Rino Fraina and Graziella Pulvirenti Portland Tango weekend

Rino Fraina & Graziella Pulvirenti
Tango Workshops

Portland, OR - August 9-11, 2024

Stay tuned for more details.

To pre-register for workshops or schedule a private lesson with Rino and Graziella, send an email to: luisa@tanichezini.com or call (503) 481-4593

More to come.

Rino & Graziella Bio

Rino and Graziella started dancing together with the clear aim to create a stable dance partnership and consolidate their qualitative and personal growth in tango. After dancing other dances like ballroom at a Professional level , they decided to dance tango to enjoy a greater ( superior ) interpretative freedom of music and movement. The discipline and training learned from other dances have constantly led them to deepen the basic technical elements and to research a defined and recognizable teaching method.

Rino and Graziella have been teaching at several Italian tango schools. They are the directors of the En Tus Brazos Tango Association in Catania and Eboli (Salerno).

They trained in the tango dance with several masters and dancers like Alejandro Arenas and Marisol Morales among others. They continue studying and deepening their knowledge through special seminars organized by them and taught by Chicho Frumboli and Juana Sepulveda and Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne.

As teachers, their goal is to help students deepen the technical aspects of the Tango dance. In their lessons and practices they provide clear instructions on the fundamental tools that will help the students manage and create their own personal dance.



Rino and Graziella are also organizers of events such as the Catania Summer Tango Week. They have participated as teachers and performers at various national and international tango events such as:

  • The Rosario Tango Festival, Rosario-Argentina
  • Festivalito Tango Upload, Lisbon-Portugal
  • Tango Upload, Coimbra-Portugal
  • Mediterranean Tango Cruise
  • Bunker Tango, Turin-Italy

As performers at

  • The Tangart, Athens-Greece
  • Boulder Tango Festival” Boulder-U.S.A
  • Argentinian Milongas as Milonga 10 and El Gardel de Medellin
  • Ideators and choreographers of the theatral Tango show Which Tango are you? on stage in Italian theaters

Check their website: www.rinoygraziella.net/

Rino & Graziella
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milonga Andina

Milonga Andina

Organizers: Jim Labbe

Join us for a night of celebration at Milonga Andina!


This is an happening you won’t want to miss

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready to experience the passion and excitement of Milonga Andina!

Friday, March 1st, 2024 starting at 7:30PM

Live music with CIAO FELICIA

DJ Rebecca Smith

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Argentine tango, as we dance the night away to the mesmerizing melodies of live music with Ciao Felicia!

At 7:30 pm the fantastic tanguera and teacher Rebecca Smith with teach a beginning tango lesson for those new to tango or for those who simply need a refresher. No partner is necessary.

A bar will be open throughout the night, and you can start the evening off with a delicious meal from the Andina restaurant.

With its lively atmosphere and friendly community, Milonga Andina is the perfect place to meet new people, connect with fellow tango enthusiasts, and showcase your dance moves. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just starting out, this event welcomes everyone with open arms.

Make sure to come dressed in your most stylish tango attire, and don’t forget your dancing shoes! 

More information here: 


WHEN: Friday, March 1st, 2024

WHERE: Andina, 1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-2717

Argentine Tango Lesson: 7:00-8:00pm

MILONGA: 8:00pm-11:30am

DJ & Tango Teacher: Rebecca Smith

ENTRADA: $15, advanced purchase; $20 at the door.

Purchase your advanced ticket here:

Milonga Andina

  • Live music with Ciao Felicia 

  • DJ Rebecca Smith



Andina Restaurant

1314, NW Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97209

Luciana Valle Portland Tango weekend

Luciana Valle
Tango Workshops

Portland, OR - May 14-20, 2024

Stay tuned for more details.

To pre-register for workshops or schedule a private lesson with Luciana, send an email to: luisa@tanichezini.com or call (503) 481-4593

More to come.

