October 5-6: Argentine tango workshop and milonga with Oscar Casas and Marie Riolo Roach

Come learn from the best when these expert instructors return to Little Rock for a weekend workshop and milonga! UPDATE: There will also be a class and practicalonga with Oscar and Marie on Thursday, Oct. 3. More info here.

The weekend events will include classes Saturday and Sunday, and a milonga Saturday evening, with performances by Oscar and Marie.

They will be at Let's Dance studio, 7509 Cantrell Road, suite 110, in Little Rock. It's in the back of the Tanglewood shopping center at Cantrell and Mississippi Street.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 5

1-2:30 p.m. TANGO TECHNIQUE: Vital elements for a social dance.

3-4:30 p.m. MASCULINE VS. FEMININE ADORNMENTS. Elegant body expressions that accompany the pause in the music.

8:30-11:30 p.m. Milonga with performances by Oscar and Marie!

Sunday, Oct. 6

1-2:30 p.m. HOW TO CREATE SACADAS AT ANY TIME. Reveal the mystery of sacadas in a logical and simple way, creating beautiful figures

3-4:30 p.m. TOTAL VALS: Musicality, accents and steps.

The price is $30 per class, with an early-bird discount price of $25 per class for registration and payment received by midnight on Sunday, Sept. 29. The price for full-time students with ID is $20 per class.

Admission to the Saturday night milonga is $15, or FREE for those taking all four classes.

You can also sign up in advance for the full weekend of classes and Thursday practicalonga for an early-bird price of just $115! (If you've already paid in advance for the full weekend package you can just pay $15 at the door for the Thursday class and practicalonga.) UPDATE: The deadline for the early-bird discount has passed, but you can still get a $5 discount on the Thursday practicalonga admission by signing up for the weekend classes.

You can sign up and pay now with a credit card or Paypal account by making a selection and clicking on "add to cart" below.


Oscar and Marie will also be available for private lessons. Email us for more information or to schedule a lesson. You can find the Facebook event here.

Here's some more information about Oscar and Marie:

Oscar Casas grew up in Buenos Aires, breathing tango. His father was a milonguero who organized milongas in Parque Patricios, a tango barrio in Buenos Aires. Oscar is a well-known figure in the milongas of Buenos Aires, and his distinctive style is greatly admired by other milongueros.

Oscar’s improvisational dance reflects some current techniques of different styles of tango but never loses the spirit of the Old Guard. He believes that tango is “a feeling that is danced” and, for him, tango is endlessly fresh and fun.

Marie Riolo Roach has been dancing since the age of 8. Her passion for dance carried her to continue her studies at Brigham Young University. She returned to Indiana in 1988 and continued to compete, perform and teach ballroom and latin dance. A pivotal moment in her career was when she found Argentine tango in 2003. It started her travels all over the US and Argentina on a quest to train with the best tango teachers. She opened her own studio, Riolo Dance, in downtown Indianapolis so that she could grow a tango community.

Marie is an accomplished tango teacher imparting her knowledge with equal expertise to leads and follows. Her vast experience of instructing a variety of dance forms has added to her ability to reach all students regardless of level or ability to learn. Her teaching method is clear, paying attention to technical detail and musicality while never losing the element of fun.

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