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2024 Denver Close Encounters

Preview Cheesman Park Milonga

Advanced Notice for the 2024 Denver Close Encounters.

A Tango weekend blending an Encuentro, a Marathon and the excitement of the Milongas of Buenos Aires. Three days of tango dancing with an emphasis on the Close-embrace and traditional social codes. Top DJs are selected for their sensitivity to the passion and energy of the dancers and their love of the famous Golden Era orchestras.

2024 Theme: "Denver Tango Festival Reunion Tour."

  • May 23 - 26, 2024
  • Thursday Early Arrival
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Denver Turnverein, 1570 N Clarkson

Attendance limited to 160 Role Balanced: This event WILL sell out. Registration opens November 2023.

Like a Marathon - Dancing afternoon and evening; With “early” 12:00pm endings for recuperation.  
Like an Encuentro - Limited to 100 role-balanced participants; single ticket for the weekend.  
Traditional Milongas like Buenos Aires - Dance floor with tables and seating for all, Close-embrace, floor craft & lanes, mirada & cabeceo.

This festival is for you if you love Buenos Aires style social dancing, and are good at navigating in a close embrace.

Milongas

  • Thursday Evening 8:00pm - 11:00am: "Early Arrival Milonga (Tentative)":
  • Friday Evening 8:00pm - 12:00am: "Milonga Quilombo":
  • Saturday Afternoon 1:00pm - 4:30pm  "Milonga de la Tarde"
  • Saturday Evening 8:00pm - 12:00am "Milonga Elegante"
  • Sunday Afternoon 1:00pm - 4:30pm "Milonga El Yeite"
  • Sunday Evening 6:00pm - 10:00pm "Cheesman Park Pavilion"

DJs

  • Ramu Pyreddy, Washington, DC
  • Shahin Medgalchi, Santa Fe, NM
  • Kipp Chynoweth, Albuquerque, NM
  • Tom Stermitz, Denver, CO

Details

Light snacks will be provided at the milongas, and medium snacks for Saturday night. The Denver Trunverein has bar service for the evenings, so you can't bring your own alcohol. Pick up some picnic fare to bring to the Tango Colorado's Outdoor milonga, from Ideal Market (Whole Foods) or King Soopers (Kroger), both of which are very close to the Cheesman Park:

  • Ideal Market: 900 East 11th
  • King Soopers: 1155 East 9th.

Locations

All events except the Cheesman Park milonga will take place at the Denver Turnverein, 1570 N Clarkson St, our dance facility East of Downtown Denver. There is plenty of parking at the venue. For those staying downtown, you could leave your car in the lot.

Nearby motels are not recommended based on previous reports. I have secured a block of 30 rooms at a downtown hotel for $139/night (plus taxes) which includes a breakfast coupon. 

Hotel Details:

We will designate a recommended Festival Hotel in downtown Denver, an easy train ride from the Airport. Uber/Lyft have reasonable prices during the day, and milongas will end at 1:00am with the intention that plenty of locals will be around to share or offer rides back to your hotel. 

Warmups & Speed-Mixer Events

Just before the first two milongas (Friday evening & Saturday afternoon) we'll have "Speed-Mixer" encounters intended for personal introductions and to encourage you to fill out your dance cards for later. Analii Stermitz will have some Somatics/Body-Warmups before the mixer. 

Codes, Cabeceo & Assigned Seating

One contribution from the Encuentro tradition is to follow traditional Buenos Aires milonga codes and have seating for every participant. Many traditional milongas separate the Leaders and Followers into different sections. Less traditional milongas are more free-form. Last year we sampled various seating arrangements, and I preferred alternate groupings of two-three Follower tables with two-three Leader tables. 

Seating will be set up to honor the dance floor, make it easy to enter and exit the floor, and encourage navigation in lanes. Chairs and tables will be provided for everybody to ensure that all followers have a table, a seat and home base from which it is possible to catch the eye of a leader to get a dance via a cabeceo.

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