PDX Tango Intensive – Welcome Party

Welcome Party
PDX Tango Intensive
by Dominic Bridge

Organizers: Dominic Bridge & Shawn Gardner

Come and Join us at Shawn Gardner Dancing

For the Welcome party of the PDX Tango Intensive by Dominic Bridge!

Wednesday, January 18th starting at 7:30PM

Come meet Dominic Bridge of the PDX Tango Intensive.

This is a Meet & Greet practica where you will have a chance to talk and even dance with Dominic.

Demo by Dominic & Isabel Juarez!


WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, 2023

WHERE: Shawn Gardner Dancing, 8900 SW Commercial St. Tigard, OR 97223

INTRO CLASS: 7:30-8:15pm –  Special 45 min class by Dominic Bridge

OPEN DANCING: 8:30-11pm

DJ: Steve Correl

ADMISSION: $10/person (included in membership)

Isabelle Suarez

Our weekly practica welcomes all dancers of all skill levels looking to practice Tango in an all-inclusive and encouraging environment.

Info about the intensive on the UPCOMING EVENTS page: https://www.shawngardnerdancing.com/upcoming-events

More information on the venue & calendar at Shawn Gardner Dancing: www.shawngardnerdancing.com



Shawn Gardner Dancing

8900 SW Commercial St.
Tigard, OR 97223

New Year’s Tango Weekend @ Tango Berretin

New Year's Tango Weekend,
in Portland OR

December 31, 2022 - January 1, 2023
@ Tango Berretin


  • Preregistration required
  • FULL for followers.
  • Currently open for leaders

Refund policy:

  • A refund of $40 for cancellations after payment is available until Dec. 16th.
  • No refunds after Dec. 16th (with the exception if you have Covid)

Covid policy:

  • Vaccination status and testing are not required.  Masks are optional.  This policy may change and be updated, so please check back after Dec. 25th



Tango Berretin

6305 SE Foster road
Portland, OR 97206

Marcelo Gutierrez Tango Workshops

Fun tango classes with
Marcelo Gutierrez

Portland, OR - April 28th-30th, 2023

Stay tuned for details.

To register, schedule a private lesson, or for more information please contact email sasha.i.sergeeva@gmail.com or 908-787-6752

𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝗔𝗶𝗴𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗼 𝗗𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗟𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗮

April 28-30, 2023

Tango Classes with Marcelo Gutierrez

From Buenos Aires, Argentina

Marcelo Gutierrez belongs to a unique generation of tango professionals that benefited from studying with old school masters such as the Dinzels, Nito and Elba, the Rivarolas, Teresa Fernández (Todaro system) and from being part of the tango revolution that came to be known as Tango Nuevo.
Marcelo started studying tango in 1998 and received professional training in choreography, modern dance, jazz, and yoga at IUNA (Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte – Buenos Aires).
For the past 20 years, he has worked on developing and perfecting the teaching system he has become so well-known and respected for; a method focusing on stability, groundedness, comfort, natural body movement, core leading, organic leading and following..etc. Just a few classes with him can drastically improve your dancing and change your entire outlook on tango.

Marcelo Gutierrez

Fri𝐝𝐚𝐲, April 28th

  • 6-7:15pm– All level Chacarera class. In this class we will be covering music, foundation, structure of chacarera, we’ll go over zarandeo and zapateo. Price: 30$ per person

Saturday, April 29th

  • 12:00-1:15pmClass 1: Turns, Pivots, Technique and Sequences. In this class we will focus on three kinds of pivots and how to use them to achieve smooth and clean sacadas and deep pivots. Intermediate level/ 30$ per person
  • 1:30 pm-2:45 pm Class 2: Depth, Width and Space. This workshop will focus on creating new ideas and movements to dance to various music from Pugliese to Biagi. Intermediate level/ 30$ per person Preregistration for Saturday classes is preferred to maintain role balance, drop- ins are welcome!

𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, April 30𝐭𝐡

  • 1:45 pm-4:15 pmADVANCE COUPLES ONLY Seminar, pre-registration is required, space is limited to 15 couples. 65$ per person ).

This seminar is designed to challenge our team dance, work on elements such as direction, dynamic (acceleration, deceleration), play with ganchos and small jumps. Please note, it will be a long class and we will work very hard! – let’s rock milonga moves!
Milonga should not be hard and difficult, it could be fun and playful. This is a lesson where we will aim to make our milonga dance much more fun and enjoyable.


