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Classes

  • All
  • Tango
  • Yoga
  • Swing
  • Belly Dance

Schedule & Upcoming Events

Featured Events

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      Swing Loft: a Night of WCS Fun!

      Fri, May 6, 2016 - Sat, May 7, 2016  8:00 pm - 12:00 am

      We mostly teach WCS here but we do add in a few other dance lessons at times. Then come join us for a fun night of dancing! No Partner needed.

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      Philly Queer Tango All-Levels Workshop

      Sat, May 7, 2016  2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

      Because dance should make everyone feel safe, and give everyone a place to belong, because we want to share the beauty, connection, and communication of Argentine Tango with our larger LGBTQ and Allied community, and because we want to dance with you. Yes, you!

Rates and Fees

 Pricing Options
Class Cards

  • $120.00 - 8 Class Card($15 per class)

  • $96.00 - 8 Class Card:Student/Senior($12 per class)


  • Class cards are good for all drop in classes and expire 3 Months from purchase
Yoga

  • $18.00 - Drop-In

  • $10.00 - Grow Yoga Basics with Student Teachers

  • $99.00 - 30 Day Unlimited

Yoga Private LessonsPlease email us: info@sanghaspace.com to schedule a private lesson at Sangha Space, a time to focus on your practice.
Tango

  • $150.00 - Introduction 8 week Series (AT-01: Intro to Argentine Tango)

  • $75.00 - Intermediate 4 week series (ATG-Graduate Level Courses, pre-requisite is successful completion of AT-01)

  • $20.00 - Thursday Clinic (This includes Practica)

  • $10.00 - Thursday Practica

  • $15.00 - Tango Hop

  • $25.00 - Tango Tutoring
    Work privately with one of our awesome staff instructors for 30 minutes. 9pm or 9:30pm on Thursdays!
Tango TutoringWork privately with one of our awesome staff instructors. Only $25 for 30 minutes. 9pm or 9:30pm on Thursdays!
Yoga/Tango Private Lessons

  • $85.00 Single Lesson

  • $300.00 Package of 4 Lessons

  • $560.00 Package of 8 Lessons

West Coast Swing

  • $110.00 - 6 Week West Coast Swing Fundamentals Course

  • $20.00 - West Coast Swing Intermediate Drop-in

  • $15.00 Swing Loft

  • Private Lessons with Rob and Sheila: Contact Rob And Shelia

Belly DancingBelly Dance with Najia on Mondays at Sangha Space: Register Here

Instructors

Lori Coyle

Owner of Sangha Space and Instructor
lori@sanghaspace.com

As a dancer, Lori is known for her grace and strength. A student of movement arts for a lifetime and a devoted tango dancer, Lori can race a motorcycle as readily as leading and following a beautiful back boleo. She believes that there is no technique without connection and no connection without technique, leaving Lori known for her sensual connectedness as a follower and as a leader. As a teacher, Lori is clear and compassionate and a master at building community. Her 25 years as a teacher of many arts gives her the opportunity to build curriculum that leads to educated dancers that treasure connection. She teaches for the University of Pennsylvania Tango Club, Swarthmore Tango Club, Delaware County Community College and is the owner of Sangha Space where her passion for teaching finds a home on the tango dance floor and the yoga mat each week in her hometown. You can learn more about Lori in her staff interview: click here!

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Lori Coyle

Lori Coyle

Owner of Sangha Space and Instructor

Howard Schwarz

Tango Staff

Since his first steps, Howard has been following his tango journey through dedicated dancing, traveling nationally to festivals, marathons and more and taking the pilgrimage to Buenos Aires more than once to muster up the mastery of additional skills. Howard is a regular at Philadelphia milongas along with his tango partner and girlfriend, Rita Berenshteyn. Howard has performed with Lori Coyle at Princeton, Newark, Sangha Space and Media Theatre. Howard and Rita have performed at Sangha Space and in Indianapolis. And Howard’s reputation as a musical dancer that is fun to dance with has inspired classes simply called “What Would Howard Do?”. Come to Sangha Space on 2nd Thursdays to find out! You can read Howard's hilarious interview with Rita here!

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Howard Schwarz

Howard Schwarz

Tango Staff

Rita Berenshteyn

Tango Staff

Rita has a fiery flare in her dedication to the art of tango dancing. Leaving other dance forms behind once the tango obsession took hold, Rita has become a coveted leader and follower in the Philadelphia Tango community. Some have even likened her to be a "force of nature on the dancefloor"! Howard and Rita have performed at Sangha Space Tango, in Indianapolis and are often the center of attention on the social dance floor. Read Rita's snappy interview with Howard here. She promises that you will laugh when you do!

