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Requirements for learning to dance Argentine Tango

Requirements for learning to dance Tango

Marcelo Solis and Mimi dancing Argentine Tango at Lafayette milonga.

1) Self-motivation

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.

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Marcelo Solis dancing Argentine Tango at a performance in San Francisco

2) Preparedness

You need to condition yourself.

Work on balance, coordination, a natural elasticity of your body, a reasonable stamina, emotional self-control.

We provide you with all of these in our classes, group, but fundamentally in private lessons.

You need to focus in what concerns you.

Only an experienced maestro in one-on-one sessions will be able to address what is fundamental to your Tango.

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Dancing Argentine Tango with Julia at Lafayette milonga

3) Personal initiative

Research.

Your starting point is our website.

Learn about the music you will dance to for the rest of your life.

Watch videos of milongueros dancing, and see what you will inherit from them and one day pass along to future generations of milongueros.

Ask questions.

See our Tango resources’ page

Inside edge position of the feet

4) Practice beyond class

Plan a routine of exercises.

You can always visit our website for ideas.

Watch our video lessons

Dancing Argentine Tango at Lafayette milonga

5) Be an example

To dance Tango is to become the best of all your possible selves.

To dance Tango is always being under the spotlight.

Come to milongas.

We organize them in the Bay Area and we would like to take you to Buenos Aires’ milongas with us.

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Inside edge position of the feet

6) Go to Buenos Aires

Not once, but often.

Be guided through the milongas in Buenos Aires.

There is no better way to become part of Tango than to be introduced by someone who is already a part of it.

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Marcelo Solis milongueando en Cachirulo con Blas Catrenau y otros milongueros

How to become a great Tango dancer

How to become a great Tango dancer

Marcelo Solis photo dancing at a milonga.

What is Argentine Tango?

Since dancing Argentine Tango is not an abstraction, I cannot explain by talking or writing about it in generalizations.

Besides dancing itself, I can only use my own personal experiences to explain it to you.

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Professional Argentine Tango dancer?

Tango is not my profession in the same sense that your profession is for you.

For instance: everything you do in relation to your profession is effort, while in my case it is effortless; you most likely work at your profession all day hoping the day ends so you can stop working, while in my case I finish my workday looking forward to dancing more and better the next day. Sometimes you get sick and call work to take your day off. I take care not to get sick so I can dance my best every day. I shaped my life in such way. I trapped myself into my life like Sisyphus is condemned to roll his rock up the mountain everyday, but while he is tortured by his perpetual meaningless task, I am immersed in a sea of joy and purpose by doing mine.

Teaching is part of that process too. Together with my students, we search for ways to improve our dancing. If you improve your dancing it benefits all of us since we will eventually be dancing on the same dance floor at the same milonga. A milonga is an environment, a closed ecosystem in which all parts affect the whole. If my students dance better, I can dance better too, and when I dance better, my students can dance better. It becomes an infinite spiral of perpetual improvement.

Does it mean that I do not deserve to be paid for what I do -dancing as an example of good dancing and sharing my passion and knowledge about Argentine Tango with you- since work is a source of pain for you and what I do gives me pleasure?

Instead of seeing the money you give me as payment for my services -Argentine Tango instruction-, for my knowledge about Argentine Tango and work as an Argentine Tango teacher as merchandise, you can think of it as an investment in your dance, in your Tango. Everything you do to benefit me, benefits my dance, my Tango, Tango as a whole, and your Tango, your dance, and your wellbeing, while every deserved thing you deny me is only going to deprive you of Tango, sooner or later. I pledged my allegiance to Tango, and it includes you if you are Tango too.

If you are a new student, you can appreciate now what you’ll get if you join us: a wonderful group of people studying, researching and training together to become better Argentine Tango dancers, better milongueros, and better in every aspect.

When you drive your car, you will eventually have to get gas, and you won’t argue or ask for discounts at the gas station, and the reason of that is plainly that you are dealing with a giant, powerful and rich corporation that is inaccesible to you. You may bargain for the price of gas with the cashier at the station, and he will shrug his shoulders and look at you with a “you are mad” expression. If you have no money for food or medicine you may ask your government to assist you. A government is also big in resources. You will need to find, in the labyrinth of its bureaucracy, the doors and the hallways that will take you to the correct office to get the necessary public assistance.

