Dale Ellison and Gem Duras

CT Tango Weekend
March 15-16, 2014

Saturday March 15

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

Sunday March 16

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

Sunday March 16 in Chappaqua, NY

Ellison Duras

Weekend Activities and Full Schedule: (Hotline: (203) 584 4480)

Argentine Tango
Boot Camp for beginners and basics review
Saturday, March 15, 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 15, 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.

11:00 a.m.: Pivots and Controlling the Axis: Creating suspensions using grace, balance and connection.
12:00p.m.: Traveling Ganchos: Add drama to your dance, a taste of show style with ganchos during a change of direction.

Vitti's Dance Studio (VD)

Dale Ellison and Gem Duras

dale and gem

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 started his tango training in 1995 with the stars of the famous show "Forever Tango" especially the legendary Carlos Gavito with whom he had the opportunity to study extensively for several years, incorporating his technique, elegance and musicality into his own dancing and teaching. Later he studied performance tango with Francisco Forquera in Argentina to become a certified tango instructor and dancer.

During his partnership with Dale Ellison, they founded Tango Sueño and traveled to Buenos Aires numerous times to perfect their technique by studying with Gustavo Naveira, Juan Carlos Copes, Osvaldo Zotto, Oscar Mandagaran, Chicho Frumboli, Geraldine Rojas and Susana Miller among others.

Gem recently performed and taught at the Stardust weekend upstate New York, and participated as a performer in the New Year’s Celebration event organized by Akademi Tango, in Ankara-Turkey. He was also a guest instructor at the HARTS Tango cruise in 2011. He resides and teaches in CT as well as NY.

Tango Intensive Day
Sunday, March 16, 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.: Playful Sacadas: invade your partner's space with sacadas and displacements!

12:15p.m.: Carpas and creative volcadas: tango close embrace applied to seunsual off axis leans such as carpas and creative volcadas.

Afternoon: Dancing Nuevo Tango
Chicho Frumboli Style

2:30 p.m.: Colgadas: couples balancing and hanging on to your partner and combinations with classic steps

3:45 p.m.: Underarm Turns:
colgadas and nuevo elements combined with soltadas and underarm turns.

Dance Dimensions (DD)

Tango Sueño 3rd Saturday Milonga
Saturday, March 15, 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)
$20 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 call (203) 543 8099, or 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.

Festival Venues

MF: Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford, www.milfordarts.org
DD: Dance Dimensions, 3 Quincy Street, Norwalk, www.dancedimensionsnorwalk.com
VD: Vitti's Dance Studio, 10 Precision Road, Danbury, www.vittisdancestudio.com

Boot Camp, Milford, CT
March 15 (MF): Argentine Tango Boot Camp
Boot camp full. Please send an email to info@cttangofest.org to see if there are any cancelations/openings.
Tango Elegance, Danbury, CT
March 15 (VD) Pivots and Controlling the Axis, 11:00 a.m.
Traveling Ganchos, 12:00 p.m.
Discount package: OR both workshops $40
Tango Intesive Day, Norwalk
March 16 Morning: (DD) Playful Sacadas, 11:00 a.m. $25
Carpas and Volcadas, 12:15 p.m. $25
Discount package: OR discount registration for both morning workshops $40
March 16 Afternoon: (DD)
Only 8 spaces left!
Nuevo/Colgadas, 2:30 p.m.
Nuevo/Underarm Turns, 3:45 p.m.
Discount package: OR discount registration for both afternoon workshops $40
Full day package: OR discount registration for all four $70
Weekend Contact Information:
Phone: 203 584 4480, E-mail: info@cttangofest.org Phone for the Press: (203) 543 8099. Photos for the press: click here...

Get ready for a weekend of pure excitement!