July 17-19, 2015 Milonguero Weekend



DJs: Paul Akmajian, Tucson, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Vincent Wong, LA., Eduardo Lazarowski, Durham, NC

Friday Milonga  7:30 - 12:00 (After a good night's sleep, we can enjoy the day as well as the            evening.)

Saturday  Milonga and BBQ Potluck   6:30 - 12:00 (For the Potluck, bring something to grill, a dish to share, or ingredients to prepare it.  Shared cooking time  4-6:30.)

Sunday Adios Picnic Milonga   4:00 - 8:30

Saturday Slide & music Seminar: 5:00 - 6:00 The Orchestras of the Gold Era by Eduardo Lazarowski

CLASSES       Instructors   Liz Haight and Masami Hirokawa  (Don’t miss these popular teachers from Santa Fe)  Learn about Liz and Masami below...

Saturday       12:00 - 1:30  All Levels

                       2:00 - 3:30  Advanced Intermediate

Sunday          12:00 - 1:30  All Levels

                        2:00 - 3:30  Advanced Intermediate

If you are not sure whether you should be in the intermediate/advanced classes, please contact Dvora: dvora@casatangosalida.com, 719-539-7595, or 720-273-3293


WEEKEND PASS #1   3 milongas & 4 classes  $190 ($185 check or cash) 

WEEKEND PASS #2   3 milongas and 2 classes All Levels   $140 ($135 check or cash)

WEEKEND PASS #3   3 milongas and 2 classes Int/Adv  $140 ($135 check or cash)

MILONGA PASS    3 milongas including the potluck Sat BBQ and Sun Picnic  $90 ($85 check or cash)

Space is limited, and we will be keeping the gender balanced, so reserve soon. Last year we sold out early!

To purchase passes:

Send check to Casa Tango, 7595 County Road 150,  Salida, CO 81201,

or call Dvora with a credit card,  719-539-7595  or cell 720-273-3293,

or used the PayPal button below.


FOLLOWERS spaces are FULL.

Please let us know if you would like to be on a waiting list.

(See the drop-down to select the pass)


Join us for a  Milonguero Style Tango Encuentro.

This is a weekend gathering of committed, experienced Milonguero Style dancers coming together to study, build community and enjoy dancing together!  We have great DJs lined up and a relaxed schedule of classes.

Last year we filled up early, so if know you want to be part of this weekend, register as soon as you can. Registrations are accepted on a first come first serve basis, and we will be keeping gender balanced. REGISTER BELOW....Opens in February 27th.

Liz began dancing at the age of five, studying ballet, modern, tap, and jazz throughout her childhood in New York City. She performed with the Jose Limon Dance Co. at Lincoln Center and later through the Julliard School of Dance. As an adolescent, she was a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.

Since 1991, Liz has focused on authentic club-style social dances originating in Latin America. She has been dancing Argentine tango for the past eleven years. While she has studied all forms of the dance, her love lies in the on-body, “apilado” or “milonguero-style” tango – the tango of the Golden Age and the tango of the crowded dance floors of Buenos Aires. In this style, she has studied extensively with Ricardo Vidort, Alicia Pons, Susana Miller, Osvaldo & Coca Cartery, Maria Plazaola, and Pedro Sanchez.

Liz has had her own business teaching dance for the past twelve years in Santa Fe, New Mexico and now works full-time teaching milonguero-style Argentine tango both privately and in group classes. In addition, she teaches tango, nationally, in weekend workshops, including five Denver Tango Festivals, both on her own and with her partner Masami Hirokawa and with the late Ricardo Vidort, a renowned and deeply respected milonguero of the Golden Age. Liz has been hosting statewide milongas in Santa Fe since 2002. She currently hosts the Joe’s Diner milonga.

Liz’s love of people, her technical ability in both leading and following, and her passion for the energetic and emotional elements of the dance have led her to develop effective ways of teaching not only the physical and functional aspects of the dance, but also the more elusive, transcendent qualities of the dance. Her exploratory form of teaching allows for a visceral experience of tango as a form of communication, creativity, profound connection, and the joy of self-expression.

Liz holds an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in art and psychology from Bennington College and a Master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialty in body/mind integrative therapy from Antioch University. She gave up her career in body-psychotherapy in 1998 in order to devote herself to teaching dance full-time.

Masami Hirokawa’s Bio

Masami has been an artist his whole life. In his youth he studied ballet and tap dance as well as music and sports. In his twenties he was a nationally-ranked motorcycle racer and in his thirties he competed nationally in various ballroom dances. He has been a successful free-lance illustrator since 1971.

Masami has danced milonguero-style Argentine tango for 7 years, 6 of which have been with his partner, Liz Haight. He has also studied with Alicia Pons, Ricardo Vidort, Susana Miller, Maria Plazaola, and Osvaldo & Coca Cartery, 2004 world champions.

Masami comes to tango with a deep understanding of the creative process and a natural, delightful ability to interpret music. He is an intuitive dancer, responsive to his partner, to the music and to his own experience as it unfolds. In his words, “Argentine tango is like working on a piece of art except, in the case of tango, we are each other’s canvas”.

Masami has been assisting Liz Haight teaching Argentine tango for the past 2 years. In his work with Liz, he is an integral part of developing both subject matter and experiential methods of teaching. Masami teaches private classes and assists Liz in all their classes in Santa Fe and in workshops. Masami DJs at their Joe’s Diner milonga in Santa Fe.

Liz Haight and Masami Hirokawa

Make LODGING RESERVATIONS NOW!  SALIDA IS POPULAR especially during the summer!

I have a vacation rental available for up to four people: http://www.vrbo.com/345257.

The Circle R Motel is a locally owner ‘Mom and Pop operation...friendly, reasonable and clean. Ask for the Salida Tango Weekend rooms. Call 719-539-6296 for special tango weekend rates: $99 for one queen bed. $110 for 2 queen beds. salidacoloradomotel.com.

We have reserved a block of discounted rooms at the new Hampton Inn, with indoor pool and breakfast included. Call 719-539-0800 and say that you are part of Casa Tango group and you will get the room for $118.15 instead of $139.

Woodlands Motel: Reasonable, clean and close to Casa Tango   http://www.woodlandmotel.com/    We have reserved 8 rooms varying from a single for $84.50 to a room for up to 4 with a kitchenette for $162.95. Ask for the Casa Tango Group Rates.  719-539-4980 or 800-488-0456.

The Salida Hotel is a lovely renovated turn of the century hotel people have liked. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salida-Palace-Hotel/305611216156048?

There are other motels as well.

VRBO is also a good way to find housing for yourself or a group: http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/colorado/south-central/salida

TRANSPORTATION FROM DENVER AIRPORT: Shuttle to Salida from downtown http://blackhillsstagelines.com/, shuttle from airport to downtown :AF Skyride, http://www3.rtd-denver.com//schedules/getSchedule.action?runboardId=143&routeId=AF&routeType=9&direction=W-Bound&serviceType=3

......We may have some people in town who would like to host you.  If you need housing email us.....

There are many other nice B&Bs, motels, and hotels. See www.coloradoheadwaters.com/ for many options and information about the area.


Full refund.... until 8 weeks before the event

1/2 refund .....from 8 weeks until 4 weeks before the event

No refund..... from 4 weeks on