Oscar Casas in the Triangle

Workshops with Oscar Casas and Jae Grisham

May 12th – May 14th

Durham, NC


Oscar Casas is coming to town and Tango Utopia is ready to host a magnificent weekend! This internationally acclaimed tango maestro is known for his clear, effective and fun teaching style and for the sheer joy he exudes in his dance. Joining him as his teaching partner will be our very own Jae Grisham! This partnership guarantees an exceptional learning experience you do not want to miss!

Registration is opened. This is a highly anticipated event, so do not wait until the last minute to register!


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Friday, May 12th  (TDS Downstair Studio)

7:00pm – 7:30pm Warm-up and Registration
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Technique for men and women: Elegance, cadence, posture, musicality: rhythm and melody. Vital elements for a social dance. (Intermediate)
9:00 pm – 1:00 am Welcome Milonga (DJ: Alicia Lazarowski)

Saturday, May 13th (Workshop – TDS Back Studio)

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Warm-up and Registration
12:30pm – 2:00pm How to dance tango between the figures: The figures do not mean tango. Among them there are musical movements that separate figures for efficiency in the organization of the dance. (Intermediate/Advance)
2:00pm – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 4:00pm Consecutive turns (giros): Turns on two axes are important for the development of the waltz. The termination of such involves the participation of the women with respect to adornments, and the musical presence of specific movements. (Intermediate/Advance)
4:00pm – 4:45pm QA/Practice/Closing
9:00pm – 2:00am Milonga Utopia with Enchanting Performances (DJ: Daniel Arredondo)

Sunday, May. 14th (TDS Back studio)

1:00pm – 2:30pm Classic milonguero figures: This class reveals moves that can be immediately absorbed. Enrich your dance today. Take it to another level. (Intermediate/Advance)
2:30pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm – 4:30 pm Boleos milongueros in close embrace: These movements represent musical effects without using space on the dance floor. (Intermediate/Advance)

Please note that Saturday and Sunday classes are intermediate/advance level. If you have any questions, contact jae@tangoutopia.com
See further below for pricing and registration details.


Oscar Casas, a renowned and highly respected milonguero and teacher in Buenos Aires, was immersed in the world of tango at a very young age, observing his parents, who were avid tango dancers, and experiencing the popular milongas they organized in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Growing up in this rich environment gave Oscar the background and “tango base” from which he developed his own unique style.
His distinctive dance style is greatly admired by the “old guard” in the milongas of Buenos Aires. He dances with musical sensitivity, delightfully interpreting the nuances of the various orchestras, and creates an experience that allows for lively and candid dance conversations between him and his partner. Oscar’s love for tango is clearly evident to all who have seen him dance, whether at a performance or in the middle of a milonga. His dance exudes sheer joy!

Oscar’s teaching style is characterized by energy, humor and generosity, making him extremely popular among his students. His teaching emphasizes concepts such as the importance of musical improvisation and interpretation while respecting the character of the different orchestras. He is especially interested in the dynamics and “cadencia” (cadence) of the dance. His clear, concise teaching method allows for the effective absorption by the students of technique and musicality concepts, while his charismatic personality fosters a fun learning environment. Ultimately, his goal is to make all that he teaches applicable at crowded milongas.

Oscar Casas teaches regular classes at “El Beso” in Buenos Aires when he is not traveling the world to teach and perform.


We offer the following options:

Full Package (Friday – Sunday), 5 workshops, 2 milonga, 1 guided practica

  • Individual  : $160
  • Couple : $290

Weekend Package (Saturday – Sunday), 4 workshops and 1 milonga, 1 guided practica

  • Individual  : $140
  • Couple : $260

Daily Package

  • Friday(1 class, 1 milonga): $40
  • Saturday(2 classes, 1 practica, 1 milonga): $80
  • Sunday(2 class, 1 practica): $70


  • Friday Welcome Milonga: $10 (admission paid at the door)
  • Saturday Milonga: $15 (admission paid at the door)

* For the workshops, we strongly recommend early registration as there are limited slots.

* Currently we closed follower registration to ensure gender balance. 

Individual Registration

To register individual packages, make sure to choose your role in the class.

Couple Registration

Daily Registration


Please contact us ASAP:

100% refund if cancellation occurs on or before Apr 13th.

50% refund if cancellation occurs between Apr 14th and May 6th.


A gender balanced class will allow for the maximum learning experience and we will work towards achieving this. As such, if imbalance is evident during registration, we will create a waitlist. You will be notified if you are on the list and when your registration is accepted. Weekend pass registration has priority over other passes.


If you need lodging for the weekend, please contact jae@tangoutopia.com or visit our facebook page and feel free to ask local community members. We have a reputation of being very friendly. 



Oscar Casas will be available for private lessons, make inquiries at Jae@tangoutopia.com.


Triangle Dance Studio (TDS)

Address: 2603 S. Miami Blvd, Durham (near RTP), NC 27703

Tel: (919) 598-3265



For workshop info, contact us at jae@tangoutopia.com