Welcome to SF Loves Tango!
My name is Maika and I’m the creator of this website, yet it could not exist without the help of guest writers, contributors and friends who help me write the stories and supply the content. The primary mission of this website is to celebrate the San Francisco Tango community, support everyone that is involved and share it with the world.
I love hearing people’s Tango stories and often share them on this website, so its only fitting that I share mine.
My Tango journey began in Hawaii with George Garcia of IslaTango in 1998. Having always loved dancing, it took me awhile to really fall in love with Tango. I had been dancing Ballroom and Salsa since the early 90’s and considered Tango just another partner dance to learn. Little did I realize it is a lot more than just that. From 2001-2007, I was totally immersed in the Salsa world and was teaching and performing with a Hawaii based salsa group, Aloha Rumberos. Tango came and went from my life for many years. It was not until my first trip to Buenos Aires in 2007, that I began to really understand this dance. Upon returning home to Hawaii, all I could think about was finding a way to dance more Tango. The Tango bug really hit me. I decided to move to San Francisco because of its great Tango community (one of the best in the US), and the fact that many of the best tango teacher from around the world come through to teach and visit. In my first few years of living in San Francisco I made a point to attend every milonga possible and take as many classes as I could from a variety of instructors. I am so glad that I did. Dancing Tango in the Bay Area has not only given me many amazing tandas and wonderful Tango friends but also love.
I hope you enjoy this delightful Tango city as much as I do.
When not dancing Tango I do freelance graphic and web design plus marketing for small companies and event promotions. maikalanidesigns.com