Encuentro San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!






November 9th - 12th, 2023

SSan Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico a UNESCO World Heritage Designation, has been voted by over 8,000 Readers of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine Reader's Choice Award as 


2020, 2021, AND 2022



Encuentro Location: El Sindicado. Recreo 4, Centro San Miguel de Allende

Registration includes all of the following:

Meet & Greet empanadas, Friday breakfast at Posada Corazon, Workshop lunches at El Sindicado Cafe (Recreo 4) Dinner at Los Milagros, snacks and beverages throughout the Encuentro weekend.

Workshops 1 & 2: Combined into one 2-hour Workshop (see times)

Workshops 3 & 4


Workshop lunches at El Sindacado Café Recreo 4, Centro San Miguel de Allende (included for registered workshop Attendees)

Friday Breakfast for all Attendees: Posada Corazon Restaurant, Aldama 9, Centro SMA

Sunday Dinner for all Attendees: Los Milagros Restaurant, Relox 17, Centro SMA


Thursday November 9, 2023

6:00pm – 7:45pm Meet & Greet (at El Sindacado Cafe) 

Enjoy empanadas, wine, coffee, tea, water

8:00pm – 12:00am Opening Milonga: DJ Jonathan Yamauchi

Enjoy fruit, snacks, chips &  fresh house made guacamole, wine, coffee, tea, water


Friday November 10, 2023

9:00am - 11:00am Friday Breakfast  (with vegetarian and vegan options) Buffet for all Attendees: Posada Corazon Restaurant, Aldama 9, Centro SMA 

12:30pm – 2:30pm -- Workshop No. 1 and No.2 (Combined)

2:30pm – 4:00pm  Workshop lunch in El Sindacado Café

8:00pm – 12:00am Milonga:DJ Jose "Chema" Pandal

Enjoy tamales, fruit, snacks, chips & guacamole, wine, coffee, tea, water


Saturday November 11, 2023

12:30pm – 2:00pmWorkshop No. 3

2:00pm – 3:00pm Workshop lunch in El Sindacado Café

3:00pm – 4:30pm Workshop No. 4

9:00pm – 1:00am  Gala Milonga: DJ Shahin Medghalchi

Enjoy gorditas, fruit, snacks, wine, coffee, tea, water


Sunday November 12, 2023

2:00pm – 6:00pm  Closing Milonga: DJ  Uriel "Difusion" Moran

Enjoy fruit, snacks, wine, coffee, tea, water

7:30 - 9:00pm Sunday Dinner for all Attendees: Los Milagros Restaurant, Relox 17, Centro SMA





WORKSHOP NO. 1 and 2 combined  --  Learn the technique to properly utilize the adductors and the inner ball to maintain grounding and balance while walking and turning on the forward axis, utililizing the rhomboid muscles for an unforgetable embrace -- and apply this knowlede to your tango movements creating a sustained lead and follow on your forward axis and a more lucious connection in your dance.  

Giros: Maintaining circularity in a sustained embrace on your forward axis in a tight space (dancing on four tiles) with change of direction, and variations entering and exiting the turns.


WORKSHOP NO. 3 -- Strictly Gavito -- To quote Gavito: "To dance slowly and beautifully is the most difficult tango to dance well."  Gavito's signature "Spiral Cross", learned by many and mastered by few, is the most sensual and intimate style of cross witnessed in Argentine tango, reducing movements of leading and following the cross into a delicate simplistic elegance.


WORKSHOP NO. 4 -- Learn the technique to internally create and release torsion in your body. In this workshop, you will incorporate this technique into what you have learned in Workshops 1, 2, or 3, building and releasing torsion throughout your movements.


Note: Jonathan and Olivia will be available for private lessons by appointment before and after the encuentro. Contact Olivia to schedule your privates: 650.834.5658



Pied-a-terre at Casitas Aparicio: Aparicio 25, Centro San Miguel de Allende (5 min walk to El Sindacado) 5 lovely 1 and 2 bedroom  fully serviced casitas, from $99USD for a 1-bedroom, $185 for a 2-bedroom, all with fully provisioned kitchens, filtered drinking water, and free wifi nestled in a gated compound in the heart of Centro San Miguel de Allende. Casitas are fully booked for the Encuentro weekend, but are available before and after the Encuentro weekend at a special discounted price. Contact Paula 816.813.1253 for details.

