Fireworks on the Floor - 2005!

A weekend of extended "madness" with all-nite milongas, workshops and a BBQ ...

with special guest DJs and instructors
Homer Ladas & Charity Lebron and Robin Thomas

July 01-04, 2005
Ann Arbor, MI

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About Homer & Charity | About Robin | Schedule | Enrollment | Pricing | Private Lessons | Accomodations | Directions | Flying | Questions?

Join your fellow die-hard tango friends for a weekend of dancing including all-night milongas, workshops and a BBQ!

About Homer and Charity

Homer Ladas is an inventive enthusiast of the popular “New Tango” school while also reflecting the traditional roots of the dance. Entering his ninth year of tango obsession and fourth year as a full-time teacher, Homer continues to grow and discover new ways to create a positive class environment where small epiphanies occur in his students all the time.

In her own words, Charity Lebron is "absolutely obsessed with Argentine Tango!"

Charity began her dance studies with classical ballet and folk dancing in junior high and high school, and studied movement while attending Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle for acting. She started learning tango with Homer in 1999 while simultaneously pursuing and teaching other social dances. Since then, Charity has become a full-time social dance teacher with focus on tango. She has developed a skill and passion for teaching dance to anyone – to take them to their full potential and beyond!

Together, Homer & Charity focus on unifying and teaching open and close embrace tango ideas while emphasizing the social aspect of connection, musicality, and floorcraft. Their creative energy and utter joy of tango dance is simply beautiful to watch.

More info about Homer and Charity can be found at

About Robin Thomas

A well-known and respected dancer and DJ, Robin's enthusiasm for tango can be seen most clearly in his wholehearted dedication to teaching. He believes that it is very important for students to dance simply and musically from the very beginning. Building that strong base of connection and musicality early, Robin believes, will allow even very new beginners to feel comfortable and confident on a crowded dance floor and will also lead to a more comprehensive and fluid understanding of more complicated techniques later on. Robins' teaching style reflects this philosophy, and his students appreciate the humorous and down-to-earth way he presents the material.

On the rare occasion that he is neither teaching nor DJing, Robin can always be seen on the dance floor, either working to expand his own understanding of tango, or simply enjoying the connection he works so hard to share with others. He is originally from Belfast, Ireland.

More info about Robin can be found at www.close-embrace.com.


This is a tentative schedule! A more concrete schedule will be available soon.

Friday, July 01
7:30pm-8:00pm Registration and warm-up
8:00pm-9:30pm Tango Games
Pre-requisite: All Levels
Homer & Charity Anderson Room, Michigan Union
9:30pm-1:30am Welcome Milonga
DJ: Vijay N Anderson Room, Michigan Union
Saturday, July 02
12:30pm-1:00pm Registration and warm-up
1:00pm-2:30pm Transition from Close to Open
Pre-requisite: All Levels
Homer & Charity University Club, Michigan Union
3:00pm-4:30pm The Colgada Odyssey
Pre-requisite: Must have completed the Advanced Beginner Series
Homer & Charity University Club, Michigan Union
8:30pm-11:30pm Milonga Picante!
DJ: Manuk Colakyan University Club, Michigan Union
12:30am-5:00am All-Night Milonga!
Breakfast for Survivors...
DJ: Ramu Pyreddy Pittsfield Grange
Sunday, July 03
1:30pm-2:00pm Registration and warm up
2:00pm-3:30pm Boleos - Inline & Circular
Pre-requisite: Must have completed our Beginner Series
Homer & Charity University Club, Michigan Union
3:30pm-4:30pm Practica
DJ: Burak Ozkosem University Club, Michigan Union
5:00pm-9:00pm Milonga Al Fresco
BBQ & Outdoor Milonga:
DJ: Ramji V Gallup Park
12:00am-?? Another All-Nighter
DJ: Robin Thomas Pittsfield Grange
Monday, July 04
4:30pm-5:00pm Check-in and warm up
5:00pm-6:30pm Turns in Vals (Close Embrace)
Pre-requisite: Must have completed the Beginners Series
Robin Thomas Pittsfield Grange
7:00pm-8:30pm Advanced Figures in Vals
Pre-requisite: Must have completed the Advanced Beginners Series
Robin Thomas Pittsfield Grange
9:00pm-?? Practica Loca
Test your degree of tango obsession....
DJ: Homer Ladas Pittsfield Grange


Please register online for the weekend workshops/milongas. We will not accept email reservations!

Due to the capacity of the rooms, enrollment in each workshop will be LIMITED to 50. As we process registrants on a first-come-first-serve basis, enrolling well in advance will assure you a spot in the workshops and save you money as well (see prices below). It will also give the organizers ample time to handle your requests (we appreciate your early enrollment greatly!).


Please note that student rates are available only to FULL-TIME students with a valid student ID.

Weekend Pass Prices

Early registration prices (postmarked on or before June 22 - Extended to June 27 )

  • Fireworks Pass (ALL events Friday through Monday): $40 (students) / $65 (non-students)

Late registration prices (postmarked after June 22 - Extended to June 27 )

  • Fireworks Pass (All events Friday through Monday): $50 (students) / $80 (non-students)

Individual Prices (Drop-in at the door)

  • Any Workshop : $10 (students) / $15 (non-students)
  • Any Milonga : $5 (students) / $10 (non-students)
  • Sunday BBQ : FREE

Please note that both the Semester Milonga Pass and the Semester Lesson/Practica Pass will not be valid for the events during this weekend.

Private Lessons

We have slotted some time on Friday, Monday & Tuesday for our guest instructors to give private lessons to dancers seeking individuial attention. (Robin is available only on Monday for private lessons) If you are interested, you must schedule these private lessons through the club by emailing your request to umtango@umich.edu. In your email, please let us know if you have any scheduling preferences. The slots will be filled on a first-come first serve basis.


Housing with local dancers may be available for those out-of-towners who register prior to May 12. If you are interested, please email tangohousing@yahoo.com. The sooner you register, the more likely it is that we will be able to find you housing.

Local dancers who house out-of-towners will receive a 25% discount on the workshop cost for each individual they host. If you are a local dancer interested in providing housing, please sign up here.

See the accomodations page for more information on local accomodations.


Gallup Park (Map)
Park entrance at the southwest corner of the intersection of Huron Parkway and Fuller. (East of Huron Parkway Fuller becomes Geddes.) Cross the wood bridge and drive east along to the last parking lot.

Michigan Union (Map)
530 S. State
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free covered parking at specified times on weekends and evenings (please see signage on structure) is available in Thompson Street Parking structure which is right behind the Michigan Union. Thompson street is parallel to and one block west of State St.

Pittsfield Grange (Map)
3337 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-9711

Flying to Ann Arbor

The closest major airport to Ann Arbor is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).

The airport is about 35 miles east of Ann Arbor. From the airport, take I-94 West and follow it all the way to the State Street Exit in Ann Arbor. Take a right on State St. and continue for about 3 miles until you reach the University of Michigan campus.

Questions? Concerns?

The most time consuming thing for us as organizers is when people ask us questions (email, personal, or telephone). We definitely do not mind answering your questions but many of the answers to your questions are available on this website.

If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to email us at
umtango@umich.edu. You may also call Vijay Namasivayam at 734 276 6893 or Melida Chin at 734 834 1538.