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Instructor Bio

Carrie has been dancing for as long as she can remember. One of her first memories (at age 3) is of the steep climb up a dim, sawdusty-smelling staircase to "Pre-Ballet for Pre-Schoolers," clutching her first pair of soft pink ballet shoes in joyful anticipation. Though preferring her own experimental movements to her teacher's classical technique at first, she quickly began to absorb as many different styles of dance as she could. From grade school through high school she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, character, and hip-hop.

It was during high school that Carrie began her teaching career. It was a complete disaster. Have you ever been in a small basement room with twelve 9 year olds wearing tap shoes? With little training as a teacher and even less guidance, Carrie realized quickly that she needed help. This led her to see the difference between being a good dancer and being a good dance teacher, and she began to attend dance classes with a new motive: to study how other teachers teach movement.

While attending University of Oregon for her Bachelor's Degree in business, Carrie continued studying and teaching dance, and took a ballroom dance class in her continual quest for new movement and teaching styles. Ballroom led to Salsa which led to Lindy Hop, which ultimately led to Argentine Tango.

After a three year apprenticeship with Alex Krebs, Carrie began her full time professional tango career, and has since led a charmed tango life, teaching and/or performing with several of the most talented dancers in the US, including Homer Ladas, Robin Thomas, J. Abling, and Jaimes Friedgen in Portland, Seattle, New York, Washington DC, Boston, and San Francisco, as well as in Vancouver BC, France, Scotland, England, and Germany.

Tentative Schedule

Note: Changes to schedule and venue are possible.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Location: Vitosha Guest Haus
6:45pm - 7:15pm Registration and Warm-up
7:15pm - 8:45pm

Tango Fundamentals
The connection, the music, the room, the walk and the embrance --
What more is there?

Beginner Intermediate
9:00pm - 1:00am Milonga
DJ: Denzil

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Location: Vitosha Guest Haus
11:30am - 12:00pm Registration and Warm-up
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Leader's Choice, Follower's Voice, Part 1
Playing with the balance of the traditional lead/follow roles to find new opportunities for connection and strength in the partnership

All levels
1:45pm - 3:15pm Pivotal Tango
Add some power to your tango with amazing pivots - the basis for ochos, giros and really cool boleos.


3:30pm - 5:00pm When the music changes... should you! We'll take one song recorded by several different artists. By comparing the styles of each unique orchestra, we'll explore how to change our styles to match.
Intermediate Advanced
5:00pm - 6:00pm Practica
DJ: Andrew
9:00pm - 1:00am Milonga
DJ: Aleric

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Location: Vitosha Guest Haus
11:00am - 11:30am Registration and Warm-up
11:30am - 1:00pm Leader's Choice, Follower's Voice, Part 2
Playing with the balance of the traditional lead/follow roles to find new opportunities for connection and strength in the partnership.
Beginner Intermediate
1:15pm - 2:45pm

Dyamic Movements
Explore colgada and volcada energies to see how connecting dynamically with your partner can be so much more interesting than the latest new move!  

Intermediate Advanced

4:00pm - 6:30pm BBQ (Gallup Park)
6:00pm - 9:30pm Outdoor Milonga (Gallup Park)
DJ: Elizabeth

Pricing and Registration

Registration is now closed.

Note: Regular club passes (series/milonga/Half-year/Full-year) will not apply for events during these workshops. You must purchase workshop passes separately.

Student Non-student

Early Registration
(on or before June 30, 2010)

Full Workshop Weekend Pass
(All workshops and milongas
$40 $50

At the door

Full Workshop Weekend Pass
(All workshops and milongas
$50 $60
One Day Pass (Saturday or Sunday)
$30 $45
Any one milonga
$5 $10
Any one workshop (if space is available) $10 $15

Private Lessons

If you are interested in taking private lessons, please email your request to


Vitosha Guest Haus, 1917 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Map)

Gallap Park (Map)

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Questions? Concerns?

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email us at