Elizabeth M. Seyler is a dancer, writer, researcher, and entrepreneur who thrives on redefining social dance, championing leadership through movement, and helping those who don’t think they’re dancers discover that they are. Since 2006, she has run Tango Wise LLC in Burlington, specializing in gender-neutral Argentine tango instruction and events for dancers aged 16 to 86. Her approach to social dance on and off campus equalizes power and responsibility on the dance floor, builds strong interpersonal connections, and invites dancers to become more creative, joyful, and compassionate.

Her award-winning doctoral dissertation on the Greater Philadelphia Argentine tango community employed a range of methodologies--from statistical analysis to phenomenological inquiry--to craft the community’s history, describe dancers’ demographics and characteristics, and reveal how dancers believe that tango affects their lives. Her current research explores the pedagogy and impacts of gender-neutral social dance and how it can further feminist agendas for a healthier, more egalitarian world. She has guest taught at Middlebury College, Bennington College, and Temple University and has published original research and presented at international conferences since 2006.

In past lives, she has studied and performed piano, conga drumming, voice, modern dance, salsa, and jazz tap and has dabbled in International ballroom and West Africa dance. In addition to tango, she currently loves classical and jazz music, improvisation, West Coast swing, and East Coast swing... with a dash of salsa.

Elizabeth Seyler

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Argentine tango, social dance, dance history, leadership, gender studies


  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • M.Ed, University of Vermont
  • B.A. Cornell University


Courses Taught

DNCE 005 - D2: Intro to World Dance Cultures

DNCE 035 - D2: Argentine Tango