- I first heard of Susana Miller in a tango trip I took to San Francisco early
in my tango training. The buzz was she was promoting a "new" way of dancing
tango, some were loving it and others not quite. The controversy grew as much as
her fame, the style was toyed with, criticized and in many cases misunderstood.
After all no one else was teaching this, all other Argentine instructors that
were coming down from Buenos Aires to the US at the time, were teaching what we
call Salon Tango with a lot of fantasia moves. The image of tango as perceived
by us foreigners was what we had seen in the show Tango Argentino, TangoX2 or
Forever Tango etc., (no youtube then) and to further our idea of tango our local
teachers were teaching along those lines.
Susana Miller was the first to go against the norm and decided to not teach
this "tango for export" but to introduce to the outside world the way social
tango was danced by regular men and women in the local milongas. She and partner
at the time Cacho Dante set out to share the inside story of the Milongueros of
Buenos Aires,this other way which was much easier and could bring joy, passion
and an understanding of every day Argentine culture. The name "Milonguero style"
was chosen to distinguish it from the already established term "Salon Tango ".
I chose to go rogue like Susana after my first trip to Buenos Aires. I looked
up Susana but she was in Europe at the time, so I went to the only other woman
teaching Milonguero there, Ana Maria Shapiro and got my first formal lesson. I
came back to San Diego and introduced "the milonguero way". One year later I get
a phone call from a friend in Kaui asking me if I wanted to host Susana in San
Diego, I could not believe my luck!! Susana has become my mentor and my friend
as we continue going rogue. by Linda Garwood
Meet and learn from the incomparable Susana Miller
workshops june 17t-19th
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