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1. Home   

2. Welcome

3.  About us

3.2 Mission

3.3 Board

4. Programs

4.1 You Move Me

4.2 Miami Tangos

4.3 Pa-tiriki-ta

5. How to help

5.1 Donations

5.2 Volunteers

6. Events

7. Press

8. Links

8.1 Partners

  1. 9.Contact us

10.Monthly Schedule

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  1. 2.Welcome

Welcome to The Shimmy Club, Inc

Music and dance unite.  They awaken, stir, even heal us.  Dancing, we participate in the music and the moment, encountering ourselves and each other

The Shimmy Club emerges from a profound understanding of the social value of the arts. 

South Florida, well known for its ethnic and cultural diversity, is among the regions that represent our cultural future in the United States.  The Shimmy Club is working to strengthen and preserve this rich mix, helping communities 1) consolidate and promote their artistic and cultural assets, 2) develop community awareness and unity through arts education and outreach, and 3) eradicate stigma for persons with disabilities through inclusion practices and programming.

Since 2006, The Shimmy Club’s work has highlighted the need for a broader spectrum of opportunities for people with disabilities.  We open the doors to a world of arts, culture, and community – for everyone.

The Shimmy Club seeks to …

•  Provide arts & culture education to people with disabilities.

  1. Promote inclusion and community involvement in mixed-ability environments so that people of all abilities                may experience the same forms of artistic expression together.

  2. Make affordable and available to the community events that celebrate, develop, and educate the public in different forms of dance, music, and art.

  3. Bring life and recognition to the rich cultural mix of music and dance in South Florida.   To promote South Florida leadership in the preservation of ethnic music and dance cultures.

  4. Feature artists, musicians, and dancers able to enrich and teach the community.

  5. Become an active partner, a cultural catalyst, for all members of the communities we work with, particularly those with any venue or event contributing to the growth of music and social dance.

  6. Through ongoing community events, connect families and communities with their respective cultural traditions in music, dance, and the arts.

  7. Reach out to involve other communities within the United States and abroad, developing partnerships and exchanges.

  1. 3.About us

3.2 Our Mission

Serving as a cultural catalyst, bringing music, arts, and dance from around the world to local communities, The Shimmy Club, Inc. promotes socially-oriented activities that not only unite families within a particular cultural heritage, but also strengthen our richly diverse communities across these traditions. In keeping with its strong philosophy of inclusiveness and diversity, we offer mixed ability programming, events, activities and arts education to people with disabilities.

3.3 Founders

Dianne Basha Castro

Carol Durbin

3.4.Board of Directors (for more info, scroll down, click on name to go to html version)

Ivonne Anton

Alex Bezjian

Dianne Basha Castro

Karen Egozi

Elena de Socarraz, Esq.

Ivonne Anton

(more info click to go to html version)


4.1 You Move Me Tango:

About the Program:

“Dancing, we participate in the music and the moment, encountering ourselves and each other.”

Recognizing music and partner dancing as powerful social and artistic motivators, You Move Me TangoSM provides free, ongoing tango classes to youth in Miami-Dade County having visual or other exceptionalities in mixed-ability environments. Beginning March 2007, The Shimmy Club sponsored and implemented You Move Me Tango classes for seniors with disabilities at Asociacion de Ayuda al Ciego (ASAC), Buenos Aires, Argentina, giving these seniors the opportunity to express their culture in a manner they never before imagined possible.  Recognizing its impact, since June 2010, the program continues in Argentina, sponsored by the ASAC organization. True, social-style Argentine Tango calls upon the ability of two dancers to move as one--a momentary, albeit intricate relationship which relies less on one’s ability to see than to feel.
The program is designed by experienced Argentine Tango professionals and dancers in conjunction with local, national and international community partner organizations dedicated to the cause of inclusion.  Since 2007, You Move Me Tango has heightened artistic awareness, self-confidence, teamwork, and healthy social skills among its participants.  We actively promote integration and community involvement, and as a result, we have not only provided a fun, challenging activity, but have also worked to eradicate stigma for persons with disabilities.
The Miami initiative lays the foundation for other communities in the United States and abroad who wish to implement the You Move Me TangoSM program.
You Move Me TangoSM is based upon the simple premise that when we share a common interest, we naturally begin to know one another a little better.  As we come to know one another, we will be more likely to celebrate our differences – not look away.

4.2 Miami Tangos

About the program

Argentine Tango is a unique global phenomenon, its participants a family distanced sometimes only by geography.  Tango’s embrace, its constant over more than a century, now brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. 

Tango intertwines the senses, drawing us towards its most driving force, its music; dancers share a language of the heart, an intricate communication no two speak in the same manner.   

Interpreting emotion through movement heals, liberates, and inspires.

The Shimmy Club, Inc. is committed to supporting the study of Argentine Tango and furthering the growth of the entire Tango community.  Our program Miami Tangos collaborates with local, national and international tango event promoters, organizers and instructors through networking, promotion, and production to offer affordable, accessible events.


