The Berkeley Tango Studio is Pleased to Present the Beautiful and Extremely Talented

Silvina Valz

Teaching Argentine Tango for the First Time in the SF Bay Area

Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2006

Silvina is Argentine by birth, and studied tango with Gustavo Naveira and Pepito Avellaneda, as well as classical ballet, jazz and gymnastics. She is a specialist in “dansevoltage” a form of aerial dance. She now lives in Paris and choreographs with the Teatre a Vitez. She often partners with the famous milonguero “Dany El Flaco” for performances and teaching at festivals worldwide. Many students are inspired by her passion, charm and knowledge. She is energetic, empathetic and enthusiastic in helping students arrive at their own level of perfection and is able to break down technically difficult movements into an understandable level. She brings a freedom and sureness to her teaching that will astound and delight you. She is a true “milonguera” who enjoys dancing with students and dancers of all levels. She will be here a short time only, so don’t miss this chance.

Teaching Schedule:

Monday, Oct 30

8:15-9:15 Intermediate-Advanced Class. Co-teaching with Homer Ladas. The BEAT, 2560 9th St.( at Dwight) Berkeley. Practica afterwards.

Wednesday, Nov 1

7-8:30 p.m. Tango Vals: the musicality, turns and floating sensation with special attention to some special adornments for women and men. The Berkeley Tango Studio. $22. Pre-registration required. Call Stella 510-655-3585 or email

Thursday, Nov 2

7-8:30 p.m. Women’s Technique Class

The Berkeley Tango Studio. $25. Pre-registration required. Call Stella.

Friday Nov 3

8:30-10 p.m. Special All levels class at La Practica, 3151 17th Street at Shotwell, SF. Practica to follow, hosted by Claudia and Julian 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Saturday Nov 4

A Special Day at the Claremont Hotel and Resort for Advanced Intermediates with Exciting  Milonga in the Evening Open to All

The Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley

12-1:15 p.m. Milonga with traspie and other rhythmical games

1:30-2:45 p.m. Rebotes and changes of direction

3-4:15 p.m. Unusual and beautiful colgadas and volcadas

$25/class drop in rate. $65 for all three with pre-payment by Nov. 3. $75 includes milonga ticket and special class for that night. Send checks to S. Ling, 30 the Uplands, Berkeley, CA 94705.

****Special Event: Milonga at the Claremont Hotel with Silvina as DJ. (Golden Gate Yacht Club is closed this night.) Come enjoy the view and the elegance of this historic location.

8-9:15 p.m. Special all levels musicality class

9:30-12 midnight. Milonga with Silvina as DJ and special surprise guest performances including the local “Leading Ladies of Tango”. Milonga $15 (includes special class with Silvina) Parking validation will be available.

Silvina will also be available for private lessons. Introductory special $65 for the first hour (includes studio rental fee). All subsequent lessons $75/hour + studio rental $10/hr. Please contact Stella to schedule. 510-655-3585 or email

Tango Exhibition at Union Square August 06

“Argentine Tango Classes – Beginning Dreams and Beyond”

At the Beautiful Historic Claremont Hotel and Spa, 41 Tunnel Rd. Berkeley

With Stella Ling and David Caditz

November 12-28, 2006

Stella and David would love to share this beautiful dance with you. Many people have dreamed of doing tango, but think it is too hard. Not so! People begin learning at all ages from children to seniors. Stella has been dancing Argentine tango for the past 8 years, has made trips too numerous to count to Buenos Aires and is the President of Tango Friends International which brings eminent tango teachers to the US every year. David has also been dancing and teaching for the past decade and founded the Montana School of Tango. Both David and Stella have started many beginners on their voyage to tango. They will do a special performance at the milonga for Silvina Valz at the Claremont Hotel on Nov. 4th at 10:30 p.m.

Beginners Series on November 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28. Tuesday classes run 8:30-9:45 p.m. and Sunday classes run from 6:45-8 p.m. All the fundamentals will be reviewed including the basics, posture, walk, dissociation, lead and follow, change of balance, change of direction, musicality and beginning “ochos.” No partners necessary, all ages welcome. Each class $15 or all 6 for $75. $70 for the series for members of the Pool and Tennis Club. $65 for the series for anyone who has previously taken the classes and would like to review.

