May Madness 2005!

Another admittedly crazed weekend of necessarily excessive tangoing...

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

May 13-16, 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 an all-night milonga, workshops, and practicas!

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.


Friday, May 13
7:30pm-8:00pm Registration and warm-up
8:00pm-9:30pm Expressive Musicality & Impulsiveness
This class focuses on creative walking ideas that enhance musical interpretation by varying staccato (sharp) vs. legato (smooth) walking movements.

Pre-requisite: Must have completed our Beginner Series
Homer & Charity University Club, Michigan Union
9:30pm-1:30am Welcome Milonga
...with performances by Homer and Charity
DJ: Avik Basu University Club, Michigan Union
Saturday, May 14
3:00pm-6:00pm Afternoon Milonga
Warm up and mingle in an informal setting...
DJ: Homer Ladas Pittsfield Grange
10:00pm-6:00am All-night Milonga Loca!
DJ: Robin Thomas Pittsfield Grange
Sunday, May 15
3:30pm-4:00pm Registration and warm up
4:00pm-5:30pm Elasticity,Groundness & Loose Women
The floor, the follower's free leg, and an elastic frame are the key elements. Followers will work on creating toned looseness in the free leg and leaders on exploring possible movements.

Pre-requisite: Must have completed our Beginner Series
Homer & Charity Pittsfield Grange
5:45pm-7:15pm Introduction to Colgadas
Pre-requisite: Must have completed our Beginner Series
Homer & Charity Pittsfield Grange
7:15pm-8:30pm Refreshments and other surprises Pittsfield Grange
8:30pm-?? Adios Milonga
'Till the next time we meet...
DJ: Ramu Pyreddy Pittsfield Grange
Monday, May 16
7:30pm-8:00pm Check-in and warm up
8:00pm-10:00pm Phrasing in Milonga Traspie
Pre-requisite: Must have completed our Advanced-Beginner Series
Robin Thomas Pittsfield Grange
10:00pm-?? Practica Loca
Test your degree of tango obsession...
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!).

Note that you do not have to register in advance for the Monday workshops/practicas--for these we welcome you to simply show up and pay at the door.


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 May 12)

  • 3 Day Pass (All events Friday-Sunday): $20 (students) / $35 (non-students)
  • 2 Day Pass (All events Saturday-Sunday): $15 (students) / $30 (non-students)

Late registration prices (postmarked after May 12)

  • 3 Day Pass (All events Friday-Sunday): $30 (students) / $50 (non-students)
  • 2 Day Pass (All events Saturday-Sunday): $25 (students) / $40 (non-students)

NOTE: Registration and payment for the Monday workshop and practica will occur at the door and is not included in the passes listed above.

Individual Prices (at the door)

  • Friday Workshop and "Welcome Milonga": $5 (students) / $10 (non-students)
  • Saturday "Afternoon Milonga": FREE
  • Saturday "All-night Milonga": $10 (students) / $15 (non-students)
  • Sunday Both Workshops: $10 (students) / $15 (non-students)
  • Sunday "Adios Milonga": $5 (students) / $10 (non-students)
  • Monday Workshop and "Practica Loca": $10 (students) / $15 (non-students)

Please note that both the Semester Milonga Pass and the Semester Lesson/Practica Pass will not be valid for the May Madness events.

Private Lessons

We have slotted some time on Monday for our guest instructors to give private lessons to dancers seeking individuial attention. 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.


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 Yelena Sinelnikova at 734-819-1292 or Mabel Rodriguez at 734-945-9967.