I have no other help than that which I and those who love me unconditionally give me, besides your collaboration.
You can’t drive without gas, you cannot live without food and medicine. If you can live without Tango, without dancing, do so then.

It is true that I give you deals, offers and discounts. Consider it a part of my generosity, of my urgency (time is a scarce resource) with presenting to you a different approach to life that I know, from my own experience, to be better than the one currently accepted by the majority. Anything that I give you does not have any other source than my own body, my dance and my life. There is no other way of life better than being generous. That is why I dance.

I see dance as the unstoppable productivity of existence. To not be generous is to repress the fountain of life that springs out of me. I have no choice; but please do not abuse my generosity: I will stand against such attitudes primarily to value and honor those who care for me and what I have chosen: Tango.

You should not banalize Tango. You maybe came to my classes tempted by an outrageously low price, thinking that you found a cheap source of entertainment, and while Tango is extremely entertaining, it is much deeper than that.
Don’t be shallow and say that you had fun dancing Tango; you never did anything more profound in your life: it is to be intimately connected at all levels to another human being in a beautiful way.

Dancing Tango may be very entertaining, but Tango is not an “entertainment”.

Please don’t ever say that Tango is an “addiction”. Tango is a way of existing.

It all depends on what you want from yourself. If you want nothing, nothing is what you’ll get. If you want a fulfilling life, it will cost you your whole life.

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Marcelo Solis Argentine Tango with Sofia Pellicciaro

Argentine Tango transforms you forever

If you don’t dance, being able to dance will demand from you a transformation.

If you do not dance, you are not a dancer. To dance, you will need to be a dancer, that means: to become a dancer. To dance and not be a dancer is a contradiction.
Observe that the most important word here is the verb “to be”. Now you are able to understand that if you do not dance now, in order to be able to dance, eventually, a transformation of your self is needed.
If you are not sure about it, or you are satisfied with yourself and your life and do not want to change anything, then: you don’t want to dance, and if you don’t want to dance, you won’t dance.

Let’s define a dancer: someone who continuously pursues improvement as a whole, becoming stronger, more versatile, aware, sensitive, responsive, skillful, sympathetic, ethical, beautiful, charming, witty, and fun to be with; who doesn’t need anything else other than to be present to make everyone with good feelings sense that the lights of life have been turned on, making everything look beautiful (Disclaimer: if you don’t have good feelings you most likely sense the opposite). In sum: a dancer is a wonderful example of a human being. I cannot think of anyone better than a milonguero and a milonguera. If an intelligent alien from outer space comes to our planet, I would like the alien’s first impression of intelligent life on Earth to be a milonga in Buenos Aires, one of those that I regularly go to. I will take you there, not before educating you -as needed- about what Tango is, if you want to find out the complete meaning of my words.

A dancer is not a specialist, someone who knows all about a narrow segment of life, in this case dance. Contrary, a dancer is the most complete of all examples of human existence. A true dancer is a Renaissance’s person.

At the beginning of human existence, is dancing. A baby in the womb perceives the voice of its mother as music, without separating the sounds from their meaning, responding to it with the interpretation of its whole body and existence. The baby is dancing.

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Is Tango a therapy?

There are innumerable ways to spend your time without transforming yourself, without sweating, without emotions, and without any effort.

All this sounds very appealing, I guess, since most individuals at the present time choose to spend their time in such ways. If there is a seed of a dancer in the soil of your existence, you will feel a kind of nausea, in different degrees, if you happen to have to try any of these ways to consume your time. You may medicate yourself, drink alcohol, abuse drugs or engage in an addiction, or you could deny your body and become extremely religious, or very intellectual, becoming a living statue, a handicapped individual by choice. Or perhaps choose to have a modulated relationship with your body, like going to the gym, following the directives of a coach, working on your quads today, on your biceps tomorrow, on your abs the day after that, and so on, ending with a body that is a collection of parts that struggle to come to a consensus.

Such segmentation of your body corresponds with a parallel segmentation of every aspect of your life.

