Friday, April 13, 2018

Announcing Mountain Milonga 2018!

Mountain Milonga Retreat 2018 will take place on August 3-5 2018 at the traditional location in Brighton, Utah. We plan to sign up volunteers in late April and to open general registration on May 1st - stay tuned!

On the topic of registration: as it happens in the years past, the first 48 hours of registration will be restricted to "the alumni class", the passholders of the earlier Wasatch tango events including both "M2" and SLTF. This year, SLTF is held in May, and you can still get a pass and, by doing so, win yourself a place in the "alumni" group.

We will feature a beautiful constellation of regional teaching and DJing talent, and (by popular request) a traditional all-volunteer kitchen crew.

The Mystic Milonga afterparty is scheduled for Monday-Tuesday Aug 6-7th.

For the craziest dancers for whom even a 5 days and nights of Tango, Nature and Friendship leaves them wishing for more, please keep in mind that there is also a first of kind locally based Encuentro on the weekend right after the retreat (contact Olivia Leavitt or check their website for more information)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mountain Milonga 2017 timeline and gallery

Dear Mountain Milonga guests and team members! Thank you making the 2017 Retreat a mind-blowing experience yet again! 


Tango events can never stand still. It is impossible reuse the same recipe year after year. There is always a pressure to evolve and improve. And yet our favorite dance is built upon a century-old magic of connection and music, as old as the weathered walls of the historic 1929 mountain lodge which hosts us for the Retreat. There are some fundamentals which we dare not to disturb even as we innovate and cope with the new challenges and try many new things. It's just so amazing that our beloved "M2" remains as awesome as ever before even as it changes. We count on your help to make it an even better event in 2018! THANK YOU!
People exchange stories and images in so many different ways ... not everyone may get to see the best. Let us try to sum up the best of 2017 ... and please ask us to make corrections, add or delete things as necessary. And most importantly, please, share your impressions and respond to our SURVEY

FRIDAY JULY 13th. The first milonga is outdoors at Silver Lake boardwalk. Thank you Joni for leading and DJing! The amazing kitchen crew is already hard at work. After the social mixer, first class by maestros Diego & Ana, and dinner, Grisha takes DJing reigns. And we are greeted by Mountain Milonga's traditional Dance Star and by a cool black and white picture on the lodge's wall - of a group of mountaineers dancing on a mountaintop in the 1920s.

The magic of  the 1929 log house. Raina's photo
Registration desk, complete with flashlights for inter-lodge walking. Irene's photo
Silver Lake, Rebecca's photo
See the old framed picture of the mountain dancers? Andre's photo


Mountain Dance in the 1920s ... and now. Laura's photo

Trista, Mike, and Laura in the kitchen. Irene's photo



In the Wasatch Mountain Lodge. Raina's photo

DJ Grisha. Credits: Irene
SATURDAY JUL 15th. After Jamie-Lynn's Yoga and breakfast, Diego Blanco and Ana Padron continue with a series of classes, while the outdoor-minded explorers hike to the 3 mountain lakes
Diego & Ana teaching. Credits: Irene
Tango on the Twin Lakes dam.

Tangueros on the trail. Credits: Naseema


Grand Asado JUL 15th (photo credits - Naseema, Randy, Irene, Trista, Serena)













SATURDAY JUL 15th Milongas, Performances, Live Music. Photo credits Guadalupe, Andre, Sarah, Naseema, Matt, Irene, Trista
Cortina fun!


DJ Guadalupe

DJ John

Joni Roco, DJ

Tommy Smith, DJ






Dancing to Phonograph Blue's live music

Phonograph Blue





Special treat from the chefs!
Grand milonga survivors

SUNDAY JUL 16th - milongas, music jam, hikes, John's connection class, Grisha's musicality class, Jesica's couple massage workshop. Photo credits: Andre, Sarah, Guadalupe, Irene, Matt, Rebecca

















And the final Mountain Milonga "survivors" picture:

... and now on to the afterparty!

MONDAY JUL 17th - Mystic hot springs and Afterparty milonga (Photos by Yuju, Irene, Rebecca)

Travertine flowing over supersized bath tubs
Nature Bus, one of Mystic's quirky accommodations

Inside one of Mystic's "school buses"






TUESDAY JUL 18th - Tango Road Tour (Photos by Irene, Jess, Robert, Rebecca, Natasha)











TUESDAY JUL 18th - Goblin Valley Farewell Sunset Milonga with Brian's violin. Credits: Irene, David, Rebecca