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March 22, 2020

Click HERE if you prefer a chronological list of TCA & other upcoming events.

We assume most tango events are cancelled or postponed for the time being.
We are updating news regarding specific cancellations as we receive notice.
Please contact organizers/teachers of private or small group events directly for information on their events.

Ongoing Tango Club of Albuquerque Events at Lloyd Shaw Dance Center
5506 Coal SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 (not the one-way Coal). Map

TCA Tuesday Night Milongas are cancelled until further notice.

TCA Saturday Practicas are cancelled through until further notice.

In April 2020, TCA was planning to move back to Lloyd Shaw Dance Center
All further March events at NDI are cancelled. Our return event at Lloyd Shaw was planned to be the Saturday Afternoon Practica April 4th. Due to current NM State rules limiting group gatherings to ten individuals through April 10, our return dates at Lloyd Shaw are TBA. Our tentative return date is May 1.

Our scheduled days, times, and fees for weekly TCA events, specific days contingent on COVID-19 status:

TCA Tuesday Night Milonga, 7:30-10:00pm at Lloyd Shaw Dance Center.
$3 TCA Members; $5 non-members.

TCA Saturday Afternoon Practicas, 3:15-5:15pm at Lloyd Shaw Dance Center. 4/5 DJ: Michelle McRuiz. $2 everyone.


Cancelled until further notice: TCA Kellys Milonga, Sundays, 6:30-9:00pm at Kellys Brew Pub, 3222 Central Ave SE, in the Nob Hill business district, Albuquerque. Usually 1st and 3rd Sundays. Support our hosts & tip generously. Kellys website

TCA Tango Chats resume on Tuesdays, bi-monthly:
5/19, Michelle McRuiz — All about what goes into being a Tango DJ.
7/21, Kipp and Phil Chynoweth — Chacarera: a short history, video, and lesson.
9/15, Daniel Boardman — Floorcraft!
More TBA.

Click HERE for a chronological list of upcoming events.

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Click HERE for links to amazing places to visit while visiting New Mexico.


Please contact organizers before heading out to events. We will be updating news regarding event cancellations as soon possible.

Contact teacher: Follower's Technique Workshop with Eva Garlez, Friday, March 27, 6:00-7:30pm at Las Puertas, 1512 1st St NW (north of Mountain Rd) in Albuquerque. $25/class drop-in. More info/registration: Email | (505)313-5316 | Map

Cancelled: Vanessie's Milonga, Thursday, March 26 at Vanessie's Piano Bar, 434 W. San Francisco St in Santa Fe. Hosted by Los Amigos del Tango.

Cancelled: Milonga de las Puertas, Saturday, March 28, 8:00pm-Midnight at 1512 1st St NW (north of Mountain Rd) in Albuquerque. 3/28 DJ: Garth Bawden. Unique setting, great sound system, refreshments. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Hosted by Lee Blaugrund. $7 ($4 w/ valid UNM I.D.). Website | (505)244-0290 | Map

Cancelled until further notice: Two Moon Tango Women Leaders' Workshop, Sunday, March 29, 1:00-4:30pm at 16 Camino Largo in La Cieneguilla, just south of Santa Fe (15 minutes south of Santa Fe proper; 45 minutes north of Albuquerque). Two classes with 1/2 hour tea time between. $50. Contact for details. Email or text to register. Liz Haight, Email | Website |  (505)669-0106 | Directions

Cancelled: ALLTangoAbq (ATA) Mixed Music Milonga, Sunday, March 29 at Lloyd Shaw Dance Center, 5506 Coal SE in Albuquerque. Email | Facebook

Cancelled: Amilonga Milonga, Thursday, April 2 at Vara Winery, 315 Alameda Park Dr NE in Albuquerque 87113. Menu and info | Map | Amilonga website 

Cancelled: Virginia Vasconi, April 1-5, 2020 at Dance Station, 947 W. Alameda St. #B in Santa Fe. Michael Walker. (505)795-6798 | Email

