Fireworks on the Floor - Edition 2!

A weekend of All-night milongas, BBQ and a few workshops...

with guest instructors
Luciana Valle (Buenos Aires) and Jaimes Friedgen (Seattle, WA)

June 30 - July 03, 2006
Ann Arbor, MI

Register Online

About Luciana Valle | About Jaimes Friedgen | 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 Potluck!

About Luciana Valle

Luciana has taken the U.S. by storm winning widespread recognition as the best female teacher to come out of Buenos Aires in many years. She has developed a passionate following drawn to her magnetic and expressive personality and her enthusiastic devotion to tango. She is an energetic and inspiring teacher noted for her technical clarity and her special genius at conveying the senuous style and soul of tango. Her classes will focus on understanding the structure of the dance, the technical keys to move comfortably and expressively and the strong connection required to lead and follow. Her workshops will give you the technical foundation to find and develop your own personal style.

More info about Luciana can be found at

About Jaimes Friedgen

Jaimes has been dancing tango since 1996. Over many years, he has studied with a wide variety of teachers, but his two main influences are Angel Echeveria and Mariano "Chicho" Frumboli. He is one of the most popular teachers in the U.S. today, and is well respected for his creativity, musicality and deep insight into the inner workings of the dance. He is driven to be a full time tango teacher by his love of watching people continually grow and blossom through their exploration of tango, and feels very fortunate to be a part of that process. He is also a dynamic performer, and has brought much inspiration to dancers everywhere through his near-manic energy and absolute love of the dance.

More info about Jaimes Friedgen can be found at


Changes to schedule are possible.

Friday, June 30
7:30pm-8:00pm Registration and socialize
8:00pm-9:30pm Refining the Fundamentals
Pre-requisite: All Levels
Luciana Valle Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
9:30pm-1:00am Welcome Milonga
DJ: Ramu Pyreddy Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Saturday, July 01
12:30pm-1:00pm Registration and warm-up
1:00pm-2:30pm Make your Dance Memorable
Pre-requisite: All Levels
Luciana Valle Ballroom, Michigan Union
3:00pm-4:30pm Three Essential Elements of Musicality
Pre-requisite: All Levels
Jaimes Friedgen Ballroom, Michigan Union
9:00pm-1:30pm Milonga Picante!
DJ: Vijay N Ballroom, Michigan Union
2:00am-6:00am All-Night Milonga!
Breakfast for Survivors...
DJ: Jaimes Friedgen Pittsfield Grange
Sunday, July 02
1:30pm-2:00pm Registration and warm up
2:00pm-3:30pm Track A: Turns with Sacadas
Pre-requisite: Intermediate Series
Luciana Valle Ballroom, Michigan Union
Track B: Tools for Creativity
Pre-requisite: All Levels
Jaimes Friedgen University-Club, Michigan Union
3:30pm-4:30pm Practica
DJ: John Lang Ballroom, Michigan Union
5:00pm-9:00pm Milonga Al Fresco
Potluck BBQ & Outdoor Milonga
(Bring a dish to share)
DJ: Aleric Soans Gallup Park
11:00pm-3:00am Milonga Loca
DJ: Ramji V Pittsfield Grange
Monday, July 03
4:30pm-5:00pm Check-in and warm up
5:00pm-6:30pm Fourth Element of Musicality
Pre-requisite: Intermediate Series and above
Jaimes Friedgen Pittsfield Grange
7:00pm-8:30pm Changes of Direction with Sacadas
Pre-requisite: Intermediate Series and above
Luciana Valle Pittsfield Grange
9:00pm-?? Die-hard Milonga
Test your degree of tango obsession....
DJ: Melida Chin 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 25)

  • Fireworks Pass (ALL events Friday through Monday): $40 (students) / $70 (non-students)
  • 3 day Pass (ALL events Friday through Sunday )
    3 day Pass (ALL events Saturday through Monday ): $35 (students) / $60 (non-students)

Late registration prices (postmarked after June 25)

  • Fireworks Pass (All events Friday through Monday): $50 (students) / $85 (non-students)
  • 3 day Pass (All events Friday through Sunday)
    3 day Pass (All events Saturday through Monday): $45 (students) / $75 (non-students)

Individual Prices (Drop-in at the door)

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

Special Packages (Drop-in at the door)

  • Friday Workshop & Welcome Milonga : $15 (students) / $20 (non-students)
  • Saturday 2 workshops : $15 (students) / $25 (non-students)
  • Monday 2 workshops & Die-hard Milonga : $15 (students) / $25 (non-students)

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

Luciana will be available for privates on Friday(June 30), Monday(July 3) and Tuesday(July 4) and Jaimes will be available for privates on Monday(July 3) To schedule private lessons, please contact Melida melidachin@gmail.com directly by email or personally during the weekend. 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 June 20. 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.