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Dale and Gem

About CT Tango Weekend

Connecticut Tango Weekend is a tango extravaganza which takes place on the third weekend of each March, as a complement to the Connecticut Tango Festival. With its instructors Dale Ellison and Gem Duras, its initial focus is the Argentine Tango Boot Camp which is an intensive afternoon designed to introcude tango to new enthusiasts. The weekend then includes more advanced workshops and tango socials known as "milongas."

The Connecticut Tango Weekend has successfully introduced hundreds of dancers to the Connecticut Tango Community since its inception in 2010.

The Milford Activities are sponsored by the Milford Arts Council, which also presents weekly tango classes on Mondays at its downtown location, Milford Center for the Arts.

Dale and Gem

2016 Schedule

Argentine Tango
Boot Camp for beginners and
basics review
Saturday, March 19, 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".

few spaces left!!


Milford Center for the Arts (MF)

Tango Elegance
Saturday, March 19, 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.: Pivots and changes of direction: Communicate split weight to create fun turns.

12:00p.m.: Arrastres and sweeps: Use energy and continuity of the movement to create sweeps for both leaders and followers.


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 20 years, and teaching for more than 12. 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 20, 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. Refreshments and snacks will be provided at 1:30 p.m.

Morning: Dancing Classic Tango

11:00 a.m.: Changes of direction: Use rebound patterns for tight spaces. Perfect for avoiding other dancers on the floor!

12:15p.m.: Introduction to back sacadas: Understand torsion and dissociation to create simpler back sacadas for social dance.


Afternoon: Dancing Nuevo Tango

2:00 p.m.: Soltadas with back sacadas: Let go of the embrace to combine back sacadas with unusual turns.

3:15 p.m.: Colgadas with soltadas:
Produce nuevo style effects with mysteriously entangled arms!


Dance Dimensions (DD)

Tango At EdanSe
Sunday, March 20, Enfield, CT

Two workshops 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.

6:30 p.m.: Soltadas and Pivots: Let go of the embrace for split weight turns; discover a "nuevo" world of possibilities.

7:45 p.m.: Single Axis turns: Create suspension moments and rotate using a shared axis, balance and grace.

$25 one class, $40 both classes, register at the door.

EdanSe Ballroom (EB)

Tango Sueño Academy Friday Milonga in Middletown
Friday, March 18, Middletown, CT

Special Milonga with a nuevo class. A Mix of Classic and Nuevo Tango music, DJ Gem Duras. Performance by Dale and Gem. Tango Sueño style refreshments and wine included!

7:30 - 8:30 p.m: Class: Single axis turns for nuevo.
8:30 - 11:00 p.m.: Milonga.

First Church of Christ (FC)
$15 milonga, $20 class, $25 milonga and class. Pay at the door

Tango Sueño Academy "Milonga TS Seasons"
Saturday, March 19, 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 wine included!

8:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight: Milonga (due to weekend workshops, no favorite step of the month in March)
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 send an e-mail to

Refund Policy: In case of inclement whether, the boot camp will be postponed to March 26 or 27, 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.

Boot Camp, Milford, CT
March 19 (MF): Argentine Tango Boot Camp
(Two spots left!!! If you are registering for more than two call to see if there are any cancelations (203) 543 8099)
Tango Elegance, Danbury, CT
March 19 (VD) Pivots and Changes of Direction, 11:00 a.m.
Arrastres and Sweeps, 12:00 p.m.
Discount package: OR both workshops $40
Tango Intensive Day, Norwalk
March 20 Morning: (DD) Changes of Direction with Rebounds, 11:00 a.m. $25
Introduction to Back Sacadas, 12:15 p.m. $25
Discount package: OR discount registration for both morning workshops $40
March 20 Afternoon: (DD) Nuevo/Soltadas with back sacadas, 2:00 p.m.
Colgadas with Soltadas, 3:15 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: Phone for the Press: (203) 543 8099. Photos for the press: click here...
Weekend Venues

MF: Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford,
DD: Dance Dimensions, 15 Cross Street, Norwalk,
VD: Vitti's Dance Studio, 10 Precision Road, Danbury,
EB: EdanSe Ballroom, 127 Pearl Street, Enfield,
FC: First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street, Middletown,

At a Glance

March 18-20 Weekend
  March 18 March 19 March 20
10 am      
Dale & Gem
Boot Camp
Dale & Gem
Intensive Tango Day
Dale & Gem
Milonga TS
Nuevo Tango
Dale & Gem
Tango at EdanSe
8 pm Opening Milonga in Middletown
Weekend Contact Information:
Phone: 203 584 4480, E-mail: Photos for the press: click here...
Get ready for a weekend of pure excitement!