Argentine Tango Workshop

with Christy Coté

Singles welcome, no partner required.

Friday, May 21st

6:30 – 7:30 pm Chamuyo and
7:30 – 10:00 pm Milonga at Higher Groundz

There is so much more to Tango than just dancing! Kick off the evening with a free discussion group (chamuyo). Christy will talk about the music and Tango in general. This is a great opportunity to learn about the context of the dance and ask lots of questions. No charge for the chat, but Higher Groundz does have tasty goodies on the menu.

Continue the evening with great food, drink, music, and most of all dancing. Christy will probably do a demo or two for your enjoyment. No cover for this social dancing event at the Higher Groundz Family Coffee House, 3230 Broad St., Suite 130, San Luis Obispo (Broad and Orcutt).

Saturday, May 22nd

2:00 – 3:30 pm Follower's Technique

Learn techniques of matching leg lines, heels close to the floor, Contra Body Movement, and all the little things that will make you the dancer that everyone wants to dance with! Includes both open and close embrace styles. Perfect for leaders as well as followers since an understanding of the follower is key to a good lead!

3:30 – 5:00 pm Dancing with Pugliese

The elegant sound of Osvaldo Pugliese's orchestra and the modern day Color Tango playing in the genre of Pugliese have inspired many. In this workshop, we will create a vocabulary fitting for this music and discover how pauses, changes, and dynamics can bring your dancing to the next level!

Sunday, May 23rd

2:00 – 3:30 pm Vals

Discover another realm of Tango. Understand the timing of the Argentine Vals and how you can best design a beautiful dance for you and your partner to enjoy.

3:30 – 5:00 pm Milonga Condombera

Add a new twist to your Milonga with a little Condombe rhythm. You'll dance to popular songs like Tango Negro and Toca Tango with a new energy! Don't miss this class; it's a blast!

7:00 – 8:00 pm Tango for Absolute Beginners at Oddfellows' Hall

If you can walk, you can learn to Tango!

Linda Drake is hosting a dance at the San Luis Obispo Oddfellow's Hall, 520 Dana St. Come enjoy a varity of music -- tango, ballroom, salsa, west coast swing, etc. -- from 8:00 to 10:00pm.

Before the dance, kick off the evening with a one hour Argentine Tango lesson. Christy will teach a special introduction to Argentine Tango covering the basics required to get around the floor and how Argentine Tango differs from Ballroom Tango. Cost for both class and dance is $10 per person and is not part of the workshop price structure.

Shell Beach Veterans’ Hall

Unless otherwise specified, classes are at 230 Leeward Ave., Shell Beach. From 101, Exit 193, then south on Shell Beach Blvd. Leeward is the first right after the stop in front of Alex’s BBQ.

Cost: $20 per person per class. Register for more than one class at a time and save:   2 for $35, 3 for $50, or all 4 for $60. Students save an additional $5 with ID. One hour private classes also available for $80 per couple, contact Rich to schedule.

The last 15 minutes of each class will be for practice and/or warm-up for next class. Please try to arrive early so you don’t miss anything.

Christy Coté -- dancing, choreographing and teaching professionally for more than 25 years -- began her career as a Ballroom and Latin dance instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Studios. For the past 9 years, she has devoted her love of dance to Argentine Tango becoming one of San Francisco's most respected dancers and teachers. She has been featured locally on KVTU's Segment 2 Report with Bob MacKenzie, KPIX/Channel 5 Evening Magazine and nationally in Dance Spirit Magazine.

As the Creator and Director of the Academia de Tango Argentino at San Francisco's popular Metronome Ballroom she oversees and teaches a full schedule of group and private classes, workshops, practicas and Milongas. Christy's teaching method has recently been published by Dance Vision and is their first Argentine Tango syllabus, soon to be accompanied by a series of videos by Christy & George Garcia of Honolulu.

Christy also co-hosts the popular Mariposa Argentine Tango Club Milonga. This is San Francisco's longest running Milonga, now in its 8th year.

Christy performs regularly with MonTango, Trio Garufa and other Tango musicians and produces monthly Tango shows at San Francisco's Peńa Pacha Mama restaurant. Christy has performed with various partners including Pampa Cortes (of Forever Tango fame), Daniel Lapadula (Buenos Aires), Marcos Questas (Las Vegas), Angel Garcia (New York City) and George Garcia (Honolulu) as well as with her performance group, The LiberTango Dancers.

Christy has shared her love of this dance teaching and performing Argentine Tango from San Francisco, to Las Vegas and as far away as Istanbul, Turkey and is looking forward to returning to San Luis Obispo on her Tango journey!

Christy’s web site is at

For more info: Call Rich, (805)783-0569.

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