Beyond Beginners on 3 Sundays, Nov 12, 19, 26, 8:15-9:45 p.m. For those who would like to progress beyond the beginner stage we offer three classes which will concentrate on additional techniques and rhythms including “giros” or turns and other cute steps like the “sandwichito” and the beginning “barrida” or sweep. One class will also be devoted to beginning “milonga,” a happy lively form of tango. And if time permits, we will also teach “ganchos” or the hook in combination with some of your other steps as well as reviewing musicality with different orchestras.

Each class $20 or all 3 for $50. For those students who would like to take both series, $115 for both. To obtain more information or make reservations for any of the above contact: Stella 510-655-3585 or email


Gala Evening with Dinner and Show
“Leading Ladies of Tango"
Friday, December 15, 2006
Cap off the old year with an adventurous night of sizzling tango as danced by eight the finest women dancers from 9 different countries. Being brought together for the first time are stellar women dancers and an all women’s tango orchestra direct from Buenos Aires in a revolutionary and controversial show.
Starting at 6 p.m. we will have a fabulous 3 course family-style Italian dinner at Café delle Stelle in San Francisco. Then we will go directly across the street for excellent viewing of the world premiere of the “Leading Ladies of Tango” show at Herbst Hall, SF. The dancers are chosen from around the world including 4 top dancers from San Francisco. The 7 piece orchestra is also international, has two of the world’s best female bandeonists, and the spectacular voice of Silvana deLuigi. There will be classical tango music as well as new compositions by the best contemporary composers Daniel Binelli, jovino Santo Neto and Pablo Ziegler. See their website: http:\\ for more information.

Don’t miss this exciting event! Tickets available now!

Dinner and show only $75 with payment prior to Dec. 1st/ $85 thereafter. (Wine, beverages, taxes and tip additional cost.) Reservations a must. Carpooling can be arranged.

To obtain more information or make reservations for any of the above contact: Stella 510-655-3585 or email

 Paulo Araujo Teaches Argentine Tango      

August 7-20, 2006

Paulo is a poet  of the human body sculpting curves and sinuosities using the language of tango.  His style is unconventional; his teaching seeks to explore more profound levels of human experience and understanding.  People who have watched him work are amazed at how much he is able to accomplish in just an hour.  He personally supervises the class, dancing with both male and female students until they are able to reach their personal limits.   His goals are fluidity of movement, joy in dance, the comfortable close embrace and working with each student to enable them to find their own true tango.  He has taught all over the world, including many trips to Italy, Slovenia, and Israel.  He has a studio and weekly milonga in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil in the Botafogo district called Café Xango, Instituto Brasileiro do Tango.

Stella will be translating for the classes and assisting with the demonstrations.

Class Schedule:

Monday August 7th and 14th             Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave, Oakland

7:30-8:15 p.m.            Beginner class            $10 (does not include practica)

8:30-9:30 p.m.            Intermediate class     $20     (both classes plus practica afterwards $25) 9:30-10:30 p.m.          Practica (free with intermediate class or $5 if practica alone) Please register with Jeanne and Gene Hill:

 Specialty Classes at the Berkeley Tango Studio: Intermediate Level   9-10:30 p.m.

Wednesday August 9              Cayengue Review and New Steps

Wednesday August 16 Milonga with Traspie

Thursday August 17 Nothing but Waltz

Each workshop is $25.  Space at the Tango Studio is limited and reservations are required.  Please contact Stella at 510-655-3585 to reserve.

Intermediate Series: Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave., Oakland Saturday, August 12th:

1-2:15 p.m.                Spiraling the Body

2:30-3:45 p.m.           Curves and Sinuosities

4-5:15 p.m.                Exploring the Dynamic Range in the Couple

Advanced Series:  Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave., Oakland

Saturday, August 19th:  A Day of Boleos and Sacadas

1-2:15 p.m.                Line boleos with changes of direction, body boleos

2:30-3:45 p.m.           Who’s Being Saccadaed Now

4-5:15 p.m.                Boleos mixed with Sacadas

Sunday August 20th:             Renaissance Ballroom, 285 Ellis St,  SF

***Please note change of times

2-3:15 p.m.                Technical and Emotional Movements

3:30-4:45 p.m.           From Colgadas to Volcadas

5-6:15 p.m.                Unusual Adornments for Men and Women

For any of the intermediate or advanced series at Lake Merritt or Renaissance Ballroom:  $25/class or $65 for the series of 3 with pre-payment by August 10th.   Drop-in rate $28/class or $75 for all 3.    Contact Stella at 510-655-3585 or email for more information.

