Milonga Magnifica was founded in January 2019 by Katia Diamond. Katia is an Argentine Tango, Ballroom & Latin dance instructor, performer and competitor. She has numerous national and world titles and teaches and performs throughout Southern California and worldwide.

While filming a tango music video with Dario Artunduaga in Buenos Aires in 2018 for the Otros Aires song “Nieblas del Riachuelo”, Katia decided to open a new milonga in her hometown of San Diego as well as Orange County to support the growing tango community in Southern California.  She was so excited about the idea that she told her mother about it during a conversation. Her mom thought her idea was “magnificent” and suggested the name “Milonga Magnifica” which is how Milonga Magnifica was named.

Katia’s vision was to set a new standard for all milongas by providing tangueros the absolute best experience possible.  This included:

  • A friendly and supportive atmosphere for all dancers
  • The best tango music with some of the hottest DJ’s
  • Delicious snacks, appetizers & refreshments
  • Frequent performances and workshops by top dancers
  • Exciting new themed milongas every month

One of the most important issues was to make sure everybody gets to dance!

You will find Katia on the dance floor at her milongas all night dancing with everyone to make sure everyone has a great time.

Milonga Magnofica offers 2 milongas in Southern California every month.

The first one is the 2nd Friday of the month in San Diego at Infinity Dance Sport Center from 9PM – 1AM. An introductory tango class is usually scheduled from 8PM-9PM just prior to the milonga and is included with the milonga admission. Please contact Katia prior to the Milonga to confirm whether a class will be offered for the date you want to attend.

The second one is the last Friday of the month in Orange County (Santa Ana) at Avant Garde Ballroom from 9PM – 1AM. An introductory tango class is usually scheduled from 8PM-9PM just prior to the milonga and is included with the milonga admission. Please contact Katia prior to the Milonga to confirm whether a class will be offered for the date you want to attend.

For a map with directions to each location please visit HERE.

For complete details about upcoming milongas and other events please visit the online Events Calendar HERE.

Milonga Magnofica offers 2 milongas in Southern California every month.

The first one is the 2nd Friday of the month in San Diego at Infinity Dance Sport Center from 9PM – 1AM. An introductory tango class is usually scheduled from 8PM-9PM just prior to the milonga and is included with the milonga admission.

Infinity Dance Sport Center
9375 Engineer Rd, Ste B
San Diego, CA 92111

The second one is the last Friday of the month in Orange County (Santa Ana) at Avant Garde Ballroom from 9PM – 1AM. An introductory tango class is usually scheduled from 8PM-9PM just prior to the milonga and is included with the milonga admission.

Avant Garde Ballroom
1502 E Warner Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705

For a map with directions to each location please visit HERE.

For complete details about upcoming milongas and other events please visit the online Events Calendar HERE.

Admission to the San Diego milonga is $12.

Admission to the Orange County milonga is $18.

Admission includes an extravagant buffet of snacks, appetizers & refreshments, and a fun night filled with dancing, music and friends.  Often there is a free introductory tango class just prior to the Milonga. Please contact Katia to confirm the class is scheduled for the date you are planning to attend.

No. Snacks and refreshments are always served and are included as part of the milonga admission.

We accept CASH or Credit Cards at the door when you arrive. We do not currently accept payments in advance but should be adding this option soon.  Sign up for our newsletter to be advised about upcoming milongas, workshops, special events and announcements for advance payments and more updates.

A one hour introductory Argentine Tango class, included with the milonga admission, is usually taught prior to the milonga from 8PM-9PM. However, occasionally the class is canceled for various reasons. If you are interested in taking the class, please contact Katia to confirm a class will be held on the night you plan to attend.

In general we recommend anything ranging from business casual to semi formal.

Everyone is always welcome! Please feel free to attend and dance as much or as little as you feel comfortable. Regardless of whether you are a leader or follower, just let your dance partners know you are a beginner and they will almost certainly help you on the dance floor. You can also let Katia know when you arrive and she will offer any help she can to make sure you get to dance and have a great time.

For all non dancers, the milonga is simply half price. Due to the cost of providing snacks and refreshments, and since the venues charge us a per person fee based on attendance, we have to collect at least this much to cover basic costs.

We suggest 18 years and older as a guideline. Due to the late hours and overwhelming adult crowd, it is likely that younger children will be bored. However, well behaved children under 18 are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

To contact Katia for more information about Milonga Magnifica, private lessons or performance opportunities please use any of the following:

Telephone:  (858) 922-2121  (call, text or whatsapp)

Email:  Katia@MilongaMagnifica.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/Katia.Diamond.77