Tango Boot Camp for beginners
with Dale and Gem
Saturday, July 23, Milford

Other Festival Activities

Tango Passion Show
A night of Tango: Music and Dance
Friday, July 29, Milford

A Tango Show featuring World Champion dancers Manuela and Juan, Latin Grammy winner bandoneonist Raul Jaurena, singer Marga Mitchell, pianist Maurizio Najt, Grupo Folklorico Uruguay and Tango Sueño Performance Group.

Raul Jaurena

Tango Workshops
with Manuela and Juan
Saturday, July 30, Milford
Saturday, July 31, Norwalk

World Champion Teachers/Performers Manuela Rossi and Juan Malizia will present workshops addressing various aspects of tango in a fun environment. All tango dancers are welcome as well as beginners who have taken Dale and Gem's intensive workshops the previous weekend.

Manuela y Juan

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 , Milford (MF)

Only 4 spots left!

Do you want to build up on the boot camp?

Tango Intensive
with Dale and Gem
Sunday, July 24, Norwalk

Full day, 4.5 hours of intensive tango instruction with Dale and Gem. The workshops will focus the on and off axis concepts, review of torsion and dissociation applied to enrosques and weight transfer for better sacadas all applied to fun sequences.

Dance Dimansions , Norwalk (DD)


Video covering the material from the
March 2013 Boot Camp:

Dale and Gem

Dale Ellison and Gem Duras


Dale and Gem, have been teaching tango together for more than thirteen years, in Connecticut and South Carolina and New York.

Originally a San Francisco resident, Dale Ellison 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.

Gem Duras started his tango training in 1995 with the stars of the famous show "Forever Tango" and later he studied performance tango with Francisco Forquera and Jesus Velazquez in Argentina to become a certified tango instructor and dancer.

They have been running the boot camp at the festival since 1998, introducing Argentine tango to thousands of new enthusiasts.


At a Glance

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July 29 July 30 July 31
11 am   Workshops
Dale & Gem




1 pm Boot Camp
Dale & Gem
Intensive Tango Day
Dale & Gem
Workshops Day I
Manuela & Juan
Workshops Day II
Manuela & Juan
Nuevo Tango
Dale & Gem
Milonga/Reception for Participants   Milonga/Reception for Participants
8 pm Opening Milonga in Middletown Tango Passion Show Red and Black Formal Milonga
Special Milonga TS
New Dimensions
Festival 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
PL: The Palms, 129 Atlantic Avenue, Stamford,
FC: First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street, Middletown, www.firstchurchmiddletown.org

Get ready for two weekends of pure excitement!