Paulo will also be teaching prior to the following milongas:

***Friday, August 11th, Monte Cristo Milonga, hosted by Gary and Nirmala, intermediate class 8-9 p.m., 136 Missouri, SF 

***Saturday August 12th, Milonga de Jeanne-Gene, all levels class 8-9 p.m., 200 Grand Ave, Oakland, with demo to follow .

Private lessons are available $95/55 min + $10 studio rental fee or a series of 6 hours (actually 4 lessons of 1 hr 20 min each) for $540 (includes rental fee).  Please call Stella to schedule.  Since his time here is limited, priority is given to couples.  Maximum of 6 hours for any couple or individual.  For more information about the Berkeley Tango Studio check out the website stellatango. com.



Andres and Meredith

The Berkeley Tango Studio Invites You to Study Argentine Tango

Andres Amarilla & Meredith Klein

Here in San Francisco for the first time !!!

May 2-10, 2006

Although only 30 years old, Andres Amarilla has already been a fixture of the Buenos Aires milonga scene for 19 years.  As a child and teenager, he studied with and performed in the dance companies of Gustavo Naveira, Juan Carlos Copes, and Rodolpho Dinzel.  In the 1990s, he took part in the creation of “tango nuevo” as a participant in weekly closed rehearsals organized by Fabian Salas, and attended by Gustavo Naveira and Chicho Frumboli, among others. Andres has performed in Buenos Aires milongas over 60 times, including 20 performances with the legendary Geraldine Rojas.  Andres combines traditional tango technique with “tango nuevo” steps to create a dance that is exceptionally dynamic and fluid.  His background in traditional tango technique means that his teaching is applicable to dancers of all styles. 

Meredith Klein began dancing tango in Massachusetts in 1999.  In April 2005, she moved to Buenos Aires to work with Andres and dedicate herself to tango.  Since beginning their first US tour in January 2006, Andres & Meredith have taught in 10 cities.  More information about Andres & Meredith is available at

Teaching Schedule:

Wednesday, May 3:

7:30-9 p.m.      Beginners class Claremont Hotel,   41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley1st of a series of 6 classes.  $15 drop-in,   $75 for entire series.  Register through Stella 510-655-3585.

10:30 p.m.       Performance at Cellspace alternative milonga, 2050 Bryant St, SF (between 18th and 19th St.  Milonga 9-midnight.

Thursday, May 4: 

7-8:30 p.m.      Steps from the early 1900’s Used in Nuevo Tango.   Berkeley Tango Studio. Space is limited. Pre-registration and advance payment required.  $20.  Call Stella 510-655-3585 to register.

10:30 p.m.       Performance at Verdi Club milonga, 2424 Mariposa, SF .  Milonga 9 p.m.-  midnight.  Milonga hosted by Christy and Victor.

Friday, May 5: 

8:30-10 p.m.  “Giros for Vals”, Intermed/Adv Class ODC DANCE COMMONS, 351 Shotwell St.@ 17 St., SF,  $20 includes dance practice, Tango dance practice hosted by Miller and Claudia, 10 p.m. -12:30am

Saturday, May 6       

Intermediate level: Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA

12-1:15 p.m.                Torsion, Don’t Dance Tango without It

1:30-2:45 p.m.            Adorning the Dance Organically (for leaders and followers) “Well-executed  adornments are functional as well as beautiful.  Learn how to maintain  energy during pauses as well as generate momentum with adornments.”

3-4:15 p.m.                  Boleos: Combinations and Technique

$20 per class or $50 for all 3 with advance payment by May 1st.   Payment later than this is $25/class or $65 for all 3.