This is why you should not see Tango as a form of therapy. Therapy does not fit in Tango. In Tango, as a way of existence, you do not have the separations of yourself in multiple sections: a physical realm, a psychological one, and a spiritual one. From a Tango point of view there is no separation among these realms. So psychology, religion, and working out at the gym do not appear relevant for a milonguero.

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Dance Tango!

To dance Tango, what you need is to become Tango yourself.

There are no approximations of this goal. It is a full monty game. All or nothing.

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How to become a great Tango dancer?

Firstly, you need to change the expression “Tango dancer” for “milonguero/a” in you vocabulary. Secondly, if you dance Tango, you can’t be less than great.

Start with classes. Your first class could be a group class or a private lesson. To learn to dance you need both, regularly, more than once a week.

How do you know you are learning with a good teacher?

You do not learn Tango from an “instructor”, you learn Tango only from a “Maestro”. You need first to like your teacher’s dance. Today it is easy to do research. You can find videos of your teacher’s dance. Your teachers must show their dance in classes. However, where you want to see your teachers dancing is at the milongas in Buenos Aires. There are dancers that look wonderful on a stage, but do not go to milongas because they cannot dance there, they do not enjoy dancing there, and nobody really wants them there since usually they do not know or chose to ignore the basic codes of behavior of the milongas. If your teacher is authentic, he belongs to the community that dances at milongas.

Do not choose a teacher because he or she is nice to you. See it in this way: Tango is my family and my world. You come and tell me that you want to be part of my family, of my world, you are telling me that you want to live on my planet. You are always welcome, but do you have good intentions? Would you take care of my world even when I am not alive anymore? Would you love my family? Would you work to improve your Tango to become better and make Tango better for everyone? Are you going to be a good addition to Tango? Are you going to collaborate with Tango? Or did you come with the sole propose of grabbing your piece of “fun”, not caring about any consequences of your actions, like going to a picnic and leaving all your trash in the park, without taking responsibility, without any love for the beauty of our nature?

I am blessed by my group of regular students and my assistants. It’s worth many trillions of dollars (if you like to express things in quantities) to count on them as part of my life. You should not miss your opportunity to make them part of your life too.

On one of my recent trips to Buenos Aires, one of my students, an older gentleman, was speaking a foreign language with his wife while we were at a milonga. Another lady attending the same milonga overheard them talking and approached them. She spoke the same language and began to chat with them. Long story short, my student ended up dancing with her in that milonga. After the first song she asked him how long it had been since he started to learn to dance Tango. He replied, “two years,” and she immediately asked him, “why did you wait so long?”

You will learn the value of Tango from your teachers in group classes and private lessons.

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Argentine Tango music

Listen to Tango music of the Golden Era.

Your teacher is your first source of music. Ask them. Make your own library of Tango music from the Golden Era, which is the music played at milongas, and the music played for dancing during the time in which most of the population of Buenos Aires and other big cities in Argentina danced Tango. That is the music you hear in our classes.

I am creating an Argentine Tango music library on my website.

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Argentine Tango dance parties: Milongas

Go to milongas.

It doesn’t matter how many group classes and private lessons you have taken. Tango is not a private and closed relationship with your teachers. If you’re a new student, and feel like you know too little in comparison with others at a milonga, then being at a milonga will greatly increase your knowledge about Tango. Perhaps you’ve taken many group classes and private lessons, then being at a milonga will present Tango to you in a contextualized way, similarly to learning a language and then visiting a country where that language is spoken. The sooner you start going to milongas, the better. Your Tango needs to grow there. You will be able to understand the reasons for many elements and details in Tango that in classes may seem arbitrary to you. It all makes perfect sense when you dance at milongas. Besides, your teacher needs to see you attending and dancing at milongas to fully assess what you need to work on to improve your dance. If you do not feel confident dancing yet, you do not need to dance; going to milongas is beneficial even if you do not dance there yet.

I recommend starting by going to the milongas that your teacher goes to, preferably with your teacher, and/or going to the milongas that your teacher organizes. You need to be introduced to the milonga community by someone who belongs to it.

