why las mujeres?
The world is kind of funky right now and a bit unsettling, isn't it? We looked around our fairly liberal city, and thought, "Let's rally everyone together here, in the summer, when the weather is delicious. and let's give women the spotlight for a weekend. Let's attract all the dancers who would like to support that sort of thing, and see what magic energy we can get flowing in the cool, circular space that is Om Culture. We'll feed people and hug them and book amazing DJs and create a safe space for everyone, regardless of gender (or non-gender) to explore and connect and do this beautiful thing we love that is tango. Are you in?
**We'd like to acknowledge a very special woman and friend, Vivian Konstantakos, who had the original idea for an all-women DJ'd event. She offered up the idea during a brainstorming session over cocktails, and we thought it was perfect :) We love you Vivian!
We want our marathon to have a ripple effect, not just in the tango community, but in the larger community. This is why we've chosen to donate 1/3 of our profits to Planned Parenthood,
an organization that empowers and supports women and provides much needed healthcare services to those without financial means. We believe strongly in the power of community to create positive change, and we are so grateful to all of you who want to join us.
Micaela Barrett (Cleveland)
As an artist, Micaela was always interested in the process of creating a given thing, be it object or moment. As a dancer (and along with her partner Alberto Ramos Cordero), she started one of the fastest-growing tango schools on the East side of the country while teaching, DJing, & performing in communities and festivals from coast to coast. Her days are spent learning and exploring ways to make more and more beautiful moments.
As a DJ, she uses those skills to craft a warm energetic environment while keeping a constant finger on the pulse of the room. With a lifelong passion for music of all kinds, here she wants to offer a supportive and encouraging environment for the communal celebration of creative expression.
photo: Steven Thull Photography
Zeina Misu (San Diego)
Zeina has always had an ear for good dancing tango music, and she emerged as a party animal of a DJ. More then a decade ago, she started to DJ in her two hometowns of San Diego and Beirut. Since then she has DJed at festivals all over the world, including Vienna, Istanbul, Byblos, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Beirut and San Diego.
Her milongas are always a lot of fun and her energy has no equal. Her enthusiasm has no bounds and that comes through in her cortinas. Wherever you see dancers smiling, laughing, and yes, screaming, you know Zeina is the DJ.
Donia Rose (Seattle)
Donia's love affair with tango began in 2013 after 10 years as a social dancer. She immediately loved the challenge, depth, and connection the dance provided. Her exploration into the dance quickly led to an obsession with tango music. She blissfully spent the following summer building tandas and soon after started DJing milongas in the Seattle area. Her greatest passion is to connect with the energy of the dancers on the floor and share their experience through the music.
Jun Yi (San Francisco)
Intrigued by the intensity of the music and beauty of the dance, Jun started her tango journey when studying at Yale. She later on became deeply involved in the Yale Tango Club and cherished this community as her family, where she was organizing classes/workshops/milongas, started DJing at YTC’s regular events. and co-organized two annual festivals, including the latest 10th anniversary. After moving to New York City, her journey as a tango dancer, DJ and community-builder continued especially helping with student communities, like Yale, Columbia, and Princeton. Jun has also her music selections shared with quintessential milongas in New York City and San Francisco where she is currently living, as well as milongas in Buenos Aires, Italy and China along her 8-month world tango travel in 2017. With a gentle and sensitive soul actively listening to the dance floor, Jun creates a music space that speaks to dancers’ emotions absorbed in a warm embrace, elegant steps and playful movement.
Past Wonder Women DJs
Selene Hakobyan (San Francisco)
Tine Herreman (New York City)
Carol Horowitz (Montreal)
Tai Maria (Puerto Rico)
Amy Zhou (San Diego)
Amanda DiGarli (Washington, D.C.)
Olga Bogatova (San Francisco)
Vivian Konstantakos (Seattle)
Jae Youn (North Carolina)
Ayano Yoneda (San Francisco)
Liz Hutchinson (Portland)
Liz began her dance training in Seattle at the age of 3, studying ballet, modern and contemporary dance, contact improv, and many other styles. She received her BA in Dance and BS in Math from the University of Washington and has since focused on Argentine tango. Her 25+ years of dance experience, knowledge of anatomy, and geometer's brain have strongly informed and shaped her into a unique and powerful tango dancer. Liz began teaching tango in 2011 in Seattle. She has since taught workshops, performed, and DJ'd around the US, Europe, and Argentina. Her classes focus on fine-tuning and perfecting the fundamental movements of tango and the subtleties of communication and connection. The goal is to create anatomically sound movement and a connected and organized partnership, which opens up the possibilities for more complex and better feeling improvisation. Her friendly and analytical approach, paired with the rigor of her sometimes intense dance training style, make her an asset in the tango classroom.
