About Us

Bataclan Tango is a non-profit organization committed to promoting Argentine tango and culture in the Twin Cities. Since our beginning in 2011 we have brought tango orchestras from Buenos Aires to play in concerts and milongas, giving tango lovers in the Upper Midwest the opportunity to be up close to the most authentic tango experience.  Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet and Sexteto Milonguero are examples of world class tango orchestras that our local community has enjoyed without going to Buenos Aires.

Every fourth Saturday of the month we hold a milonga called Mala Yunta, closely following the traditional style of the milongas in Buenos Aires.  We encourage “cabeceo” as a way to invite partners to the dance floor, include a dose of Argentine folk music, and bring the unique atmosphere of Buenos Aires to the Twin Cities dance floors.

Our Team

Liliana Imwinkelried

Liliana Imwinkelried

Liliana is a native of San Jerónimo Norte, Santa Fe, the "Argentinian Pampas." She has been in the US since 1996. Her love for dancing made her a part of the cast of the very successful "Maria de Buenos Aires," produced by Mill City Opera.

Maria Benarós

Maria Benarós

Tamara Demarco

Tamara Demarco

Born and raised in Rio Gallegos, Patagonia, among the beautiful glaciers, penguins, mountains, and the end of the world, emigrated to the US in 1991 to pursue her post-graduate studies. Her love for tango inspired her to start Bataclán Tango to keep her roots alive, and to pass our traditions to the next generation.

Marisa Riviere

Marisa Riviere

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Marisa moved to Minneapolis a long time ago.  She hosted a Peña for many years, inviting different artists from Latin America.  She is the "alma mater" of the Bataclanas, always supporting our adventures! We miss her dearly, but her spirit is and will always be with us!

Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia

Juan has been part of our team from the beginning until recently. We greatly appreciate his contributions, the wonderful photos he has taken at our events, and the beautiful photo of the mural that you can admire on our Home page. Gracias!

Why the name “Bataclan”?

Why the name “Bataclan”?

Ba-ta-clan was a luxurious “cafe concert” opened in Paris in 1864. In 1922 “Bataclan de Paris” traveled to Buenos Aires, where the chorus-girls became a sensation and were called “bataclanas” by the “porteños”. This word soon passed into "lunfardo" becoming a popular name given to “vedettes” and dancers, as well as to any woman with a “pretty face” and “graceful body”. The word “bataclana” is used in the old tangos in reference to women of suspicious reputation.

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