I want to note that although a dance party may be labeled a “milonga” it is not necessarily so. If your teacher is a great dancer (you do not want less from your teacher’s quality of dance), he belongs to the community of the milongas and Tango. He will know where to go and/or will organize authentic milongas.

I am blessed by belonging to the community of milongueros who go to the most wonderful milongas in Buenos Aires, and by the group of my students and regulars who come to the milongas that I organize. Don’t miss joining us at my next milonga, and all the milongas that you can attend in the future.

Come to my next milonga!

Marcelo Solis milongueando en Cachirulo con Blas en Buenos Aires

Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires

Go to Buenos Aires.

If you learn the French language, it makes sense to go to France and speak the language there. That is where you will feel the multi-dimensionality of the language with your whole being. You may love French culture so much that you decide to move there or travel there often, any time you have the chance, and in this process you make many friends in France, which in turn makes you want to travel there even more often.

That is how you will become Tango yourself: by going to Buenos Aires often. Learning a language and a culture in order to only visit it once is incongruent, at best.

I will be honored to introduce you to the community of milongueros in Buenos Aires, a community of which I am humbled to belong. I currently go twice a year, in the spring and fall, accompanied by a group of my students. I show them the city of Buenos Aires, take them to classes with my teachers and colleagues, and bring them to the milongas where I am a regular.

I continue the tradition of passing the torch of Tango in the same way that my teachers got introduced to Tango in their times, by taking my students to where I regularly go and sharing my knowledge and passion for Tango with them.

Conclusion

To dance Tango you need style, personality, to be authentic and true.

You won’t dance Tango because you know a piece of choreography. You will dance Tango if you put yourself as a link in the chain of the Art of Tango through time, meeting and learning from the best dancers that Tango has produced, from the milongueros.

You must realize the responsibility of caring and passing along this Art in the future, not necessarily teaching it, but fundamentally being a great dancer yourself, teaching it with your example.

 

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Marcelo Solis answers what is Argentine Tango. He is an expert.

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Anibal Troilo and his orchestra | Argentine Tango music to learn to dance

Argentine Tango music

Music to learn to dance

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History of Argentine Tango: El Cachafaz and Carmencita Calderon at Tango (Movie 1933)

History of Argentine Tango

Tango is a culture

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Marcelo and Miranda dancing Argentine Tango in San Francisco

Dance Tango!

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ine Tango in Buenos Aires with Marcelo solis at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires

Tango class

Why dancing?

You want to live intensely, perceiving every single thing surrounding you, savoring every second of your existence just like when you keep a sip of wine in your mouth and meditate on the sensations of its flavor.

You want to act according to this approach to life, making meaningful decisions, responding to what presents itself in front of you with a clear strategy, instead of reacting unconsciously like an automaton.

Let’s be honest: is there another way to live, that we would choose, besides this engaging intensity?

Often we are distracted by urgent matters requiring our attention; soon we develop habits of being in a constant emergency, running from place to place, squeezing our time, swallowing our meals without tasting it.

Dancing is not an entertainment to amuse and distract yourself. It is, if you dare to commit to a beautiful life, its most realistic aspect.

When you dance, all the elements composing your life come together in an exciting unity: your emotions, your knowledge, your reasoning, your skills, your wittiness, your spark, your care, your compassion, your challenge…

You won’t be able to hide who you are, not only to others, but fundamentally to yourself.

There is always room for improvement. An artist needs to know well the conditions of the raw material which will compose his or her work of art.

All aspects of the human existence form your dance.

Dancing is the wisest way of living. The most beautiful.

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Marcelo and Miranda dancing Argentine Tango in San Francisco

True Tango

Dancing requires your absolute presence.

Watching me (or anyone) dance may inspire you, and the goal of that inspiration is to get you out of your seat and dancing yourself. There are no trade secrets to steal, nor are there loopholes or shortcuts when learning to dance. Simply taking videos of me dancing on your smart phone won’t make you a dancer.

You will dance if dance is gifted to you.

When your teachers understand that you are as passionate about dancing as they are, that you both belong to the same world, then we can continue the project of actively beautifying it together.

The gift of dance is granted through the knowledge and experience of a dedicated teacher and your persistent devotion.

