JANUARY 24-26, 2020


Organizers and Hosts 

Jonathan y Olivia

Welcome you!!!

Jonathan and Olivia, Argentine tango instructors, performers, hosts, and organizers for their 8th Encuentro, Encuentro San Francisco 2020!


Jonathan y Olivia are also the organizers and hosts of Wine Country Encuentro, Encuentro New Orleans, and past guest organizers and hosts for Encuentro Port Townsend, and Pioneer Encuentro.


 We welcome 150 Attendees to an unforgettable weekend of dancing, dining, and bonding with like-minded tango milonguero style dancers attending from locations throughout the US, Canada, Poland, and Buenos Aires! See you soon!  January 24-26, 2020

    Registration is closed. Welcome 160 Attendees!



Encuentro San Francisco 2020!
Historic Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Friday, January 24, 2020  1:00pm -- Sunday, January 26, 2020 11:00pm

Welcome to Encuentro San Francisco 2020! -- Jonathan and Olivia's 8th Annual National Invitational Role-Balanced Encuentro for advanced level Tango Milonguero dancers taking place at the Historic Verdi Club in San Francisco. 

Encuentro Milonguero SF 2020! is a private national invitational event organized and hosted by tango milonguero dancers for advance level, like-minded tango milonguero dancers*who strive to mindfully maintain good navigational skills and practice the codigos of tango. Registration will be opened with an evenly paired balance of 160 skilled milonguero style leaders and followers. We welcome our invited attendees to enjoy three days of dancing, dining, and bonding over traditional tango music from the Golden Era, played by some of the best DJs in the nation.

When: Fri-Sun January 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2020. 

What: Encuentro Milonguero SF 2020! featuring five milongas and the following schedule of events:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday Matinee Milonga with teatime treats, empanadas (3:00 pm), coffee, Pelligrino water, and a hosted wine bar.

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm Friday Meet & Greet supper featuring gluten-free organic food from El Cerrito Grocery Annex Prepared Foods: Roasted Organic non-GMO vegetables; golden beets with fennel, basil, orange juice, sunflower oil, salt and pepper; wild rice pilaf with mushrooms, carrots, onion, celery, olive oil, thyme and jasmine; plus Mary's Free Range Organic Chicken (fed an organic diet, no GMOs, and given outdoor access freeway, no preservatives, no antibiotics, no added hormones, no added water, family-owned farm since 1954, verified non-GMO, verified USDA organic, plus tea, coffee, hosted wine bar, filtered and Pelligrino water.

9:00 pm-1:00 am Friday night milonga with w/hosted coffee, tea, water, teatime treats, and wine bar till midnight;

2:00 pm - 6: 00 pm Saturday afternoon milonga with hosted tea, teatime treats, pies, cakes, coffee, filtered and Pelligrino water and hosted wines; 

9:00 pm - 1: 00 am Saturday night Gala milonga with w/hosted wine bar, coffee, tea, filtered water, Pellegrino water, teatime treats, and 11:00 pm hosted empanada break.

5:00 pm - 6:45 pm Sunday hosted Supper featuring Southern Indian Dosas from Udupi Palace (back by popular demand), desserts, coffee, tea, Pelligrino water and hosted bar;  Vegan Dosas prepared on-site by the chefs from Udupi Palace Restaurant.

Udipi Palace has locations as far away as Toronto or as close as Berkeley, and has received a 4.4 Zagat rating. Udupi’s Southern India gluten-free and vegan Dosas are accompanied with tamarind sauce (gluten-free and vegan), mint sauce with yogurt, sambar sauce (gluten-free and vegan), coconut chutney (gluten-free and vegan), tomato chutney (gluten-free and vegan), and Sambar sauce (gluten-free and vegan).

Dosas are thin crepes made from rice flour, and uthappam (lentils). The sauteed vegetables with potatoes are rolled into the 2’ long crepe, cut in halves, and then dipped into the wonderful chutney sauces of tamarind, coconut, tomato, mint with yogurt, or sambar sauce. 