Luciana Valle Bio

Luciana Valle, a tango dancer since the nineties, played a pivotal role in the Tango Investigation group of Gustavo Naveira and Fabian Salas. This project significantly contributed to the development of the tango language now widely used globally for teaching tango.

Renowned for her expertise as both a leader and follower, Luciana has earned widespread recognition as one of the finest female teachers. Her teaching style is characterized by fantastic energy, exuberance, and a keen eye for detail. Luciana employs descriptive movement images, making intricate actions accessible to her students. Her classes emphasize the dance’s structure, technical nuances for comfortable and expressive movement, and the strong connection between leaders and followers. This approach challenges and benefits both leaders and followers alike.

Additionally, Luciana is a co-founder of El Motivo Tango, a trio of female excellent tango teachers. This dynamic group not only imparts their tango expertise but also hosts a highly attended practica every Monday evening in Buenos Aires.

Since 1999, Luciana has been a regular presence in Portland, conducting tango workshops and offering private lessons. Her enduring commitment to teaching has left an indelible mark on the local tango community.

Luciana Valle
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Argentine Tango
Musicality Workshop
with Alex Krebs


Portland, OR - March 16-17, 2024

Organizer: Alex Krebs

Stay tuned for details.

For more information visit https://www.tangoberretin.com/musicality

To register please email Alex Krebs at tangoberretin@gmail.com

Alex Krebs

Alex has played the bandoneon and directed various tango bands since 2001 releasing 7 albums and collaborating with talented musicians around the world, including Alberto Podesta. Most importantly though, teaching tango is Alex’s primary passion. He loves sharing his love of the dance and culture, watching students grow, and connecting with people.


Saturday, March 16th, 2024

  • 12:00-4:00 pm: Understanding the musical structure of Argentine Tango. Argentine Tango music is defined by certain elements: rhythmic patterns, phrasing, and contrasts between punchy rhythms and lyrical melodies. In the first part of the workshop we will uncover what these elements are in order to hear the music on a deeper level. Then we will shift to feeling how sound in general translates into movement intuitively and uniquely in each person’s body. This will help liberate us to dance more freely and tap into our own musical expression. We will then work on specific tools for musical expression.

𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, March 17th, 2024

  • 1:00-4:15 pm: Interpretation for the leader and follower: we have many different ways to interpret the music that are dependent on not only the music itself, but also the connection with our partner. We will learn how to communicate and listen for each other’s musical desires. We’ll then discuss stylistic differences between the major tango orchestras and work on tools we can use to dance to each orchestra in a unique way, and putting it all together into a more musical dance.

Pricing & Registration:

  • Pre-registration is required by e-mailing Alex (tangoberrretin@gmail.com).
  • Space is limited and workshops will be role-balanced.
  • Participants must have at least 6 months of Argentine Tango dancing.
  • The material will be applicable to beg/int through advanced dancer.
  • Cost is $100/person for the weekend. /each.

 Safety: TBD

Questions: contact Alex: here


Workshops are held at TANGO Berretin, 6305 SE Foster Rd.



Tango Berretin

6305 SE Foster Rd.
Portland, OR 97206

The Thing

The thing!

Portland, OR - April 5-8, 2024

Organizer: Alex Krebs

Join us for four days of dancing tango with friends in an intimate and friendly environment!

Registration is currently open for leaders, followers and switch tango dancers

The dances will all be held at Tango Berretin.

For updated information visit https://www.tangoberretin.com/thing


Friday, April  5th

  • 2:00-5:00 pm: Dj Alex Krebs.

  • 9:00 pm-2:00 am: Dj Dan Boccia.

Saturday, April  6th

  • 3:00-6:00 pm: Dj Melina Mistral.

  • 9:00 pm-2:00 am: Dj Georges Nassan.

𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, April  7th

  • 3:00-6:00 pm DJ Rebecca Rorick-Smith
  • 9:00 pm-2:00 am: : DJ Jun Yi.