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Rita Berenshteyn

Rita Berenshteyn

Tango Staff

Meghaan Carter

Tango Staff

Meghaan started learning tango to dance at her wedding to the wonderful and talented Ivan Carter. She knew after her first lesson that she would be studying Argentine tango for the rest of her life. Meghaan brings her energy and enthusiasm to her teaching and learns from each of her students. Meghaan has also managed to recruit her mother and brother to Sangha Space’s warm and inviting community. When she is not zoo keeping or teaching tango she enjoys reading and being with her son. Meg taught the Beginner Tango Course for two years and can now be found teaching the Tango Clinic on fourth Thursdays!

Check out her interview HERE.

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Meghaan Carter

Meghaan Carter

Tango Staff

Elly Fernandez

Tango Staff
elly@sanghaspace.com

Tango found Elly at an opportune time in life. Her passion for tango has directed her to places she never expected; she wrote a very long thesis paper on tango’s health benefits, she sat in hot springs with strangers at a tango retreat, she danced to dubstep (which she previously found excruciating to listen to), she spent more money than she should have on shoes in Buenos Aires, she has practiced boleos incessantly while waiting for the water to boil, and she recently (December 2015!) completed a Master's degree in Education. Her degrees in Psychology and Theatre offer a unique perspective on the dance that allow students to approach new movements with acute awareness. You can count on her to inspire laughter when she snorts at Ivan's jokes as they teach the Beginner Tango Course together! Elly loves ice cream, ee cummings, and sunshine company. You can read her staff interview HERE to know a little bit more about her tango story.

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Elly Fernandez

Elly Fernandez

Tango Staff

Ivan Carter

Tango Staff

Ivan Carter came to tango very differently than most. By force. His wife insisted they take dance lessons before they got married to avoid the embarrassing “7th grade shuffle”. Like always he realized she was right and fell in love with Tango and hasn’t looked back. He teaches the Beginner Tango Course along side Elly. We interviewed Ivan and think you will be intrigued with his playlist of favorite tango songs -- read it here!

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Ivan Carter

Ivan Carter

Tango Staff

Pamela Lee

Director of Yoga at Sangha Space
pamela@sanghaspace.com

Pamela started experimenting with yoga in 2001 and found it deeply healing and transformative. She has over 500 hours of training to draw from and loves finding new movement experiments to share with her students. She hopes her classes inspire fun, honor and challenge your strength, help you to be your best advocate, trust yourself more and assist you in finding your unique expression of movement each time you play on your mat. When she’s not growing her yoga or dancing Tango, Pamela can be found meditating with rare teas, taking a bath, or wandering for hours in the forest (or suburbia.) We interview her and you can read her to-the-point, poetic responses HERE!

Contact her to schedule a private lesson: pamela@sanghaspace.com

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Pamela Lee

Pamela Lee

Director of Yoga at Sangha Space

Kristina McFadden

Tango Staff

Tango became an instant passion as Krissy took her first steps 9 years ago. Dedication and eagerness to master tango led her to move to Buenos Aires and study with every tango and body movement specialist that inspired her. Now an established and cherished instructor, Krissy teaches in the Philadelphia area.

As a dancer, Krissy is known for her inspired musicality and grounded presence. Though drawn to the athleticism of modern tango dancing, her versatility takes her over pre-established style boundaries with a goal to be fluent in everyone’s embrace. Her enthusiasm and laid-back approach creates an easy-going learning environment, where students feel relaxed and inspired. Krissy emphasizes the importance for both leaders and followers to put technique, creativity and joy on equal grounds.

You can learn more about Krissy by reading her sweet & spunky guest interview here!

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Kristina McFadden

Kristina McFadden

Tango Staff

Rob and Sheila

West Coast Swing Instructors
robandsheila@sanghaspace.com

Our partnership began in 1991, learning Country-Western at a dance hall in Westville, NJ. Dancing has since become our way of life and has brought us many good times and many more good friends .

We danced Country & Western for a couple of years, learning all the partner dances with 2 Step being our favorite, then visited a little 3 day convention in Cape May, N.J. where we were mesmerized by West Coast Swing. We started taking lessons in West Coast and quickly became addicted. Before long we were competing and traveling to events from coast to coast.

