costume encouraged! Tango Sueño style refreshments with an extra twist, drinks and surprize performances!

8:00 pm - 1:00 am
$40 at the door


CT Tango Fest
CT Tango Fest
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At a Glance
CT Tango Fest 2024 with Natalia and Juan Paulo


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Weekend 2
  July 19 July 20 July 21
10 am      
    
1 pm      
Workshops Day I
Milford
Natalia & Juan
Workshops Day II
Norwalk
Natalia & Juan
  Closing Reception for Participants
8 pm Tango Passion Show Red and Black Formal Milonga
with
Natalia & Juan
 
Festival Venues
Milford Arts Council: 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford
Dance Dimensions: 15 Cross Street, Norwalk
Fred Astaire Greenwich: 37 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
EdanSe Company and Ballroom: 127 Pearl Street, Enfield
Contact Information
Phone: (203) 584 4480
E-mail: contact@cttangofest.org 
Photos for the press: click here...
Get ready for two weekends of pure excitement!