About the program:

Onomatopoeia is the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, and bang...or in this case Pa-TIRIKI-TA, the beats and rhythms of the drum.  PA-TIRIKI-TA is a priceless opportunity for kids to celebrate all abilities and diverse cultures in an interactive arts program that intermingles all, like spaghetti in a bowl!  It’s Argentine tango, Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, and Hip-hop, rhythms and movements that express the soul of traditional cultures.  It’s opportunity to share the stage WITH professional artists.  And its the story, following the performing kids, professional artists, elementary school staff and parents involved in the project from rehearsal to stage. Because?  We need to fight isolation for kids having disabilities.  Our way?  We bring all kids to one another.  Together...they embrace, lead, follow, glide, pivot, step, jump, stomp, tap, clap, snap, whirl, shake it and turn.  “I no longer see your disability, I see you”.  Because?  We need to nurture cultural diversity and heritage, inspiring kids understanding why they each matter in our ever so wonderful, colorful world.  “Now I know you, because I can appreciate your drums too”.  Because?  We need to increase awareness.  Diversity should be celebrated, everywhere, everyday.  Our way?  A documentary capturing personal experiences that reveal the program’s message and impact will share the trans-formative power of the arts with others.

PA-TIRIKI-TA impacts kids having disabilities and those who have not, artists, families, schools, and YOU, our community!

5. How to Help :

5.1 Donate

The Shimmy Club, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) public charity is accepting your tax deductible donations in the form of gifts, sponsorships, bequests, devises, or transfers.

Take a passionate STEP in the right direction.  We need your help so that we may give the precious gift of equal opportunity to people with disabilities and continue to nurture the joy of celebrating the arts together.

We invite you to walk alongside us, share our vision and make a difference in the environment of our communities.

Every STEP you take now will help us reach our goal of enriching lives, opening one small window of joy at a time.

Please open your hearts and give your donations by clicking directly on our Pay Pal link.  Your contribution, no matter how small will make a BIG difference.

5.2 Volunteer

Our community of volunteers mean the world to us and to the participants we serve.

Make a difference, contact

and become a volunteer!

  1. 6.Events : click here to see events page in html version

7. Press

Feb. 15, 2010, segment aired, America TeVe, special report - “A Ciegos”, Flavia Azar, Producer,

Jan. 29, 2010, The Miami Herald, “Tangothon in Hallandale benefits dance program for visually impaired”, by Eileen Soler

May 4, 2009 - Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs, “4,000 Children and Families attend the All Kids Included Family Arts Festival for children of all abilities.   ALL ABOARD: A PHENOMENAL SUCCESS!

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Sept. 2008 - Celeb Life Magazine, fall issue, “The Gift of DANCE,”  by Jean Jacobs,   

 June 9, 2008 – Univision TV, “Despierta America”, Paola Gutierrez, national morning show segment aired.

 April 5, 2008 – Telemundo, “Al Rojo Vivo with Maria Celeste”, national morning show segment aired.

 March 17, 2008 – WLRN “Art Street”, Meredith Porte, local segment aired.

 March 11, 2008 – KPFK 90.07 FM, Los Angeles “Access Unlimited”, radio interview with The Shimmy Club, Jorge Torres, Henry Slucki, Jolie Mason.

 Feb. 20, 2008 – NBC6 News, “Spirit of South Florida” with Tony Segreto, “Women Teach Blind Students to Dance”, local segment aired.

 2007 - The Children’s Trust Annual Report

 Dec. 7, 2007 – NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ”Making a Difference”, with Correspondent Mark Potter, national segment aired.

 Oct. 11, 2007 – Latin Week NY, “Déjame sentir el tango como si lo viera”, Alexandra Castaño,Comm. Matthew Sapolin, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities New York supports program initiative as quoted in article.

 Sept. 26, 2007 – Univ.of Miami, local channel, segment aired, Kanika Chadda.

 Sept. 18, 2007 – Telemundo, “Cada Dia”, Julian Zamora, national morning show segment aired.

 Sept. 15, 2007 –  WJAN, America TeVe, “Quiereme Descalzi”, local segment aired.

 Sept. 4, 2007 – The Miami Herald, “Tango Moves Them”, Gladys Amador.

Aug. 29, 2007 - The Children’s Trust E-Newsletter, “Shimmy Club’s ‘You Move Me’ Teaches Tango to Blind and Visually Impaired Youths”, Michael Malone.

 Feb. 25, 2007 – The Miami Herald, “Spreading the Gospel of Tango”, Kathleen Krog.

  1. 8.Links

8.1 Partners

Thank you Michiko Kurisu, our amazing photographer, for so intuitively interpreting your vision of our program through such exquisite and artful  images.

The Shimmy Club, Inc.’s You Move Me Tango program for Miami-Dade County is funded in part by The Children’s Trust.  The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

You Move Me Tango, Miami-Dade County is supported by a grant from the Dade Community Foundation, Greater Miami’s permanent endowment made possible by generous donors since 1967.

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners

  1. 9.Contact us

The Shimmy Club, Inc.

5794 S.W. 40th Street #131

Miami, Florida 33155

phone - fax : 305-740-5763

e-mail :


  1. 10.Monthly schedule:

October 1 - January 30, 2011 Argentine tango, Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Hip-hop classes with accompanying performances at W.J. Bryan Elementary School.  June 27 - July 1, 2012 Graciela Gonzalez Argentine tango workshops and private classes.


  The Shimmy Club Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) Non Profit Organization