In the mid – 90’s we began teaching WCS and hosting local dances, and after a few years of teaching, hosting, and traveling the West Coast Swing national circuit of events, we were introduced to Carolina Shag, the official state dance of South Carolina. This smooth style swing dance captured our hearts the minute we saw it and we traveled the Shag circuit for years, competing in CSA contests throughout the South and demonstrating and teaching this dance to anyone who would give us a chance.

In the year 2000 we founded the Delaware Valley Shag & Swing Club and are to this day, the acting president and vice-prez of this not-for-profit dance group.. In 2005, after having danced on several competitive WCS and Carolina Shag dance teams, we organized, coached and choreographed The Atrium Swing Team, the first West Coast Swing performance team in the Phila/S. Jersey area. We did a second team in 2007, and then a third team in 2008.

In 2009 we joined the World Swing Dance Council as professional members, and in 2012 realized our longtime dream in creating Freedom Swing Dance Challenge, a WSDC registry event, and hosting it right here in Philadelphia. Two years later, we added the Philly Swing Classic, another 3 day WCS event, which we hosted in the fall of 2013, and which will be added to the list of WSDC registry events in 2014.

Our love for music and dance has taken us to many exciting places; we’ve danced and met many fun and interesting people, danced and developed some wonderful friendships, we’ve danced and and learned so much along the way. Welcome to our world of dance. As you can see, we teach dance; DJ dances; host dances, offer group and private lessons and more. We hope you’ll join us somewhere for a lesson, an event, a party or just a dance.

Your own world of dance awaits you!

In case you're still on the fence about taking their classes, we interviewed them for you so you could get to know them a little bit more before you come! Check it out by clicking here.

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Rob and Sheila

Rob and Sheila

West Coast Swing Instructors

Geoffré Dominessy

Tango Staff

After serving as a Captain in the United States Army and deploying to Baghdad, Iraq with the 10th Mountain Division, Geoff left the service and moved to Buenos Aires to fully dedicate himself to the study of Argentine Tango. Initially only planning to stay in Buenos Aires for six months, he ended up living in the Tango capital a total of three years. During his time there he studied with: Ines Muzzopapa & Dante Sanchez; Alejandra Gutty; Aldana Silveyra & Diego Ortega; Mariana Dragone; Pancho Martinez Pey; Paola Tacchetti & Jose Luis Ferrarro; Paola Sanz & Facundo de la Cruz; Cristina Sosa & Daniel Nacucchio; Javier Rodriguez; Ariadna Naveira & Fernando Sanchez; and Moira Castellano.

 

In 2013, along with his friend and then partner, Delia Hou, he was selected as a Finalist in both the “Vals” and “Milongueros del Mundo” categories in Buenos Aires’ city championship (Campeonato de Baile de la Ciudad). In this championship Delia and Geoff won the third place trophy in the category of “Milongueros del Mundo.” A few months later in August they competed in the World Championships of Tango (Mundial de Baile,Tango de Pista). After ranking 7th in the world in the semifinals of a championship with an inscription of over 400 couples, they were selected as one of the 40 finalist couples. They danced and competed in front of an audience of over 5000 spectators at Luna Park, an honor and incredible experience that he will never forget.

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Geoffré Dominessy

Geoffré Dominessy

Tango Staff

Najia

Belly Dance Instructor
bealivinggoddess@gmail.com

Come nourish your soul with Najia, a Philadelphia, PA based performer, teacher, and choreographer of the ancient art of Middle Eastern dance. Najia’s unique training method and certifications will awaken the goddess within you. Her passion for dancing has led her to study with international dance stars throughout the globe as well as performing throughout this country and abroad. Najia made regular trips to the Middle East for over a decade, typically spending two to three months a year researching dance and bringing this wealth of knowledge home to her students and the stage.

Najia's desire to share her knowledge from her influential teachers, Sahra Saeeda, Aszmara, Jehan, Elena Lentini, Delilah , Dina and Nagwa Said led her to produce over a hundred hafla shows, events and workshops for dancers since 1998. Her students have the opportunity to study with these world famous bellydancers and perform in shows with them. Najia is known for her beautiful, soulful, cultural and passionate approach to Middle Eastern dance. She is also a professional artist, performer, teacher and award winning choreographer.

"Najia is the most qualified bellydance teacher in the Philadelphia area. She has trained numerous professional dancers who now work here and her authentic style is reflected in her students. We are happy to have her represent our Arabic culture and show people the true dance and correct way."

