Welcome to Tango!
It's gonna be fun!
We, Ricardo and Lindsey, are excited that you’ve taken an interest in Argentine Tango. Tango has changed our lives! It has given us thousands of hours of joy on the dance floor and the studio while allowing us to be mentally, socially, and physically active. In addition, tango has brought us new friends from all over the world and countless adventures. It has given us a community at home and everywhere we go. We hope we can be part of your tango journey and that you’ll be part of ours!
Beginners are awesome! A beginner is a person that believes that they can reach new heights and achieve something new, a person that courageously chooses to challenge themselves. You should be proud of yourself. We are proud of you!
How do I get started?
Like learning to play a musical instrument or a new video game, the hardest part of tango is at the beginning but it is also when you realize so much growth new experiences. Join us at our beginner group classes on Mondays and/or Wednesdays, and inquire about private lesson packages and offers available only to you! Also, keep checking this page. Here we will be exploring different aspects of tango -its music, culture, and quirks!
Tango Culture 101
Tango music is rich and beautiful. Tango music includes several sub-genres, most of which are played in milongas (social tango dance parties), and in certain order. Here is a Spotify playlist that we made for you:
This playlist is an example of a traditional milonga playlist. There are four tandas (sets) of three or four songs. Each tanda is separated from the next by a cortina (a song of a different genre). Usually, you will dance with your partner for the whole tanda, and it is during the cortina that dancers exchage partners.
The order of tandas is tango, tango, vals, milonga, and repeat. Each Dj has its own philosophy and taste, but most will stick to this format.
The word “milonga” can mean many different things. In the Argentine tango world, it refers primarily to a tango social dance party, or to a style of style of tango music that is upbeat, syncopated, and a blast to dance. So you may very well find yourself dancing milonga at a milonga, and we hope you do!
Practica and Practilonga
A practilonga is somewhere between a milonga and a práctica. It offers a great opportunity to ease into the world of a milonga and practice the códigos, if one feels like it. As always, we must be mindful of others around us, the line of dance, and the designated practice area. Just like at a typical milonga, the music is played in tandas (sets of songs) and cortinas (a short music interval separating the tandas).
Milongas have developed códigos, a set of social norms that help milongas work smoothly. It’s a good practice to try to adhere to these códigos whenever possible, but these are just social norms -not commandments. Always listen to your common sense and kindness above all else.