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40 years a dancer. 30 years in Tango.

Daniel Trenner


One of Tango's most influential teachers & promoters.


A pioneer of Argentine Tango and it's next wave!


Learned from the last generation of milongueros.


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Daniel Trenner is one of Tango’s modern pioneers. He happened on Tango in Buenos Aires in 1987 while he was there teaching Jazz and Improvisation at the State School of Contemporary Dance in the San Martin Theatre. He was one of the first young generation people involved in tango’s revival. He studied with, interviewed, filmed and organized for many of the Milongueros, the older generation dancers.

He has been called a “Johnny Appleseed of Tango” for his 20 years of touring as a tango teacher, visiting more than 100 cities on 4 continents. He was one of the early proponents of teaching tango by its elements, he created the first Tango tours to Buenos Aires (Bridge to the Tango,bringing more than 1500 people dancing in 7 countries), and the first Tango store in North America (The Tango Catalogue).

He produced more than 80 volumes of Tango Instructional Video, with more than 40 artists (BttTV). Before tango Daniel was a tap dancer for more than 10 years with Brenda Bufalino and Leon Collins. He settled in the Pioneer Valley in Northampton, MA in 2002, and is presently teaching at Smith College, Amherst College, Mt Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and taught for five years at the Performing Arts High School (PVPA).


De ser para esta joventud, lo mismo que un libro abierto.
–To be for this  youth, the same as an open book.–

- Juan Bruno -

Tango Classes and Workshops

Have Daniel visit your community and share workshops, classes and lessons in Tango. Or come visit him in Northampton Massachusetts. (see Intensive Study and Here are some examples of the kind of classes Daniel teaches at these different levels.


Tango Intensive Study and Aprenticeship

Here near my large family home in Florence MA, we host guest travelers for intensive personalized dance training, including access to our extensive print, music and video archives. You can combine classes, and practice at a beautiful local studio, with a home stay at a local B&B, all just minutes walking from my house. Everything is located within the few blocks that are the center of Florence, one of the nicest small towns in America, with stores, restaurants, and amenities
We are 45 minutes from Bradley International Airport (Hartford/Springfeild), 2 minutes by car to downtown Northampton, 15 mins. from Amherst, an hour from Great Barrington, and 2 hours from Boston. The Connecticut River Valley is a beautiful setting with mountains, lakes, rivers, and plenty of hiking and scenic attractions. Schedule well in advance please.
B & B prices range from $75-150 per evening, private lessons are based on the package rate of $900 per 10 hours, add more hours as your stamina and my time make available. Studio time is included in the price of the lessons. Additional studio time for your practice is available at no extra charge.


Apprenticeship Tango Intensive Study

More Dancing

Daniel Has been dancing since 1976, exploring many different styles and techniques of dancing. He has a M.Ed in Dance from Lesley College (1984), and has taught workshops and residencies in more than 100 cities around the globe.


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Private Lessons

Private lessons are a direct and enjoyable way to improve your dancing at your own pace, and are available in all modalities listed above and below. If you are from out of town consider coming to stay for an intensive training. People have come for as short as a few days or as long as a few years. If you live in the area we can arrange a regular time for a weekly visit, or you can come for a lesson to brush up on something that you are curious about. Private lessons make a great gift for a friend. Talk to Daniel about arranging such a gift.

Lectures and Symposiums

Tango is more than a dance. It is a cultural milieux, a musical genre, and a literary tradition, all wrapped up in a fantasy mythology. And it has grown over more than 100 years, and travelled beyond it's Argentine roots. Daniel doesn't pretend to be an expert, but he lived in Buenos Aires during tango's modern revival, and listened to a lot of milongueros tell their stories. He also collected a lot of information, video, and personal experiences. His lectures are informative and provocative, providing context and history for the tango curious.

Tango History and Mythology

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Dancers of Tango’s Modern Revival

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Tango Teacher Symposiums

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New Project

Using Social Dance to teach youth about Consent and Boundary Keeping in their relationships.

