Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley 2017!

Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley 2017!

Location: The Finnish Brotherhood Hall

1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94702


January 27,28 and 29


Inquiries: encuentromilongueroberkeley@gmail.com

Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley 2017!
Last Weekend in January
Friday-Sunday January 27- 29, 2017 

Updated reservation status as of December 17, 2017 


Encuentro Milongero Berkeley 2017! is full. Registration is closed. Jonathan and Olivia would like to express their gratitude and thanks to all registered Attendees for making time in their busy schedules to enjoy an incredible weekend of dancing with other skilled milonguero style dancers from the US and Canada, while meeting new friends and revisiting with old friends, and bonding over great food, wine and beverages served throughout the weekend.


What we have planned?
5 milongas!

  • 3 evening milongas
  • 2 matinee milongas
  • 5 excellent DJs
  • 3 meals on premise, prepared by excellent chefs
  • Afternoon lounge (Sat and Sun) with appetizers and beverages downstairs
  • Wine, Pellegrino, Smart Water served throughout the weekend
  • All of the love, care and hospitality that we can share with you, as with our past Encuentros

Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley 2017 is an event catered specifically to milonguero style dancers. We truly understand the time, expense and commitment that all of you have made to attend and enjoy our past Encuentros, and have every intention to balance leaders and followers while keeping the bar high in the skill and quality of our attendees.


Hosted by Jonathan y Olivia -- www.tangoapilado.com


5:00 -   6:00pm


6:00  -  7:30pm 


8pm -  12:00am

Meet and greet w/wine and Pelligrino and appetizers 
Dinner: Main entree by Jonathan y Olivia plus potluck from local dancers!

Milonga, DJ: Christopher Nassopolis

Saturday 1:00 -    4:00pm
6:00 -    8:00pm
8:30 -  12:30am

Matinee Milonga, DJ: Stephen Brady
Gala Dinner:

Milonga, Vincent Lam


12:00-   3:00pm

  5:30 -  7:00pm

  7:30 -11:30pm

Milonga, DJ: Emilio Flores


Milonga, DJ: Jeanne Castle

New Attendees -- Encuentro MIlonguero Berkeley is an event intended for *milonguero style dancers who strive to accomplish the following skills:

1) Mastery of one's own axis

2) Ability to track accurately partner's axis - no pulling off axes

3) One's dance having moved beyond focus on figures to focus on musical expression 

4) Ability to navigate in tight milongas

5) Experience and working knowledge of the codes

6) Ease with all general vocabulary in both parallel and crossed system

5) Ability to stay connected to partner throughout the dance in a comfortable embrace

6) Awareness and experience with the internal energetics of this style.



Available at Rodeway Inn 1461 University Avenue Berkeley, CA 94702  510.848.3840 located .3 miles (6 min walk or a 2 min drive) from the Finnish Hall. Rates are $129 queen or king bed; or $149 two double beds. Rooms have free internet access, free continental breakfast, free newspaper, microfridges, complimentary local calls, satelite TV, hairdryers in all rooms, in-room coffee maker, ironing board available. Note: Rodeway is reserving 16 rooms at this discounted price. CODE "EMB"

Available at La Quinta Inn  Address: 920 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710 Phone(510) 849-1121 La Quinta is a half-mile 3-minute drive or 9 minute walk from the Finnish Hall. Mention "Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley 2017!" to receive your choice of a newly remodeled room with 1-king or 2-queens, free wireless,  free breakfast, coffee-maker, hair dryer, iron w/ironing board, microwave, mini-refrigerator, HVAC, flat screen, desk with ergonomic chair, and walk-in shower. Note: La Quinta is reserving 25 rooms for Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley 2017! Attendees at this discounted price of $139!


In North Berkeley (near Encuentro) from the mid $50 range and up at airbnb.com

The Bay Area Transit System (BART) is very convenient and provides transportation to and from The Finnish Hall to both SFO and Oakland Int'l Airports. BART stops conveniently (at the North Berkeley BART station) a 10 minute walk to the Finnish Hall where the Encuentro will be held. The Muni Transit system throughout the Bay Area is also quite efficient. Google 511.org to obtain detailed trip information on all modes of transport in the SF Bay Area. You can also call 511 and receive estimated driving times between destinations, based on real-time traffic flow.


