Who We Are


Our directors are:

Garth Bawden — Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
Leslie Jones — Corrales, New Mexico
Karen Reck — Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico



In November 2009, Linda Garwood hosted North America’s first Encuentro Milonguero in San Diego, California. It was an invitational mini-festival for experienced dancers of the Milonguero Style of Argentine Tango. Small, personalized master classes with Susana Miller were held in the afternoons. In the evenings, participants attended milongas that were open to the entire community.

On the July 4th weekend in 2010, a group of tango organizers and instructors met at the Phoenix Tango Retreat to discuss organizing encuentros in the North America, and creating a central website and mailing list to promote them. A week later, the encuentromilonguero.org website was launched for the purpose of promoting all encuentros in North America. Finally, in November of 2010, the group changed the name to “Siempre Milonguero” and the contents of encuentromilonguero.org were transferred to siempremilonguero.org.

Siempre Milonguero’s original board members held their first encuentro in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March 2011.  The organizers then created a separate organization called “Encuentro Milonguero Abq” to separate the functions of organizing encuentros in Albuquerque from Siempre Milonguero’s mission of promoting all encuentros in North America.