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Instructor Bio

Susana Miller is the most prominent teacher in the world today of the milonguero or apilado style that 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 which 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 dancing, in which the woman interprets the messages that the man's body and 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, at 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 facilitate students' improvement of posture, axis, grounding, breathing, balance, and sensitivity to both the man's role and woman's role. 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.

More information about Susana can be found at

Tentative Schedule

  • Changes to schedule and venue are possible.

Saturday,July 13 2013

Location: Mason Hall 3463
11:30am - 12:00pm Registration and Warm-up
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Class 1: Fundamentals for Everybody : posture, embrace, rhythm, walking

1:45pm - 3:15pm

Class 2: All in one Tile: Turn and counterturn (in the middle a traspie!)

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Class 3: D'Arienzo Vals- double sacadas

9:30pm - 1:30am Milonga (Phoenix center)
DJ: Mani Kashanianfard

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Location: Mason Hall 3463
11:00am - 11:30am Registration and Warm-up
11:30am - 1:00pm

Class 4: Technique for Women
also bring shoes with no heels, men are welcome

1:15pm - 2:45pm

Class 5: How to dance Pugliese: Barridas, lapiz, ornaments for women

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm BBQ (Island Drive - Old Shelter)
5:00pm - 8:30 pm Outdoor Milonga (Island Drive - Old Shelter)
DJ: Denzil Bernard

Monday, July 15, 2013

Location: Pittsfield Grange
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Class 6: Milonga walking and a special traspie

8:30pm - 11:30 pm Milonga
DJ: Susana Miller

Pricing and Registration

Early registration has ended

Passes are now only available at the door during the workshop.

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 July 7, 2013)

Full Workshop Weekend Pass
(includes 6 workshops, 3 milongas, BBQ + Potluck on Sunday)
$45 $65

At the door

Full Workshop Weekend Pass
(includes 6 workshops, 3 milongas, food on Sunday)
$60 $85
Saturday Pass
$30 $50
Sunday Pass
$20 $40
Any one milonga or practica
$5 $10
Any one workshop (if space is available) $10 $20

Private Lessons

Please register for private lessons here


Mason Hall, 419 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (Map)

Island Park, 1450 Island Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (Map)

Phoenix Center, 220 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Map)

Questions? Concerns?

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