Pricing & Registration:

  • 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗶𝘀 𝟯𝟬$, 𝟮𝟱$ 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲.
  • Marcelo Gutierrez will be available for private lessons as well. The price of one private lesson is 100$ plus studio fee, package of 3 private lessons 260$ plus studio fee.

 Safety: TBD

Questions: contact: here


All workshops are held at TANGO Berretin, 6305 SE Foster Rd.



Tango Berretin

6305 SE Foster Rd.
Portland, OR 97206

PDX Tango winter Intensive – Dominic Bridge

PDX Tango Fall Intensive
Dominic Bridge

Back to the future edition

January 20 - 23, 2023
@ Shawn Gardner Dancing

Join us this January for our next PDX Tango Intensive with Dominic Bridge!

– Over 10 hours of Tango Workshops
– Quality Instruction
– Great Venue
– Affordable Prices
– Welcoming Atmosphere





Friday, January 20, 2023

  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm:“Make Like A Tree”

Saturday, January 21, 2023

  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm:Get to the Point 2.0
  • 2:45 – 4:15 pm: “You’re My Density”
  • 4:30 – 6:00 pm:“Nobody Calls Me Chicken”

Sunday, January 22, 2023

  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Tango Structure 2.0
    2:45 – 4:15 pm: 1.21 GIGAWATTS

Monday, January 23, 2023

  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Dancing Through Time

Class Description

Friday, January 20
7:00 – 8:30 pm“Make Like a Tree…” (El Abrazo)

Grounding techniques for application in beautiful suspended movements for musical sustains and romantic tangos.
*All Levels

Saturday, January 21
1:00 – 2:30 pm: Get to the Point 2.0: Footwork for Him & Her

Shine your shoes and stretch your ankles, in this class we get down to business with our feet. Body alignment and engagement for the foundational steps of walking, ochos, and giros. NEW: adornments and paradas.
*All Levels – Beginners too!

Saturday, January 21
2:45 – 4:15 pm: “You’re My Density”

Grounding techniques for application in beautiful suspended movements for musical sustains and romantic tangos.
*All Levels

Saturday, January 21
4:30 – 6:00 pm: “Nobody… Calls Me Chicken.”

Does your balance make you feel like a chicken? Face your fears in this class furthering our work on Grounding techniques for applications in off-axis movements that will keep you in the first-class lane of the ronda.
*All Levels


Sunday, January 22
1:00 – 2:30 pmTango Structure 2.0 “DeLorean Edition”

Understanding the structure of Argentine Tango is your first step towards mastery. NEW: A classical variation of the basic salida for fundamental to advanced applications and navigation. Let this ride take you back to the 1940’s…
*All Levels – Beginners too!

Sunday, January 22
2:45 – 4:15 pm: 1.21 GIGAWATTS! (Sacada! 5.0)

By popular demand… Sacadas are some of the most essential steps in Tango Salon for building versatility. You will leave understanding the dynamics and geometry of all manner of sacadas, ganchos, and leg wraps. NEW: Power up your dance with this combination of all three…
*All Levels

Monday, January 23
7:30 – 9:00 pm: Dancing Through Time

This is a technique class on musicality in the walk. We will practice solo as well as in couples. Drills for posture, weight placement, grounding, and different pisadas.
*All levels – Beginners too!



Shawn Gardner Dancing

8900 SW Commercial St.
Tigard, OR 97223

Portland Tango News March 2022

Portland tango News: March 2022

Tango seems to come back for good!

We thought things were coming back few months ago and instead we had to shut down again. Now milongas are reopening and hopefully this will be for a while if not for good!

To check what is happening in town take a look at the Portland Tango calendar here.

For your convenience this is a not complete list of the currently active events:

Note that all the events require proof of vaccination and masks. Enjoy!

If you know of events we have missed please go to Contact.

If you are a local teacher and would like to add your information to this site:

Fill in the following form.

If you are a local organizer and you would like to:

  • Promote your event on this site
  • Have access to the Portland Tango Community Calendar to schedule events

Fill in the following form.

Jose Garofalo tango Workshops

Jose Garofalo
Tango workshops

March 1-10, 2024,

Jose Garofalo

From Buenos Aires, Argentina


Jose will be offering classes in historical forms of tango, as well as modern, experimental explorations of tango now! Jose is a relaxed, funny, experienced teacher with 30+ years of tango under his belt. There will be group classes, small group intensives and private lessons.

Save the date

Stay tuned for details.

Information and registration for Jose’s workshops will be on Elizabeth’s page as details firm up.

WORKSHOPS with Jose Garofalo


March 1-10, 2024



Intention, projection & connection

Thursday, 3/7

7:00-9:00 pm

Shabu Studio



Fun Class for all levels.

