Argentine Tango gives you purpose: to make the world its best and beautiful, starting with yourself. At our school we take seriously our commitment: "To preserve and promote the Art of Argentine Tango". Learn more about what Tango is and means:
This beautifully shot documentary brings the compelling story of a group of young Argentine musicians racing against time to learn and preserve the elegant and nuanced music played by the legendary Golden Age tango orchestras of Buenos Aires in the 40 s and 50 s
How did the bandoneon become the instrument of Tango? The bandoneon is an instrument of exceptional expressivity, which made it perfect for a musical genre that intends to communicate all the rainbow of possible emotions.
We are going through challenging times. Although this never happened before in our life time, I have a personal story to share with you, in which you may find some similarities with the situation we are all dealing with regarding the place that Tango has in our lives.
“Tango is Life”. What does this sentence mean? It suggests that those who do not tango don’t know what life is. Can such a radical thought make sense?
Ask anyone who is involved in Tango, passionately, which is the only way to be involved in it, and that will be the answer.
This attitude in relation to Tango is rooted in the fact that Tango gives you fulfillment, opening you up to the possibility of making your life a work of Art.
How to practice and improve your Tango?
You can always practice and improve.
Here is the most important move in Tango: walking.
You can see here how we walk alternately in parallel and crossed system throughout the dance floor.
Do you know what parallel and crossed system mean?
Watch this video.
Here you will find a clear explanation of the meaning and differentiation of parallel and crossed system.
In order to improve your Tango...
is it good to create a choreography?
To choose a song and place elements in order accordingly?
While this is not a bad option, we suggest instead to create brief sequences of 2 or 3 elements that you can do in a small space, like the ones we usually get to do at milongas, so when you dance at milongas, you can use them, adapt and reshape them as you move on the line of dance.
This also applies for sequences of follower's embellishments.
Follower's can devise possible embellishments for each of the elements usually lead (backward and forward walk, ochos, molinetes, boleos, etc.)
Here is one element to start creating your sequences:
One time you have your sequences ready, study segments of them that could be reorganize as new sequences or as connectors between single elements.
Here you can find an example of the results of such approach:
We have lots of videos for you to learn, practice and improve!
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How to dance Argentine Tango
An introduction to the most important details
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Requirements for learning to dance Argentine Tango
November 23, 2019
To dance Tango is to become a milonguero, that means: it is a lifetime decision. Nobody can convince you to do Tango. Only you, if you can see what a fulfilling, wise and beautiful life Tango has in store, can make the decision. Make this clear to yourself.
A typical day in Buenos Aires with my tour:
1- We meet at late morning for City tours and having lunch.
2- Afternoon and early evenings classes and practicas.
3- Milongas every night. We leave the mornings an early afternoon free for any private lessons you may like to take while in Buenos Aires.
How to dance Tango: An introduction to the most important details.
December 19, 2018
Whether you are a beginner without any dancing experience, an intermediate dancer looking to polish your dance, or an advanced dancer in search of perfecting your moves, practicing these exercises as often as possible will take your dance to the next level.
There is a profound wisdom in the ability to dance Tango. A wisdom that you acquire through training, by working on the way you hold your body, the way you move, paying precise attention to detail, developing a sense of awareness and careful respect in dealings with others at milongas, learning to passionately love the music that milongueros dance to, opening yourself up to music that expertly advises you on how to move in every beat.
My desire to get better was shaped through decades of patient learning, careful observation of dancers who inspired and guided me, and passionate dancing in milongas, to challenge others to dance better and to be challenged to better myself.
When I receive a new student in my class I know that he or she wants to dance. But teaching them to dance involves not only showing the moves, but also giving the student a sense of placement, making him or her aware that you cannot just do any move at any time
When you are at the milonga, whether a well known milonguero/a or a new good student, you are making possible that Tango lives. You bring Tango to life, in your body, in everything you do with your body, not by dancing only, but by everything you do.
That's why we feel so at home dancing Tango, in good company, creating something with our body that is real and objective, something that ceases to exist immediately after dancing, leaving us in a state of relaxed pleasure and untranslatable wisdom.
Our head is placed in an upright position, allowing for the development of powerful vision and an extraordinary brain; our arms and hands free from the task of locomotion, set to create new things and reshape the world.
…there is world in which being friendly does not mean being agreeable nor disrespectful of differences, but rather encouraging the individual pursuit of excellence, a road and a goal that is accessible only to you, since we are all different by nature. In this world we learn by imitating, knowing that it will be impossible to be like those we imitate, since they already prevented us that it is not only impossible, but unethical. In this world we need to develop our own interpretation of beauty and demonstrate that it fits the community by concretely putting it into practice, in concrete actions.
Dancing Tango is not only about you and you-and-your-partner. It is also a social event and a culture. It involves more than two: those present at the milonga (tango dance party) in which you assist, and also all those who are intimately related to Tango, at your present time, in the past and in the future (other dancers, the composers of the songs that you dance to, the musicians who recorded the songs, all the people who were passionate about Tango throughout the history of this manifestation of our very unique nature as humans, and those, in the future, who will inherit it after us).
History of Tango - Part 5: The appearance of the bandoneon in Tango
March 5, 2016
During the 1870s arrives to Buenos Aires a very particular immigrant: the bandoneon.
Tango was in its infancy, as well as this new instrument, which was recently invented in 1846 in Germany by Heinrich Band, according to some versions, or Carl F. Zimmerman, according to others. None had patented it.
Let’s say you’re in Buenos Aires and you’re looking for a class or milonga. Typically, you might do some research using the internet or follow the advice of someone you don’t know that well, which could lead you to missing out on what only Buenos Aires has to offer in relation to Tango.
Humans are the only known beings that walk upright. Our walk is as characteristic as our rational mind. They are related.
You can know about other people by looking at the way they walk. You can know yourself better if you can see yourself and see the way you walk. Others can know about you by paying attention at the way you walk.
Tango asks you to be honest, and show your honest self. Very probably, at the beginning you do not recognize yourself in what appears when you allow yourself to be natural, let it go, and you may not like it! But, good news, once you know yourself and how you actually move, you can change it, you can shape it, and you can work on making yourself more elegant without pretending. And that is going to make you stronger. And for that, you will be thankful to Tango forever.
I cannot make a new student passionate about tango. I can share my passion with my students. But many would judge me crazy, obsessed, neurotic, and I would reply that while you judge, you cannot dance.
By Alvaro Dominguez
I began learning to dance Tango about three and a half years ago, on Halloween. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and when I started I had no idea how large the Tango community here was, and was impressed by the number of classes, teachers and events.