Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Calgary Argentine Tango at its Epicurean Finest: Carlos Barrionuevo & Mayte Valdes May 2012

Epicurean Tango Society
proudly presents
Carlos Barrionuevo & Mayte Valdes
Classes, Demos, Milonga, Performances
May 17 - 20, 2012
Argentine Tango Professional 
Performers & Master Instructors
Film Stars of 2012 "Niña Del Tango"  
  The performance tango videos feature their 
professional, skillful technique, musical precision and expression.
Their class instruction will focus on 
fundamental mastery, technique with musicality, 
interpretation and improvisational expression.
See Below for Comments, Class & Pass Details


Fire Up Your Tango in the Year of the Dragon with the very best
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Mayte Valdes and Carlos Barrionuevo:
Dedicated, disciplined, determined - Sensational

At 6 years old, Mayte began classical ballet; following her heart’s desire, she was selected by the "Miami City Ballet" company to perform in "The Nutcracker" touring Florida

When her family returned to Argentina, her ballet and modern jazz training continued in Buenos Aires, at the "Teatro Colon" studying with various ballet masters and naturally expanding into tango.

Carlos was 12 years old when Tango became him, developing his own style through a disciplined study of and with great tango maestros.  This tutelage prepared Carlos to win the April 2005 championship of the Patagonic Tango Festival in San Carlos Bariloche.

Individually and together, Mayte and Carlos' Argentine Tango has extensive roots in Iconic Tango Shows, Prestigious Tango Companies, Esteemed Buenos Aires Tango Houses.  They have travelled the globe for  International Tango Tours, Tango Show Choreography as professional performers, master instructors, now adding "film stars" to their lengthy achievements.

No wonder, Carlos & Mayte were selected to star as the two lead characters in "Niña Del Tango" a short film directed by multi-award winning film-maker Jason Eberly, a 2012 film festival release.

Carlos and Mayte: Argentine Tango & a love match from Buenos Aires.

It is with great pleasure and pride, Epicurean Tango Society 
presents these highly accomplished, Argentine Tango Professionals
In the Year of the Dragon, Fire Up Your Tango with Carlos and Mayte

Welcome for the first time in Calgary

continuing with our
Technique Excellence & Musicality Series©

Thursday May 17 to Sunday May 20, 2012

Specially designed by day programme builds in a
progressive learning module over 4 days

Classes for New Comers, Beginners, Intermediates, Advanced

Son of the Pharaoh:  2 Galleries + Online Store .... Great Calgary Story

Memory Express:   8 locations + Online Store .... Great Calgary Story!

Gaucho Brazilian BBQ:  Visit Calgary & Canmore ... Great Calgary Story!

Zorzal Wines:  5 Draws over 4 days

Our 3rd Big Birthday Bash Milonga Celebrates

Queen Victoria's Birthday, 
May 25, 1819
Canada's Long weekend
Argentina's Nation's Day
May 18 - 25, 1810 ... "the May Revolution"

Crowfoot Wine & Spirits:  11 Stores ... Great Calgary Story!

Calypso's Taverna:   Great Calgary Story

Please note:
Adv Programme/Class Registration is recommended for best experience
This also helps us try to achieve class partner balancing
Walk ins are welcomed – always

As it will get warm … refresh yourself with:
an extra pair of shoes
a change of shirt
no shorts

Fitness Plus:  29 years and 2 Calgary Gyms ... Great Calgary Story

Here's what other's have said:

from Victoria:
"It was absolutely phenomenal... (Carlos & Mayte with Miriam & Leonardo in Vancouver) 
the show with the two couples was world class.  
You are in for a treat with Carlos and Mayte." Cathy & Leslie

from NYC:
"He is Leo's brother and a very good dancer as same as his younger brother... :)))  " Toshie

"I wish I could be there... Carlos & Mayte are such a skillful Tango Couple!! Always a true pleasure to 
watch them in action. Best vibes for this performance and for their ongoing successful career. :) ", Iorgo, Tango in Colors

from Edmonton:
"Carlos & Mayte are giving instructors, beautiful people and fantastic performers!  We so much enjoyed hosting them in Edmonton and wish you great success in Calgary, they're phenomenal" 
Cristina & Vicente, Tango Plus Edmonton
What exciting news that you're bringing Mayte and Carlos in May!  We have really enjoyed them here in Edmonton last year;  they are very warm people, also great teachers and performers.  Interestingly, Mayte has same heritage as Daniel, half Cuban and half Argentinian ...   since you're bringing such great instructors to Calgary, I will definitely come for the full workshop and Daniel will join me for the weekend. Please let me know required deposits/payments save two spots for us, so looking forward to this event!  
Vera & Daniel, CasaTango Edmonton

