Intensive Workshop Weekend
with Robert Hauk and Barbara Durr

November 18-21, 2005
Ann Arbor, MI

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About Robert Hauk

Robert is one of the most highly-regarded close-embrace style dancers in the Northwest. His main tango inspiration is Susana Miller of Buenos Aires, with whom he has studied extensively. His other important influences are Cacho Dante, Nestor Ray, and more recently, Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa.

Robert has spent signifcant time in Buenos Aires dancing with the old-style milongueros. During the last six Labor Day weekends (September 2000-2005), Robert has taught at the highly acclaimed "Colorado Milonguero Tango Weekend" in Denver. He has also taught workshops in Anchorage, Atlanta, Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Phoenix.

More info on Robert can be found at home.teleport.com/~robhauk

About Barbara Durr

Nationally recognized as one of the foremost teachers of the apilado, or milonguero, style of salon tango, Barbara has been teaching and dancing tango for over a decade. She has had lengthy experience in Buenos Aires milongas. In her teaching, she focuses on the elements of tango the she feels provide the deepest and richest dance experience: an intimate connection between partners and intense musicality.

Also, because this style of tango is for social dancing on often crowded dance floors, she specifically teaches the compact choreography that is appropriate when dance etiquette requires respect for everyone else on the floor.

A protege of Susana Miller, she is also influenced by Cacho Dante, Brigitta Winkler, Lorena Ermocida and many other great and talented teachers. She teaches in her home city of Atlanta and around the United States, including festivals in Denver, Portland, and Missouri.

Barbara, formerly a Latin American correspondent for a major daily newspaper, first traveled to Buenos Aires in 1981, but did not see tango there until 1988, when she became acquainted with a milonguero.old, alone and broke.who was dancing on the street for tips. She was captivated by his dancing and followed him around for two days, meeting his family and interviewing him. While she never wrote that story, it metamorphosed into her documentary film project, called Chasing the Ghost, which is still in production.


Friday, November 18
8:00pm-9:00pm Introduction to Tango Vocabulary
Pittsfield Grange
9:00pm-2:00am Welcome Milonga DJ: Avik Basu Pittsfield Grange
Saturday, November 19
12:00pm-12:30pm Check-in and warm up G115 Angell Hall
12:30pm-1:50pm Level 1:
Sophisticated Walking
Walking is the beginning and end of tango. Work at your own level to improve your walking.
G115 Angell Hall
1:50pm-2:10pm Break
2:10pm-3:30pm Level 1:
One Stop Shopping for Turns I
Multiple check step turns. We will develop a set of check step turns that will be used later as building blocks for more different combinations.
G115 Angell Hall
3:30pm-4:00pm Break
4:00pm-5:20pm Level 1:
Basic Milonga Traspie
We will develop a walking and turning vocabulary in milonga traspie.
G115 Angell Hall
5:20pm-8:30pm Dinner break
8:30pm-9:00pm Preview of Chasing the Ghost
Barbara Durr is in the process of creating a documentary about the old milongueros of Buenos Aires. Join us for a special preview of this film!
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
9:00pm-1:30am Milonga Picante DJ: Robert Hauk Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Sunday, November 20
12:30pm-1:00pm Check-in and warm up G115 Angell Hall
1:00pm-2:20pm Level 2:
One Stop Shopping for Turns II
Advanced combinations for multiple check step turns.
G115 Angell Hall
2:20pm-2:40pm Break
2:40pm-4:00pm Level 2:
Twist and Shout: Torsion and Pivots in Turns
We will work on situations that require pivots and body torsion to make very tight turns.
G115 Angell Hall
4:00pm-4:30pm Break
4:30pm-5:50pm Level 2:
Suspensions: Let the ladies fly
Inside pivoting turns with moments of suspension for the follower. We will work on stretching these suspensions, giving the follower the feeling of flying.
G115 Angell Hall
6:00pm-?? Interactive Practica
with Robert and Barbara
DJ: Olivier Poudou G115 Angell Hall
Monday, November 21
7:30pm-8:00pm Check-in and warm up Pittsfield Grange
8:00pm-10:00pm Level 3:
Advanced turns with pivots and body torsion.
Pittsfield Grange
10:00pm-?? Die-Hard Practica Pittsfield Grange

Which workshop should I take?

To help you choose the workshops which will be the most beneficial for you, we have listed recommended experience for the different workshop days in the table below.

Recommended Minimum ExperienceAppropriate Workshop Day
Completed only our Beginner Series
or 2-6 months of close-embrace tango.
Saturday Only
Completed our Advanced Beginner Series
or more than 6 months of close-embrace tango.
Saturday and Sunday
Attending our Intermediate (Close-Embrace) Series
or Monday classes at the Grange
or have 1 year of close-embrace tango experience.
Saturday and Sunday and Monday


Please register online for the workshops. We will not accept email reservations!

Due to the capacity of the rooms, enrollment in each workshop will be LIMITED. 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.

Early registration prices (postmarked on or before November 16)

  • One day pass (Saturday OR Sunday): $20 (students) / $30 (non-students)
  • Two day pass (Saturday AND Sunday): $30 (students) / $50 (non-students)

Late OR at-the-door registration (postmarked after November 16)

  • One day pass (Saturday OR Sunday): $30 (students) / $45 (non-students)
  • Two day pass (Saturday AND Sunday): $45 (students) / $60 (non-students)


  • The day passes include the milonga/practica for that day.
  • The Friday and Monday events are separate and registration for these will be handled at the door, Friday's cost will be $5 for the lesson and the milonga. Monday's cost will be $10 (students) / $15 (non-students).

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.


Angell Hall (Map)
435 S.State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Michigan Union (Map)
530 S. State
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Pittsfield Grange (Map)
3337 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-9711

Questions? Concerns?

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email us at umtango@umich.edu. You may also call Mabel Rodriguez at 734-945-9967 or James Freed at 734-754-6032.