About

We are a global community of dancers committed to sublime connection and maximum artistry.

We believe that tango can be liberating and we seek to build ethical communities of dancers, Marks and Revels who work and play in dialogue and celebration of creativity.

We provide rapid and effective training for serious tango students.

Our technique enables the use of traditional tango as an expressive art with any music in any context. If you are an ambitious dancer of any level who wants to develop your tango to a high level of artistic expression, we want to meet you!

Ethics

We are devoted to the principle that Tango can be communicated in a way that everyone can understand and implement, so that teaching is not a cult of personality and metaphor, but a precise, objective, verifiable toolbox that empowers students. Our instruction is precise, effective, systematic, and rapid.

We teach tango from the elements, without sequences or memorization. Students learn the Lexicon of Tango movements inherited from the 1940s, apply the biomechanical tools systematically for perfect technique, and find their own variations, entrances, and exits.

We’ve spent years figuring out how to teach delicious sensation and fluid motion using anatomical terms. Students use our biomechanical tools to diagnose their own errors, assist partners, and learn faster from videos and any teachers.

We offer a MasterCourse of the entire Lexicon of Argentine Tango. It covers all the biomechanics and systems of variation for the 25 Elements of Tango in less than 12 hours of video. We also have Home Solo Practice video courses to structure your home training, an Exercise Center for the 10 key tango muscles, and a comprehensive KnowledgeBase (encyclopedia). Learn more about our Digital School.

If you want to meet us live, you can visit for private lessons in Berlin. Just send an email or use the chatbox to arrange. Or you can meet us on Tour. You can join our tourdates email list or check the Agenda anytime.

You can read more about our pedagogy.

Meet us to study and dance. Just enter your email below for events as they are announced.

Creativity

We believe that Argentine Tango should be a liberatory experience.

Vio’sBlog, Flying in Trust, offers insights on the tango scene, style, emotions, and authenticity. Readers say “it’s like water for tango dancers.”

We dance Extreme Tango, taking the Traditional Tango vocabulary to the physical and improvisational extreme.

We host Altertango events, to get tango out of milongas and into contemporary culture.

We create performances, images, and videos to encourage and inspire our global community.

We encourage all gender/roles, dancing styles, and the application of tango to every music you love.

Vio, Founder & Director

... Danced in the top milongas of Buenos Aires more than 300 nights in the virtuosic era (2008-2011) ... 30 hours seminar of Chicho Frúmboli in 2010 ... Private lessons with El Pulpo, Dana Frígoli ... Extensive training at Escuela DNI Buenos Aires ... 250 hours of Studio Pilates with former prima ballerina, Ali Townsend ... Yogi since 2005 ... 5 years classical ballet at the Russian Ballet School, San Francisco.

What Marks say about dancing with Vio:

I lose myself with you.
You set me free. I feel like I can do anything.
With you, I don't dance any clichés.
You have a lot of tango in you.
I'm just looking for the rhythm. You are about everything else.
I don't have to think. I can just dance.
Perfect. That's dancing.

Analytic Training

... PhD in economics ... Years of university research and teaching experience ... Brings scientific skills of research, observation, analysis, theory, and praxis and professional commitment to ethics and effective pedagogy ... From 2010-2014 worked full time analyzing testing and questioning every technical point ... experimented "until I could get my students to feel like my teachers and the best dancers I’d ever danced with" ...

What students say about studying with TangoForge

One of the best –maybe the best– tango teachers I’ve ever met….lessons are the most concise, complete, detailed way of describing tango I have ever seen.
You've given me back my tango.
I’m a mechanic. I can’t learn by copying. You told me what to do and how to do it.
After 12 years of very technical study, from Vio I’ve learned the physiological basis of all that technique — what my body is doing and why.
I learn more about tango here than in any other setting ever.
I really need to compliment you on your teaching methods, because I grow as a tango dancer very quickly with the MasterCourse, so I stopped doing regular group classes.
What is in the MasterCourse?

The MasterCourse includes a total of 16 videos, covering the 25 Elements of Tango. The total time for these 16 videos is just under 10 hours.

TangoForge Argentine Tango: Dance from the Elements

MasterCourse enrollment includes full access to all resources in our Digital School, immediately, for a period of 18 months:

  • The Mastercourse 25 Elements of Tango in 16 videos (EN/DE)
  • Exercise Center with muscle diagrams and pilates-based exercises on video, to learn to control the 10 most important tango muscles. (EN/DE)
  • Home Solo Practice Courses for both roles and a Pair Practice Course. A total of 30 video session sfor home practice. (EN/DE)
  • KnowledgeBase Encyclopedia, hyperlinked for quick research with text, images, and video clips. (EN)
  • Access to all of our live workshops during your enrollment period. If you have any questions we will answer online and in person at no additional cost.

For more information about the MasterCourse or our DIgital School please feel free to contact us by email to Office@TangoForge.com or using the chat box in the bottom-right corner of your screen.

 

Our Work

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Books

Power is the courage, confidence, and competence to make things happen. I want to create in a way that’s incomparable and define my own compensation package. You too?

Syntax of Power is a raw, potent, and spare revelation of how I got to where I am and how I take on the struggle every day.

This book is not about tango, it’s about everything else.

It’s about stepping into the darkness of change, learning how to take care of yourself, and making things happen.

Dyv stands for Duro y Vio. We were inspired by a 2007 conference at Harvard University about tango as a transnational culture. Also we wanted to create something that would help people to imagine a queerer tango. We forbid ourselves to use the word ‘passion’ and instead tried to articulate the experience more precisely.

Argentine Tango is more than an elaborate and difficult dance, it is an international culture of intimacy, desire, and dignity. No mere romance or memoir, the intricately woven stories evoke tango’s true mysteries … the elation, the frustration, the compulsion…

We published the book in 2009. Dancers asked “how did you know what I was feeling?”

Silences in history. Silences by code. Silences of fear. You already know that Tango’s silences can be sublime and they can be devastating.

What I do in my blog is use myself as a lens – sometimes a microscope, sometimes a telescope. I try to be as honest with myself and you as words concede. Then I try to find a deeper meaning and imagine a pathway for us.

A blog post can be a fragment, a wisp of inspiration, an outline for thinking. A book must complete and reconcile it all. Now I drag the social scientist to the scene to enumerate the facts of the case, the mystery which brought both stardom and tragedy to my life.

We didn’t start online education in March of 2020. We started in 2014. Learn more about our Digital School