Cancelled: Santa Fe Tango (SFT) Milonga at Rio Chama, Sunday, April 5 in Santa Fe4/5 DJ: Michelle McRuiz. Email | Website | Venue website

Cancelled/Postponed until Fall: Gaby Mataloni & Ines Muzzopappa Workshops in Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Taos, April 9-13, 2020.
hosted by ATA. Email | Facebook.
Santa Fe & Taos hosted by Los Amigos del Tango.
Richard Spera, (575) 613-2868 | Email

QTango Fusion Fest, May 7-10, 2020 in Albuquerque. Four live music milongas featuring 7 bands and orchestras. Blues, gypsy jazz, world music, electronica, and traditional Argentine Tango. Website

Adam and Ciko Workshop + Milonga Norteña, May 16-17, 2020 at Casa Gallina, 613 Callejon in Taos. Los Amigos del Tango. James Friedgen, Email

Monica Paz Weekend Workshop, May 28-31 in Albuquerque (here 5/27-6/5). Details TBA. Website | (505)244-0290

Two Moon Tango Vals/Milonga Workshop, May 29-31 at 16 Camino Largo in La Cieneguilla, just south of Santa Fe (15 minutes south of Santa Fe proper; 45 minutes north of Albuquerque). Fri 7:00-8:30pm. Sat & Sun, 1:00-4:30pm. $125. Details TBA. Liz Haight, Email | Website | (505)669-0106 | Directions

Marcos Questas & Ruta Maria Workshops in Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, June 4-7, 2020. Taos, Thurs 6/4 and Santa Fe, Fri 6/5, hosted by Los Amigos del Tango. Fer Robles, Email.
, Sun 6/7, 2:00-6:30pm at Lloyd Shaw, hosted by ATA. Email | Facebook

OTHER ONGOING EVENTS | Please confirm with organizers.

Please assume that these ongoing events are cancelled until furher notice; contact organizers of private or small events to confirm. We will be updating news regarding event cancellations as we receive notification.

Contact organizer: Practica, Mondays, 6:00-7:00pm at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. Enter through the lower level. Free to all. DJ: Joseph Cowan. No Practica on national holidays. Joseph Cowan, Email

Cancelled until March 31: "Leona" Milonga at El Meson, Tuesdays, 213 Washington Ave in Santa Fe, +/-7:00-10:30pm. $5 minimum consumption. 3/31 DJ: Sam Jacobs. Please make a contribution to the “DJ Appreciation” vase on the piano to compensate DJs. Hosted by Shahin Medghalchi, Email or (505)983-9650 | El Meson website

Contact organizer: Practica in Dixon, Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00pm at Carnelian Center in Scott and Lluvia’s home in Dixon, NM. Please bring a snack. $2-5 donation. Fun, informal, well-attended. The Center is in a beautiful adobe house with nice wood floor  between the Dixon COOP market and the Post Office. More info/call to confirm: (505)689-2641.

Contact organizer: Tango in Taos Practica, Wednesdays at The Studio at Casa Gallina in Taos. Drills, 4:30-5:30pm; Practica, 5:30-6:30pm. Richard, (575)613-2868 | Email

Cancelled until further notice: Roadrunner Practica (with Eva & Pablo), Thursdays, 8:30-10:30pm at Las Puertas, 1512 1st St NW (north of Mountain Rd.) in Albuquerque. $5 per person, $3 for Bien Milonguero students. Las Puertas website | (505)244-0290 | Map

Cancelled until further notice: Practica Fridays at J&C's, 747 Baca St in Santa Fe, 8:00-10:00pm. $5. Pre-practica class, 7:00-8:00pm. $10. Held once a month at Move Studios, 901 W. San Mateo. Check website to confirm schedule/location. Jaimes Friedgen & Christa Rodriguez. Website

Cancelled until further notice: Tango in Blue Dance Party, second Fridays of the month, 8:00-10:00pm at Lloyd Shaw Dance Center, 5506 Coal SE in Albuquerque. Dance tango, blues, swing or your choice to Blues Music. Joseph Chavez, (505)948-1579 | Email

