Adam and Tilly workshop – 2016 USA Salon Tango Champions

Adam Cornett & Tilly Kimm, 2016 USA Salon Tango Champions
Adam Cornett & Tilly Kimm, 2016 USA Salon Tango Champions

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Adam & Tilly Argentine Tango Workshop

The official 2016 USA Tango De Pista Champions

Balance Dance Studios, studio 2&3
4544 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745
(Building 200, just beyond BRAVO).

When and what:
Friday, June 10, 2016. 7pm – Connection

Saturday, June 11, 2016. 3pm – Fancy Paradas
Saturday, June 11, 2016. 4:30pm – Walking Patterns

Sunday, June 12, 2016. 4pm (1hr later!) – Sacada Possibilities
Sunday, June 12, 2016. 5:30pm – Turning For Fun and Profit

How much:
$25 a class, AND…

$3 off for full workshop sign up
$2 off for couples or friends signing up together

Accepting payment at the door.

Quick and easy sign up at:

Private lesson with one teacher $100 an hour.
Private lesson with both teachers $150 an hour.

From the very first round of the Tango De Pista (salon tango) in the 2016 Argentine Tango USA Championship my eyes were drawn to the couple of Adam Cornett and Tilly Kimm.

The elements that made such a big impression on me were: 1) the impeccable technique; 2) the varied and interesting movements, including lots of changes of direction; and most importantly 3) the wonderful interpretations of the music. There was not flash for the sake of flash. It was instead a beautiful connection with each other and with the music, expressed in wonderfully vivid movements.

We are in for a treat. These two lovely, clear dancers and teachers will present workshops and give private lessons in Austin over June 10-12, 2016. Reasonable rates; fun, useful material.

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Schedule of classes and their descriptions
Biographies for Adam and Tilly
Comments about Adam and Tilly
One more thing

Schedule of classes and their descriptions

Classes are 1 hour, 15 minutes long, with a 15 minute break between classes.

Class start times
Friday, June 10, 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 11, 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm
Sunday, June 12, 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm

Friday, June 10, 2016. 7:00 pm

Connection: Tango is all about the connection. In this class, we’ll explore how to use our bodies to communicate effectively with our partners. We’ll focus on refining how to lead and follow the building blocks of tango: linear movement and circular rotation.

Saturday, June 11, 2016. 3:00 pm

Fancy paradas: Stopping isn’t the end–it’s an opportunity! In this class, we’ll look at paradas from the familiar to the exotic: how they’re done, how to make them great, and why we love them.

Saturday, June 11, 2016. 4:30 pm

Walking patterns: One of the joys of tango is having a comfortable, elegant walk. But it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut! This class will present possibilities for creating a dance that’s fresh and innovative out of fundamental tango elements.

Sunday, June 12, 2016. 4:00 pm

Sacada possibilities: Possibilities for sacadas are everywhere. In this class, we’ll enumerate the possible (and some impossible) sacadas and explain how to incorporate them into your dance.

Sunday, June 12, 2016. 5:30 pm

Turning for fun and profit: Mingo Pugliese’s famous 8-count turn. This is a space-saving turn that’s appropriate for the social dance floor, and a technique workout for followers and leaders alike.
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CONVENIENT south-central location at the confluence of Hwys 290/71 West, South Lamar Blvd, and Loop 360. Close to many stores and dining choices.

Lots of room to learn, work, and practice.

Balance Dance Studios
4544 S Lamar Blvd #200, Austin, TX 78745

Studios #2 & #3 (where Sunday prácticas are held)

Balance Dance Studios features these amenities:
EFS Sprung oak hardwood flooring
Wall of mirrors
Ballet barres
Big screen for playbacks
Surround sound
Storage cubbies
Virtual viewing window access
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Coffee bar with healthy snack options
Ample lighted parking
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I find it a nicely rewarding experience to host tango dancers from elsewhere, learning about other communities, experiences, thoughts, and hopes for tango. If you are able to host visiting dancers, or if you are looking for local lodging with a host dancer, send me a message with your details, and I’ll try to arrange matches.

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Adam began his obsession with dance in 2000, when he found tango. The organic movement and improvisational nature of tango appealed to his desire for exploration. The desire to continually experiment and share his own discoveries led Adam to begin traveling and teaching throughout the US. He has a deep and varied background in kinesthetics and movement that he applies to his dancing, ranging from study in the martial arts, to formal education in the fields of medicine and massage therapy. His teaching style is grounded and tactile, as he experiences tango as a physical, reactionary dance. His aim is to make the dance feel good, as well as look good. He encourages his students to be creative, inventive, playful, and musical, as these are the qualities he cherishes most about tango.

