Dallas Tango Festival

We are proud to inaugurate the 1st annual Dallas Tango Festival. The Dallas community is hosting a community driven tango festival and welcomes, the 2010 Mundial Salon Tango Winners, Sebastián Jimenez & María Inés Bogado (Buenos Aires), as our guests and instructors.

Mark your calendar for Thurs., Nov. 26 -- Sun., Nov. 29, 2015. (Schedule)

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Sebastián Jimenez began his dance training at the age of 4 with Folklore Argentino. By the age of 10, Sebastián discovered Tango. “For the next 14 years was associated as one of the best living examples in tango.” -Carlos Perez & Rosa Forte

In 2007, Sebastián partnered with María Inés Bogado and in 2008 they began to prepare for the “Metropolitan Championship” competition, eventually becoming the Metropolitan Champions in Tango Vals 2010.

Upon turning the age of 18, with the Metropolitan win in hand, Sebastián was encouraged to participate in the Mundial de Tango (World Tango Championship), eventually winning and becoming the World Champions in Tango Salon 2010, the youngest champion ever.


María Inés Bogado began her dancing at age 13 with Folklore Argentino. At 18 finishing her study, María discovered Tango, taking classes from Cristina and Diego Gauna Pugni.

Since 2007, she has been dedicated to learning from Carlos Perez and Rosa Forte in Club Sunderland, one of the most important teachers and figures of tango salon. She partnered with Sebastián Jimenez in 2007, winning the Metropolitan Champions in Tango Vals 2010 and then World Champions in Tango Salon 2010.


Angel Montero (Atlanta)

Known for his musicality and his milonga dancing skills, Angel always challenges his students to make the dance their own, instead of imitating a series of moves that can be easily forgotten. He emphasizes improvisation, fluidity and listening to their partners as the main foundations for the students' progression. He refuses to use buzz words (i.e. core, connection, intention, etc.) and replaces them with more easy to understand terms.

Angel started teaching in 2004, helping in Barbara Durr's local classes, and together with April, took over Atlanta Tango classes in 2010. In addition to teaching, Angel started DJing locally in 2004, and for the last couple of years he has become one of the most sought after DJs in the country. He has been the DJ of choice for many special events in the Southeast, and now he is being invited to DJ in festivals all over the country, like Denver, Ann Arbor, Austin, Kansas City, Tangosutra (Washington, DC), Puerto Rico, Cleveland and Tango Element (Baltimore, MD). For more details on where to listen to his music next, visit our TRAVELING SCHEDULE page. Angel was also the organizer of the in-hiatus Atlanta Tango Festival, one of the best tango festivals in the US.

Jay Abling (Seattle)

A dancer/performer since the age of 10, Jay Abling fell in love with Argentine tango in 2001 and immediately committed to it exclusively. Since then, he has dedicated himself to continuously refine his dance as well as his teaching method; actively learning from some of the most renowned teachers in tango around the world. Jay’s classes and workshops blend hands-on practical technique, musical morsels, and flavorful figures with a touch of quirky humor. He approaches both dancing and teaching with critical analysis in an organic and fluid fashion that engages, challenges, and enlightens participants of all levels. Many of his students have commented on Jay’s ability to help them reach important and lasting breakthroughs in their dance.

Beyond his teaching, Jay is also a nationally sought-after DJ, who is known to keep a good party going with an astute awareness of a dance floor’s changing energies and hand-picked choices of music to inspire dancers all night long. He has taught and DJ’d at festivals/marathons all over the country, including Montreal, Portland, Seattle, Maui, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, Denver, Austin, Houston, Washington, DC, and New York City.

Ramu Pyreddy (DC)

Ramu took his first tango lesson on April 27th, 2000 in Buenos Aires and was hooked instantly. To share that passion with his friends and colleagues, he started Michigan Argentine Tango Club at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Ramu has since danced, DJ'd and taught all over the US and Canada. His teaching and dancing are characterized by a keen musical interpretation, infectious enthusiasm and a deep love of the music. He is one of the most knowledgeable and sought after tango DJ's in the US and has been a featured DJ at most tango festivals in the US. Currently, he lives in Washington DC where he is the host, DJ and resident teacher at Milonga Zandunga, one of DC's popular milongas.

