Dale Ellison and Gem Duras

CT Tango Weekend

Saturday March 21

  • Boot Camp for beginners, Milford, CT
  • Workshops in Danbury, CT
  • Tango Social "Milonga", Milford CT

Sunday March 22

  • Classic Tango Workshops in Norwalk, CT
  • Nuevo Tango Workshops in Norwalk, CT
  • Workshops in Enfield, CT
  • Milonga in Enfield, CT


Ellison Duras

Full Schedule and Registration: (Hotline: (203) 584 4480)

Argentine Tango
Boot Camp for beginners and
basics review
Saturday, March 21, Milford, CT

Half day 3 hours of instruction with Dale and Gem packed into this Saturday of intensive Argentine Tango for beginner level dancers and those who want to review the basics and technique. No previous experience necessary, limited enrollment.

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 pm (with short breaks): Argentine Tango basics, embrace and connection. Next phase, pivots, ochos and turns. Free leg movements, combinations with ganchos "hooking legs together".

Milford Center for the Arts (MF)

Tango Elegance
Saturday, March 21, Danbury, CT

Two workshops emhasizing tango elegance, the women's technique, style and drama geared towards those with some Argentine Tango and/or Ballroom dance experience.

11:00a.m.: Baginnings and Endings: Add drama to your dancing, with eye catching beginnings and dramatic endings.
12:00p.m.: Dancing to Vals: Master the vals musicality with turns and sweeps.

Vitti's Dance Studio (VD)

Dale Ellison and Gem Duras

Dale Ellison, known in Buenos Aires as Delia, has been dancing Argentine tango for more than 15 years, and teaching for more than 8. She has developed a reputation as a dynamic Argentine Tango teacher and performer in salon, milonguero, nuevo and performance styles of tango.

Originally a San Francisco resident, Dale received her tango training from the stars of the famous show “Forever Tango” most notably Carlos Gavito and Marcela Duran. Initially a salsa dancer and club style salsa instructor, Dale was drawn to tango for its sensuality and passion, later winning the first prize in the first San Francisco Tango Competition in 1998.

She has traveled to Buenos Aires numerous times to study with Gustavo Naveira, Osvaldo Zotto, Oscar Mandagaran, Chicho Frumboli, Geraldine Rojas, Graciela Gonzales, Marcela Duran, and women's technique with Lorena Ermocida.

After teaching in CT for five years with Gem Duras, Dale Ellison moved to Charleston SC, where she teaches and runs tango activities as the director of Tango Rojo.

Gem Duras has been dancing tango for 20 years and teaching full time for 12. In 1990's he studied with the original cast members of the famous show Forever Tango, in particular the legendary Carlos Gavito. He then visited Buenos Aires numerous times to study advanced technique, ballet and stage tango with younger Forever Tango stars Francisco Forquera and Jesus Velazquez, receiving his tango training certificate. Over many years he became familiar with the styles of such important and diverse dancers as Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli, Gustavo Naveira, Susana Miller, Javier Rodriguez, Osvaldo Zotto, Norberto "Pulpo" Esbrez, Geraldine Rojas, Carlos Rivarola, Juan Carlos Copes, Dana Frigoli and Milena Plebs. As a result he is able to teach and guide the students in various tango styles such as Salon, Milonguero, Nuevo and beyond.

He holds weekly classes throughout Connecticut and regularly travels to Buenos Aires to follow the current trends in tango. With Tango Sueño co-founder Dale Ellison, he organizes and directs the Connecticut Tango Festival.

CT Tango Fest and Weekend

The Connecticut Tango Fest was founded by Jorge Gem Duras and Dale Ellison, to introduce Argentine Tango to new dancers, and to increase the vibrancy of the tango activities in Connecticut.

The festival is repeated once a year in Summer, with various guests from Argentina and beyond. As an offshooet of the festival, the CT Tango Weekend focuses on the Argentine Tango Boot Camp and various workshops in cities throughout CT.

The activities in Milford are sponsored by the Milford Arts Council. Workshops and tango socials have taken place throughout New Haven, Hartford and Stamford Metropolitan areas, as well as Noralk, Danbury, Enfield and Westhcester, NY.

The festival guests in the past included Oscar Mandagaran and Georgina Vargas, Los Totis, Pablo Nievas and Valeria, Zunino, Daniela Kizyma and Pablo Velez, Victoria Sarquisse and Federico Jorquera, Carolina Jaurena and Diego Blanco.