7:00 pm -11:00 pm Sunday Closing Milonga with hosted teatime treats, pies and cakes, coffee, tea, hosted wine bar, filtered water, and Pellegrino water

Where: Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa Street San Francisco, CA 94110  
Seating: Traditional seating - leaders and followers on opposite sides, couples and 50/50 dancers seated on the ends.
Tandas: DJ discretion 3 or 4 song tandas.

Ashvin Iyer: San Francisco
Jonathan Yamauchi: San Francisco
Michelle McRuiz: Albuquerque New Mexico
Vincent Lam: Vancouver BC Canada
Paul Akmajian: Albuquerque New Mexico





1:00pm - 5:00pm    
7:00 -   8:45pm
19:00 - pm  1:00am

Opening milonga: Ashvin Iyer    
Meet and greet supper w/
Pakastini Lamb Vindaloo OR Lamb Tiki Marsala,  OR Vegetable Korma (mixed vegetables) AND Aloo Ghobi (Cauliflour and Potatos), beverages. 
Milonga DJ: Jonathan Yamauchi


2:00 -   6:00pm
9:00 -   1:00am

Matinee Milonga: DJ: Michelle McRuiz
Milonga, DJ: Vincent Lam


5:00 -    6:45pm
7:00 -  11:00pm

Sunday Supper Dosas and beverages

Closing Milonga DJ: Paul Akmajian






Assistant Hosts/Helpers: 
We are grateful for the help and assistance from the following Attendees:
Helpers-Assistant Hosts


  • Rich Shirasawa
  • Sandi Fujii
  • Paula Kresser (name tags and pre-Encuentro help)
  • Sterling Sightler
  • Casey Mills
  • Michelle Baker
  • Deb LaCombe
  • Annie Snowball
  • John Krauss
  • Mary Ruskusky
  • Penelope Yamauchi
  • Dale Bennett


Encuentro Photographer: Dale Bennett 

Encuentro San Francisco 2020 is sold out and registration has closed. Jonathan and Olivia look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Leader Navigation: Leaders entering the floor, please wait for acknowledgment from the leader on the floor when attempting to enter the floor. Equally as important, please mindfully maintain your navigation in one of three lines of the dance, and dance tango milonguero style throughout the Encuentro.

No showboating in the middle of the floor will be permitted.

Nearly all of our Attendees have either been personally invited or referred by skilled tango milonguero style dancers. It is expected that all Attendees to our Encuentro have a sound understanding of and practice the codigos of tango. Encuentro Milonguero San Francisco Bay Area 2019 is a private invitational event. If you are here, it is because we believe that you dance tango milonguero style, and your understanding and practice of the codigos of tango will be adhered to throughout the Encuentro. 

For anyone who may not be aware of the Codigos or anyone who believes the Codigos do not pertain to them: Please pay particular attention to the use of the mirada, use of the cabeceo, accepting or not accepting the cabeceo, understanding the protocol for entering and exiting the dance floor, returning the follower safely to her table, being mindful to fully clear the floor when the cortina begins (not blocking the view of seated dancers), wait for the tanda to begin before using the mirada or cabeceo, and mindfully navigating on the floor in three lines of the dance. It is our expectation that all of our Attendees will honor the codigos of tango which can be reviewed at 

Name tags: Upon arrival, please check in with our registration greeters who will provide you with your name tag at the time you sign in. As a reminder, please wear your name tags during the "Meet and Greet" and during our dinners. This will help those of us with a less than perfect memory to facilitate an opportunity for us to make new friends and remember their names. Also, please use your name tags as a place holder at your table/chair during the milonga and as a means of entry into the building on Saturday and Sunday.

Attire: Evening milongas -- Upscale Dress
Attire: Afternoon milongas -- Casual dress (please no jeans/t-shirts or tennis shoes)

Seating: We will feature traditional seating with leaders on the length of one side, followers on the length of the other side, couples and 50/50 dancers in the width of one side and a split of leaders and followers on the width of the other side. Please leave your name tags at your seat or table to reserve your spot for the duration of the milonga. 

Post Supper: We will need a few minutes for Verdi Club staff to clear the tables when dinner ends and before the Sunday milonga begins. We kindly ask our guests to remove their plates and glasses from the table when dinner ends, and take it to the bins at the kitchen.

