In 1995 Ron and Judith Gariepy attended a performance of Forever Tango in San Francisco. They returned to Lexington, Kentucky, with "The Passion" for Argentine Tango. They shared their excitement with their dancing friends, and to their surprise that year an Argentine Tango teacher appeared in Lexington. Thus, the beginning of Argentine Tango in Lexington.
LexTango originated in 1996 with a group of seven aspiring tango dancers in Lexington, Kentucky. The only source of instruction was a monthly visit by Michael Wizer from Cincinnati. The Seven practiced every Wednesday evening in the basement of Barker Hall on the University of Kentucky campus in order to be ready for Michael's next visit. They also traveled to Cincinnati for lessons with Michael and visiting teachers from time to time. After about three years The Group of Seven*, then Eight**, moved the practice sessions to ArtsPlace, which continue to this day as the "Wednesday Night Practica".
Around 1999 Judith and Ron were asked to teach a beginner's class in AT at ArtsPlace under the aegis of the LVDS. They have taught four six-week sessions each year since. The number of graduates of the beginners class soon called forth an intermediate level class as well. With more tango dancers in the Lexington area the Wednesday Night Practica grew. Now we not only have a Weekly Practica, but monthly, or more, Milongas at a variety of venues. We sponsor occasional workshops to hone our skills and many of us travel widely to attend workshops and Milongas in other wonderful places.