Sunday 11/5 - Afternoon Tea Milonga with DJ Chris

Afternoon Tea Milonga
2-5:30 pm DJ Chris

(No class)

$20 suggested donation

Hosted by Raphaela and Chris

Contact the organizers for more info: raphaela.schipper@gmail.com, C_chris_ski@yahoo.com

Monday 11/6 - Monday Practica - Host: Antonio 

Are you new to tango? Lovely, passionate volunteers will help you with your first tango steps.

Dance Studio 1
Carrillo Recreation Center
100 E Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Same time:
7 to 9 PM

As always: $5 Donation

Covid federal & state regulations followed.

Hosted by your Friendly Local Tango Dancers

Contact Ale for more info

Tuesday 11/7 - Beginner Blast class with Chris

Complete beginners welcome, as well as those wanting to revisit the basics, change roles and/or work on close embrace.

7-9 pm


At Magnetica.
Contact the organizers for more info: raphaela.schipper@gmail.com, C_chris_ski@yahoo.com

Wednesday 11/8 - Wednesday Tango classes with Marlon and Geraldine

Marlon and Geraldine are finally back to teaching together!
Beloved and historic Santa Barbara Tango teacher, Marlon Ruckle, is back to teaching together with Argentine-born Geraldine Freitag, USA Tango vals champion 2022,

Join us to learn and have fun.

***No class on November 22, 2023, in observance of Thanksgiving!***

Marlon and Geraldine are available for private or semi-private classes together or separately. Contact us for details: info@abrazosur.com or marlon.ruckle@gmail.com

Thursday 11/9 - Barbarian Practica  with DJ Chris

7 pm - 10 pm

$10 suggested donation

At the Studio Magnetica

Located upstairs in the former Sears building at La Cumbre Mall in Santa Barbara, next to the Santa Barbara Airbus pick-up location.

Google Maps link:

Hosted by Raphaela and Chris

Thursday 11/9 - Marlon's Classes at UCSB Fall 2023

Two classes are offered:

Foundations | 7:15-8:15 pm
Fundamentals | 8:20-9:20 pm

To register, and for more information, click here.

Thursday 11/9 - Tango Workshops by Jeni Breen in Ventura

8 Week Workshop in Beginner Argentine Tango
Thursdays  6:30-8 pm
8 Week Workshop in Intermediate Argentine Tango
Thursdays 8-9:30 pm
Starting Thursday, October 12

NAMBA Arts in Ventura.
147 S Oak St
Ventura, CA, 93001

$25   for a single class
$88   for 4 classes
$160  for 8 classes

Tango dancers say “It’s all in the basics…” and indeed it is!  Good basics set you up for a lifetime of enjoying this creative and accessible dance, and this series of classes will help you develop an excellent foundation in Tango.

Those of you with more experience in Tango will have the opportunity to develop more advanced vocabulary as well as more harmonious partnering skills, and to explore the techniques and use of your own body that add pleasure and expression to your dance.

Jeni Breen, a life long professional dancer, early adaptor to Tango with over 30 years dancing and teaching Argentine Tango, and co-creator of the first program dedicated to Argentine Tango in NYC will be teaching. She is known for the depth of her knowledge about Tango, the clarity of her teaching, and her warmth as she welcomes you to the Dance.

Additional questions? Contact Jeni:  jeni.breen@yahoo.com

Saturday 11/11 - Technique & Lead-response in Musical Changes of Dance Dynamics

with Fardad Michael Serry & Lucia Ma Serry.

810 E. Gutierrez St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103.

​5-6:15. Class I.
6:15-6:30. Practica.
6:30-8.  Class II.

More Tango coming up:

Tuesday 11/14 - Tuesday Night Tango in Ventura

On 2nd + 4th Tuesdays -- at "The Greek" in Ventura Harbor:

"X" Session: 6:00 - 7:00 pm - on the smaller floor
Dancing:       6:00 - 9:00 pm - three full hours!

Part Práctica -- Part Milonga -- All Tango

One of the longest running weekday milongas on the West Coast, Tuesday Night Tango offers an exceptional atmosphere + sublime social dancing.

Plus, in the first hour, the "X" Session, where participating dancers choose the topic + move their tango beyond the classroom -- all at ...

    "The Greek"
    1583 Spinnaker Drive, in Ventura Harbor *

* The restaurant asks that dancers make a $20 minimum purchase -- good for food, drink, and/or carryout (tomorrow's lunch!)

As always, both the Dancing and "X" Session are by donation ...

For a full rundown on the night, with all the details, maps + more, please see Stephen's weekly reminder email --

Or visit the website:  QuantumTango.net - or - TangoMango.org

Friday 11/17 - Tango gets its feet dirty!

Art Walk at La Cumbre Plaza 

Plus Party at Ale's to prep on Friday 11/3 

Mark your calendars, get your feet ready, VOLUNTEER...