August 9, 2016 Meeting/Convention & Group Department PO Box 68900 SEARG Seattle, WA 98168 Phone: 1­800­445­4435 ATTN: Jonathan Yamaguchi PHONE NUMBER: 415 947 9458 EMAIL ADDRESS: encuentromilongueroberkeley@gmail.com Your Discount Code ECMX269 has been activated and is available for booking. To use your Discount Code go online to alaskaair.com and input the Discount Code when searching for flights. The discount will be applied to any flights meeting the contract parameters. By clicking the “?” next to the discount code box after entering the code you may view a detailed description of the rules. You and your guests may also use the Discount Code by calling Alaska Airlines Group Desk; however a $15.00 per person ticketing fee will apply. Please check your contracts for validity dates, rules and restrictions. Please encourage your attendees to help you qualify for the tour conductor ticket by submitting their ticket numbers to you after they have booked them on the Alaska Airlines website. Please advise all travelers to verify all current baggage allowances and fees as well as travel policies on www.alaskaair.com prior to travel. If you have questions about the Discount Code, please contact the Group Desk at 1­800­445­4435. Alaska Airlines Group Desk hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6am­6pm PST, Saturday 7:30am­6pm PST, closed Sunday. Thank you for choosing Alaska Airlines Groups & Meetings. Marieke Alaska Airlines Meeting/Convention & Group Department Phone: 1­800­445­4435

Thank you! See you soon!

Jonathan y Olivia

Contact Us -- encuentromilongueroberkeley@gmail.com

Refund Policy:   No refunds will be made after November 1, 2016.




The Cabeceo and Codes of Argentine Tango

The "codigos" (codes) or tango dance etiquette, have been developed over many years to create an optimum dance experience in the milongas. These are rules that are adhered to maximize choice, freedom, and pleasure dancing while avoiding embarrassing, awkward, and unsafe situations in the dance hall and on the dance floor.

The Structure of the Milonga

Music in a Milonga (tango dance party) is set up with "tandas" and "cortinas". Tandas are composed in sets of 3 or 4 songs played by one orchestra. Generally, tango tandas have 4 songs while Vals and Milonga tandas have 3 songs. It is polite to dance a full tanda with one person. However, if you begin dancing partially through a tanda you still end at the cortina. Cortinas are the non-tango bits of songs that are played between tandas. The cortina signals the end of the tanda and is the time to return partners to their seats and clear the dance floor.

The Cabeceo

The cabeceo is perhaps one of the most important codes of all. It is the way that people invite and agree to dance together. It is a system of mutual respect and delicacy. Leaders invite the followers from a relative distance by catching her eye and nodding. If she would like to accept the invitation she will nod back. If the follower does not want to be invited to dance, she must subtly look the other way (or not look his way in the first place). This system ensures that followers are not dancing out of obligation and leaders do not have to have their advances rejected or feelings hurt.

Everyone is dancing with whom they choose and thus enjoying fully their night. In the traditional milongas in Argentina, inviting a follower verbally at her table is considered an encroachment and often rejected out of hand. The cabeceo is a subtle art based on mutual respect and desire. Thus, advancing toward a follower and nodding aggressively at her defies the whole reason and mutual consideration that is at the heart of the cabeceo. Make sure from a distance that you are requesting not demanding and that there is truly a mutual desire on her part. Once the agreement has been sealed, he will come to meet her at the edge of the floor closest to her table and the couple will dance the tanda together. At the end of the tanda, the leader will accompany her back to her chair or to the edge of the floor where they met. Leaving her in the middle of the floor is considered bad form.

The cabeceo happens at the beginning of the tanda not during a cortina. This way, everyone is aware of what kind of music they are committing to. Talking and not paying attention at the beginning of a tanda will often result in missing the tanda entirely. Also in general, followers stay in their seats throughout the night so that they are easily located. In traditional milongas, men and women wanting to dance with different partners throughout the evening are seated in separate areas adjacent or across from each other, thus facilitating the cabaceo. Couples who want to dance only with each other sit at their own table together where usually they are not open to the cabaceo from other dancers in the hall.

Cabeceo Tips

1) Bring your glasses and make sure your prescription is up to date (or at least good enough that you can see across the room)!

2) If you are talking and not looking to cabeceo at the beginning of a tanda, you will most likely miss dancing that tanda. Followers who are talking and not attending to the potential invitations may miss their cabeceo! You can talk and look.

3) Cabeceo at the beginning of a tanda (or during), but not during the cortina. This way you know what music you will be dancing.

4) Once eye contact is made by leader and follower, then the leader asks with an upward questioning nod and she nods to confirm. Locking eyes is not enough to seal the agreement.

5) The leader then goes to her table maintaining eye contact across the floor. This way if the women are unsure about who received the cabeceo, they can figure it out as the leader approaches.

6) Followers, do not get up from your table until you are absolutely positive that he is coming for you. Confusions can happen, so wait to be sure.

7) Leaders, if two followers get up for you as you cross the floor, you apologize to the one you did not cabeceo. It is a courtesy to ask her to dance the next tanda, if you want to (but you are not obligated to).

Rules of Floor Craft

1) The dance proceeds, counter clockwise around the outer parameters of dance floor in “the line of the dance”. Typically there is an outside lane and often a second and third inside lane.