I've been to Carols & Mayte's wonderful workshops - technique - brilliant. 

from Santa Barbara via Calgary:
"I just returned from San Francisco, taking a Tango Intensive weekend with Carlos & Mayte, it was phenomenal!  I highly recommend all of you take the entire programme!  I know, I will be!"  Grant

from Seattle:
"You're in for a real treat!  Carlos & Mayte are good people, excellent dancers and teachers.  I took many group lessons with them while they were in Seattle.  I will try to organize my work travel schedule around the dates to join you."  Jeff 

from Los Angeles:
"You can't miss Carlos & Mayte in Calgary"  Miriam Larici Tango

Magic Tours:  Travel & Tour Specialists in C. & S. America

We appreciate your help for evening event planning
$30 Adv RSVP for Gala Milonga + Performance
After May 12th Gala Milonga is $35 at Door

APEX Massage:  2 Calgary Spas & Fernie Spa  SPA 901 .... Great Calgary Story

Come Celebrate Calgary
2012 Culture Capital of Canada
2012 - 2013
1st of 5 Professional
Argentine Tango Performers
Master Instructors, Elegant Social Dancers
Watch for
Sol Alzamora & Leandro Capparelli
July 25 - August 2, 2012

RSVP for
Simply Tango Milonga - June 9, 2012

We look forward to Welcoming you!

Sandra Miller & Ralph Bennetsen
Epicurean Tango Society
403 540 2525 

Epicurean Tango Society 2010 - 2012 ©


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Epicurean Tango Society's 3rd Argentine Tango Spring Fling Milonga, Saturday April 21, 2012

Argentine Tango in Calgary
Epicurean Tango Society

3rd Spring Fling Milonga

Saturday April 21, 2012
Scarboro Hall, 1727 - 14 Avenue SW

Great Tango, Vals & Milonga from
Golden Age Orchestras, Remastered Originals, Nuevo & Modern
with April Birthday Celebrations

Tango From 8 pm on
Tango Chic, Evening Dress
Cash Bar
Bottle or By The Glass - Wine, Sparkling, Beer, Coolers
Riedel Stems & Flutes, Libbey Glassware

Enjoy an elegant evening
 decorated tables & soft candlelight

Adv RSVP: $20 or $25 at Door
Simply email or call to RSVP for this Private Event
Incl: Cheese platter, Tea, Coffee & Dessert
Fabulous Fresh Whipped Cream Cake - Banuka Bakery

Registration & Payment Deadline
Saturday April 21, 2012
 We're delighted to host
1st Time in Calgary
May 17 to 20th, 2012
World Class Tango Instructors 
los reyes del tango en la ideal

Tango Masters, Performers ExtraOrdinaire, Joyous People

click on above link for Early Bird & Travellers' Promo
May 17 - 20, 2012
Group Classes, Privates, Semi-Privates
Milonguita+Demo, Milonga+Performance, Guided Practica
Don't miss this outstanding Argentine Tango Experience in Calgary
Adv $30 paid by April 30, 2012
 RSVP for
Gala 3rd Big Birthday Bash Milonga
May 24, 1819 Queen Victoria's B'day
202 Anos Argentina's Nation's Day
the May Revolution - May 18 - 25, 1890
Performance by Carlos & Mayte
Saturday May 19, 2012

* ADV RSVP $30 must be paid by April 30th *
$35 after April 30th
Thank you for your Adv RSVP to plan an
enjoyable and elegant evening.
We look forward to Welcoming you!

Sandra Miller & Ralph Bennetsen

 Epicurean Tango Society
c:  403 540 2525    

Epicurean Tango Society 2010 - 2012 ©



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monthly Birthdays with cards
Ethnicity - 64 countries + as Tango is danced around the globe!
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Argentine Musician perform Argentine Music
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Masters in Residence 26 Class Workshop


New Year, New Ideas, New Club Experience ... Tangueros comment

January 23rd, 2010, Inaugural Milonga

Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Hi Sandra,

Thank you very much to you and to Anthony for including me in this invitation. I would love to join you on such an important event but unfortunately I am away from Calgary in January and February. However, please keep me posted for any of your future events.

Thank you very much,

Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 12:06 PM


Hi Sandra,

In the spirit of cooperation, if you wish, we can advertise your milonga on our website. We can also send out notices to people in our mailing list.

Please let us know.


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Re: Cooperation

In the spirit of cooperation, mucho gracias!