We are invited to participate in a super cool event in Santa Barbara: 


Did you know that there is a  new "Art Zone" in Santa Barbara at La Cumbre Plaza?

And we are invited to bring our tango to their 4th annual celebration and co-create a piece of art with our feet. We are honored to work in conjunction with State Street Ballet on this. Thank you, Rodney, for opening this possibility to us.

What: The Art Walk at La Cumbre Plaza

When: November 17, from 5pm to 8pm, but our painting will be from 6pm to 7pm

Where: La Cumbre Plaza Mall outdoor courtyard

Ruben Tedesco will be providing live music and lights. 

Come with your feet ready to paint! 

Saturday 11/18 - at Magnetica

● Afternoon classes and practica with Daniela Arcuri from 2pm
●Evening Neolonga Magnetica 8pm- Midnight with 50/50 Traditional and Alternative music by DJ Chris

Friday 12/8 through Sunday 12/10 -  Destination: Tango

With Fernanda Ghi

Friday, Dec 8

Milonga San Pugliese at Margerum

Receive the incomparable Maestra Fernanda Ghi with a Tango Party at premier Santa Barbara wine tasting room Margerum.
Empanadas + wine + milonga in the Funk Zone
Ticket includes two empanadas, a glass of Margerum wine, and of course, dancing!

Link to Tango Mango here
Link to Event Page here

ADDITIONAL: Tour of Santa Barbara with local tangueros!
See Santa Barbara like we see it: a hotbed of art, nature, and lots and lots of dancing!

Saturday Dec 9

INTENSIVE: Roles and dialogues in tango

Description: Understanding the dynamics between roles in tango is essential to maintaining balance and harmony in the couple. We will explore this concept in giros, progressing to sacadas and ganchos to reinforce the concept.

Two 2 hours workshops followed by a Practica

Advanced, limited 15 couples
$180 per couple
Or in waiting list single person to be matched with other Tangueros $100
At the door, we welcome too, $120

Link to Tango Mango here
Link to Event Page here

Sunday Dec 10


Workshop 1: Using tension in rhythmic tango

Description: Tension in the body isn’t the same as muscular contraction. To musically express rhythmic tango, what we need is not to dance fast, but to use the body differently.

Sunday Dec 10 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Workshop 2: Vals

Description: We will explore how to broaden the ways in which our bodies can express Vals music. Our power as dancers comes from the music and the connection with the floor and the partner.

Sunday Dec 10 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Each workshop is 1.30 hours, intermediate/advanced level

$30 for one workshop, $50 for two workshops

Link to Tango Mango here

Link to Event Page here

AFTERNOON MILONGA  2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

With Live music by our own SoCal Tango Band

$30 per person/$50 for couples


Fernanda will be available for private lessons. Contact Ale if you are interested.

Can't wait to learn and grow with all of you 


Book Now: 

Refund policy:

- Full refund until November 30

- 75% refund until December 6

- No refunds from December 7 onwards


Fernanda Ghi has been dancing from a very early age, and chose tango dance as her only form of artistic expression. She has traveled the world for more than three decades, creating, producing, and teaching, and stands out as one of the artists of the hinge generation between the tango of the 1980s and the 2000s.

Her teaching has been continuously evolving along with her personal growth, adapting the dance to each social moment without losing its essence. Fernanda maintains that tango is based on three fundamental pillars: a clear definition of the partners’ roles; a constant and active embrace; and a common axis of the dancing couple. The starting point is the music, which determines the dynamics of expression, and thus creates a “style”, but the “style” is never the starting point. A clear understanding of the mechanics ensures that no undue stress is placed on the body and each movement is a response to a partner’s movement. The Tango that Fernanda teaches is based on a deep understanding of the essence of the dance and allows each student to find their own personal manner of expression, without losing the universal language of Tango and the culture from which it comes.

Fernanda has performed in countless shows and exhibitions and became the World Argentine Tango Champion in 1999. Fernanda and her partner were the first non-Asian dancers ever invited to perform at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo and were the feature dancers on the PBS special "Tango Magic" with Pablo Ziegler and the Orpheus Orchestra. Fernanda has performed in concert with several Symphony Orchestras (New Mexico, Long Beach, Costa Mesa, Cincinnati) and was commissioned for the creation of a tango ballet for the Tulsa Ballet Dance Company.

In 2017 and 2018, Fernanda served as a judge at the Tango Mundial, the World Competition for Argentine Tango. Fernanda’s new performance company creates a fusion between Argentine Tango and other art forms, such as theater, visual arts, opera and other styles of dance. Fernanda is the Founder of FGDA, a Boston-based academy that trains amateur and professional dancers.

We are busy planning more and more tango.
We need all the help we can get.
Ask us for volunteer opportunities!