Tilly has been a dancer and musician her whole life. She grew up in the classical world, training as a ballet dancer and working as a chorister before branching out into musical theater, where she first encountered tango as a choreographer’s assistant. She approaches dance as a physical manifestation of music, and she views tango as a particularly expressive medium for communicating ideas and feelings not well-captured by language. Tilly is also a pianist, and transcribes, arranges, and performs live tango music with Boston-based Orquesta Sin Trabajo. She recently finished her Ph.D. in Neurobiology at Harvard University. In tango as in science, she encourages students to take joy in the process of discovery and experimentation.

Adam and Tilly have been working together since 2015. They teach throughout the United States and internationally, and they are the 2016 Official USA Tango de Pista Champions.
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Comments about Adam and Tilly

“They worked on good basic techinique rather than trying to teach a sequence. To me, this the most useful type of workshop because I actually remember something a few days later.”
–-Rich Groebner, San Diego, CA

“Their teaching was excellent and they did try to get to everyone.”
–Mike Edinburgh, UK

“Addressing subtleties of a clear but virtually invisible lead, these guys are fun and add depth to the dance.”
–-T.S. “Zak” Brown Reno, NV

“Gorgeous and inspirational at the highest level!”
–-Sandi Arcata, CA

“I’ve worked with Adam Cornett over the last few years in having him help me with my tango festivals (Portland ValenTango and McCloud BurningTango) and found him to be extremely friendly, helpful, and organized. I can always count on him to get the job done right–-whether it’s teaching, hosting, and/or DJing. He is very well liked by the students and was rated as two of the top instructors at my recent BurningTango festival. He’s a great teacher and dancer, and I highly recommend him.”
–-Clay Nelson, Ashland, OR (ValenTango Organizer for over 18 years)

“Adam has solid foundations in both the subtleties of a close, small dance, as well as the breadth of vocabulary in a more flexible embrace. He is also musical, comfortable, and clear in his lead, and passionate about teaching.”
–-Alex Krebs, Portland, OR
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How much:
$25 a class, BUT…
$3 off for full workshop sign up
$2 off for couples or friends signing up together

Private lesson with one teacher $100 an hour.
Private lesson with both teachers $150 an hour.


Workshop underway. Please pay at the door.

Full workshop – an additional $3 off each class

Full workshop
Couple/Friends – additional $2 off for EACH person for EACH class  
Friday: Connection  
Saturday 1: Fancy Paradas  
Saturday 2: Walking Patterns  
Sunday 1: Sacada Possibilities  
Sunday 2: Turning For Fun and Profit  
Single classes – INDIVIDUAL  

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One more thing

Yes, these are beautiful dancers that you will enjoy.
Yes, these are fine international-level teachers that you will enjoy.

And! You will be helping our USA Champions prepare to represent us at the World Championship at the Tango Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial De Baile this 18-31 August 2016. They have an excellent opportunity to turn in an outstanding performance.

And, dare we hope? …even win!

3 Replies to “Adam and Tilly workshop – 2016 USA Salon Tango Champions”

  1. As a newer dancer (and without a partner), what is the best class you would recommend that I take?

    I’ve taken 10-15 beginner tango classes and danced in several Milognas, to give you an idea of my level.

    Looking forward to learning! Thanks!!
    Evelyn 512-964-1649

    1. Thank you for asking, Evelyn! Do you Lead or Follow, or both? 🙂

      Without question, the Friday night class on Connection will interest everyone. I would think with your experience you should find all of the classes accessible. The one that benefits from more awareness from a Follower is the early Sunday one on Sacadas. Even then, you can expect these teachers to cover the important elements for success.

      You might now want to go to the Facebook event listing here or here (or both). Post a message with what you said about 10-15 classes and milongas, and ask if anyone would like to sign up as a couple with you. There is a couples discount. Also, regardless of whether people come as a couple or single, we encourage them to rotate partners during class. The dance is also about the social connections, as well as the partner and musical ones. So we like to learn to dance with many others.

      May I suggest too, if you haven’t already seen it, the information at is a highly useful milonga scene orientation.


      1. Hi David, wow thank you for such fantastic information!! I really appreciate it. I’ve decided to purchase all the classes and will post an ad for a ‘lead’ now — great idea!

What do you *you* think?