Codigos of Tango and Navigation: 
Entering the floor: Please do not impede the line of the dance by entering the floor solely at the corner of the floors. Instead, please use one of 16 points of entry to the floor (see seating plan).

When the tanda ends, please clear the floor, escort your followers to their seats and quickly return to your seat to facilitate the mirada and cabeceo. Please do not stand and block the view of other dancers.

Facility and Ambiance: The recently renovated historic Verdi Club, San Francisco’s most renowned venue for Argentine tango over the past 20 years reflects an ambiance of Old World Charm, reminiscent of the Golden Era of tango. Attendees can look forward to dancing to the best of the Golden Era tango played by some of the best tango DJs in the nation.

Restrooms: The Verdi Club has separate restroom locations for men and women. The ladies' lounge upstairs is quite beautiful and includes a powder room for changing which will be available throughout the weekend. The men’s room is located downstairs.

Coat Racks: Coat racks for men will be available in the hallway closet just before the ballroom entrance. Coat racks for women will be located upstairs in the ladies lounge where you can keep your purses, shoes and changes of clothing.

Most convenient and time-efficient: (Uber and Lyft) 
Most cost-effective: (includes trip planner) Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Muni, Caltrain, AC Transit and other means of public transportation. 

Lodging :


Verdi Club Parking: Free street parking is available on Hampshire St next to and Mariposa directly in front of the Verdi Club. Parking at any metered space is free after 6 pm.  Parking on Sundays is free everywhere.

Security Guards: Security guards will be on-premise during evening milongas and available to escort guests to their car, Uber, Lyft or taxi during or after the milonga ends. 

SAN FRANCISCO’S MISSION DISTRICT: The Mission District, a traditionally Latino community is also a hipster haven with a lively nightlife. Mission Street, the community's main drag, runs the gamut of ethnically diverse restaurants ranging from modest family-run gems providing, say, Chinese to Peruvian fare or the greatest burrito you've had since that one on the last block. The now gentrified street of Valencia, one block parallel to Mission St, features a similar gamut of restaurants from low-key to trendy hipster, art galleries, bookstores, and quirky shopping. Its proximity to downtown and easy access to public transit make it one of the more sought-after areas. All of these restaurants are a short distance from the Verdi Club.
Restaurants (Trendy to Low Key comfort foods) and Coffee Shops:
The Morris: 4.8 stars Excellent Bistro with a daily changing menu located 50 feet from the Verdi Club. Critic review: However far you’ve traveled, it’s going to be worth it. The Morris looks a lot like a laid-back neighborhood place, but it’s actually a destination restaurant in disguise. Some favorite small plate dishes are the fois gras dumpling, shrimp toast, spicy squid and broccoli, incredible whole smoked duck, and for dessert, try the buckwheat doughnuts in whiskey cream sauce. Seasonal options are switched in and out pretty frequently, too, so don’t ignore the specials - especially the crab salad or charred baby favas if they happen to be available. Address: 2501 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Beretta (Modern Italian) Zagat rated 4.4 with critic comment: Crazy packed all the time“, this ”hipster“ Italian turning out ”really tasty“ thin-crust pizza, ”amazing small plates“ and ”fantastic“ craft cocktails continues to be the go-to spot for ”launching a night out in the Mission“ or enjoying ”outdoor brunch“ with friends; ”service can be spotty“ and it ”couldn't be any louder“, but those ”lucky“ enough to ”snag“ a bar or communal-table seat insists”it’s all worth it“; P.S. ”go with a party of six or more" to make a reservation. Address1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open Fri, Sat, Sun till 1 am.

The Sarap Shop Food Truck 4.5 stars serving Adobo and other Filipino dishes located in the SOMA Food Truck Park, in the midst of several other Food Trucks serving various American and Ethnic comfort foods. Address: 428 11th Street in the SOMA Street Food Park Open till 10 pm Fri and Sat.
Live Sushi Bar 4.3 stars Wood-paneled Japanese neighborhood venue serving rolls, sashimi, live preparations & bento boxes. Address2001 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open till 11 pm Fri and Sat
Tacolicious 4.3 stars Tacos, small plates & tequila drinks are on offer at this popular local chain’s Mission outpost. Address:741 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till Midnight Fri and Sat.
Cha Cha Cha Tapas Restaurant 4.1 stars Long-standing & lively Mission eatery with exposed brick serves Caribbean small plates & sangria Address2327 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till Midnight Fri and Sat.