I have moved your Feb 5th Milonga notice up top :-)


Saturday, January 23, 2010 8:10 AM

esta noche...qué tengas una milonga muy exitosa!
(may you have a very successful milonga!)

Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:42 PM


~ Hope it was a wild and wonderful success for you tonight!
Hopefully the next Milonga after your Valentines one I will able to



Sunday, January 24, 2010 11:44 AM

Hi Sandra & Ralph;

Many thanks for sharing last evening & introducing me to dancing the Tango.

Considering all the hard work you put in to make these evenings successful Sandra.

May I suggest that you arrange to have someone else looking after kitchen duties so that you can be free to dance , mingle and have more fun.

I look forward to being with you both for Valentine's Milonga Feb. 13th.


Sunday, January 24, 2010 1:57 PM

Thank You So Much For All Your Hard Effort

Dearest Sandra and Ralph,

Can't begin to tell you, how much I appreciate your hard work, during last night event. Everything was done to perfection. Lots of work being put on Ralph and your shoulders, nonetheless, as the news will spread for next time event, the Valentine event will be a smashing hit.

Thanks again for everything. See you soon, and keep in touch.

Best and fondest personal regards to you and Ralph,


Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 2:14 PM

wonderul night it was

Hello Sandra ,

This is Naima , you should be exhausted after last night all works . I just want to thank you for all you did for Saturday night tango party, everything was wonderful looking forward to hear more and have similar events , count on me for
help in future .


Sunday, January 24, 2010 2:34 PM

Great time!!! What a Beautiful Milonga!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello Sandra,
Thank you very much for all your effort and hard work to organize such an amazing Milonga ... a HUGE thanks go to Ralph too!!!



Sunday, January 24, 2010 5:28 PM

hello sandra!!

i am so sorry i could not come out last night to support your grand opening!! i hope you did well and i wish you the best of luck ... i think you are doing a wonderful job. i will have to come to your one in march as i wont be here in february. let me know how it went ... im so excited for you!!

sarah kathleen

Sunday, January 24, 2010 9:06 PM

Hi Sandy

I adore you sweet spirit. Thank you for your suggestions :o).
Happy to hear all went well. I wish I could of been there with. Please pencil me in for Feb 13. I have nothing booked as of yet so I will put it in my calendar. The only thing the will stop me is a booking for an event. Talk Soon.

Peace and Happiness,

Monday, January 25, 2010 9:54 AM

Forwarded from Anthony ... So glad you enjoyed.....

Hi Anthony…It was a wonderful event. Thank you for your instruction.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the class.

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with Frank and Tess. They took me to buy shoes and then we practiced for 2 hours. The shoes made a world of difference…Frank thought it was more his instruction….Ha, Ha!

Have a good week! See you soon….

Carole Anne

Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Hello Naima,

Thank you for such a beautiful note!

It was a pleasure to meet you and I am so happy to hear you had a wonderful evening!

I look forward to getting to know you and your generous spirit adding to the joy of each one to create a magical experience for all of us.

The next one is Saturday February 13th and I am trying to update the blog, as well as the details for that evening. I will send out a notice soon. We will have Champagne & Chocolate Milonga, plus a chocolate fountain w/cream puffs and fruit amongst other things!

with many thanks,

February 13th, 2010 Champagne & Chocolate Milonga

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 4:21 PM

Hi Kate,

Thank you for all your advice on the laws.
Since you're in Edmonton and will be unable to join us in Calgary for our Valentine's Milonga, I would like to refer you to Daniel & Vera at Casa Tango Edmonton www.casatangoedmonton.com. They have a great passion for Tango and I know they would extend a warm welcome you and your husband.


Sandra Miller

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 11:33 PM

Re: Edmonton Tango

Hi Sandra,

Thank you for referring people from Calgary to us and we'll make sure we'll do the same here. Please find the attachment for our Valentine milonga. Thanks again.

Vera, Casa Tango Edmonton

Thursday, February 04, 2010 2:36 PM

Hi Sandra - this sounds FABULOUS - but unfortunately I can not attend this one... Keep me connected though.

Journey Joyfully


Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Hi Sandra,
With sincere regrets we will miss the Milonga due to a previous commitment. Thanks for all your work making these world class events happen,

Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Hello Sandra,

Thank you for your e-mail, and I am sorry we did not get your previous mails, this is the mail account we use the most, so you can always writte us to this address.

I am glad you found us on Youtube, if you want you can check out this
link, it is the latest version of our show "Tango-a-Tierra". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrjrUbkRujU

We wish you good luck with the new tango club, we will probably be there around may so we might be able to visit you there...

