Tango FUNdamentals 1.0 & 2.0 (6-Week Course)

*Completion of Beginner 1.0 level required to move up to 2.0

Location: Hacienda Hotel, El Segundo

Cost: $60 / $13 drop-in

Starts: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 /  7:30-8:30 (level 2.0) / 8:30-9:30 pm (level 1.0)
Curriculum includes:

  • Tango Walk & Posture
  • Tango Embrace & Connection
  • Art of lead-and-follow
  • Baldosa Box
  • 8-Count Basic Step with Cross (crusada)
  • Figure Eights (ochos)
  • Alternate resolution in the Basic
  • Rock-steps
  • Intro to Parada.


Tango classes at The Studio Art of Dance


 Followers Techniques

*Completion of Beginner 1.0 or equivalent required

Location: Hacienda Hotel, El Segundo

Cost: $60 / $15

Starts: Wednesday, December 17 /  7:30-8:45

Curriculum includes:

  • Balance
  • Posture
  • Tango Walk
  • Footwork
  • Drills
  • Adornos (embellishments)
  • Musicality



Tango Through Life

Life & Tango Workshop with Ilona & Grisha

Location: The Studio Art of Dance, El Segundo

Starts:  February, 2015

Time: TBD

Cost: TBD

Curriculum Includes exploration of:

  • Balance
  • Moving through space (alone and together)
  • Connection to self, and to partner
  • Leader and Follower roles
  • Masculine and Feminine at play
  • Personal Reflections
  • Creative expression
  • Inter-dependance, not co-dependance
  • Authentic Communication
  • Moving Meditation

Ilona Grisha Tango 1

FREE Tango Intro with Ilona @ Milonga LAX

No partner or dance experience needed.

Location: Elk’s Lodge (8025 W. Manchester Blvd, Playa Del Rey)

Starts: Sunday, January 4,  6-7 pm Curriculum Includes:


Free Tango Intro at Milonga LAX




Ilona, as an educator, has many wonderful attributes, but the one that has helped me most has been her knowledge of music and how you relate it to dance. I have had a number of teachers, all of whom know how to teach steps in varying degrees of proficiency, but none of them tied the complex steps of tango to the complex music of tango in the way that she has. Her ability to reach me in that way, was the key for my breakthrough in learning tango…I am truly excited about my progress! Jess Womack / Attorney at Law, LAUSD

…Ilona has the gift of making something that can feel intimidating to many feel fun, light and easy. That applies both to learning the dance itself as well as the lessons it offers that help us look at who we are and how we live our lives. Being someone who takes the lead and makes decisions every day for my work, I have found partner dance a wonderful way to practice surrendering, trusting and making a compassionate connection with another…without words. And there is no better partner dance to experience that in than tango. When those lessons creep into daily life without working at it, it’s a beautiful and powerful thing! Jodi McDaniel / Productivity Consultant

Dear Ilona! Without a doubt your are the best female tango instructor I have encountered in my decade of Tango. David Fong

For me, Ilona’s classes are very much in tune with what I’ve learned about Tango while living in Argentina for almost 27 years: Is a dance that is danced with your heart and not your feet, connection with your partner is paramount and the feelings evoked by tango music is what gives inspiration to your footwork. I found Ilona does a beautiful job of conveying and transmitting all these qualities in her classes. If you are interested in learning a partner dance that provides you with experience of intimacy and body language dialogue like you have never experienced before, I would recommend you take Ilona’s classes as a way to experience Argentine tango in its core essence. Luis Turolla / Commercial Consultant