Melina & Detlef in Austin

Melina Sedó & Detlef Engel are among the most influential teachers of close-embrace Argentine Tango in Europe. They authored CAMINAR ABRAZADOS: Tango is walking in an embrace, an instructional book + DVD (see CaminarAbrazados) based on their 14 years of teaching in Europe and the USA. They teach a 100-hour international Tango Teacher Training attended by dancers from across Europe and the USA.

For Melina & Detlef’s the highest value in the dance is in the embrace, the connection between partners. They emphasize a style of dancing that is both close and creative in its simplicity.

Learn more about Melina & Detlef at TangoDeSalon and on Facebook page tangodesalon.

LIMITED to twelve (only 12) couples, so that everyone receives personal attention.


Because Melina & Detlef work on a deep technique level for how best to communicate our dance language, the workshop sessions are suitable for ALL LEVELS.

You will have a more satisfying time partnering with someone at or above your level. Therefore, we desire COUPLES to attend as partners.
For this reason we have provided very favorable pricing for couples who pre-pay. Please see below under pricing.

SCHEDULE (see below for descriptions)

Friday, February 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Caminar Abrazados
Saturday, February 24, 1:00 – 5:30 pm: Linear and turned ochos
Sunday, February 25, 1:00 – 5:30 pm: Cadencia


Caminar Abrazados book cover

Caminar Abrazados – Walking in an embrace (2 h on Friday evening) Tango is walking. During our signature workshop, we’ll work on different aspects of the movement: an appropriate inner and outer posture, dissociation, relaxation, changing the length of your steps and one the most important factor of well-being – the embrace. This class serves as an introduction to our system and is highly recommended to anyone who will participate in another workshop with us. For those, who already know us, it will be the perfect refresher and an opportunity to tune-in with your body and partner. An important class for all levels.

Linear and turned ochos (4 h + 30 min break on Saturday afternoon) In this intensive workshop, we will examine the technique and variation of simple milonguero-ochos and ochos with pivots, first dancing them as linear movements and then turning the moves. This class will clean up your technique, enhance your repertoire and help you to navigate on crowded dance floors. Be prepared for a fun class with challenges for dancers of all levels.

Cadencia – Dancing the musical phrases (4 h + 30 min break on Sunday afternoon) A special class on musical phrasing and on different ways to express the suspension at its end, the “cadencia,” as it is called. In the course of the workshop, we are going to examine regularly and irregularly phrased tangos as well as other typical endings of phrases for different orchestras.

This workshop for intermediate and advanced dancers will link repertoire with musicality. It will harmonize your movements with the “breathing” melodies and even make you feel more connected to the other dancers in the ronda.


Friday two-hour class is $40/individual or $70/couple.
Saturday four-hour class is $80/individual or $140/couple.
Sunday four-hour class is $80/individual or $140/couple.

FULL Workshop for a couple $250 if pre-paid by February 18th.

Your best bargain. Save $100 over individual class pricing. Requires pre-payment by Sunday, February 18th. Pay here with credit card or PayPal. Or pay David in person with cash, check, or credit card.

  • Full Workshop for a Couple

    Single classes for Individual or Couple.
  • Friday class, individual $40
  • Friday class, Couple $70
  • Saturday class, individual $80
  • Saturday class, Couple $140
  • Sunday class, individual $80
  • Sunday class, Couple $140


Melina & Detlef will be available for privates lessons, with both teaching for the lesson. The few time slots available are limited to Friday afternoon and Monday afternoon. Single person $100/hour, Couple $120. Email to reserve a lesson.


Tango Tribe Studio (map)
5446 West US Hwy 290 Service Rd, Suite 105
Austin, Texas 78735

Easy to reach from any direction. On the NW corner of the West US Hwy 290/71 service road westbound and Industrial Oaks Blvd, only one mile west of Mopac (Loop 1). Easy on/off highway access from east or west, north or south. (From Mopac coming from the south, take the Sunset Valley exit, cross 290 and turn left.)


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