Rebecca Rorick Smith

Rebecca Rorick Smith

Rebecca’s Tango journey began right here in the Pacific Northwest in 1999 while pursuing her BFA at the University of Oregon. Through Eugene’s Tango Center she forged her dedication and 20 years later her feet have not stopped dancing!!

From 2000 Rebecca has lived and taught within numerous communities in the USA, and around the world. Now, after 5 years teaching, organizing, and djing in Berlin, she is back in the USA and home in Oregon.

As a teacher Rebecca has always believed in the transformative process of learning Tango and is fueled by the metamorphosis of her students.

 She offers accessible compassionate guidance combined with a deep understanding of both following and leading, music, and ever-evolving techniques.

Cornett Local Tango Teacher

Adam Cornett

Adam Cornett

Adam Cornett, a Portland native, has been dancing since 2001.

Adam has traveled to Buenos Aires eight times and studies greatly during each trip.

He focuses on historical information rather than the newest moves. Adam has taught at MIT, Yale, Harvard, Brown, Northwestern, and the world renowned Beijing Dance Academy (the Juliard of China). Adam has taught at most of the major Tango festivals in the US.


Adam is the official 2016 US Argentine Tango Champion with Tilly Kimm. Adam has partnered with two world champions, Maria Ines Bogado and Jesica Arfenoni.

Adam has taught thousands of students around the world how to dance tango from every level. He has helped brand new dancers become advanced dancers whom later became teachers and performers themselves.

Adam’s focus in teaching new dancers is to break the dance down into a way that makes it easier. He feels all new dancers can become competent social dancers in 3-6 months.



Adam focuses first on connection, then on technique through vocabulary, then intermediate and advanced technique and musicality.

Adam is one of the few dancers in the US that focuses on Salon style tango which is the style of famous dancers such as Sebastian Archaval and Roxana Suarez and many many others.

Adam has recorded over 200 videos which you can watch on his website at

You can reach him here: or on his website at


Elizabeth Wartluft

Elizabeth Wartluft

Elizabeth holds a M.A. in dance and a M.A. in cultural anthropology, both from the University of Oregon. She has taught tango since 1996, in Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington and California. She moved to Portland in 2008.


Elizabeth can be reached at or 541-914-4812.

Also check out her blog at Elizabeth’s Blog

Elizabeth teaches tango with an emphasis on breath, energy and posture to create connection in the dance. She brings her experience studying many forms of dance, as well as her training in yoga and human anatomy, to her teaching.

Her main teachers in Buenos Aires have been: Luciana Valle and Chicho Frumboli for leader technique; Omar Vega for milonga;

 Tete for vals, and Oscar Mandagaran for breath, posture and energy work; her dancing was also strongly influenced by the dancers of the Dinzel school. She enjoys and teaches both close and open embrace styles, as well as dancing both as a leader and a follower.