Group classes get a “make-over”!

Fellow Utopians, we are delighted to announce that the group classes are getting a make-over! (Many thanks to all of you who shared your feedback!) Here’s what you need know before the next set of classes begins (October 13, details below):

  1. The Intermediate Class is by invitation only. This is to ensure that students have the skills necessary to engage with, and benefit from, the lessons. Contact Jae to find out if you have the pre-requisites.
  2. Students are welcome and encouraged to retake the beginner course as many times as they like, at no additional charge.  The course covers foundational material, and investing the time to refine and further develop your skills is strongly encouraged.
  3. Each class in the six-week course builds on the skills developed the week before. To foster a high-quality experience for all students, drop-in participation is discouraged. This six-week course is $80 ($50 for university students with ID).
  4. On-line registration. The link will be posted by October 09. Please register if you plan to attend the classes.
  5. Class will meet Thursdays, starting October 13, and run for six-weeks, in the “Upstairs Studio” at Triangle Dance Studios (TDS), 2603 S. Miami Blvd, Durham.
  6. The Beginner Class meets 6:00 – 7:00pm
    The Intermediate Class runs 7:10 – 8:10pm
  7. All students are encourage to stay for the practica, 8:15 – 10:30pm, $5 for students paying the course fee.

Beginner class. During the six-week course we will work on “the basics”, including: posture, embrace, body awareness, basic steps, pivots, connection, and walk in cross system. We will explore musicality, vals, and the milonga. All dance levels will be able to benefit from this class. Students are welcome to repeat the beginner class at no additional charge.

Intermediate class: “Playing Footsie”. We’ll explore various way to use and play with foot contact, including: the Barida (“the sweep”), El Sanguchito (“the sandwich”), the Parada (“the stop”), the Pasada (“the passover”). Participation is by invitation only: contact Jae to ask if you have the pre-requisites.

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New 6 week tango class series starts August 3 with new time!

our new series starts August 3.
Beginner class 7:30-8:30 pm at TDS Studio 5 Intermediate class 8:45-9:45 at TDS Studio 5

Beginner class will cover tango basic course with essentials

Intermediate class will cover Milonga and more

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New 6 week Utopia tango class

We are starting the new 6 weeks weekly Beginner / Intermediate class series start on June 22 – July 29 Wednesdays!!!

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No Milonga Utopia March 12th!

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Tango Utopia’s 6 week series group class on the Wednesday Beginner (7:00 PM) and Intermediate (8:30 PM) classes resume tomorrow (January 26). We look forward to seeing you back in the studio.
CHANGE OF LOCATION: this Wednesday only, the classes will be held downstairs studio Next week, we’ll be back in Studio 5 
The Thursday Practica (7:30 PM) will also resume, in the upstairs studio as usual.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out this great video of local Triangle Tango dancers practicing.

Come out and join us!

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Attention : No group class and Thursday Practica for two weeks!

We are canceling Utopia’sThursday Practica for next two weeks on 1/13 and 1/20 due to omicron surge. We’ll continue monitor the situation and at that point, we’ll make decision weather to or not to resume. That goes same for our Wednesday group class, we’ll take two weeks break. Hope everyone stays safe and healthy. 

Wednesday Group class 1/12 and 1/19 is canceled!

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New tango class 6 Week series starts January 5th!
Utopia’s new class starts 1/5 7-8 pm Beginner

8:30-9:30 Intermediate

$80 for full series

$20 per drop ins

Studio 5 at TDS ( 2603 S. Miami Blvd Durham)

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No Milonga Utopia this Saturday 12/11/21!

Please note that no Utopia Milonga this month but mark your calendar for January 8th, Milonga Utopia with DJ, Maestro Yatma from Milan Italy!

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Workshop with Yatma and Jae

Utopia is excited to present a special weekend event! Our Second Place Milonga Champions from the European Tango Cup 2021, Yatma and Jae, will be bringing us their knowledge for a fun weekend of learning. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details!


Saturday, January 8

Class 1 : 1:30- 3:00pm Tango

Class 2 : 3:30- 5:00pm Vals – Exploring close embrace turns

Milonga Utopia: 8 pm – 1 am DJ Yatma Diallo

Sunday, January 9

Class 3 : 1 – 2:30 pm Milonga – Play with Rhythm

Guided Practica: 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Full Pass( 3 classes, Milonga, Practica )
$90 per person
$30 per class
$20 Milonga
$10 Practica

For registration

Paypal payment to Choose family/friends option. On the note add your full name and the role ( leader or follower)  Or if you want to pay via check, please send email ( for details 

*** We will require proof of vaccination from all participants

On site Antigen test for all the workshop participants with $10 additional coast

PCR test from Wednesday 5th is accepted

Masking is required

Yatma Diallo was born in Senegal and has lived in Italy for 25 years. His first dance experiences, in Dakar, belong to the world of salsa and hip hop, disciplines that he has continued to cultivate.
He approached tango ten years ago through his first study experiences in Europe with Monica Maria, Susana Miller and Jorge Firpo.
He spent a lot of time in Buenos Aires to deepen his dance in all its expressive forms. In a few years, he managed to achieve interesting professional awards in the milonguero tango field, to which he has dedicated himself with passion. In relation to the didactic aspect, his experiences in other folk dances led him to convey to his students the rhythmic aspect of tango and its interpretative possibilities.
Since 2012, he has been collaborating with Monica Maria, carrying out an intense teaching and exhibition activity, and in 2013 he obtained a diploma for teaching dance at the “National Educational Sports Center”. He teaches tango and milonga in Milan, where he collaborates with Horca Myseria and holds technical seminars in various cities, both Italian and international (USA, Europe, Africa). Together with Monica Maria, he created the “Vela y Tango” project which, in addition to the stable tango school, organizes events and holidays to sail and study tango in the ports of Buenos Aires. He is also president of the Mundo Milonguero Association, which he founded in 2014.

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No Thursday Practica this week, 11/4!
Milonga Utopia is on for November 13th!

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