Casa Del Misionero Recreo 38, Centro San Miguel de Allende, (2-minute walk to El Sindicado) a no frills 6 unit hotel with highly rated traditional Oriental Spa Treatments. Rates run 230 pesos per night ($125) but include two bedrooms and 1-bath. One bedroom has a queen, the other bedroom has a queen and a single. Abishai, the day manager stated he would offer about $200 pesos (about $100) if you call him directly and pay cash. 

Clandestino Hotel Recreo 31, Centro San Miguel de Allende (3 min walk to El Sindacado) ($180USD range)

Hotel Botique Casa Laja 25 Montes de Oca (5 min walk to El Sindacado)

($150 USD range)

Many other lodging options available ranging from 4.5 star La Catrina Hostel and Breakfast at $25/night for the budget minded, up to $500 per night for the boutique hotels to $900 per night for the Rosewood, and lots of airbnb.com and booking.com units for under $100 per night.


Affordable Direct Flights: 

Volaris Airlines: Direct flights to Leon from Oakland, Chicago Midway, San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles.  Alternatively, fly to Diego, UBER to the Cross Border Express), then take an inexpensive domestic flight from Tijuana to Leon).

Viva Airbus Airlines: Direct flights to Leon from Houston and Chicago O'Hare International.


Airport Transport:

www.bijiago.com $35US per person shared shuttle from Leon to your door in San Miguel de Allende. 

Private Car Service: Taxi San Miguel  Owner: Leandro Delgado.

Text on WhatsApp from your cell phone: +52 415 153 3594 to make reservation and receive confirmation. Cost is $85US from Leon to your address in SMA.

Note: If you don't have WhatsApp, download it for free, as everyone in Mexico uses WhatsApp which allows you to make free local and international calls, texts, video calls, and send large quantities of pics and videos that regular nexting and email is unable to accommodate.


Local Taxis: Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive in Centro San Miguel de Allende. You can take a taxi to most locations in or near Centro San Miguel de Allende for 60-80 pesos ($3.35 - $4.45)

UBER: Uber is less expensive than the already inexpensive taxi fares.


Registered single followers will paired with single leaders,. We currently have skilled single leaders and taxi dancers to pair you with at the workshops and at the milongas throughout the Encuentro weekend. 


Currency: Easiest method is to use your debit card at any ATM to get Mexican pesos. If you exchange dollars at the bank or at a currency exchange, you will need two picture ids such as a passport and a driver license.


When paying for food at restaurants using your credit card or debit card, we recommend paying the tip in cash. Just say "Propina en effectivo" (tip in cash) and they will charge your card for the amount of the bill only.

Quality of food is equal to the best restaurants in the US at every level, except the cost will be 1/3 to 1/2 the price of a comparable meal in the US.




Inside Cafe: Insurgentes 66, Centro SMA 8:30am to 10pm 7 days a week

Garambulo Restaurant: Animas 48, Centro SMA Th-M 9am to 4pm

Lunch: Las Golondrinas (Authentic Mexican, great gorditas: Mesones 49, Centro SMA 9am-5pm (closed Wednesdays)

Baja Fish Taco: Mesones 11-b Centro SMA 12:30pm - 8pm 7 days a week.

Lunch or Dinner: El Correro Restaurant: Correro 21-23, Centro SMA  8am=10pm (closed Tues)

Lunch or Dinner: Don Taco Tequila (Vegan tacos): 2pm to 9:45pm daily except Fri and Sat 2pm to 10:45pm.

Dinner: Chamonix Restaurant (French): Diez de Sollano y Davalos 17 Centro SMA 1:30pm to 9pm (closed Mondays).

Late Night taco wagon: One on San Francisco (just inside the barriers to the Parroquoia) and the other on Insurgentes (near Hildago)

20 pesos each!


Safety: Crime is virtually non-existent in SMA. There are no bad actors standing on corners. A female can feel safe walking through town at 10pm by herself. 


Registration fees are non-transferable. Registration fees will become non-refundable after October 1, 2023.


Please direct inquiries to encuentroSMA@proton.me

Contact Olivia for private lessons 650.834.5658 direct cell or WhatsApp

Jonathan 415.678.9604  direct cell or WhatsApp