Kind regards,

Guillermo and Silvia


Thursday, February 11, 2010 11:16 PM

Hi Sandra, how are you?
Brenda & I would love to attend the milongas this Saturday. Do you have the address, time or other details? Would you need any help, setup, etc? Let us know.
-Danny & Brenda

Friday, February 12, 2010 12:50 AM

Hi Sandra

I hope all is well and primed for your spectacular event.

As it turns out I will be returning from Vancouver 9-10 Saturday evening. Bummer as I was looking forward to the entire evening. If time permits [today we had 2.5 hour delays - Security... Yukkk] I hope to stop by.

Good Luck - I have spread the word!!!


Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Re: Update for Champagne & Chocolate, Valentine's Milonga -

February13th, 2010

Mmmmm, sounds wonderful! Looking forward to it. Did you want us to bring anything food-wise?


Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM


I will have to come in March as I won't able to attend this Milonga. The menu looks incredible, by the way!


Sunday, February 14, 2010 8:47 AM

Sandra, Maaaarvellous dance last night.

kiss kiss


Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 11:09 AM


Hola Sandra, 1st of all THANKYOU so very much 4 organizing that fab milonga last evening!!! Leslie & I had a brilliant time! The lovely venue, delicious food, champagne, decor, music & fellow dancers made it a memorable night. I will be spending a few hours on Tuesday, Feb 23 in Calgary between 1:30 & 7 PM. Any chance you are available 4 a quick cup of tea during that time?

Ciao bella, Cathy y Leslie

Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Thank you for a fabulous time...

Hello Sandra,

I would like to let you know that I had a fabulous time in the Milonga last night.

The venue, the people, the conversations, the food, the music and the dancing were all enjoyable. In addition, the promotion of multi-culture - giving out red pockets for the Chinese New Year was noted and appreciated!

I also enjoyed dancing a little bit of other Latin dances – Cha cha, Salsa, Merenge, Cumbia and Rumba. Thank you.

I look forward to attending the next Milonga. Hopefully, you and I could dance a song or two.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Well Done"
Hello Sandra,
Thank you very much, it was really nice and I had a great
time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! another thanks go to Ralph...

Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Sandra;;;;;Thanks for your and Ralphs effort to provide the social
continuity of epicuriantango.

I had a wonderful talk with the lady who was at the table with me and

Thanks for your introductions to tango and people. I enjoyed that very much.


Monday, February 15, 2010 12:13 PM

forwarded from Anthony re: The Argentine Tango

Hi Anthony;

I enjoyed your Tango demonstrations, you are poetry in motion on the dance floor.

I really appreciated having the opportunity to share your table & visit with you in addition to receiving your patient Tango instructions.

It is very gracious of you to offer to teach me to dance the Argentine Tango and I am enthusiastically looking forward to mastering this very expressive Dance.

I realize that You are celebrating The New Year of The Tiger and The Olympic games are also being televised, however, I will make myself available at your convenience.

Gung Hay Fat Choy

Ron Edgar

Monday, February 15, 2010 12:32 PM

Another Home Run

Hi Sandra & Ralph;

Thanks to You & Ralph for hosting a beautiful event.

Sandra's untiring organizational abilities combined with Executive Chef Ralph's culinary expertise set the tone for a delicious evening of music for tango.

Anthony's dance instruction was also much appreciated and I had a fabulous time.

Congratulations for hitting another home run,


Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Gung Hay Fat Choy to you too Ron,

Thanks for the praise. Remember, it is the lady that makes a guy look good on the dance floor, ALWAYS.

Us guys are merely coat hangers, our partners are the beautiful fabrics hanging on, our job is to debut the fabrics in attractive waves of wind.

Certainly nice to connect up with you, I shall make some arrangement to get you a good training partner and we shall take your dancing to serveral nodges up in no time.

Stay tune and take care,


Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Re: Valentine Milonga

Hi Sandra

It was an wonderful event! We are looking forward to the March one.
Thank you so much for organizing them!

Andrew and Katherine

Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Saturday evening
Sandra and Ralph...I had a wonderful time getting to know everyone ... ....Thank you for the invitation.... Sorry I will probably miss Thursday night due to out of town commitment. Have a great week....

See you soon and merci beauchoup....Carole Anne

Monday, February 22, 2010 2:48 PM

Why are you not on Facebook yet? An ETS Facebook group would be a great tool in your very capable


Sorry to sound over-excited, but it is great seeing somebody do things right for once :)


Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Hi Sandra&Ralph

Thank you for a magnificent night last Saturday.It is such a great pleasure for me , to know such a nice, generous, classy, artistic friends like you, I'm happy that I'm in your community.-See you soon.

with love


Tuesday, February 23, 2010 11:19 AM

Re: * * * N E W * * * Tango Practica

Cool. My respect for you continues to grow :)


Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Glad to contribute, Sandra and thanks for the invitation. You and Ralph and become a very important social centre for tango in Calgary very quickly!

