Encuentro Milonguero Bootcamp!

Attntion Milonga Organizers and Tango Instructors: Jonathan y Olivia have been teaching Tango Workshops in California over the past 16 years in various tango communities throughout the US and more recently Canada and Europe. Our focus is to teach the technique and body mechanics of the tango milonguero style which benefits tango salon and tango milonguero dancers emphasizing the distiinctions between tango salon and tango milonguero embrace and technique. After our workshops, those skilled in tango salon are able to dance beautifully in the tango milonguero style, opening the doors for them to receive future private and personal invitations to attend and enjoy the coveted National Encuentros in the United States and abroad.


Jonathan and Olivia also teach private tango weeklong intensives for those who prefer private instruction and maximum undivided attention from both Jonathan and Olivia in the comfort of their own homes or in the the San Francisco Bay Area studio where Jonathan and Olivia teach privately. For those interested in private intensives, please see our private rates and discounted packages.


What is an Encuentro?


Encuentros are private role balanced invitational multi-day events for skilled tango milonguero style dancers who attend from areas throughout the world to experience meeting and dancing tango milonguero style with new and old friends, connected at their metaphysical hearts in a sustained embrace, enjoying a silent conversation between two individuals at highest levels of consciousness.


Encuentros are often set up in a traditional milonga setting (leaders sitting on one side and followers sitting on the opposite side) where the codigos of tango are honored and practiced at all times. Music is played by world class tango DJs focused on playing the best music from the Golden Era of tango.



“Preparing for the Encuentros”


Jonathan y Olivia’s Tango Milonguero Encuentro Bootcamps contrast the difference between dancing close embrace tango salon and dancing tango milonguero style, distinguishing the technique and body mechanics for embracing and dancing on the forward axis, the connection, mindful presence, the walk, improvisational musicality, dancing in a very tight space, and practicing the Codigos of Tango.


Jonathan y Olivia organize and host 25% of the twelve Encuentros in the US.


Transcendence in the Tango Milonguero Embrace?


One can witness a unique commonality when observing dancers at an Encuentro. Their eyes are glossed over in a meditative state because they are focused internally on the connection and flow of energy between the two dancing as one.


Study with Jonathan and Olivia to experience highest levels of transcendence in their tango with other like-minded tango milonguero dancers.


Jonathan y Olivia help to facilitate an opportunity to dance with those who are personally invited to attend the Encuentros and enjoy dancing tango milonguero style throughout the Encuentro in a very small space with excellent musicality and navigation.



What an Encuentro is not...


At an Encuentro, you will not see or experience tango dancers who are in the “Hey, look at me phase of their tango path” (stage dancing, nuevo, and canned choreography with flashy open embrace moves, oftentimes poorly executed with bad technique and poor navigation, or feet leaving the floor causing high heels to cut others as it flings in the air–).



A word about Jonathan and Olivia


Jonathan and Olivia are nationally renown tango milonguero style dancers, teachers and organizers of Encuentro San Francisco Bay Area, Wine Country Encuentro and Encuentro Santa Barbara, offering tango milonguero Encuentro Bootcamps throughout the US and Europe to those who are already skilled tango salon dancers and to those who would like to learn or improve their tango milonguero technique, connection, embrace, and body mechanics while dancing with excellent navigation, musicality and walking technique in small tight spaces.


Jonathan y Olivia's Tango Milonguero Encuentro Bootcamp objective is to give you the keys to progress your tango milonguero technique to a level which will facilitate invitations and entrance to the Encuentros in the near future and/or increase the level of skill set of those seeking to improve their tango milonguero technique.

Encuentro Tango Milonguero Bootcamp Workshop Topics


THE CODIGOS OF TANGO: In this fun and interactive workshop, we will discuss the Structure of the Milonga, The Cabeceo and Mirada, Cabeceo tips, Mirada tips, Understanding the rules of the Floor, and Personal Hygiene.


MASTERING WALKING TECHNIQUE, EMBRACE AND CONNECTION IN THE TANGO MILONGUEOR STYLE: This workshop will focus on maintaining a sustained connection walking slowly while incorporating proper use of the rhomboid muscles to facilitate a comfortable, warm and sensual embrace throughout the dance, precisely matching stride while maintaining a consistent level of connection on the forward axis at the metaphysical heart. As the connection is perfected, couples will learn the technique to walk and dance connected on their forward axis, with and without an embrace (no hands or arms).


DANCING ON A TILE IN THE MILONGUERO EMBRACE I : In a crowded milonga, can you dance rhythmically to an entire song within the area of four tiles? Learn the technique to dancing in Central Buenos Aires milongas (or locally in a very tight space) which will empower you to develop a vocabulary that you can lead and follow with confidence in your next milonga.


DANCING ON A TILE IN THE MILONGUERO EMBRACE II: Progressing from “Dancing on a Tile in the Milonguero Embrace I” Variations on giros (including multiple giros) with and without suspension, with and without syncopation, with changes of direction, both linearly and circularly.


MUSICALITY FOR THE MILONGUERO: Combining Tango Milonguero Style technique dancing to the Beat (hard or soft, strong or weak, staccato or legato), dancing to the Rhythm (syncopation), dancing to the melody, and dancing to the singer as an instrument.


Mastering Navigation (lead and follow) in Tight Spaces: Learn technique to dancing under your pelvic floor, dancing in place when the line of the dance stops, rules of floor craft, and maintaining forward continuity in the line of the dance (becoming the milonguero or milonguera that everyone wants to follow in the line of the dance)