Encuentro Santa Barbara 2023!

Jonathan y Olivia Encuentro Organizers and Hosts are proud to announce Santa Barbara Encuentro, their 18th National Encuentro, taking place in the beautiful Veterans Memorial Building featuring a wonderful sound system, exquisite craftsmanship and beautiful 3,000 sq.ft. hardwood flooring.

Encuentro Santa Barbara



Encuentro Santa Barbara is a private national invitational event for advanced-level like-minded tango milonguero style dancers who mindfully strive to maintain a sustained connection, a silent conversation, highest levels of consciousness, excellent navigational skills and adhere to the Codigos of Tango. We welcome those who are invited to enjoy three days of dancing, dining, and bonding over traditional tango music from the Golden Era of Tango, played by some of the best tango DJs internationally.


WHEN: Friday April 28,2023 6:00pm through Sunday April 30, 2023 12:00am

Milonga times TBA. Doors will open 30 minutes prior and close 30 minutes after each milonga.


WHAT: Five milongas featuring:

  • Five nationally renowned Encuentro DJs playing the best of Golden Era Tango.
  • Meet & Greet with catered food on site.
  • Sprinkled weekend culinary delights served throughout the Encuentro weekend.
  • Pellegrino, spa water, coffee, tea, wine and tea time treats served throughout the weekend
  • Authentic Argentine empanadas served during our Saturday evening Gala Milonga. 


WHERE: Veterans Memorial Building located at 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara CA 93101

SEATING: Traditional seating for 150 Attendees - leaders and followers on opposite sides, couples and 50/50 dancers in the ends.


PARKING: Yes, inexpensive public parking lots and garage nearby.


DJs: Steve Brady, Marco Christodoulou, Jonathan Yamauchi,  Shahin Medghalchi, and Mark Sarkowski.

Inquiries to: encuentrosantabarbara@proton.me


 Registration for “Encuentro Santa Barbara” is now open! Please complete 1-4 below without exception.

  1. Send your $210 registration fee via PayPal to encuentrosantabarbara@proton.me
  2. Select the “Send Money to Friends Option” to avoid being assessed PayPal fees.
  3. Provide your email address AND your partner’s email address if registering together.
  4. Include the name of your City and State in the “notes” section of your PayPal remittance (name tags) and state whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or an omnivoire.



  • Covid-19 policy: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required at the door. Temperatures will be taken at the door and before every milonga. We will adhere to governmental policy prevailing at the time of our encuentro. By registering for Encuentro Poema, Attendee unconditionally holds Jonathan y Olivia harmless from any liability arising from or participating in Encuentro Poema.
  • Recommending other Attendees: If invited Attendees would like to refer fellow milongueros who have not received our invitation, and who would be good candidates for our Encuentro, we will consider admitting them based on your personal recommendation.
  • With the exception of the single follower policy referenced below, no refunds will be granted on or after February 1, 2023. 
  • Registration fees are non-transferable.
  • Single followers must register in order to be placed on a follower waitlist pending their or our ability to secure a skilled tango milonguero style leader prior to April 5, 2023. In the event a skilled tango milonguero style leader is not found by April 5, 2023, follower’s registration fee will be refunded or at follower's option, provided with a credit toward registration fees pertaining to Wine Country Encuentro 2023. 
  • Please do not request confirmation of your PayPal payment unless you do not receive confirmation from PayPal that your payment has been made.
  • Note: Single followers who study privately with Jonathan y Olivia will be given preference in the registration process.
  • Sharpen your tango milonguero technique prior to the Encuentro. Contact Olivia for private lessons at 650.834.5658 or Email: olivia@tangoapilado.com.