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Marcelo Solis Argentine Tango with Sofia Pellicciaro

How to Tango

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

The construction of a beautiful existence needs to be executed step by step, with the goal of acquiring a system of habits, all balanced in proportions, which allows us to act spontaneously, freely and creatively all at once.

Nature educates us in matters of proportions, especially with our bodies. Music, which is founded on the balanced application of proportions and the training of efficiency in habits, also shows us the path of an elegant life.

We are not alone.

Since we do not live alone (even in situations of the greatest isolation, we remain profoundly related to others), complicity with partners in the achievement of goals and active participation and respect for the existence of others around us, are elements to strongly contemplate in the construction of a beautiful life, a life worth living.

Tango teaches you about a life shaped by these principles. The milonga is the environment where we practice and develop habits of excellence.

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Argentine Tango dancing with Mimi at a beginner's class in San Jose California

Tango passion

What does it mean to be passionate?

Make a list of things you want to do, for any reason, and then do them one by one. You can schedule them, or do them all today, if you have the time.

By doing them to merely mark them down as done, you are wasting your life.

Passion is the reason to be alive.

Be passionate! Dance Tango!

Pale blue dot

Love Tango

What to take seriously?

In February 1990, when the Voyager 1 space probe had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, it was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of Earth at the request of astronomer and author Carl Sagan.

This photograph is known as “The pale blue dot”.

It became an icon to reflect on the meaningless actions of its inhabitants, inflicting great pain on one another in the pursuit of egotistical endeavors.

How, then, do I shape my habits, act with the aim of producing delight in others and myself, seek to cultivate an existence that I can be proud of, a beautiful life to be regarded as an example?

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What is dancing?

How do you put into words an experience that is mainly physical and emotional?

Imagine that one day you feel completely aware. Suddenly you feel that you are awake, that until now you were in a semi-sleeping state.

Now you will always want to be awake and aware.

That is dancing.

What is it to be a dancer?

It is to make of your desire of returning to that sensation of being awake and aware the source and the guide of all other elements composing your life.

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Argentine Tango with Marcelo Solis

Tango health

What is the value of dancing?

The amazing power of our technology allows us to produce all the means of our subsistence at a very low cost. We grew up accustomed to feeling entitled to the satisfaction of all our basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, education, transportation, and means of communication. They are human rights, in the present time, since it would be a crime to deny them to anyone due to our present state of abundance.

Every form of society has always assured the basic means of subsistence for its slaves. It is crucial to the subsistence of the entire society. What is different in our society is that it has never been cheaper.

However, there are things that you won’t be able to acquire cheaply, things for which entitlement does not apply, things that are not abundant, things that open a way for you to go beyond a primary subsistence statute, to a more complex and rich mode of life.

If your parents did not dance, you were not able to perceive the value of dancing in your childhood, as you learned the value of money, for example.

If your parents spent their entire lives with a subsistence approach to life, we can say with certainty that they were slaves. We shouldn’t be less grateful to them because of it. They probably did not have any awareness about their situation or other ways to live. Their sacrifice helped to make the world we live in today, and helped us to be here now.

This is something you discover little by little in the time after you experience dancing, if you dare to think about it.

Would you keep being a slave if you have the possibility of freedom? It will only cost you giving up all those superficial means of indulging yourself that are cheap even when they are expensive and luxurious, cheap because they really do not cost you any effort, any sweat, any emotion nor any passion even when they excite you greatly. Cheap because they only cost you money.

The worst is to not let your children know that they can dance.

Tango performance

What is an error?

If you are painting a picture, a landscape for instance, you activate a process in which the end result will be the landscape.

When you dance, the process and the end result are one and the same.

There is practice, training, learning, and these instances of the elaboration of your dance are the ones in which the errors, mistakes and accidents are part of the process, which is to develop the set of skills and the level of sensitivity that allows you to become a good dancer, a process that for a good dancer never ends.

Often we have loopholes in our personality, some situations trigger a sharp disconnect with reality, breaking our interaction with others, turning us inwards, preventing us from seeing aspects of our character that contradict our ideal, impeding our improvement. We waste an enormous amount of energy on those situations. Emotions overflow in us out of our control.