- Casablanca Moroccan Restaurant in Philadelphia

We interviewed her and she had a lot to share with us! Read it HERE.

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Najia

Najia

Belly Dance Instructor

Lauren Onorato

Tango Staff

Lauren began dancing Argentine Tango in 2013 when a sequence of happy coincidences brought her to Sangha Space. Offering a perfect marriage between her interests of music and motion, she fell in love with this beautiful dance. She has learned so much from the community at Sangha Space and looks forward to many shared learning experiences.

On the rare occasion that she is not dancing, Lauren can be found practicing eccentric hobbies that infuse her life with zeal. Regardless of whatever practices she pursues, she seeks to touch the lives of others with positivity. Aside from dancing Argentine Tango, Lauren also guides the ‘Philadelphia Tango JaM.’

Find out more about what she does, what she loves, and what she thinks about exchanging roles in her staff interview here!

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Lauren Onorato

Lauren Onorato

Tango Staff

Chris Welc

Yoga Instructor

Chris Welc has been a part of the Sangha Space community for over three years. As a longtime student of yoga, he continues to refine his practice here under the guidance of his teacher Pamela Lee. He is a member of the inaugural class of Grow Yoga instructors at Sangha Space. His teaching emphasizes deep steady breathing, slow flow progressions, and gently held asanas. When not on his yoga mat, Chris studies Argentine Tango under the tutelage of Lori Coyle. You can read his very sweet staff interview here to learn more about him!

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Chris Welc

Chris Welc

Yoga Instructor

Judy Ryan

Tango Staff

Judy discovered tango nine years ago when she attended the free lesson that precedes the monthly Tango Hop. Mesmerized by Lori’s moves, she decided that this needed to be a part of her life. Now, when traveling, tango is always on the agenda. Friends have been made worldwide thanks to this wonderful community, many of whom have been guests at her “Hostel”. Encouraged from day one to lead and follow has broadened Judy’s tango vocabulary and she is seldom seen sitting. We interviewed her and she gave us lots of warm fuzzies, read it here!

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Judy Ryan

Judy Ryan

Tango Staff

Deborah “Lil Debbie” Goldberg

Tango Staff

Lil Debbie has wild hair, eccentric outfits and kind eyes. She is super cute and always ready with a hug and that “I understand, honey” glance. She bakes for us each week and treats us to birthday cakes every month. Sometimes she even takes requests. Some of her specialties include: lemon lavender cookies (really!), vegan salted-caramel icing over a pumpkin cake, award winning caramelitas and her ubiquitous “we expect it” vegan banana bread… you should try some!

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Deborah “Lil Debbie” Goldberg

Deborah “Lil Debbie” Goldberg

Tango Staff

Deborah Cascarino

Photographer and Dancer

Debbie discovered Tango in 2006 when she began to take group and private lessons with Lori at the studio. She has been an active member ever since and part of the Sangha Space Tango community. Her other love is nature and landscape photography which she has enjoyed and shared for over 20 years. Debbie's first solo photography exhibition was at Lori's studio in Media in January 2007. Since then she has exhibited throughout the area and has given many multi-media presentations of her photography. At the monthly Tango Hop, Debbie dances and takes the Hop photographs that appear on the Sangha Space Facebook page. We interviewed her about her passion for photography and learned some surprising things: check it out!

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Deborah Cascarino

Deborah Cascarino

Photographer and Dancer

Daniel Bodak

Tango Intern

Daniel has been a part of the Sangha Space community for since April of 2011. He's been a tango intern since the start of 2015 and is eager to improve his skills and learn how to instruct classes. Tango has taught him patience, the importance of posture, and that anyone can dance. Daniel is also a musician, an artist, and a performer. He also likes cats and baked goods.

We interviewed this gentle, old soul and think you will find him just as kind and nurturing as we do. Check it out HERE.

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Daniel Bodak

Daniel Bodak

Tango Intern

Mallory

Yoga Intern

Mallory is thrilled to have joined the Sangha Space community during June 2015. She is a recent graduate from West Chester University with a Major in Communication Studies, and minors in Philosophy and Peace & Conflict Studies. During her "YogoTango" internship at the studio, she has learned about the importance of connection and the value of nonverbal communication. Yoga and tango classes at Sangha Space have provided her with therapeutic, creative, and challenging learning environments. She believes that yoga is a tool that can help individuals practice self-love, discovery, and respect. Tango is an art form that teaches people how to connect and communicate almost entirely through body language, which increases one's awareness of their intentions and the messages they send. She also thinks that the opportunity to learn more is always available if one knows where to look and what questions to ask. She hopes to eventually become a certified yoga instructor. In her free time, Mallory enjoys reading, swimming, walking in the woods, watching movies, cuddling with beloved pets, and being with family and friends. We interviewed Mallory to learn more about her YogoTango internship; read about it HERE!

