Maria Olivera tango Workshops

Maria Olivera
Tango workshops

Portland, OR - Septemebr 29 - October 1, 2023

Stay tuned for more details.


September 29-October 1, 2023,


with 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.


September 29-October 1, 2023

Cecilia Gonzalez Tango Workshops

Cecilia Gonzalez
Tango weekend

Portland, OR - October 13-15, 2023

Stay tuned for more details.

To pre-register for workshops or schedule a private lesson with Cecilia, contact us at: (503) 704- 5617 8160
Location: Dance with Joy Studios  8051 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

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.



Dance with Joy Studios

8051 SE 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

Portland TangoFest 2023

Portland TangoFest 2023

New dates

September 14 - 17, 2023

A four days event with more than 48 hours of dancing to great music.
Four days of workshops taught by our amazing guest teachers.

For updated information  check the festival website:


Another wonderful edition of the Portland TangoFest at the Marriott hotel riverfront with our amazing guest teachers and delightful DJs spinning great music at milongas and practicas.

Let us go back dancing together and reunite our community with a nice intimate and safe festival.

Depending on the Oregon state guidelines we might require COVID19 vaccination cards or indoor masking.

Stay tuned!

Portland Tango Festival 2023

Guest Teachers:

  • Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne
  • Luciana Valle & Matias Sotto
  • Valentina Massari & Leonardo Pankow
  • Elizabeth Wartluft
  • Yelizaveta Nersesova


  • Olga Bogatova
  • Avik Basu
  • Serena Lembach
  • Mark Mindel
  • Robert Hauk
  • Jerry Wallach
  • Ariel Marsh


  • 48 hours of dancing
    • 3 Matinee Milongas
    • 2 Alternative matinee milongas
    • 4 Evening milongas
    • 3 practicas
  • 3 days of classes taught by our guest teachers
  • A chacarera class and a reverse lead and follow class.
  • Great DJs


  • Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel ,
    1401 SW Naito Parkway · Portland, Oregon 97201

Portland Tango Website Update

Portlandtango website update

New look and new information

Welcome to the updated website!

We are all hoping that it is finally come the time to go back dancing after almost two years of separation.

In these two years the Portland Tango Association (PTA) has worked hard in refurbishing the portlandtango website with a more modern look. Most of the preexisting information has been kept but reorganized in a slightly different manner.

There are a new google calendars where events can be listed and  Google groups to substitute the defunct Yahoo groups.

Now we just need you to let us know what you think and how we can improve it. Send us your thoughts here.

Concerning the teachers and organizer we need help from them to update the events happening in town once they start going.

Some teachers already have a dedicated page created from preexisting information. We might have missed others, apologies if that happened.

As an organizer or teacher, to update or create a new presence on this site or have access to the new google calendar please fill in the forms below.

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.

Portland Tango Community

Portland Tango Community

Portland, OR

We invite you to visit Portland and its wonderful Milongas.


Housing in Portland

Portland has a large and congenial community of tango dancers, who love to share their passion and their homes with visiting dancers.

If you’re coming to Portland and need housing, Contact us with your information. Please include dates, preferences, minimum acceptable accommodations, special needs, etc.

While finding a space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to communicate your needs to the Portland community on our local email list.

Some accommodations are free or for trade, and others may have a small charge.

Good luck, and we all hope your visit to Portland is enjoyable if not magical!

Please, send us a feedback, positive or negative about your experiences here.


Categories PTA

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.