Monday, April  8th

  • 1:00-4:00 pm: Dj Alex Krebs.

Pricing & Registration:

  • Cost $160-person
  • Pre-registration is required by e-mailing Alex (tangoberretin@gmail.com) first to see if there is still space available. If there is space available, payment must be made within 2 weeks (via Venmo to alex-krebs-6). The Thing is (and has always been) open to all dancers of any level on a first-registered basis. The event will be limited to 150 people and will be role-balanced.
  • Changes this year: There is no brunch on Saturday. In an effort to make the event more sustainable over time for the crew, there will be no meal-like food options during each dance, but there will be a variety of snacks to keep us dancing for hours. The new schedule this year reflects ample time to sleep in and eat meals with friends new and old (Portland has really, really great food!).
  • Refund schedule: $120 refunded before Dec. 31st, $90 refunded between Jan. 1st and Feb. 29th, no refunds after March 1st. Transfers of passes is not allowed.
  • Refund schedule: $120 refunded before Dec. 31st, $90 refunded between Jan. 1st and Feb. 29th, no refunds after March 1st. Transfers of passes is not allowed.
  • Housing: We do not provide housing advice for the event. There are many great AirBnB locations near the studio, as well as hotels/motels.
  • Other: We do not post or share the participant list. The Thing has been hosted annually by Alex Krebs since 2002. The goal is great DJ’s and dancing in an intimate setting, with a little smattering of live music and surprises.

 Safety: TBD

Questions: contact Alex: here


The event takes place at TANGO Berretin, 6305 SE Foster Rd.




Tango Berretin

6305 SE Foster Rd.
Portland, OR 97206

Maria Olivera tango Workshops

Maria Olivera
Tango workshops

Portland, OR - May 4, 7,2024

May 4, 7, 2024,


with Maria Olivera

From Buenos Aires, Argentina


She will be back in Town

Stay tuned for more details:



Maria Olivera From  Buenos Aires, Argentina

María Olivera has been dancing Argentine Tango for 19 years. She is a member of the Asociación de Maestros, Bailarines y Coreógrafos de Tango Argentino and a Member of the International Dance Council (CID-Unesco) since 2014.

In 2006 she started traveling internationally to teach and perform. She has taught workshops and performed in the most important tango communities of the SA (New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, San Diego, Cincinnati, Hartford, Seattle, Washington DC, Atlanta, Memphis, Miami, Tampa,  Honolulu, Maui, Chicago, Tucson, Albuquerque, Portland, Salt Lake City),  and Europe (Staffordshire, Devon, Cardiff, Newcastle Upon Tyne, London,  Bramshaw – United Kingdom-, Stockholm, Umea, Skelleftea –Sweden-, Turku/Abo –Finland-, Bonn, Saarbrucken and Wiesbaden –Germany- Milos, Greece), as well as in Mexico, Brazil and Canada (Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton.)

Maria has been part of many tango festivals in more than one occasion: Valentango (Oregon, USA), – October Fest (Oregon, USA), Chicago Mini Tango Festival (Illinois, USA), Meet in the middle (Missouri, USA), -Tucson Tango Festival (Arizona, USA), – Albuquerque Tango Festival (New Mexico, USA), – NYC Milonguero weekend (New York, USA), – Tango Sutra (Washington DC, USA), – Moonlight in Vermont (Vermont, USA), – Turkey Tango Festival (Oregon, USA), San Diego Tango Festival (California, USA), – Tango de los Angeles (St. Wendel, Germany), – Tangosommer Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden, Germany),  Montecattini Terme Tango Festival (Montecattini, Italy),Tango Tangk (Bramshaw, Reino Unido),  Tango Feast (Devon, Reino Unido),  1º Congresso du Tango Argentino (San Pablo, Brazil),  Todos Tango Festival (San Miguel de Allende, México),  Salt Lake City Tango Festival (Utah, USA), Barcelona Tango Meeting (Barcelona, Spain) Montana Tango Uprising (Montana, USA), Greek Island Tango Retreat (Milos, Greece), Milonguero Wochenende (Saarbrucken, Germany)

She co-produced the documentary film: “The History of Tango Dance 1940 – 1960 – The Golden Years”.