Pancho Via Taqueria 4.4 stars No-frills counter-serve joint with ample seating for burritos, tacos & tortas, plus agua frescas. Address3071 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open till Midnight Fri, Sat, Sun

El Hamra (Pakastani) 4.2 stars Meat, seafood & vegetarian curries, plus tandoori & more in a simple, tiled space. Address3083 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open till 11 pm Fri, Sat, Sun

Arabian Nights 4.2 stars A Middle Eastern menu including some Lebanese dishes & freshly baked pita bread. Address2345 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till Midnight Fri and Sat
Alba Ray’s 4.5 stars Bustling dinner spot serving New Orleans classics, drinks & late-night bar eats in a dynamic space. Address2293 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 11 pm Fri, Sat, Sun

Southpaw BBQ Brisket & Ribs 4.2 stars Pair with American whiskeys & house-brewed beer at this upscale barbecue joint. Address2170 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Pica Pica Arapa Kitchen 4.3 stars Arepas & other Venezuelan eats provide the Latin flavors at this casual spot. Address401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Closes 10 pm Fri, Sat and 9 pm Sun

Rite Spot Café 4.5 stars Cozy, candlelit self-described dive bar has drinks, local art, live jazz & basic Italian food. Address2099 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Burma Love 4.6 stars Spin-off of a famed local Burmese restaurant serves shareable plates in a modern space with a bar. Address211 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open till 10:30 pm Fri and Sat and 10 pm Sun.

Locanda 4.4 stars Italian classics, cocktails & a formidable wine list round out the menu at this local favorite. Address557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 10 pm Fri and Sat

Loló restaurant 4.5 stars, is a beloved Mission District institution. Loló Pachitas Salvadorian Restaurant 4.5 Stars Pupusas in a variety of flavors offered along with other Latin American staples in a humble space. Address3091 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open till 2:30 am Friday and Sat  Critic review: Loló is family-owned and operated by Executive Chef Jorge Martínez. Loló's bright and vibrant interior is uniquely San Franciscan and fits perfectly with the cultural spirit of the neighborhood. For the interior, wife of Jorge Martinez and co-owner, Lorena took inspiration from rural Mexican culture and from her childhood growing up on rancherías in Torréon, Coahuila. The interior evokes the cultural and creative spirit of The Mission, using locally found objects and fabrics to create an atmosphere that is unapologetically bold and playful. And the creative cuisine at Lolo matches the interior for an unforgettable dining experience.

Limón Rotisserie 4.3 Stars Chicken highlights the modern Peruvian menu at this casual Valencia St. eatery. Address524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Open till 10:30 pm Fri and Sat
Foreign Cinema 4.4 Stars Crowds eat Californian-Mediterranean fare (& a popular brunch) in an outdoor space screening films. Address2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 11 pm Fri and Sat

Lolinda 4.6 stars Modern Argentine eatery serving steaks, small plates, cocktails & wine in a vibrant atmosphere. Address2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 12 am Fri and Sat

Mau 4.4 stars Casual Vietnamese eats like pho & clay-pot dishes in a busy Valencia Street locale. Address665 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 10 pm Fri and Sat

Al’s Place 4.5 stars Relaxed, modern New American restaurant for an inventive take on seafood & vegetable dishes. Address1499 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 10 pm Fri and Sat

Garcon 4.3 stars Lively neighborhood bistro serving French fare with a Californian twist. Address1101 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 11 pm Fri and Sat

COFFEE SHOPS -- Trendy, Industrial and Hipster
Coffee Shop 4.7 stars Locally roasted organic coffees & other brewed drinks are served alongside baked goods at this shop. Address3139 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open 7:30 am – 5 pm
Four Barrel Coffee 4.5 stars Exposed beams create a sleek & rustic ambiance for this Mission cafe specializing in drip coffee. Address375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open 7 am – 8 pm

Linea Caffe 4.4 stars Small, an eco-friendly espresso bar offering reserve brews along with salads. Address3417 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 8 am – 6 pm Zagat: Big things are happening at this “cute” Italian-style espresso bar in the Mission via Andrew Barnett (Ecco Caffe) and Anthony Myint (Mission Chinese) offering “well-balanced, beautiful”micro-batch roasted coffees, “delicious” sweet and savory Belgian waffles (via Lt. Waffle inside), and other “thoughtful food”; with “helpful” baristas too, its a "small place with a lot of character.

