July Events

HOT EVENTS scheduled for July 2014!

July 13 & 20, at Absolute Ballroom
6 to 7 pm — Beginner Lesson (taught by Juan Luis & Sodeya);

7 to 8 pm –  Practica

Members: free lesson; $5 floor fee.
Non-Members: $10 (for both lesson & floor fee).


July 27, at Absolute Ballroom

5:45pm –  Membership Meeting;
7 to 9 pm — Milonga
Members: $5 (please bring a dish or beverage to share);

Non-members: $10.

KATS Celebrates May Birthdays at Milonga on May 25, 2014

May 25: Milonga,  7:00 to 9:00 pm, Absolute Ballroom.

Members/students: $5pp; Others: $10pp

Members are invited to bring a dish or beverage to share.

During the Milonga, there will be a special dance for all who are celebrating their birthdays, and we’ll have cake for everyone to enjoy, so plan to attend.

May Birthdays

Dale:  May 4

Dwight:  May 7

Irina: May 9

Janine: May 9

Ed: May 19

Joy: May 21

Alice: May 29

Dzmitry: May 29

KATS May 2014 Schedule

May 11 and  18PRACTICA6:00 to 8:00 pm
at Absolute Ballroom. $5 pp.
Note: No charge for first-time visitors to a practica.

May 25MILONGA,  7:00 to 9:00 pm
at Absolute Ballroom.
Members/Students: $5pp; others: $10pp.
Members are encouraged to bring a dish or beverage to share.

Classes with Geoffré Dominessy

Video: Finals of the Buenos Aires City Championship where Geoff and his partner (Couple #421) won the third place trophy in the category “Milongueros Del Mundo.”


Start the year improving and enjoying Argentine Tango in Knoxville!

Geoffré Dominessy, award-winning tango dancer and teacher who visited us this past November-December, will be coming back to Knoxville to teach four classes. All events will be held at the Flynn Dance Center


Saturday January 25th
3-4 p.m.: Power and Elegance in Argentine Tango
4:15-5:15 p.m.: Milonga and How it Differs from Tango

Sunday January 26th
3-4 p.m.: The ever-changing embrace, closed-to-open, side-to-side
4:15-5:15 p.m.: Cadencia de Vals, searching for a smooth dance in ¾ time

Saturday January 25th
9-11 p.m. (may be extended!)

Fees (exact amount in cash or check is requested)

Full Package (4 classes + Milonga)
Members $50
Non-members $65
Students members $15
Student non-members: $25

Per Class
Members: $15
Non-members: $20
Students: $5

Milonga only
Member or student: $5
Non-member: $10
(Members are welcome to bring a snack or beverage to share.)

Private classes with Geoffré will be available
Contact tangoknoxville@gmail.com for information and scheduling.
(Note: You must be registered for at least one of the group classes in order to be allowed to schedule a private lesson).

The World Tango Championship at Luna Park where Geoff and his partner (Couple #282) were finalists in the category “Tango de Pista” (formerly Tango Salón).

Contact Connie Healy for more information.

Great learning opportunity this Sunday

Geoffré Dominessy will teach with Jola Rafinska a 75-min class right before our KATS milonga on Sunday the 24th at Absolute Ballroom (yes, it is this coming Sunday!).

The class will be: “Walking with D’Arienzo & DiSarli: Staccato vs. Legato in the Tango sense”

Surely, a not-to-be-missed event for your Sunday evening!

Fee for class AND milonga together: $15 for members, $20 for non-members

We will start the class at 5:30 pm, then have a 15-min break after the class and have our milonga from 7-9 pm. Please do join us!!

Geoffré will be coming back to Knoxville for a weekend workshop January 24-26. Details to follow. Here is his bio:

After serving as a Captain in the United States Army and deploying to Baghdad, Iraq, with the 10th Mountain Division, Geoff left the service and moved to Buenos Aires to fully dedicate himself to the study of Argentine Tango. Initially only planning to stay in Buenos Aires for six months, he ended up living in the Tango capital a total of three years.

During his time there he studied with

  • Ines Muzzopapa & Dante Sanchez
  • Alejandra Gutty
  • Aldana Silveyra & Diego Ortega
  • Mariana Dragone
  • Pancho Martinez Pey
  • Paola Tacchetti & Jose Luis Ferrarro
  • Paola Sanz & Facundo de la Cruz
  • Cristina Sosa & Daniel Nacucchio
  • Javier Rodriguez
  • Ariadna Naveira & Fernando Sanchez
  • Moira Castellano.

In 2013, along with his friend and then partner, Delia Hou, he was chosen as a Finalist in both the “Vals” and “Milongueros del Mundo” categories in Buenos Aires’ city championship (Campeonato de Baile de la Ciudad). In this championship Delia and Geoff won the third place trophy in the category of “Milongueros del Mundo.” A few months later in August they competed in the World Championships of Tango (Mundial de Baile,Tango de Pista). After ranking 7th in the semifinals of a championship with an inscription of over 400 couples, they were selected as Finalists. They danced and competed in front of an audience of over 5000 spectators at Luna Park, an honor and incredible experience that he will never forget.

Geoff has taught workshops in Wroclaw, Poland; Houston, Texas; Fort Polk, Shreveport, and Alexandria in Louisiana; and has taught private lessons in Buenos Aires. He also completed an administrative internship at Dance Manhattan in New York City. Geoff has returned to the US and continues his personal pursuit of an elegant yet powerful Tango. He looks forward to sharing what he has learned from the years he lived in Argentina and continues to seek excellence in his own dance.

Links to Championship Finals videos:


Milonga tonight (6-8 p.m.)

Juan Luis and Sodeya have graciously offered their home for our milonga this month. Having a home milonga was lots of fun last Friday and also helps us practice dancing in small spaces that are common in milongas around the world.

Fee (all collected funds will be given to KATS to build up our account so we’ll be able to organize future events):

Members: $5 per person (plus consider bringing a snack or beverage to share)
Non-members: $10/person; $15/couple.

If you plan to attend, please contact Juan Luis at tangoknoxville@gmail.com for directions.

Note: Sorry for the lateness of the notice; my bad. –Leo

A fun Weekend with Felipe Martinez and his partner, Ayano Oyeda

Attending Felipe’s and Ayano’s workshop was pure joy. Felipe is a world-class teacher and dancer and we were fortunate to have him visit on October 19 & 20. It was also a treat to meet and learn from Ayano. We had two milongas with attendance of tango friends from Atlanta and Asheville, which made it super-fun!! During the Saturday milonga, we had to extend it for more than an hour (and people were still dancing!!!)

We thank Felipe and Ayano and look forward to seeing them again in the future.