Tango Intensive Day
Sunday, March 22, Norwalk, CT

Full day of instruction with Dale and Gem. The morning sessions will be suitable for those with some experience and those who completed the boot camp. The day's workshops will progress from easy to challenging to accommodate all levels. The afternoon workshops will incorporate more advanced figures and concepts.

Morning: Dancing Classic Tango

11:00 a.m.: Planeos: Circle out, spiral in; let your feet paint elegant shapes on the floor!

12:15p.m.: Milonga Traspie: Dance to milonga traspie style. Feel comfortable with any milonga tempo using subtle weight changes.

Afternoon: Dancing Nuevo Tango

2:30 p.m.: Elegant Single Axis Turns: Create suspension effects using a shared axis, balance and grace.

3:45 p.m.: Hooked on Sexy Ganchos:
Produce nuevo style effects with mysteriously entangled legs.

Dance Dimensions (DD)

Tango At EdanSe
Sunday, March 22, Enfield, CT

Two workshops and Milonga at EdanSe Ballroom in Enfield. EdanSe is the premier ballroom and latin studio in the Hartford/Springfield area. Located in a beautiful historic building the studio is home to world class instructors in a warm and friendly environment.

7:00 p.m.: Creative Volcadas: Fall off axis to the arms of your partner then spice it up with twists and turns.
8:00 p.m.: Cool colgadas: Hang on to your partner and create thrilling tango effects!

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Milonga: A mix of classic and nuevo tango music, DJ Gem. $15 Milonga at the door.
(Milonga $10 with class).

EdanSe Ballroom (EB)

Tango Sueño 3rd Saturday Milonga
Saturday, March 21, Milford, CT

The 3rd Saturday Milonga hosted by Tango Sueño. A Mix of Classic and Nuevo Tango music, DJ Gem Duras. Performance by Dale and Gem. Tango Sueño style refreshments and drinks included!

8:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight: Milonga (due to various workshops, no favorite step of the month this month)
Milford Center for the Arts (MF)
$15 admission at the door

Registration: (Hotline: (203) 584 4480)

Register early! Limited Enrollment for classes and workshops. Admission to classes is not guaranteed without pre-registration; Dance shoes or leather sole shoes are recommended. The prices below are per person. No partner necessary, singles welcome. Private lessons available with the instructors: (203) 584 4480. To pay by credit card, please click the Add to Cart buttons below and checkout using PayPal. You don't have to be, or become a PayPal member. To pay by check please send an e-mail to info@tangosueno.com

Refund Policy: In case of inclement whether, the boot camp will be postponed to March 22 or 23, if you are unable to make it to the postponed event, or if the event is totally canceled for any reason, the payment will be fully refunded. If you register but are unable to attend for other reasons, depending on the fullness of the class, partial refund might be available, please call in that case.

Weekend Venues

MF: Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford, www.milfordarts.org
DD: Dance Dimensions, 15 Cross Street, Norwalk, www.dancedimensionsnorwalk.com
VD: Vitti's Dance Studio, 10 Precision Road, Danbury, www.vittisdancestudio.com
EB: EdanSe Ballroom, 127 Pearl Street, Enfield, www.edanseballroom.com

Boot Camp, Milford, CT
March 21 (MF): Argentine Tango Boot Camp
(Sorry full!!! call to to see if there are any cancelations
(203) 584 4480)
Tango Elegance, Danbury, CT
March 21 (VD) Beginnings and Endings, 11:00 a.m.
Dancing to Vals, 12:00 p.m.
Discount package: OR both workshops $40
Tango Intesive Day, Norwalk

March 22 Morning: (DD)

(Only 4 spaces left!!!)

Planeos, 11:00 a.m. $25
Milonga traspie, 12:15 p.m. $25
Discount package: OR discount registration for both morning workshops $40

March 22 Afternoon: (DD)

(Only 4 spaces left!!!)

Single axis turns, 2:30 p.m.
Nuevo ganchos, 3:45 p.m.
Discount package: OR discount registration for both afternoon workshops $40
Full day package: OR discount registration for all four $70
Tango At EdanSe, Enfield
March 22 : (ES) Volcadas, 7:00 p.m. $20
Colgadas, 8:00 p.m. $20
Both Classes: OR discount registration for both workshops $30
Milonga with Class: Add Milonga for $10 if taking one or both of the classes (Milonga alone: $15 at the door) $40
Weekend Contact Information:
Phone: 203 584 4480, E-mail: info@cttangofest.org Photos for the press: click here...

Get ready for a weekend of pure excitement!