Encuentro Santa Barbara 2024!

Photo by Dale Bennett

Jonathan y Olivia are proud to announce Encuentro Santa Barbara 2024, their 20th Encuentro nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara directly across from the beach, with ample hotels, sights to visit, and wonderful restaurantss.


 Encuentro Santa Barbara will take place at the Veterans Memorial Building, featuring a beautifully refinished 3,000 sq.ft. hardwood floor, Meet & Greet, food and beverages throughout the Encuentro weekend, and four role balanced milongas. Enjoy dancing to the best orchestras from the Golden Era of Tango, played by Nationally Renowned DJs.


Where: Address: 112 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

When: October 25-27, 2024

Encuentro Weekend Schedule


Friday October 25, 2024

1:00-2:15pm and 2:15pm- 3:30pm. Pre-milonga tango milonguero Workshop

Level Advanced – See details below

6:00pm – 7:45pm Meet and Greet Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building

Enjoy delicious empanadas and beverages while meeting and reacquainting with new and old friends.

8:00pm-12:00am Opening night milonga with DJ: Jonathan


Saturday October 26, 2024

1:00pm-5:00pm Matinee Milonga with DJ: Marco

8:00pm-12:00am Gala Milonga with DJ: TBA


Sunday October 27, 2024

1:00pm-5:00pm Closing Milonga with DJ: TBA


Photo by Adrienne Yvr

Workshop topics:

Workshop 1: Learn the technique to utilizing the rhomboid muscles for an unforgettable embrace and dancing the pauses while creating a sustained connection between lead and follow resulting in a more luscious connection in your dance. Ascend metaphysically as external visuals disappear and is replaced with internal energy shared in the absolute present moment between lead and follow.

Workshop 2: Maintaining circularity in a sustained connection on your forward axis in a tight space (dancing on four tiles) with change of direction and variations entering and exiting turns.

Registration: $225 includes Meet& Greet, 4 milongas, pre-encuentro workshop, all food and beverages served throughout the Encuentro weekend. Go to paypal.com: From your Paypal account, using "Send money to Family and Friends" option, send registration fee to: encuentrosantabarbara@proton.me. For those who do not use the "Send money to Family and Friends" option, you will be charged a PayPal fee) In the note section: include your email, name and email of your partner (if applicable), and whether you are vegetarian or omnivoire and have any food allergies. Note: Email will be used solely for communicating information pertaining to Encuentro Santa Barbara.

Send inquiries to: encuentrosantabarbara@proton.me or text or call

Olivia Levitt: 1.650.834.5658 cell

Policies: Encuentro Santa Barbara will adhere to prevailing govermental health policies in effect at the time of the Encuentro. Registration fees are non-transferable and will be refundable until September 1, 2024, at which time registration fees will become non-refundable.  Cancellation due to emergencies after September 1, 2024: Registration fees may, at the discretion of Jonathan y Olivia, be credited toward a future Encuentro organized by Jonathan y Olivia.