Wednesday, April 30, 2014
From 2003 to 2010 Laurie Ann created and hosted several Women's events in Portland and collaborated with such influential teachers as Caroline Peattie from San Fransisco, Sharna Fabiano from LA and Jennifer Olsen from Seattle.
During her early years of studying tango she formed a small group of women who were also developing their roles as both leaders and followers. Laurie Ann was so inspired by the depth of their friendship and their development as tango dancers, she hoped to one day create an event that would bring together other women from around the country to explore, dance and discover the richness of tango. After collaborating several events with Sharna Fabiano over the course of many years on the East coast and West coast, the two decided to make that dream a reality. The first Women's Tango Retreat happened in the Fall of 2011 at Breitenbush Hot Springs, a retreat center in the majestic area of Mt. Jefferson in Breitenbush, Oregon. Since the success of the first retreat many of the women who attended were so moved by their experience, they started their own women's tango gatherings in their home towns! The retreat continues this year in November at Breitenbush Hots Spring
November 19th through November 22nd, 2015.
When not dancing tango Laurie Ann continues her work as a stylist and visual artist and co-creator of Adirondack in a Box, Upcycled Clear Western red Cedar Furniture in Portland, Oregon.
You can see her visual work at http://queertangoproject.org/ and www.etsy.com/shop/LaBoutique