2) Navigating in a peaceful, cooperative manner ensures that everyone is feeling safe and able to focus on their partners and their dance rather than having to spend their time protecting their partners from potential harm. The following protocol is very similar to driving on a highway:

a) Leaders, if you are entering the floor when people are dancing it is considerate to make eye contact with the leader that you desire to cut in front. He will make eye contact with you and nod his permission for you to enter onto the floor. This way he will know you are there and provide a place for you to dance. Followers, leaders are considered responsible for your safety, so allow your partner to lead you onto the dance floor when he deems it safe to do so not vice versa.

b) The dance floor is a communal space. Leaders -- stay aware of the couples around you. Take note of the speed that the couples are moving collectively and dance within the established speed of the floor, filling gaps ahead of you, while not tailgating the couple in front of you.

c) It's nice, if possible, to keep two steps behind the person in front of you, leaving room for a leader to back up a step. On a crowded dance floor, stopping for long periods of time to do numerous dance patterns is frowned upon since it backs up the line of dance and generally frustrates leaders behind you.

d) We only pass a couple under extreme circumstances not as a general rule. If a dance couple in front of you stops, be patient and take the time to dance in place until they move. If they are there for a very long time then you can choose to dance around them if you have the space.

e) Refrain from cutting across lanes, weaving from lane to lane, or cutting through the center of the floor.

f) Generally, leaders never back up against the line of dance unless they have to. However, if necessary one step back is OK provided the space is available.

g) Take care to not step into a neighboring lane or too close to the person dancing next to you. Everyone needs their space respected so that they can dance in comfort without feeling encroached upon.

h) In traditional milongas, showboating in the middle of the floor (or anywhere else) is not a particularly respected activity. In a social context, it is generally believed that tango is danced for yourself and your partner only - not for an audience. Social tangueros dance for each other and what they are creating. They do not diminish their dance by using it in the service of their egos.

On the dance floor

1) Talking in the introduction of a song is accepted. Talking while dancing is not. Dancers are expected to honor the dance by attending to the dance and the music, not to a conversation. The tanda is held as a contained space that two people share together until it is over.

2) Dancing begins when the couple connects with the music and each other. Dancers rarely begin dancing as soon as they hear the music.

3) Leaders propose the embrace as the signal that he is ready to begin the dance. Followers wait for this signal.

4) Generally when you agree to dance with someone you are agreeing to dance the length of the tanda. That said, if you wish to stop dancing with your partner, do so by thanking them at the end of the song. "Thank you" in tango means "thank you, no more". Likewise, no-one changes partners in the middle of a tanda.

5) Good leaders always dance at the level of the follower they are dancing with. It is considered bad manners to dance above her to impress her, show off to others, or fluff one's ego.

6) Teaching on the dance floor is strictly forbidden. It disrupts the flow of the dance floor and is considered a great disrespect to your partner. Not only does it establish power relations, but it generally ends up offending and hurting people's feelings. A harsh or insensitive, but well-intended comment can ruin one's evening. At the very least, it leaves your partner feeling uncomfortable and undervalued. The ultimate goal of the milonga is to create a pleasurable experience for all attending, especially your partners. It is respectful to provide a place for people to be able to dance their best without input. If you feel a need to instruct, save it for a practica, and make sure your input is solicited.

7) Never solicit advice, corrections, or teaching on the dance floor from anyone. Again, milongas are not the place for instruction.

8) No one likes being kicked, run into, hit, or stepped on, so avoid figures or movements that can negatively impact people around you. Milongas are supposed to be safe places, so people can dance freely and comfortably. Please dance in such a way that you ensure that for everyone. Keep the stage tango moves for the stage.

9) If a collision occurs, be polite and friendly, make eye contact and acknowledge the collision even if it was not your fault. If it was clearly your fault, apologize at the end of the song.

Off the floor

1) When getting up to dance, dancers should be aware not to obstruct the dance floor or the path of others with their chairs.

2) Be aware not to obstruct someone's line of vision. This is a frustration for those not dancing and trying to cabeceo.

3) If you are not dancing, show respect to those who are by not walking through the crowded dance floor or standing on the floor talking. Likewise, loud conversations and partying can be a distraction for the dancers. Priority is given to the dancers dancing.

4) Argentine Tango is an intimate and elegant dance. For a pleasant experience, good hygiene is essential. Bathe before dancing and use deodorant. Use breath fresheners frequently. Do not over do the use of perfume or aftershave - some people are sensitive to them. If you perspire, use a towel or handkerchief often. If you perspire heavily, use a towel, take a break and cool down, bring an extra shirt, and change into it at halftime. If you wear glasses, consider contact lenses or removing your glasses while dancing unless you can't see where you're going.