Dynamo Donut and Coffee 4.5 Stars Unusual flavor combinations like maple bacon mark this hip, compact stop for donuts & coffee. Address2760 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 7 am – 5 pm Zagat: Delish“ donuts, notably, the ”must-try“ maple bacon variety, are the draw at these ”hipster destinations“ where the ”innovative“ treats are paired with ”strong, delicious“ coffee poured by a ”friendly“ counter crew; throw in ”laid-back“ vibes and they're worth a ”special trip.

Pinhole Coffee 4.7 Stars Storefront coffeehouse boasting a whimsical ambiance plus pastry & coffee beans from Linea Caffe. Address231 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sightglass Coffee 4.5 Stars Coffee made from house-roasted beans served along with baked goods in a bi-level, industrial space. Address270 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open 7am-7pm

Craftsman and Wolves 4.5 stars Pastry-whiz William Werner serves egg-filled muffins, bonbons, coffee & more. Address746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Critic review: Breakfast routines are made to be broken by the infamous Rebel Within: a sausage-spiked Asiago-cheese muffin with a silken soft-boiled egg baked inside. SF's surest pick-me-up is a Highwire macchiato with matcha (green tea) cookies; a Thai coconut-curry scone enjoyed with pea soup and rosé is lunch perfected. Exquisite hazelnut cube-cakes and vanilla-violet cheesecakes are ideal for celebrating unbirthdays and imaginary holidays.

Red Café 4.4 Stars No-frills corner stop serving Mexican & American eats in a dinerlike atmosphere. Address2894 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 7am-4pm

Farley’s 4.5 Stars Coffeehouse that pairs espresso drinks with organic nibbles & displays the work of local artists. Address1315 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107 Open 6:30 am – 9 pm

Chloe’s Coffee 4.5 Stars Long lines form for the breakfast fare, coffee & traditional American faves at this cozy cafe. Address1399 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114 Open 8 am – 2:45 pm

Tartine Manufactory (French) Chic, industrial space with a bakery, Californian cafe, coffee counter, ice cream window & wine bar. Address595 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 10 pm Sat and Sun

Morning Due Coffee 4.3 Stars Serving omelets, sandwiches & other casual American fares in a loft-style space with outdoor seating. Address3698 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 Open 8 am – 8 pm

Robin’s Café Airy daytime cafe inside the ODC theater serving breakfast, salads & sandwiches, plus coffee, espresso & wine. Address1332, 3153 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 8am-4pm

Potrero Center (Nearby Strip Center) 16th and Potrero: Safeway, Peets Coffee, Noah’s Bagels

Grocery Store: Gus’s Community Market Spacious neighborhood spot with organic produce, groceries, sandwiches & coffee-shop basics. Address2111 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110 7 am – 10 pm
Uber and Lyft are the recommended modes of private transport.
For public transport:
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): 

Transit Schedules 
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Seating for followers are identified in pink. Seating for leaders are identified in blue.

Seating for 50/50 dancers (4) and couples are identified in yellow 10 seats in front of stage.




Jonathan y Olivia, organizers and hosts to Encuentro SF 2020! seek to preserve and promote the culture, philosophy, and dance form of traditional social tango developed throughout the Golden Age of Argentine Tango (1935-1952) that is still danced in the tango salons of Argentina today.

Refund policy: Weekend passes are non-transferable. Weekend passes became non-refundable after 11.15.2019. 
If anyone experiences an emergency or needs assistance during our Encuentro, please do not hesitate to call Olivia Levitt 650.834.5658, or Jonathan Yamauchi 415.947.9458. While we will be very busy during the Encuentro, we want to be supportive to any of our attendees who may need our help.