Michigan Argentine Tango Club proudly presents

Tango Workshops with Susana Miller
July 11-13, 2003

About Susana Miller

Susana Miller is the most prominent teacher in the world today of the "milonguero" style of tango. The milonguero, or what Argentines call "apilado," style is danced in the crowded clubs of central Buenos Aires. It is a strictly social style that emphasizes musicality and the connection between partners.

The apilado style uses compact choreography that creatively employs the limited space of the social dance floor. It is a rich and complex form of subtle body signals that profoundly respects tango's rhythms.

Susana has researched and studied the dancing of the older milongueros, each of whom has created a unique way to tango. She has been able to decipher their distinct vocabularies and choreographic combinations, and found a way to transmit these to students. Her exploration of apilado dancing is a huge contribution to passing on this popular form of social tango.

Susana encourages students to employ more rhythm in their dance, to discover their own dance vocabularies, and to learn how to shape and shrink these in space. For women, she encourages active following, in which the woman interprets the messages that the leader's body and the spirit are sending.

Susana has probably put more people on the dance floors of Buenos Aires than any other single teacher. Clarin, the major Buenos Aires daily paper, called her one of the four most important influences on contemporary tango, along with Miguel Angel Zotto, Gustavo Naveira and Gerardo Portalea.

Susana is a native of Buenos Aires and has been dancing and teaching tango since the late 1980s revival of social tango. She founded and operates her own tango academy in Buenos Aires, and is the owner of one of B.A.'s most popular tango clubs, El Beso. She has made annual teaching tours to the United States and Europe since 1994.

She will help students improve posture, axis, grounding, breathing, balance, and sensitivity to the lead and follow roles. She aims to encourage dancers to develop their own unique improvisational styles through knowledge of the music, space and body. Her classes will emphasize step quality and rhythm. Rather than predetermined patterns, she will impart a basic choreographic vocabulary that allows dancers to creatively shape their own language.

See Susana's Website: http://www.susanamiller.com.ar

Workshop Schedule

Saturday, July 12; G115 Angell Hall or Mason Hall Lobby
MOVED TO Room 2000, Chemistry Building

Workshop A: Fundamentals; 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Posture, balance, axis, walking, and embrace.
  • Hearing the music.
  • Rhythm, rhythmic walking, basic choreography, including changes of direction.
Workshop B: No steps in social tango, Only situations; 1:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Working with basic elements on a small dance floor, which parts of the man's body move to lead the woman.
Workshop C: Dancing into the Floor; 3:15pm - 4:45 pm
  • The quality of tango is when it is danced into the floor. This occurs when the body contact is at the correct points. Balance, fluidity, musicality depend on these points of contact. With them you can paint pictures on the floor for such orchestras as Pugliese or D'Arienzo.
Sunday, July 13; G115 Angell Hall or Mason Hall Lobby
MOVED TO Room 2000, Chemistry Building

Workshop D: Vals with Turns; 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • How to Vals with more turns, signature of the dance.
Workshop E: Turning on a Dime; 2:45pm - 4:30pm
  • Connection, velocity and energy of turns.
Note: Practicas will follow the workshops on both Saturday and Sunday.

Milonga Schedule

Friday, July 11; Ballroom, Michigan Union
  • FREE beginner lesson; 8:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Milonga Picante; 9:00pm - 1:30am
Saturday, July 12; Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
  • Una Mas Milonga; 9:00pm - 1:00am


As of July 03, the (07/13) Sunday workshops are FULL and CLOSED for enrollment. (07/12) Saturday workshops are still open for enrollment.

Enrollment is on a first-come-first-serve basis. (NO email/phone reservations please!). Please pay in person or send your check by US mail well in advance.

Enrollment in the Saturday workshops is LIMITED to 60. You are expected to have finished the Advanced beginners series to enroll in the Saturday workshops.

Attending Saturday's workshops is highly recommended if you plan to attend the Sunday's workshops.

Enrollment in the Sunday workshops is LIMITED to 40. Gender balance will be maintained for Sunday workshops. So please make "class-dates" with your fellow dancers for the workshops. Partners will be rotated during the class though.

Expect the content of Sunday workshops to be challenging. You are expected to be very comfortable with material taught in the advanced beginner and intermediate series OR dancing close-embrace tango for atleast 4 months on a weekly basis.

Dance shoes or leather-soled shoes are required. Please DO NOT wear sneakers.


Early registration prices (on or before July 7)
  • Any or all workshops on Saturday: $25 (students) / $35 (non-students)
  • Any or all workshops on Sunday: $25 (students) / $35 (non-students)
  • All 5 workshops: $40 (students) / $60 (non-students)
Late registration (after July 7)
  • Any or all workshops on Saturday: $35 (students) / $50 (non-students)
  • Any or all workshops on Sunday: $35 (students) / $50 (non-students)
  • All 5 workshops: $60 (students) / $90 (non-students)
Please make your check payable to Michigan Argentine Tango Club and mail it along with the required registration information (see end of page) to:

Michigan Argentine Tango Club
2755 Windwood Dr. #213
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Questions/concerns: Dudhi Karsono d_karsono@hotmail.com, Or call Ramu at 734-327-0642, Avik at 734-564-0811.

Private Lessons

Susana's rates for private lessons are $80 for individuals, $110 for couples. She also requires that women taking privates come with a partner, though the instruction will be directed at the woman. Unfortunately, the few private classes available have been all booked.


Chemistry Building (Map)
903 N.University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Chemistry building is few hundred feet North-NorthEast of Angell Hall. Free covered parking at specified times on weekends and evenings (please see signage on structure) is available in the Church Street parking structure which is on Church St. between N. University and South University.

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.

Here is a map that shows Michigan Union, Angell Hall and Chemistry Building.

Required Registration Information

Workshops: A/B/C/D/E