Raul Jaurena

Raul Jaurena, bandoneonist,
Latin Grammy Winner


Emilio Solla

Maurizio Najt, pianist


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.

8:00 PM: Assigned and Limited Seating
Tickets $38/$42, for sale here, or by calling
(203) 584 4480


BUT you can see the dancers perform at the Tango Social - Red and Black Milonga on Saturday July 30 at the same location at 10:15 pm, (milonga starts 8:00 pm.) $20 includes wine, snacks, dancing and performances.

To reserve a spot, or to be in the mailing list for next year please send an e-mail to info@cttangofest.org or call (203) 584 4480

Milford Center for the Arts, Milford (MF)

Analia y Luis

Analia and Luis

MAC Logo

Marga Mitchell

Marga Mitchell, singer

Grupo Folklorico Rio de la Plata

Grupo Folklorico
Rio de la Plata

Raul Jaurena - the man that Astor Piazzolla once called one of the greatest bandoneon players ever - is among today’s most caught after bandoneon players. His music plays a very personal tribute to the influences of his native South America and his adopted hometown of New York. It combines the traditional roots of the tango and the new tango styles influenced by jazz.

Jaurena was raised in Uruguay and his father taught him how to play the bandoneon - joining a tango orchestra at the age of eight. After playing as a member of various tango orchestras in Uruguay, Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela, Raul Jaurena performed with Astor Piazzolla at the Montreal Jazz Festival after which the conservation of the musical spirit of Astor Piazzolla became his personal vocation: Jaurena’s tango interpretations which are enriched by influences of jazz, his own arrangements and spontaneous improvisations inspire a new generation of listeners and dancers.

Raul Jaurena performed with Cuban Jazz saxophone player Paquito D'Rivera, cellist Yo Yo Ma, Giora Feidman and Tango Five among others. As a soloist he regularly performs as soloist with prominent ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe and the US. He was recently invited as a special guest to the International Accordeon Festival in San Antonio, Texas and his show Tango & Tango had great success at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. The ballet suite that he composed in 1995 for the Irene Hultman Dance Company in New York was awarded the “Bessie”. During the same year he was invited to the White House and in 2007 he won a Latin Grammy for best Tango Album "Te amo Tango".

Manuela Rossi and Juan Malizia won the first prize at the most prestigious tango competition in the world, “Campeonato Mundial de Tango” in 2014, competing at the ultimately respected Stage Tango Category. The same year they won the first prize at the Buenos Aires competition in tango vals category. Subsequently they became one of the most sought after tango couples and performed and taught in countries such as France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, England, Turkey, Chile, Brazil, USA, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, China and Angola. They also were selected to take part in the movie “Our Last Tango” featuring the life of Maria Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes, with Juan playing one of the lead roles.

A dancer with comprehensive artistic training, Juan Malizia has studied many legendary tango dancers and instructors. He performed with leading tango companies and shows such as ¨Tango X 2¨ under the direction of Miguel Anguel Zotto, Tango Fire, Corporación Tangos, Estampas Porteñas, Tango a Tierra, Ayres de Tango, Tangos Corazónicos, Radio Latina, Tango Lovers and Tango Legends.

Manuela Rossi is a former Ballet dancer, with diplomas from "Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón" and “Rosella Hightower” School in Cannes, France. She started dancing tango at the age of seventeen. After discovering tango and its passion she traveled throughout the world. Before her partnership with Juan Malizia, she was a runner up at the World Championships three years in a row in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In 2015 they launched a new tango show called Rojo Tango, which will be premiered this year at the famous Faena Hotel. When they are not touring the world, Manuela and Juan perform at the historic venue Café de los Angelitos in Buenos Aires.

Analia y Luis


Grupo Folklorico Rio de la Plata was created in 2009 by Adrian and Silvana Correa, with a mission to keep Argentine and Uruguayan dance traditions alive through performances and educational activities. Adrian Correa, the director of the group, first started dancing in 1994 in his native country Uruguay, becoming an expert in folk styles such as Zamba and Chacarera. With Silvana, his wife, they have taken their Folklore to NY, NJ, CT and PA, dancing at numerous festivals. They are based in Danbury, CT performing Uruguayan and Argentinean folk dancing exclusively.

At a Glance

  July 22 July 23 July 24


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, 3 Quincy Street, Norwalk, www.dancedimensionsnorwalk.com
VD: Vitti's Dance Studio, 10 Precision Road, Danbury, www.vittisdancestudio.com
FC: First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street, Middletown, www.firstchurchmiddletown.org

Get ready for a two weekends of pure excitement!