Past Wonder Women Instructors
Rebecca Rorick Smith
Juliet McMains (Seattle)
Juliet is a dance scholar and artist whose work centers on social dance practices and their theatrical expression on competition and theatrical stages. In addition to her rigorous training and experience in partner dance forms (ballroom dance, salsa, swing, tango, and contact improvisation), Juliet has extensive training in ballet, modern/contemporary, jazz, and AfroCuban folklore. Juliet has a Ph.D. in Dance History and Theory from the University of California at Riverside and a B.A. in Women's Studies from Harvard University. In the UW Dance Program, she teaches courses in cross cultural dance studies, research methods, dance ethnography, salsa, tango, swing, and ballroom dance.
Past Wonder Women Intention Setters
Blair Kaufer and Shelley Goldstein | Seattle
Blair and Shelley met one day in a friend's kitchen, where they instantly bonded over topics like soul contracts and intuition. Since that day, they've spent a lot of time in various kitchens figuring out life and tango over mugs of tea and bottles of cider. They are thrilled to bring you another edition of Las Mujeres marathon, and to continue finding ways to empower women in the world of tango.
photo: Donia Rose
who is coming?
Thursday Night Unofficial Kickoff Party (not included in pass)
Location: Dance Underground
Time: 9:30 - midnight
8/21 Friday Night Welcome Milonga + Setting of Intentions
Location: Om Culture
6:30 - 8:30 (Pad Thai Dinner) *
8:45 - 9:00 (Intention Setting/Meditation)
9:00 - 2:00 am (Milonga)
8/22 Saturday Afternoon Milonga and BBQ *
Location: Om Culture
12:00 - 1:15 (Special Workshop)
1:30 - 5:30 (Afternoon Milonga)
Saturday Evening Milonga + All-Nighter
Location: Om Culture
9:00 - 3:30 am
8/23 Sunday Afternoon Milonga and Brunch
Location: Om Culture
1:00 - 5:30 (Milonga)
Sunday Closing Milonga
Location: Om Culture
8:30 - 2:00 am
8/24 After Party Milonga (not included in pass)
Location: China Harbor
9:30 - 12:30 am
* There will be vegan and gluten-free options available. Please let us know any dietary restrictions.
We recommend finding an AirBnB close to the venue. Neighborhoods we suggest in order of proximity: Wallingford, Fremont, Phinney Ridge, and Ballard.
Venue Address: 2210 N Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98103
Registration will open March 8.
How to Register:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
1. your name
2. primary lead, primary follow, or a true switch
3. the city you consider your home scene
After emailing email@example.com we will notify you if a spot is available. Once space is confirmed, payment must be made within 2 weeks to confirm your spot. If payment is not received within 2 weeks the spot will be released to someone else. Passes are refundable (less the paypal fee) up to 4 weeks before the event.
How to Pay:
Paypal Friends and Family: firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail a check to:
1619 E John Street #301
Seattle WA, 98112
Space is limited to 200 dancers. This is not an invite-only event. This is a role-balanced event. Anyone is welcome to register.
WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
Thank you for considering volunteering at Las Mujeres Tango Marathon. We certainly could not host this event without the help of our volunteers. We are looking for individuals who will contribute to creating a warm, friendly atmosphere and demonstrate commitment to their work. In exchange for your efforts, we will provide a free pass for the weekend. Deadline to sign up as a volunteer is MAY 1, 2019. There is limited space for the number of volunteers we will have. Before emailing, please read the following:
Requirement to volunteer:
You’ll have to work a minimum of 8 hours total.
You must work at least one set-up or clean-up shift.
IF you work the LAST DAY take-down shift (Monday morning 2:00-4:00 am.), you only have to work 6 hours.
Email email@example.com with the word “VOLUNTEER” in the subject line and we will send you more information along with the volunteer schedule. Please be sure to include your name, lead/follow/switch and your home scene in the body of the email. You must email us by May 1 if you would like to volunteer.