Argentine Tango in Berkeley

Join us for a special milonga with live music on Wednesday, May 22! (see below)
Wednesday Class and Practica Schedule

Instructor in March-April 2019: Luz Castiñeiras & Diego Zubiat

April 3, 10, 17, 24
7:00-8:00 Fundamentals Class
7:00-10:00 Practica

Berkeley City Club: 2315 Durant Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704


$15 class and practica
$8 practica only

This is a member event of the Berkeley City Club; Club members receive a $5 discount.

No parking in the Berkeley City Club lot; please use another lot nearby or park on the street. Ring front door bell and say “tango”!

Come to the best venue for East Bay Tango!

Milonga with live music by Trio Garufa

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:00-10:00 pm

Live on stage, it’s tango ensemble Trio Garufa! Come dance or just enjoy the music in the Berkeley City Club’s historic ballroom.

Trio Garufa is an international ensemble dedicated to performing authentic Argentine music. They have performed across Argentina, Colombia, Europe, Canada and the US at venues such as Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Chicago Symphony Hall, Teatro Leon de Greiff and La Viruta (the largest tango club in Buenos Aires). Trio Garufa’s repertoire includes classic Argentine tangos from the golden era as well as Argentine folklore music, modern tangos by Piazzolla, electro-tangos, and original compositions. The Trio’s music is exciting, virtuosic, and rooted in the dance. The group is made up of Guillermo García, guitar (Argentina); Adrian Jost, bandoneon (Switzerland); and Sascha Jacobsen, upright bass (California).

DJ Robert will be playing traditional tunes during the breaks. Full bar available at Morgan’s, and delicious French food available from Julia’s. Please, no outside food or drink. Tickets available through Eventbrite or with cash at the door. Discount of $5 for members of the Berkeley City Club.


Visit the Trio Garufa website here.

Instructors in March 2019: Luz Castiñeiras & Diego Zubiat

Luz Castiñeiras is a tango dancer at heart, a musician, and a music therapist. In addition to dancing tango she plays and teaches piano and has composed several tangos. Her first tango teacher was Rodolfo Dinzel, who taught her how to improvise and create dance, instead of reproducing it. She also finds inspiration in Chicho Frumbolli and Gustavo Naveira who brings an intimate understanding of tango music and dance.

Luz first connected to tango as a music therapist working with cancer patients in Buenos Aires. During that time she collaborated on a 5-year research project that studied tango as therapy. “I became interested in looking at how tango practice can change lives,” says Luz, “and how it can help you learn to move your body in different ways.”

In addition to tango, Luz has studied ballet and modern dance, and she integrates these forms into her tango practice. In her classes, she creates a friendly, inviting atmosphere and invites feedback from her students which she uses to tailor the class to their needs.

Upcoming Instructors

March, April: Luz Castineiras

May: Guillermo García

June, July: Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda

The Berkeley City Club

The Berkeley City Club was commissioned as the club house of the Berkeley Women’s City Club, which was formed in 1927 when 12 local women’s clubs merged together. Constructed in 1929, the building is one of the outstanding works of California architect Julia Morgan. Born in San Francisco, Morgan studied engineering at UC Berkeley and was the first woman to gain admission and earn a certificate from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She became the first licensed female architect in California. She designed nearly 100 buildings for women’s organizations throughout her career, and over 700 buildings of various types in California, including Hearst Castle. Her interpretation of Moorish and Gothic elements in the Berkeley Women’s City Club created a landmark of California design.

The Berkeley City Club is still a member organization, having become co-ed in 1962. Member activities aside from tango include book club, wine club, chess club, movie club, playreaders, and trivia night. The historic swimming pool is available to members and hotel guests. The club runs a hotel and event space that can be used for weddings and conferences. It is also home to Julia’s Restaurant and Morgan’s Bar and Lounge. Morgan’s is usually open during the tango practica until 9pm.

The building is registered as a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The club has recently decided to have an apartment building constructed on the current site of its parking lot. For more information on the Berkeley City Club, visit