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Milonguero Weekend
with Susana Miller of Buenos Aires
May 20-22, 2005

World-class instructor Susana Miller visits Pittsburgh in a
not-to-be-missed week of Argentine Tango!

SUSANA MILLER of Buenos Aires is the most prominent teacher in the world today of the “milonguero” style of tango and has probably put more people on the dance floors of Buenos Aires than any other single teacher. Clarin, the major Buenos Aires daily paper, called her one of the four most important influences on contemporary tango, along with Miguel Angel Zotto, Gustavo Naveira and Gerardo Portalea. The milonguero style is danced in the crowded clubs of central Buenos Aires. It emphasizes the connection between the couple and musicality, using compact choreography that creatively employs the limited space of the social dance floor.

Susana encourages students to employ more rhythm in their dance, to discover their own dance vocabularies, and to learn how to shape and shrink these in space. For women, she encourages active following, in which the woman interprets the messages that the leader's body and the spirit are sending. She will help students improve posture, axis, grounding, breathing, balance, and sensitivity to the lead and follow roles. She aims to encourage dancers to develop their own unique improvisational styles through knowledge of the music, space and body. Her classes will emphasize step quality and rhythm. Rather than predetermined patterns, she will impart a basic choreographic vocabulary that allows dancers to creatively shape their own language.

“I think that the genius of Susana Miller is not only that she has an extraordinarily deep understanding of the music and the moves of tango…but that she is able to convey in a way that no other teacher I have encountered is able to do, that feeling, that essence of the dance that is beyond words.” – Leslie Hodges, Atlanta, GA

Double Milonga Weekend!

Welcoming Milonga
Friday, May 20
We'll celebrate Susana's Birthday!
9:00 pm – Midnight
Guest DJ Greg Messina of Akron
Church of the Redeemer
5700 Forbes Avenue
Free with Friday Workshop, $10 otherwise

Milonga Picante
Saturday, May 21
9:30 pm – 1:30 am
Guest DJ Avik Basu of Ann Arbor
Church of the Redeemer
5700 Forbes Avenue


Beginner's Tango Special. $15 for Friday workshop & milonga for anyone new to tango.

FRIDAY, MAY 20 Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave.
7 pm - 7:30pmRegistration & Warm-Up
7:30-9:00pm1. Fundamentals of Close Embrace Tango (All levels) Milonguero refresher including posture, rhythm, embrace, and attitude! Novices welcome. Includes a Milonga (Tango Dance Party) from 9-Midnight.

SATURDAY, MAY 21 Wilkins School & Community Center, Charleston & S. Braddock Avenues.
1 pm - 1:30pmRegistration & Warm-Up
1:30 - 3:00pm2. Building the Perfect Dance Floor Movement (Experienced Beginner/Intermediate). Working with basic elements on a small dance floor. Adding steps to your choreographic repertoire. Which parts of the man’s body move to lead the woman. Sacadas. There are no steps in social tango, only situations.
3:30-5:00pm3. Tango Lento (Int./Adv.) How to dance D’Arienzo in slow motion. How to interpret Pugliese, “waiting times”, musical weight. Fashionable foot-work for men & women. Sexy double boleo for women. Playing with your heel.

SUNDAY, MAY 22 Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue
1 pm - 1:30pmRegistration & Warm-Up
1:30-3:30pm4. Master Class – Velocity of Movement I (Adv). Part 1 of a 4-hour workshop designed to work on variations of rapidity for legs and feet. Particularly important for giros/contragiros and for advancing/backing up in compact turns and walks.
4:00-6:00pm5. Master Class – Velocity of Movement II (Adv). Continuation of Part I. Prerequisite is Velocity of Movement I. No exceptions.

TUESDAY, MAY 25 Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Avenue
7:30-9:30pmPractica $3. Practica takes place every Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. Free to JCC members.

1 Friday/Saturday workshop (90 min.)…$25
2 Friday/Saturday workshops (90 min.) …$45
3 Friday/Saturday workshops (90 min.) …$65
Sunday workshops (2 hours)… $30/each
Weekend Package (All events, including Milonga Picante) …$125


Early Bird10% off if paid by Tues., May 17.
Travelers5% discount . Must be traveling 60+ miles or have a hotel receipt. (Total of 15% discount if paid by Tues., May 17.)

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Privates with Susana are $110/hour (Thursday through Tuesday) plus room rent, if any. Individuals taking privates should bring a partner, though instruction will be focused on the individual. We do have skilled volunteers. Call Trini at 412-521-1476 to schedule.


Church of the Redeemer
5700 Forbes Avenue

Wilkins School & Community Center
Charleston & S. Braddock Avenues


Pittsburgh is a beautiful city full of trees and parks. When you're not dancing, visit one of the Carnegie Museums, Carnegie Science Center, Phipps Conservatory, or take in a spectacular view from Mt. Washington. Check out: Pittsburgh

Drive times to Pittsburgh:
Ann Arbor - 4.5 hours
Buffalo - 3.5 to 4 hours
Cleveland - 2.5 hours
Columbus - 3 hours
Cincinnati - 4.5 hours
Detroit - 5 hours
NYC - 7 hours
Philadelphia - 6 hours
Washington, DC - 3.5 to 4 hours


Limited housing may be available. Email Trini at ( We also recommend:
Days Inn
2727 Mosside Blvd.
Monroeville, PA

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