John Turci-Escobar (Austin)

John Turci-Escobar, is a professor of music theory at the University of Texas in Austin, and holds a Ph.D. from Yale University. He has presented his work on the tango in national and international conferences, and has published articles on the relationship on the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges and Astor Piazzolla. He is currently writing a book entitled Borges and the tango.

Luis Zuleta Benavides (Houston)

Luis’ passion for Tango began in 2008 after re-locating to Houston from Grinnell College. He currently enjoys exploring concepts of self-expression, balance and musicality in movement but his passion for the dance still lies in the opportunity to collaboratively improvise and create from the music with another person in his arms.

Luis, an avid social dancer, also enjoys taking ownership in the community so he also DJ’s tango locally, hosts a weekly milonga, and helped organize the first ever Houston Tango Marathon. Luis has a great passion for teaching and his experience ranges from the strictly academic to salsa and tango. Luis takes great pride and joy in seeing his students improve and develop their own style.


Nov 26


Opening Milonga
9:00pm - 2:00am

Celebration Event Center
2165 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75075

Nov 27


Workshop Class #1
1:30pm - 3:00pm
w/ Sebastián & María Inés

Afternoon Milonga
2:00pm - 6:00pm

Evening Milonga
9:00pm - 2:00am

Celebration Event Center
2165 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75075

Nov 28

Music Seminar #1
11:30am - 1:00pm
Finding the Layers
w/ Jay Abling

Workshop Class #2
1:30pm - 3:00pm
w/ Sebastián & María Inés

Afternoon Milonga
3:00pm - 7:00pm

GRAND Milonga
9:00pm - 4:00am
w/ Sebastián & María Inés - Performances

The Forum Event Space
3121 Ross Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

Nov 29

Music Seminar #2
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Finding the Layers
w/ Jay Abling

Workshop Class #3
1:30pm - 3:00pm
w/ Sebastián & María Inés

Intro Class #1
1:30pm - 2:15pm
w/ Samuel & Victoria - Demonstration

Intro Class #2
2:30pm - 3:15pm
Freedom & Connection:
Exploring the space inside the embrace

w/ Ricardo Orion & Vania Rey

Intro Class #3
3:30pm - 4:15pm
w/ Melissa & Andrey - Demonstration

Closing Milonga
1:30pm - 6:00pm

Celebration Event Center
2165 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75075


Thursday, Friday & Sunday

Parking in front of the building.

Celebration Event Center

2165 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75075


Parking in back: 3020 Flora St. Dallas, TX

The Forum Event Space

3121 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

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By TUE 11/10

After TUE 11/10


Full Package
6 Milongas
2 Classes w/ World Champions
2 Musical Seminars



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All 6 Milonga Package



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Single Workshop Class
w/ World Champions



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Single Musical Seminar



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GRAND Milonga
(SAT night w/ Performances)



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Evening Milonga
(Opening Milonga: THURS night, FRI night)



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Afternoon Milonga
(FRI aftn, SAT aftn, Closing Milonga: SUN aftn)



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No refunds available. Tango passes are transferrable.


Group Rate on Hotels

Ramada Limited
621 E Central Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074
(972) 424-5568
$52.99 - $59.99 + tax

Magnuson Hotel Park Suites
640 E Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75074
(972) 578-2243
$78 + tax

For Local Housing

For the out of towners looking for accommodations with local hosts, go to our :
Facebook - Housing & Transportation chat

Organizers & Contributors

We would like to recognize the following people who have contributed their time, energy, and financial support to make this happen.

Alexia Isaak

Jane Polan

Steve Rakkar

Al Tesoriero

Victor Zimmerman

If you're interested and would like to Donate contact:

Contact & Info

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Disclaimer: We reserve the right to refuse attendees. We reserve the right to make changes at any time.
The Dallas Tango Festival is put on by the Dallas Tango Community. If you are not permitted to attend a Dallas tango community milonga, then the same rules apply, and you may not be permitted to attend The Dallas Tango Festival.