Some Things to Know about Tango
- It’s not necessary to have a regular partner.
- It’s not necessary to wear high heels or dress up. (But you can if you want to.)
- It’s not necessary to have a good “sense for rhythm”. Tango is open to each dancer’s own musical interpretation and you are allowed to dance very, very slowly.
- It’s not necessary to be young, skinny, in good shape, and beautiful. It’s not usually portrayed in advertising, but the reality is that more than half of the people dancing tango globally are over 50 and do not have any prior dance experience or fitness regime. Tango appeals to professionals and intellectuals who feel the need for something social and physically expressive, to engineers and programmers who are very analytic, and to people from many different backgrounds who just do not like small talk.
- Tango is a safe environment in which the context of connection is highly structured: nonconsensual touch is forbidden, and people part respectfully and sweetly after about 15 minutes of dancing.
- Tango is an excellent clean and sober activity which requires so much concentration you might not even notice that alcohol is often for sale at tango events. Most dancers feel tango is better without alcohol, and drink very little if any.
- There is a Rainbow Queer Tango Scene in most major cities in which the heteronormative tango roles and images are completely ignored.
- People who do have an athletic or dance background are usually surprised at how challenging tango is. Tango uses a fascinating mix of relaxation and strength, which even professional ballerinas and contemporary dancers find challenging. Experienced ballroom dancers need to adjust to tango’s naturalistic aesthetic. MuscleMen and Crossfit athletes learn to use their muscles very subtly, which is a whole new kind of control.
- You can learn Argentine Tango at any time in your life.
Are you ready to start dancing Argentine Tango? Of course there are courses in almost every town where you can meet other beginners. If you start training and learning first at home, you’ll feel more confident when you go to class. Video materials will prevent you falling behind in case you get busy or need to travel for work and can’t make it to class. You can continue improving steadily with or without group classes. If you want to create a safe and fun activity with close friends, you can enroll as a cluster of 3 couples.
Home TrainingAugment your classes
Comprehensive Video MasterCourse
30 video Practice Sessions to learn both roles and to practice at home with a partner
Exercise Center with workouts to improve your strength and balance
KnowledgeBase Reference Wiki/Encyclopedia
18 months access
ClusterLearn with friends
Comprehensive Video MasterCourse
10 video Practice Sessions for couples
12 months access
Group tango classes usually cost €/$15-20 per hour.
Private lessons cost €/$50-90 per hour.
Our instruction costs €6/week, which will accelerate the effects of your investment in classes.
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Tango is a new way to experience yourself, and other people. Connection is a physical experience of mutual concentration with another person. You are not alone, you are in it together, you understand something in the same way, and you are committed to collaboration.
It’s sort of like being inside a poem together, trying to figure it out together, and then sharing intense moments of recognition and beauty.
Dancing tango is a path to touch your raw creativity. It’s an invitation to show your bright soul, and to dare to be absolutely fully present in real time action. Tango is playtime where you get to show your sass, your elegance, your very personal sense of sexy. It’s a social space where you can graciously receive others’ desire for you.
You experience all this with some friends who you meet often, and also with strangers, with whom you can “connect” without any small talk. With some people you’ll experience sensuality, with others exhilarating athleticism. Each connection is different. You’ll dance in different kinds of spaces, which bring out different moods in you and the other dancers. And you’ll dance to different kinds of music, which link to different emotions and memories. Some people find “healing” in this experience. As a tango dancer you’ll have the chance to meet local people and have nice experiences wherever you travel in the world.
It’s all pretty hard to imagine if you haven’t experienced it yet – but that’s the case with descriptions of most things you haven’t experienced, isn’t it?