Four Instructors, 15 Classes, 5 Milongas, and More!

2015 Festival. Photo by Matt Doval.

2015 Festival. Photo by Matt Doval.

TangoHelena's yearly festival has returned to bring world-class tango instructors and an unforgettable weekend of dancing in Montana's Queen City April 5 - 7, 2019.  Scroll down to read more about the instructors.

The 2019 festival schedule is now available. There's something for every skill level! PLEASE preregister by going to "Pay For Events".


Note to Helena dancers: TangoHelena offers scholarship help to locals who are in financial need. If you are interested, download the scholarship application, fill it out, and email it to Shawnee Farnham ( TH’s executive committee will be the only ones to see the application and make scholarship awards.


If you can provide housing for out-of-town guests during the festival, or you are looking for housing yourself, contact Grace Hodges -

Note: The Barrister B&B is offering a 15% discount for Uprising attendees (equals $127/night for most double rooms; $142/night for their special suite). There are 5 total double-occupancy rooms with private bathrooms and a sumptuous breakfast. Call Beth or Nick at 406-443-7330 if interested.

Private Lessons

Privates will be available with Liz, Yannick, and Sabine on Thursday and Friday before the start of the Festival. To schedule a private, email Emily Hinz


TangoHelena is a non-profit and relies on our community both near and far to help us make the Uprising a success every year. Consider volunteering for even one hour during the festival. Your help goes a long way to making the weekend fund and successful.


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Yannick & Liz Van Hove

from Belgium

Tall, elegant, harmonious and beautiful ... Liz and Yannick love everything about Tango and teach it with generosity, humility, patience and a touch of humor, always with great emphasis on the technique and the naturalness of the movement. Their dance expresses the great connection that unites them, in search of simplicity, elegance and musicality in every dance. Their Tango Salon performances are 100% improvised.

The couple has performed at the most famous milongas in Buenos Aires: Sunderland Club, Canning, La Baldosa, Villa Malcolm, La Confiteria Ideal, El Beso and many more.
They have been guest-dancers at the legendary Esquina Homero Manzi for the show "Un par de tangos", as well as in Teatro Alvear on Corrientes with the orchestra Colectivo Tango.
They have taught classes in Buenos Aires at the Escuela Argentina de Tango (NEAT) in the Galerias Pacifico, at the Estudio Mario Morales in San Telmo and at the Bella Vista Tango Club in San Miguel.
In the four years that they lived there and because of their many activities they have while in Buenos Aires, they have become known locally as "Los Belgas" (the Belgians).

In 2012 they won the European championship in the category Tango Salon and became vice-champions of Tango Escenario. They were finalists at both the World Championship and the Metropolitan Championship in Buenos Aires for Tango Salon. Their international career has since led them around many parts of the world where they have performed and taught in many schools and festivals in the US, China, Mexico, Argentina and big parts of Europe.


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Homer Ladas

from San Francisco, CA

NOTE: Cristina Ladas will be unable to attend the Uprising Festival. Homer Ladas will still teach all the scheduled classes as originally planned.

Homer and Cristina Ladas each have over two decades of social dance experience emphasizing a fusion of tango ideologies, plus a pre-tango background in many other physical activities (including yoga, martial arts, sports, and aerial acrobatics).  

With regards to tango, Homer & Cristina have studied with numerous teachers over the years as well as practiced extensively with each other and many other dance partners.  They have traveled and taught at hundreds of festivals in many cities around the world, including many trips to Buenos Aires.  They attempt to use their knowledge not just to teach tango but to develop deep bonds of friendship and collective growth everywhere they visit.

In his teaching Homer is committed to creating a positive class environment and try to reduce barriers that may inhibit students from really finding their own dance. Small epiphanies can and do occur in students all the time! Note: A new job will preclude Cristina from joining Homer at our festival this year. Homer is fully prepared to teach by himself.


Sabine Ibes

from Minneapolis MN

Sabine Ibes has been dancing as long as she remembers; she started focusing on Argentine Tango in 2003 after she was captured by the fluid movements to magical music. Tango has pushed her life in directions that she could not have imagined. It has brought her to places like Maui, Paris, Istanbul. She studied in Buenos Aires a part of each year from 2014 to 2016. She has taught in Buenos Aires at the renowned tango congress CITA by invitation of Fabian Salas and Lola Diaz. In addition to her travels she has studied with many masters of Argentine Tango. (Gaston Torelli, Chicho Frumboli, Gustavo Naveira, Melina Brufman, Homer and Cristina Ladas, Brigitta Winkler, Tomas Howlin to name a few). She also has a deep interest in learning and teaching techniques, and a personal ability to process information through body movement, control, and expression.

The classes that she teaches are well balanced, creative and fun. She is very keen on the fact that the student has to feel comfortable while dancing. A relaxed body and mind will create a confident connection, so the partner feels safe. She says:

“It is a give and a take on the dance floor. Trust is a big issue! When you find “THE” partner, you forget about how you look on the floor. You just dance and enjoy. Ultimately, to me, that is what this is about. Floating across the dance floor, being one with the music, your partner and movement.”