Clay Nelson

Clay Nelson

Clay has been a key player in the development of Argentine tango in Portland. Many of this city's tango dancers got their start with Clay. In addition to the classes he taught at his Garden Home studio when he lived here, Clay was the first person to bring Argentine masters to Portland on a regular basis.

This practice evolved into what are now reputed to be the largest and second largest tango festivals in the United States - Portland's ValenTango festival in February, and the TangoFest in October. Even though Clay now lives in Ashland, he still organizes and presides over these festivals. And he visits Portland often enough that you can still schedule private lessons with him here.

You can contact Clay by phone at 541-488-7108 or email: tango@claysDanceStudio.com or visit his website at Clays Dance Studio.