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Mallory

Mallory

Yoga Intern

Jackie

Yoga Teacher and Tango Guide

Jackie has been part of the Sangha Space community since November 2013 by taking West coast swing. She has more recently been a yoga intern and has graduated the Tango Beginner Series. Jackie has been a yoga and meditation enthusiast since 1999 and she has a Teacher’s Certificate in vinyasa yoga. She hopes to be able to help her community through guiding and teaching yoga. She feels that yoga can assist to create a sound mind, strong body and can help one through many of life’s challenges. Using a yogic mindset she sees much beauty in the world and wishes to help others discover it. Jackie loves to adventure and can often be found wandering about in the woods. She loves to get her hands dirty in a garden or on a farm. Jackie is a teaching associate for Rutgers and can often be found traveling for it as well. When not doing any of the aforementioned she can be found in a midst of a good book or a bad joke.

Come to her yoga class on Monday evenings at 6pm! We interviewed Jackie to learn more about her experience as a yoga intern and teacher at Sangha. You can read the full interview HERE.

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Jackie

Jackie

Yoga Teacher and Tango Guide

Gabrielle

Yoga Teacher

Gabrielle (Gabi) grew up in California, where she dove into yoga at a tender age. She really loves handstands, and hopes to learn to levitate someday. Her dog, Ayla, reminds her to always live in the present moment, especially while at work for Natural Lands Trust, where Gabi stewards native ecosystems. While interning for Sangha Space, Gabi found herself very curious about tango, and it wasn't long before she found herself dancing as well!

Read more about Gabi in this interview.

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Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Yoga Teacher

Karen

Yogo-Tango Intern

Karen has been a part of the Sangha Space community since September 2015.  In October she became a yogotango intern and has been an enthusiastic and active member of the community ever since!  She hopes to bring a sense of joy and playfulness to the tango and yoga experiences, and to help the community (and herself) be as sensitive, inclusive, and accepting as she and it can be.  She is very excited to continue her tango journey and increase her social dance skills, while dancing with as many fellow tango dancers as possible.  When not at Sangha Space, Karen can be found working with computers as a Linux Systems Administrator, walking her greyhound, reading a huge pile of books, or knitting furiously.  She has a degree in Art History and Gender Studies from Bard College, and a background in historic costuming.

We interviewed her (read it here!) and you would be surprised by all of her hidden talents!

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Karen

Karen

Yogo-Tango Intern













Rental Space Available

Sangha Space can host many events!

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Ongoing Events and Classes

Have a passion you want to share? Need a place to regularly bring people together for a practice? Sangha Space is a perfect spot for movement based classes, informational gatherings and recurring social events.

Hourly rentals can start as low as $50/hr depending on your needs. Please contact info@sanghaspace.com to book your event and to learn more.

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Your Special Event

Host your special event at Sangha Space. Perfect for weddings, showers, anniversaries and any celebration that brings people together. Affordable, beautiful and located in beautiful downtown Media. Special event rates start as low as $450 per event.

Please contact info@sanghaspace.com to book your event and to learn more.

about us

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Our Story…

 
In 2005 we started our first social dance, Tango Hop. Our goal was to bring the joyful, fascinating experience of Argentine Tango dancing to the town we loved, Media, PA. And from this event a community of local dancers began to grow and we all began to move together. We first connect with ourselves, strengthening our own mind/body connections. We connect with others through this movement in classes and in social dance settings. And we connect to the larger community, reminding us that our movement is part of our practice of living a healthy life, a life rich with connections. These connections are part of all healthy movement arts practices. We wanted to create a space where people can move toward a healthier, fuller life. A space that offers the opportunity for connections and community. Welcome to Sangha Space: connecting people through movement.

contact

We are located in the heart of Media, Pennsylvania. Close to Philadelphia and Wilmington, Media is a charming town with a main street full of restaurants, art and more.

  • Address: 116 West Baltimore Avenue, Media, PA 19063
  • Phone: (610) 864-2323
  • Email: info@sanghaspace.com
  • Events and Bookings: lori@sanghaspace.com
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