Sunday, May 7          

Advanced level: Renaissance Ballroom, 285 Ellis St., SF

1-2:15 p.m.                  Vocabulary and Structure of  Alternative Embraces

2:30-3:45 p.m.            Changes of Direction in Alternative Embraces

4-5:30 p.m.                  Cool Combinations with Colgadas

5:30-6 p.m.                  Supervised practice (free with class)

$20 per class or $50 for all 3 with advance payment by May 1st.  Payment later than this is $25/class or $65 for all 3.

Monday, May 8

7:30-9  Beginners class at the Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Rd. 2nd  in a series of 6 classes. $15 drop-in,   $75 for entire series.  Register through Stella 510-655-3585 or email

Tuesday, May 9

7-8:30 p.m.  An Easy Formula for Creating New Steps,  Berkeley Tango Studio.  Space is limited. Pre-registration and advance payment required.                                                 $20.  Call Stella 510-655-3585 to register.

8:30-11 p.m.  Practice and potluck farewell party for Andres and Meredith at the Berkeley  Tango Studio.  Everyone invited.

Private  lessons, $80/hour with Andres and Meredith, plus $10/hour studio rental. Series of 4 privates $300, includes rental fee.   Please contact Stella to schedule a time. Email is   Check out the website: for additional details.  Please mail checks to 30 the Uplands, Berkeley, CA 94705.

Pablo Pugliese with Cristina Cortez



A Rare Appearance by the Latest Generation of the Renowned Pugliese Family to the SF Bay Area

July 7-12, 2004



Pablo began his study of Argentine Tango at the age of nine with his parents Esther and Mingo Pugliese.  The Puglieses are famous for having taught many of the current generation of professional tango dancers.  Pablo carries on this tradition and is a living creative force in current tango development.  Pablo won the Gold Medal in the Toreneos Juveniles Bonaerences Championship in Buenos Aires at the age of 14 and has since gone on to perform and teach master classes in cities across the US and around the world, including: Tokyo, Paris, Madrid, Berlin and Hamburg.

He has been a dancer and choreographer for many shows including Compania Tango Express with Claudio Hoffman, Pilar Alvarez and Daniel Binelli.  Pablo has also shared the stage with renowned musicians and composers such as Hector Del Curto and Fernando Otero and is a member of Pablo Aslan's group "Avantango" with whom he perofrmed in Town Hall, NYC.  He is a complete and versatile dancer, with experience in modern, jazz and ballet dance.  He has won scholarships from the prestigious Alvin Ailey School and from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.  He currently teaches tango at Dance Manhattan, NYC. 

His teaching is based on strong technique combined with creativity and improvisation, rather than in learning patterns.  Don't miss your chance to study with this young genius of tango.



Saturday, July 10

1-2:20 p. m.      Fundamentals in Pablo's system

2:30-3:50          Intermediate technique and refinements

4-5:30               Tango salon, caminadas, musicality, creating your own dance



Sunday, July 11

1-2:20 p.m.        Milonga with traspie, close embrace

2:30-3:50          Giros and Sacadas

4-5:30                Colgadas and Volcadas, going off-axis without wobbling


Location:  Renaissance Ballroom, 285 Ellis, between Mason and Taylor, SF.  Located 2 blocks from Powell St. BART. Inexpensive parking at Ellis O’Farrell Garage.  Cost:  With advance payment:  $22/workshop, 3 workshops for $55

or all 6 for $100.  Otherwise $25/workshop at the door.


 **Saturday, July 10, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Pablo will also be teaching a class called "Having Fun with Tango  -  Playing Around " before "The Milonga de Jeanne", Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave., Oakland.  $15 class and milonga, refreshments included, free parking available.


Private classes available $100/hour + $10/hour studio rental fee.  Pablo speaks excellent English and needs no translator.  Please contact Stella at or 510-655-3585 for more information or to register.

Stella with Oscar Mandagaran in Buenos Aires

???? We hope that maybe Oscar will be able to return to his friends, admirers and students  October, 2004 ????????? As soon as we know, we will let you know.


Oscar is very well known and well loved in the Bay Area. He brings elegance, passion, music and incredible energy and vibrancy to tango.  His classes are consistently filled to the brim.  Last year at Nora's Tango Week they had to limit the number of students in each of his classes.  We hope that he will be able to return soon.  It has been way too long. 

 A big tango hug to everyone


Stella and Oscar at the Tango Studio
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