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Argentine Tango with
Tate & Karen

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
September 28 - October 1, 2017

JaffeWe are excited to be welcoming Karen Jaffe,, back to Sapphire! Once again, she is bringing her long-time partner and native of Buenos Aires, Tate Di Chiazza. Together they are offering a weekend full of workshops and social dancing designed to develop and build the skills you need to enjoy this wonderful social dance.

Reserve your spot today!

Schedule of Events (go)
     - Path to Tango (go)
     - Next Steps in Tango (go)
     - Advanced workshop (go)
     - A Taste of Argentina (go)
Private Lessons (go)
Prices (go)
Biographies (go)


Bullet Schedule
of Events

Friday, Sept 29, 7:00 - 8:30 pm*
Path to Tango

Join us on the journey to Argentine Tango. In "Path" Workshops, we look deeply at the fundamentals - walking, posture, embrace, connection, and musicality - in a relaxed, friendly environment, supportive to newcomers and with plenty of material to challenge more advanced dancers.

Saturday, Sept 30, 2:30 - 4:00pm*
Next Steps in Tango - Navigation

Useful tools for navigating the social dance floor line of dance. Interesting, musical, circular or changes of directions….. never a dull moment! The half hour between workshops, the floor will be open for practice.  

Saturday, Sept 30, 4:30 - 6:00pm*
Next Steps in Tango - Barridas

Sometimes called sweeps or drags, these unique movements can be playful and musical. We will explore the techniques to execute simple barridas that feel good. Proper technique is key to a successful and smooth barrida!

*There will be a half hour after each workshop for practice.  Karen & Tate will be available to offer feedback and answer your questions about class material and other topics.

Sunday, Oct 1, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
A Taste of Argentina
Multi-media tour of the history and culture of Argentine Tango
Hosted at Beliveau Estate Winery, Blacksburg

Experience Argentine Tango in this multimedia performance, including live dancing. Enjoy wonderful wine and South American treats from Beliveau Winery as you watch the evolution of this beautiful and mysterious dance and culture unfold before you!

Tate Di Chiazza is a native of Buenos Aires and grew up with the music and culture of Tango all around him. Together with Karen Jaffe, they will offer you insight into how the dance came into existence and where it is evolving today. Join us in this relaxed atmosphere to soak in some Argentine culture and history and enjoy the dancing!

After the presentation, stick around for a reception and dance party.

Private Lessons

Tate and Karen will be available for private lessons at several different times during the weekend. These sell out fast - talk to a Sapphire instructor to schedule yours now! Prices are listed below.


Sign up by Tuesday, September 26, to get these excellent prices!

Workshops = $25/person/workshop or take advantage of one of these awesome deals:

- Come to the first two workshops for only $40/person.
- Come to all three workshops for only $50/person (the third workshop is advanced, prior experience is required)

Sunday, Taste of Argentina - $25 per person - dancers and non-dancers alike will enjoy this multimedia event! Registration by Thursday, Sept 28, is required.

Private lessons with Tate are $100 for 50min.
Private lessons with Karen are $85 for 50min.
If you would like to organize a group private lesson, contact us for pricing.

Sign up by calling 540-382-8782 or emailing with your name and contact information, and what you would like to attend.



Tate Di Chiazza and Karen JaffebulletTate & Karen's Biographies

Tate Di Chiazza

A native of Buenos Aires, Tate has studied under Susana Miller, Osvaldo Zotto, Bariel Angio and Natialia Games, Fabian Salas, Luis Solanas and more. He was an Assistant Choreographer and dancer (in multiple roles) for “Tanguera,” the international touring production, during 2001-2005. He continues to travel the world to teach.

When home, he offers group and private lessons in Buenos Aires, and weekly classes at the famous club, “La Viruta”. Tate also organizes, hosts, and DJs a weekly group class and practica “Garufa” in the popular Palermo neighborhood. You can find pictures and videos at You’ll need to bring your Spainish dictionary, but it's worth it.

Karen Jaffe

Karen began dancing Argentine Tango in 1997 after an extensive history of theatre, gymnastics, and an eclectic mix of dance disciplines. She quickly realized that her love of this dance required a more intense commitment to learning. As a result of working with many very skilled and inspirational teachers over the years, she now greatly values a dance in which the partners coexist in its creation, where the follower's role prioritizes the connection with the leader, but also is active and expresses individual personality and musicality. Being a leader as well as a follower has given Karen a unique and valuable perspective.

Her reputation in both the SE region and wider Argentine Tango community is that of a skilled and engaging partner with well refined technique. Always seeking further education and refinement in the dance, Karen travels annually or more to Buenos Aires, where she works with a variety of skilled practice partners, continuing to study with world renowned teachers.

She enjoys working with a variety of partners, striving to bring new ideas and creativity to the dance itself, as well as to teach in a way that makes the dance accessible and enjoyable to all who are interested. As the owner of Tangogypsies, Karen is committed to share her passion for the social dance. Since 2005, she teaches group and private classes, hosts & DJs social dances, offers private lessons, intensive courses for further study, as well as various performances at home in Asheville, NC and beyond!


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