Getting started

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Getting Started with Argentine Tango

If you want to feel like you’re flying, if you want to lose yourself, if you want to learn new ways to communicate with people, if you love tango music, or if you’ve got yet another reason, start dancing Argentine Tango now. Don’t waste a minute! Soon you’ll have a rich social life, and a place to wear fancy-dress whenever you feel like it. Dig through your closet and find some shoes that don’t grip the floor, because that’s all you need.

You do not need a partner to start learning tango. In group lessons, everyone rotates several times during the class and you’ll get a chance to meet and dance with lots of different people. In private lessons you dance with the teacher. Most teachers both lead and follow, so they work directly with you. Of course, if you want to learn with your partner or a friend, that’s fine too.

You also do not need any previous dance experience to dance Argentine Tango. You don’t need “rhythm”. If you took a salsa class and felt it was fast and stressful, you’ll like Argentine Tango much better because you don’t have to hit the beat at all (you can dance to the melody if you want). If you’ve mastered salsa and you’re looking for a new challenge, you’ll find it in Tango, where every single step is improvised. If you’ve had some yoga or pilates that will be an advantage, but also not necessary.

If you are a woman follower you will be easily charmed by your first taste of tango. If you are a man, read this.

Should I take group classes or private lessons?

While group classes are fun and social, you will learn faster, better, and cheaper in private lessons. Many students take a private lesson and a couple of group classes every week, using the group classes as an opportunity to practice. More details about private lessons.

A step-by-step guide from here to your first tango

Do you want some help getting started? This guide will walk you through everything you need to know. How to choose a class, what to wear, what to expect … Everything you need to get from this screen to a dance floor.

 

 

 

 

Introduction

FAQ

Getting Started

Are you ready to start dancing Argentine Tango?

Of course there are courses in almost every town where you can meet other beginners. In case you are a bit shy and you’d like to start training and learning first at home, we have a beginner’s package. It includes 10 practice sessions, a book to get you excited (print or e-book), and a home page here at TangoForge with all of our resources for new dancers as well as a forum to ask questions. The practice courses are also useful in case you get very busy or need to travel for work and can’t make it to class. They’ll give you a way to continue improving steadily with or without group class.

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Begin Tango Package

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.

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