In 2012 she released and instructional DVD “Techniques for followers”.

She has performed as a jury for the “Campeonato de Tango Sede Zona Norte”, one of the preliminary competition whose awarded couple is selected to participate in the Semifinals of the “Mundial de Tango” in the city of Buenos Aires.

She has been distinguished with the award “Pa’que bailen los muchachos”, declared of cultural interest by the Honorable Congreso de la Nación Argentina, Secretary of Culture and Legislature of the Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.

Among hundreds of performances she has been part of the play “Tango Allure” in the city of Tucson, Arizona, she performed at the opening of the full dome film Tango 360, the inauguration of the Rally Dakar 2015, in the Annual “Feria del Libro” and at the magnificent Salón San Martín in Buenos Aires.

María has lectured about the connection of Tango with other disciplines at the University of Bucknel, Ashland and Dartmouth, all in the USA and she has coached in the field of Argentine Tango for the Arthur Murray dance schools in the State of Connecticut, USA.

She has also taught at several milongas and dance schools of Buenos Aires: Escuela de Tango Beba Bidart,“La Milonguita”, “Vida Mía”, Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso, – “Porteño y Bailarín”, Nueva Escuela Argentina de Tango, – El Beso, Obelisco Tango Escuela, Centro de Artes AlFer, “Nuevo Chiqué”, Milonga “Mi refugio,  Milonga “Lujos”, Milonga “Sentimental y coqueta”, etc

Currently, she teaches regular tango, milonga and technique at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.


May 4, 7, 2024



Shabu studios

6055 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213

Cecilia Gonzalez
Portland Tango week

Cecilia Gonzalez
Portland Tango Week

Portland, OR - April 8-15, 2024

Stay tuned for more details.

To pre-register for workshops or schedule a private lesson with Cecilia, send an email to: support@dancewithjoystudios.com  or call (503) 704- 5617 8160

More info: www.dancewithjoystudios.com

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

A week of Tango weekend

with Cecilia Gonzalez

From Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Well respected by the tango community in Buenos Aires, Cecilia is an exceptional dancer who has worked with the most renowned Argentine dancers of her generation since 1995. She combines strong movements with wise softness getting, without effort, the most powerful synthesis.

The technical precision, fluidity of her movements and notable capacity of improvisation characterize her dance.

Cecilia shares her extensive knowledge and passion with her students. She is a very appreciated and requested tango teacher and has been continually invited to give workshops and participate in festivals around the world. Since its inception in 1999, she has been a member of the teaching faculty of the Argentine International Tango Congress (C.I.T.A) held annually in Buenos Aires.

Cecilia González

𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, April 𝟏𝟐𝐭𝐡

  • 1:00-2:15 pm– TBD
  • 2:30-3:45 pm -TBD
  • 4:00-5:15 pm – TBD

𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, April 𝟏𝟑𝐭𝐡

  • 1:00-2:15 pm– TBD
  • 2:30-3:45 pm -TBD
  • 4:00-5:15 pm – TBD



Dance with Joy Studios

8051 SE 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

Portland TangoFest 2024

Portland TangoFest
is taking a break in 2024

Stay tuned for 2025 plans

We’re working hard on re-defining the Festival, recruiting help, and raising funds in order to bring you the best Portland Tango Festival we can!

We have decided to take a break in 2024 to allow time for this process, so stay tuned for news about the 2025 Festival plans. 

Other folks in Portland will probably organize other events this fall, so join the Portland Tango Google Group  mailing list and keep an eye on the Portland Tango Calendar to hear about other tango opportunities in Portland this year.

For updated information  check the festival website:


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