Cancelled until further notice: Milonga de las Puertas, 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 8:00pm-Midnight at 1512 1st St NW (north of Mountain Rd) in Albuquerque. Large floor, unique setting, great sound system, plus refreshments. $7. Hosted by Lee Blaugrund.
Website | (505)244-0290 | Map

Cancelled until further notice: Two Moon Tango Milonga, 3rd Saturdays of the month, at 16 Camino Largo in La Cieneguilla, just south of Santa Fe (15 minutes south of Santa Fe proper; 45 minutes north of Albuquerque). $10 cover. Traditional milonga structure & music. Potluck: BYOBeverages, snacks, desserts. Please respect nearby neighbors by being relatively quiet arriving and leaving the studio. Liz Haight, Email | Directions

Cancelled until further notice: Santa Fe Tango (SFT) Noches de Bohemia, some Saturdays, 7:00-10:00pm at Dance Station, 947 W. Alameda, Suite B in Santa Fe. Alternative Music Milonga. $7/SFT members; $12/non-members. Email | Website

Cancelled until further notice: Milonga Mimosa, some Saturdays, 6:00-10:00pm at Café Mimosa, 513C Camino de los Marquez (entrance through Marquez Place) in Santa Fe. DJ: varies. Host: Los Amigos del Tango. $10. Menu and site info | (505)365-2112

Cancelled until further notice: SFT Milongas, generally 1st, 2nd, or 4th weekends of the month in Santa Fe. For schedule: Email | Website

Cancelled until further notice: ALLTangoAbq (ATA) Mixed Music Milonga, monthly at Lloyd Shaw Dance Center, 5506 Coal SE in Albuquerque. DJ: varies. $5. Alternative, nuevo, and traditional music. Theme: various. Email | Facebook: ALLTangoAbq

Cancelled until further notice: Amilonga Milongas, generally monthly in Albuquerque. Amilonga website
Recently at Vara Winery, 315 Alameda Park Dr NE (listed on the Vara website as 315 Alameda Blvd NE, but actually accessed from/perpendicular to Alameda Blvd; one block east of Edith Blvd) in Albuquerque 87113. Enjoy delicious tapas and Vara wines in a cozy space with concrete floor. $10 (cash only; includes $5 voucher).
Menu and info | Map | Amilonga website  


Information on tango classes in New Mexico.


Ricardo Vidort lived in Santa Fe with Ewa Kielczewska during the last year of his life. Ewa has worked for seven years to create a comprehensive website about this unforgettable milonguero. The project may be viewed here.


Find "Ten Principles of Impeccable Floor Craft," by Daniel Boardman, and
"Why won't that person dance with me?" by Gail Womack & Michelle McRuiz,
+ more topics of tango-interest at TCA's Members' Forum.


Corazón Tanguero airs on 1st & 3rd Saturdays on KUNM (89.9 FM), 4:15-4:45pm. Hosted by Cristina Baccin, Email
Corazón Tanguero is on Facebook (type Corazón Tanguero in search)

The Radio Tango Angeles broadcast (4/29/15) of "Destination Tango: New Mexico," featuring recorded interviews with Paul Akmajian and Liz Haight, and live interviews with Daniel Boardman and Karen Reck, is available to listen to on Apple Podcasts.


Santa Fe Tango, a tango association in Santa Fe presents milongas, lectures & more. Visit santafetango.org

QTANGO in Albuquerque. QTango performs traditional Argentine tango led by Erskine Maytorena, a second-generation tango singer, with Olga Tikhovidova on first violin, Anthony Chau on second violin, Jeremy Sment on Double Bass.

505 Tango, Website (links to various organizations' event listings, etc. on social media platforms)


Click HERE for a list of some current U.S. Tango Festivals and Marathons.

Tango News Update is compiled & maintained by Karen Reck. Please email any additions/corrections.


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