Friday, 3/8

5:30-6:30 pm

Las Naifas Milonga

Norse Hall Upstairs

$15 class
$15 Milonga

Playful feet, rolling bodies #1

Saturday, 3/9

2:00-3:30 pm

Shabu Studios,

6055 NE Glisan St.



Playful feet, rolling bodies #2

Sunday, 3/10



The game of "Role"

Sunday 3/10


Saturday, March 9, 2024 Jose Garofalo will DJ and perform at Milonga Berretin

Sunday and Monday , Advanced small groups Private Lessons.

Pricing & Registration:TBD

 Package: TBD

Preregistration contact Elizabeth or pay at the door. 

Questions: contact Elizabeth here


Greek Island Tango 2021

Greek Island Tango 2021

September 4 - September 12, 2021

Greek Island Tango Retreat
Now moved to 2021

8th Anniversary Greek Island Tango
September 4-12, 2021


We invite you to join us for this exclusive Tango Retreat. 

Limited to 30 participants, enjoy dedicated, personalized daily instruction along with beach excursions, private yacht tour, nightly dancing

and more. . .


with Guest Instructors: Liz & Yannick Vanhove
European Tango Champions

More info: Greek Island Tango


Julia Gorin & Jonatan Baez, Workshops in PDX

Julia Gorin & Jonatan Baez Workshops

Portland, OR - April 17, 2020 - April 20, 2020

Portland Tango Weekend • April 17-20, 2020

Workshop Schedule:

Friday, April 17
7:30pm-8:45pm Workshop #1:”Playing with different Crosses and Useful Combinations”
8:45pm-9:15pm Milonga Drop-In “All Levels” Lesson
9:15pm-11:30pm Milonga Bienvenido ~ Welcome Milonga for Julia & Jonatan! 🙂
Saturday, April 18
11:30am-1:30pm Seminar #1: “Pivot & Interesting Combinations w/Ochos and Sacadas”
2:00pm-4:00pm Seminar #2: “Boleos”
Sunday, April 19
2:30pm-3:45pm Workshop #2: “Musicality – Practical Aspects”
4:00pm-5:15pm Workshop #3: “Paradas, Tomas and Barridas”
5:30pm-6:45pm Workshop #4: “Milonga Lisa & Milonga Con Traspie”

Register Today! email:

or on website:

Location: Dance with Joy Studios
8051 SE 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97202


April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Fundraiser

COVID-19 Fundraising relief

let's come together and support

our venues and tango organizers and teachers

With the rest of the world, Portland has closed milongas, practicas, and tango classes to help slow down the COVID-19 pandemic.  We miss them!

There is so much uncertainty and we don’t know how long it will be before we have the ability to dance with each other again.  

We have heard so many members of our wonderful community ask: What can I do to help? 

The Portland Tango Association is facilitating a fundraising effort in order to preserve the community that we love so much.  

There are 2 ways you can help:

  • You can donate directly to some of our special venues that are in need of assistance.
  • You can also make a donation to the general fund for Portland Tango.  These funds will be used to help the community get back on its feet after this crisis. Possible examples of how these funds could be used are: assistance to venues, events, and scholarships


Venue / Event / Teacher Contact Info Donate Here
Norse Hall
Where to donate
Milonga 24
Nat and Lindsay
Donate here
La Divina
Gly & Rebecca
Donate here
Tango Berretin
Donate here
The Viscount Dance Studio
Donate here.
The Portland Tango Association (PTA)
Donate here.

Zorzal – Winter 2020

Zorzal - Winter 2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Milonga el Zorzal
Friday, January 17, 2020

The next all vinyl Milonga el Zorzal takes flight Friday January 17th at the beautiful Polish Hall in Portland Oregon. Zorzal is the longest running all vinyl milonga in the US! Join us for this special evening you won’t soon forget.

Friday 8:00pm-12:30am.
3832 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227

DJ Robert Hauk spins 4+ hours of all vinyl traditional tango. Guaranteed to keep you on the floor and smiling.
The 100 year old hardwood floor at the Polish, with it’s lovely acoustics, provide the perfect venue to experience my collection of over 300 vinyl records. Each carefully selected to provide high calibre, danceable music, brought to you in the warm sounds of vinyl. This sound quality would not be possible without the big Frequencia sound system by Ward Stevens. A nice spread of food will be available on the dance floor free of charge.

Bring your favourite partner and enjoy the longest running all vinyl tango event in the US.
$20 at the door.

Semi formal attire recommended.
Let’s make a night of it!