Beginning Argentine Tango ~ 6 Weeks ~ Thursdays ~Feb 29 – Apr 4, 2024
Thursdays ~ 7:30-8:25 pm ~ Beginning Argentine Tango ~ w/May
*No Dance experience required.
Cost per Class (6 weeks):
• Members $70, Non-Members $80 (Online)
• Registration on day of class at dance hall: Members $75 for each, Non-Members $85
Please choose if you are participating as a Lead or Follow. In partner dancing, dancers seek to work together to create synchronized or complementary movements. The leader is largely responsible for initiating the movement, whereas the follower’s role is to maintain this movement.
We’re encouraging everyone to sign-up online to ease the burden on our volunteers on the day of registration. We understand not everyone is comfortable with online registration. You can still register on the day of class. If you would like to register early instead of online, see one of our Board Members to assist you during a practice session.
This gorgeous and improvisational style of dancing has its origins in the brothels of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century. Argentine gauchos (cowboys) would dance with the prostitutes in what was then the world’s first Milonga. Argentine Tango has evolved to become the extraordinary dance form that is today.
It differs from American Style (or Ballroom) Tango in several ways. The Argentine Tango hold is more of an embrace, with the couples’ upper bodies close and the legs far apart (the better to execute the complicated kicks, or ganchos that is a crucial aspect of this organic dance.) Whereas Ballroom Tango is very formalized, Argentine Tango is an improvisational form, with both partners contributing to telling the story of a relationship that is encompassed in each dance.
Argentine Tango music features violins, piano, and an accordion-like instrument called the bandoneon. Some of the greatest Tango music in the world was composed by the Argentine genius Astor Piazzola, who is widely regarded as one of the great composers of the twentieth century.