Tango Center to Close
The Tango Center in Eugene will be closing June 30 after a six-year run, according to its founder Greg Bryant, who announced the closing in a letter to the editor sent in too late for this week's Eugene Weekly.
â€œItâ€™s no secret,â€ he said today (Thursday), â€œbut I havenâ€™t contacted the (other) press yet.â€
The Tango Center is North America's largest Tango facility, he said, â€œand the first new downtown partner dance hall in Eugene in 50 years.â€ The building housing the dance studio on Broadway was recently sold to the Lord Leebrick Theatre, and Bryant said heâ€™s happy the building will remain dedicated to the arts.
In his letter, Bryant said â€œOur primary goal was to repair downtown. My wife, Olga Volchkova, and I knew that urban repair only happens when people actually fill a space with public activity. We picked the worst stretch of downtown, the spot that needed the most help. We also wanted to offer something different: a place where people could do something, and learn to do something â€” not simply a place to watch and listen.â€
The farewell events at the Tango Center will be Saturday, June 27, for the last big Saturday dance, or Milonga, with an introduction lesson at 8 pm. The last big Bailonga, an all-night affair, starts at 8 pm Tuesday, June 30. See www.tangocenter.org for more information.