Encuentro San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!





November 9th - 12th, 2023

San 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 food, meals, beverages

Workshops 1 & 2: Limited to first registered couples 1-12


Workshops 3 & 4: Limited to first registered couples 13-24

Lunch between workshops at El Sindacado Café Recreo 4, Centro San Miguel de Allende (included for registered workshop Attendees)

Brunch for all Attendees: TBD

Dinner for all Attendees: TBD


Thursday November 9, 2023

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

8:00pm – 12:00am Milonga


Friday November 10, 2023

12:30pm – 2:00pmWorkshop No. 1

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

3:00pm – 4:30pm Workshop No. 2

8:00pm – 12:00am Milonga


*Workshops limited to 12 couples per workshop based on the order of             registration, first come, first served.

 First 12 couples to register may choose any 2 of 4 workshops

 Second 12 couples to register may choose any 2 of 4 workshops not already   selected by couples 1-12.


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

5:30pm – 7:00pm: Dinner Millagros

9:00pm – 1:00am Milonga


Sunday November 12, 2023

11:00am – 1:00  Brunch Location TBD

2:00pm – 6:00pm Milonga





WORKSHOP NO. 1  --  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.  


WORKSHOP NO. 2 --  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. Only 3 Casitas remain available for the Encuentro weekend.

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, 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.


Registration is open! 

1. 4-day registration pass $250 per person includes all food, beverages, milongas and workshops*  throughout the 4-day Encuentro.

2. PayPal email address: encuentroSMA@proton.me

3. Include: Name, City, email address for each person registered with                    payment.   

4. Send to "Family and Friends" to avoid being assessed additional PayPal          fees.

5. State preference for 2 out of 4 workshops to attend.


Registered single followers will be waitlisted and paired as registered single leaders become available. Note: Jonathan y Olivia have successfully paired and admitted all single followers waitlisted for Encuentro Santa Barbara and Encuentro Poema. We may have skilled taxi dancers optionally available at various times throughout the Encuentro weekend. 


In the event that we are unable to pair a single registered follower by October 15, 2023, we will refund their registration fee, or at the option of the follower, apply registration for a guaranteed admission to one of Jonathan y Olivia's future encuentros. Updates regarding the availability of skilled taxi dancers from Queretaro to follow.


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.


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. With the exception of registered followers on the waitlist, 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

Jonathan 415.678.9604