Argentine Tango relies heavily on improvisation and is danced in an embrace that can vary from very open, in which leader and follower connect at arms length, to very closed, in which the connection is chest-to-chest, or anywhere in between. Tango is essentially walking with a partner to the music. Dancing appropriately to the emotion and speed of a Tango is extremely important. A good dancer is one who transmits a feeling of the music to the partner, leading them effectively throughout the dance.
Listed below are the Tango classes we offer. We don't always offer every class, so make sure to check the Class Schedule to see what is offered each session.
Tango 1a and1b may be taken in either order. Both are recommended before advancing to level 2.
Tango 1a: We start together by establishing the fundamentals of Argentine Tango. We will focus on our posture, making clear weight changes and walking comfortably with a clear connection to our partner and the music. We will learn several essential movements for the social dance floor such as front and back crosses, the cruzada, ocho cortado, and paradas. Tango 1b: Because there are two “systems” in Argentine
Tango 1b focuses primarily on what is known as the cross system. We use the same principles of posture, connection, clarity of movement as in 1a. We also look at moving between close and open embrace comfortably. Our aim is to help dancers feel more fluid in their movement, inspire improvisation, and assist in an easy transition to Tango 2.
Tango 1a and 1b or instructor's permission
Tango 2a, 2b and 2c can be taken in any order.
For all dancers familiar with the basic fundamentals. These classes build on the basics bringing movement patterns together in fun, novel and interesting ways. We add vocabulary such as different Giros, changes of direction, Barridas, and Sacadas while staying connected to our partners and manifesting the music. For anyone interested, we introduce working closer or in close embrace with our partners.
2a focuses on the fundamentals and timing of turns.
2b will add displacements into linear and circular movements.
2c Barridas, sweeps and parades in linear and circular moments.
Tango 2a, 2b & 2c AND instructor permission
Intermediate and advanced topics such as Boleos, Soltadas, Colgadas, Volcadas and Planeos are explored as well as challenging methods of combining material. Every series focuses on different elements and new ways of putting these elements together.