Learn Apilado Style of Argentine Tango

Welcome to TangoApilado.com, a resource for tango dancers seeking a deeper, more sensual intimate and sustained close embrace connection with their partners through the Apilado style of tango, coined by Susana Miller as the Milonguero style of tango.  Jonathan y Olivia teach Apilado (Milonguero) Style at various locations throughout the Bay Area and Northern CA in private, semi-private and group sessions where students receive quality personalized instruction in every class.


Note: During some performances, Jonathan and Olivia may incorporate a fusion of the Apilado (Milonguero), Salon and Nuevo styles.


However, in their regular classes and workshops, Jonathan and Olivia focus on teaching milonguero style tango.  Jonathan and Olivia are also helping salon dancers to convert to the apilado (milonguero) style of tango, and/or incorporate seamless transitions to and from salon to the milonguero style, thus facilitating a deeper, richer connection while improving the depth and breadth of one's tango.


Jonathan y Olivia host The Belrose Milonga in San Rafael, CA every Sunday afternoon and El Beso Milonga at The Allegro Ballroom on the 3rd Friday of every month.  Jonathan y Olivia are also the organizers and hosts of Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley, a private annual national invitational event for milonguero style dancers.


Please see our Classes and Milongas and join us soon!

Tango Apilado Embrace

Jonathan and Olivia demonstrate the apilado tango embrace facing each other and leaning forward on their forward axis, connected at the heart. The apilado or milonguero close embrace style of Argentine tango is demonstrated by Jonathan and Olivia in this performance at Viansa Winery.


"Experience the Feeling"

Jonathan and Olivia, Argentine tango instructors, teach an advanced level of body mechanics movement and technique. Together, they developed their method from a lifetime of training from varied backgrounds incorporating martial arts, music, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Gyrokinesis, ballet, and tango instruction.


Whether beginning or advanced, students of Jonathan and Olivia receive contemporaneous instruction focusing on detailed technique, perfecting the walk (from which all tango moves originate) breathing, pauses and the intimate sustained close embrace in the milonguero style with particular detail to internal and external nuances not perceptible to the third party observer.

Jonathan and Olivia performing at Union Square in San Francisco CA captured in a pose during their tango waltz exhibition, demonstrating clean lines and beautiful technique. Jonathan and Olivia demonstrate clean lines and technique in their Argentine tango performance at Union Square in San Francisco in support of Bay Area Tango, a non-profit tango organization, which promotes Argentine tango in the San Francisco Bay Area.

To quote Gavito in his later years: "To dance slowly and beautifully is the most difficult tango to dance well." This is because it requires excellent walking technique and balance to beautifully execute slow and sensual movements in the milonguero (apilado) style -- which incorporates a sensual and intimate sustained close embrace. Jonathan and Olivia teach you these nuances and transform your tango into an aesthetic level that is beautiful, sensual and intimate. Gavito once said: "You can't teach the feeling". Jonathan and Olivia will teach you the technique that will give you the keys to experience the feeling of being in another euphoric dimension while dancing even the most simplistic movements. Study with Jonathan and Olivia and learn the technique behind the intimate apilado (milonguero) style of sustained close embrace. Experience a beautiful level of tango that you may not have previously imagined possible.


Semi-private classes


For those who would like to enjoy the quality of instruction similar to a private lesson at a fraction of the cost, we are offering semi-private classes limited to a maximum of four to six students. Semi-private class locations are in San Francisco, Emeryville and San Rafael.