Steven Payne

Steven’s Argentine Tango roots stretch back to Salt Lake City, Utah where he learned, taught, and organized tango for several years. He moved to Portland in 2002 and has taught here ever since.

His unique style and passionate musicality have been nurtured by Christopher Nassopolous, Brigitta Winkler, Tomas Howlin, Susana Miller, Luciana Valle, and many others. Steven has created an innovative and entertaining teaching technique that helps students find comfortable, efficient, and elegant movement. He loves to help dancers of any level to enjoy creative connection, inspired by their partners, the music, and by the vibrant flow of the dance floor.

Steven is currently teaching private lessons and would be delighted for you to contact him at