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June 10

Daniel w Rebecca Shulman performing in Amsterdam in 1995.  (click on the itangocafe link at left to buy the video) This is the opening performance of V103, from the most popular series that we ever sold at The Tango Catalogue, which was North America’s first, and for a long time only, tango store. Before I […]

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Juan Bruno’s childhood anecdote

September 22

Juan Bruno was “El Pibe de Ciudadela” (The Kid from Ciudadela). He died in 2004 at the age of 79 . (dates are approx.) He was my closest friend among the dancers of the older generation. I bonded with him because he was such a gentleman, having real respect for the woman in the dance. […]

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Homage to the Followers- Part 1

August 31

In the 1980s when social tango was re-emerging in Buenos Aires among the returning milongueros, young people only came to the tango because they were interested in performing it. They came from one of two worlds, folkloric dancing (tango for schools or big folk performances) and tango for export (tourist oriented stage shows, and for […]

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Homage to Followers

August 31

If you have taken class with me in any of the last ten years or so, I have probably told my analogy of the Magician and the Magician’s lady. Just the title itself is enough to clue in the most fearsome blockhead to the inequity of gender roles, and the impoverished language we have to […]

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Daniel’s Story 1980s

August 28

Once upon a time I was an American dancer, North American that is. After beginnings, 1975, in West African with Percy Borde, and Modern with Bill T. Jones (six of us in class at the old American Dance Asylum in Binghamton NY) I found my way in Jazz and Tap with Brenda Bufalino and later […]

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Helpful articles for tango dancers old and new.

  • July 24, 2009
    spanish <-> english vocabulary
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  • July 24, 2009
    What are the ‘basics’ in dancing Argentine Tango?
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  • July 24, 2009
    The Milonguero style and social tango.
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  • July 24, 2009
    The changing codes of tango social dancing.
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  • July 24, 2009
    Evening etiquette.
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  • July 24, 2009
    The Argentine Social Dance.
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  • Homer Ladas

    Cristina and I have known Daniel as a friend and tango mentor for many years now. Throughout the years he has he given us much needed advice for the art of teaching tango and also for working as a full time instructors. In addition, Daniel has shed much light on the development of tango historically from the Golden Age and, in a first-hand account way, since it’s reemergence as a global social dance in the 80’s and through the 90’s. This is much needed information, which without Daniel’s thoroughness of documentation and attention to detail, would otherwise be lost or mired in a state of utter confusion, gossip, and make-believe. The United States tango scene owes a great debt to Daniel for his early pioneering work, vast community building efforts, and scholarly recordings. In truth Daniel was and still is the bridge to the tango for many of us…

  • Alex Krebs

    Daniel’s experience in tango is almost unparalleled of any teacher I know. He was studying tango in Buenos Aires in the 1980’s with many milongueros that are no longer with us and not only learned from, but documented a lot of them on film. Because of this he has a unique perspective in the tango world today — bridging the old and new styles and being able to transmit his knowledge to students in an informed, entertaining, and well-thought out manner.

  • Christy Cote

    Daniel Trenner was knocking on the door of Buenos Aires to discover the world of Argentine Tango long before any of us knew it existed! With his extensive dance background he was able to decipher much about Argentine Tango in this very much underground scene of the late 80s and early 90s and by spending one on one time with the authentic Milongueros. Luckily for all of us he was also a great teacher and shared his knowledge with dancers all over the United States as he traveled and also through an extensive video collection in which he documented so much of his discoveries about Argentine Tango. Daniel is truly a fountain of knowledge and experience when it comes to Argentine Tango. An opportunity to study with him is one I highly recommend!

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Photo Albums

Photos, old and new from a long career in dance.

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Downloadable Argentine Tango lessons

Digital versions of some of Daniel’s Bridge to the Tango Instructional Videos (BttTV) are now available at

Rodolfo & Maria Cieri
Omar Vega
Diego Difalco & Carolina Zokalski
Rebecca Shulman
Daniel Trenner & Rebecca Shulman
Florencia Taccetti
Olga Besio

Alex Krebs & Daniel Trenner
Elina Roldan
Pedro “Tete” Rusconi
Tomi O’Connell
Juan Bruno
Puppy Castello
Osvaldo Zotto & Lorena Ermocida

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Tango in the Pioneer Valley 

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