Nelida Nely Fernando and Hernan Alvarez Prieto in Washington DC 2017 – 88 Years of Tango

Workshops Saturday May 13 to 14


Performance Saturday May 13


Private lessons Thursday May 11 to Wednesday May 17


With much excitement, Rick’s Tango Club presents Nelida Nely Fernando and Hernan Alvarez Prieto to Washington DC, from May 11 to 17, for a week of workshops, private lessons, and performance.


Nelida Nely Fernando was born in 1935 and is a life-long milonguera (milongueros and milongueras were used to mean the people who frequent milongas, regardless of their dancing style), who started dancing tango in the golden age of tango of 1940s. She teaches how to dance, but she embodies more than that – she has, emanates, and teaches what it is to be tango. I am thrilled to bring her to Washington DC so that my fellow DC tangueros/tangueras can have a chance to meet her and her 70 years of tango. Below is Nely’s dance with her late husband Roberto Pocho Carreras.

Hernan Alvarez Prieto has been dancing and teaching tango for 18 years, in Buenos Aires as well as in America, Europe, and Asia. He has learned from many old milongueros and milongueras, and many old milongueras have chosen him as their performance partner since he can do a wonderful performance with social dancing vocabulary. His teaching and performing career has recently been receiving international recognition, including being invited to Seoul Tango Festival in 2017. Below is Hernan’s dancing with Ines Muzzopappa.

The combination of the old and the new, but both of them being deeply rooted in social dancing, makes an exciting opportunity to learn how to have deeper and more fulfilling enjoyment of dancing at milongas. Please take a look at their class topics and grab this rare opportunity to meet 88 combined years of tango!

Schedule and Workshop Topics

The main concept of the weekend is the wisdom from the decades of social dancing experience of milongueras and milongueros.


Saturday May 13: Fundamental secrets


2pm W1. Advanced closed embrace technique
3:30pm W2. Cadencia: subtle yet powerful flavor
5pm W3. Technique for a crowded floor


Sunday May 14: Having fun on a crowded floor


2pm W4. Milonga: no sweat milonga traspie – Nely’s specialty!
3:30pm W5. Giros and enrosques for social dancing
5pm W6. Figures for a crowded floor


Performance at Eastern Market Tango Club on Thursday (not organized by Rick’s Tango Club)

Performance at La Milonga de Dupont on Saturday (not organized by Rick’s Tango Club)


Saturday and Sunday workshops: Balance Gym Foggy Bottom, 2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Parking: Street parking

Thursday performance: Eastern Market Tango Club, 225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Parking: Street parking

Saturday performance: The Church of the Pilgrims Fellowship Hall, 2201 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Parking: Street parking

Prices and Registration

Single Workshop

$30 payable at the door

Leader Registration

Follower Registration

Couple Registration

The Saturday milonga with Nely and Hernan’s performance is unfortunately not included in the passes (not organized by Rick’s Tango Club).

10% discount for full-time students (send an email to  or show your student ID at the door)

Private Lessons

Private lessons availability will be announced soon.