Sorry I left early. I've been working very long days during the week, part of the weekend, because a broker has left and I'm taking over his book. That is on top of my regular work and although it's rewarding it's very tiring! As well, I've been fighting sinusitis for weeks now (I really don't like taking antibiotics), so I need lots of sleep.

Take care, see you on the dance floor soon,


Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 1:28 AM

Hello Sandra,

Thank you for having us. I really had a good time,, food was good, wine was good, and the company was excellent. The discussion at the end was really interesting..hi.hi
The muffins reached our home. I defend them in the car from Dragos...he,he,he. Izabela said that you are an excellent cook . She really enjoyed the Shepard's pie.

We look forward to meet again in the near future.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 1:18 AM

Hi Sandra;

I will look forward to being with You & Ralph on the evening of March 20th/2010.

Thank you for your kind assistance & patience teaching me The Tango.

I will see you thursday evening for the Practica.



On 25-Feb-10, at 11:14 AM

Hi Ron!

I'm so pleased you'll be joining us for the Mardi Gras Milonga!

We have all been where you're at, but part of the Tango spirit is to share that joy. In Tango, you are always learning.

It is a pleasure to see your enthusiasm and there is no doubt with guidance from Anthony, Tess and Frank plus your keen desire to Tango, it will soon flow.

It is practice, perseverence and more practice, but there is no doubt - you will develop into a beautiful Tanguero, especially with your tall frame and long legs.

We believe in you and know, the butterfly that resides within will emerge.

See you this evening!


Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Re: Mardi Gras Milonga - March 20th, 2010

Looks smashing!!!
xo xo

Visit The Vamp!

Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:03 PM

Many thanks for your encouragement Sandra

I look forward to being with you tonight - ron

On 25-Feb-10, at 11:42 PM


You made amazing progress this evening!! With your enthusiasm and everyone around, you will be

Tangoing women off their feet ;-)

Thank you for your help and I'm so happy you're part of our community.

with love,

Friday, February 26, 2010 10:16 AM

Hi Sandra;

Thank you for introducing me to Tango & your encouragement provides even more incentive to improve.

Unfortunately I am unable to join you for sundays Tango Practica as I will be with my son Mike this


I look forward to being with you for more Tango next week.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend Sandra.

With love,


Wednesday, March 03, 2010 10:55 PM

Hola Guylene, Sandra, Ralph,

Couldn't make it to tango tonight because I'm packing for a four day trip to Banff - leaving

tomorrow and reutrning Sunday - and then for my trip to AR, which leaves Monday morning. I'll be

back for the next tango night at DQ March 24, dance on in the meantime!

Sandra and Ralph, hope your next milonga is a smashing success!



Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Hello Sandra!!!

How are you?

Thanks for your e-mails and for the reminder for the Tango Practica on Thursdays and Sundays.

I will be there on Sunday for sure.!!! I will not be able to go on Thursdays because I have some classes in Bow Valley at that hour.

By the way, I would like to confirm my assistance to the Milonga on March.

The last Milonga was incredibly beautiful. I enjoyed every part of it: the decorations on the tables, the music , the food -which was so delicious- and the most important part: all the people who made an extraordinary atmosphere.

Everybody was still there at 1am. It is a pity that I had left because the cab was already there waiting for me, but for the next Milonga I will take the necessary previsions to leave it later.


Thanks again for such incredible organization, for your effort and enthusiasm to organize it, a marvelous option that is already lighting the Tango life in Calgary.



... much more to be posted

September 24, 2012

Dear Sandra I am proud of you represent a culture if my loved country where I am born Argentina thank very much for the value you give to my culture like the Tango hope one day you visit Caminito in la Boca Buenos Aires in the name of my fellow Argentina we say thank very much to show Tango dance wish you the best success in your artistic career Congratulation
. Ofelia Elena Ferreira You deserve my dear god bless you

Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Hi Sandra and Ralph,

THANK YOU so much for bringing in Marcos and Ruta to Calgary for not only are they such super nice people, they are incredible teachers! Over the years, I have taken many dance disciplines and private lessons and I believe that they are simply the best ... at least for the way I learn.

Thank you too for a wonderful evening last night. You and Ralph have done a wonderful job in organizing the event ... you both also looked super last night.

Wishing you both big success in all your future endeavors!


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