How to deal with such situations?

Put yourself in a position where you have no choice but to accept, to say “yes” to the physical realities of your body and the physical world, to accept that time flows forward, without any chance of returning, to recognize that your company (your partner) and the others (the other couples on the dance floor and in the milonga) have their own desires and limitations, even if they are not aware of them, to acknowledge your own desires and limitations, and say “yes” to all with joy.

You’ll be dancing Tango.

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Tango show

Dancing is not…

A choreography.

When you see dancing, you can objectively describe the movements that you see and note the coincidence of those movements with sounds in the music. A description like this, accurate and precise, cannot replace the experience of witnessing the phenomena of the dance. Your words may be very effective in producing emotions in your audience, but you will be performing poetry, not dancing.

Explaining how to dance Tango requires multiple skills, starting with the fundamental skill of dancing Tango.

The task of teaching the art of Tango dancing is complex, because its subject does not admit simplifications. To know how to dance Tango requires the same process as knowing a human being, not any human being but a particular person. You do not get to know a person in your first encounter, neither in the second, you get to know more about this particular human being every time you meet. This human being, as with all human beings, have many layers in its personality. You find the layers of this persona in public, and other layers when meeting one on one. As you get to know this person more and more, you develop bonds with this person.

This particular person is not a particle floating in the vacuum. This person belongs to a world. You get to know this world by getting to know more and more about this person. In some moment, to really know this person, you need to go and see this person’s world, and see this person in his/her world. You go and meet his/her family, friends, and if this person comes from another country and culture, you will travel there.

Tango, as a dance, is not an abstraction. It empirically manifests to you in the dancing of your teachers, in their personas. To dance Tango, inevitably, you will get to know these persons face to face, in a group and in private lessons. They will be your first experience of dancing Tango from which all subsequent experiences will be molded. Buenos Aires is the world to which Tango belongs, as well as the concrete particular personas of your Tango teachers. To really know Tango, you need to see them in Buenos Aires, at the milongas, with their peers, and experience it yourself, not once, but regularly.

Tango is Life.

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Tango Buenos Aires

Walking while embracing your partner is the foundation of Tango as a dance.

It is the way you connect to yourself, to your partner, to the music and to the dance floor.

Experienced milongueros pay meticulous attention to their walk, and keep working to improve it even after decades of dancing.

Practice walking by yourself and with a partner. Listen to tango music from the Golden Era every day, not as a “to do” task, but because you are passionate about it. Go to milongas.

Go to Buenos Aires.

Let’s go!

Argentine Tango tour to Buenos Aires with Marcelo Solis and his Argentine Tango School

Fulfillment

Something has to change in your life: Dance Tango!

We dance because we value a fulfilling life. We remain committed to our body, recognizing it as the source of our existence. We receive it without having asked for it. That means, for me, that we were challenged to live.

What would be the price of such a life?

A life built step by step as an interpretation of the music of your everyday reality. A life that does not reject anything that happens, incorporating every action in the chain of your own history, saying:

“It was necessary that it happen, it had to happen, I wanted it to happen”.

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Argentine Tango tour to Buenos Aires

Tango is from Buenos Aires

Come and know it better

Let’s go!

Marcelo Solis answers what is Argentine Tango. He is an expert.

How to dance Argentine Tango

An introduction to the most important details

Find the answer

Milongas in the Bay Area: Lafayette, San Francisco, San Jose.

Where to dance Tango?

Milongas in the Bay Area

Let’s dance!

Anibal Troilo and his orchestra | Argentine Tango music to learn to dance

Argentine Tango music

Music to learn to dance

Listen and dance!

History of Argentine Tango: El Cachafaz and Carmencita Calderon at Tango (Movie 1933)

History of Argentine Tango

Tango is a culture

Learn more about Tango

Dance Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires with Marcelo solis at escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires

Dance Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires

Travel to Buenos Aires and dance Argentine Tango

ine Tango in Buenos Aires with Marcelo solis at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires

To understand the full meaning of a phrase you need to know its context.

You need to know this about Argentine Tango: Buenos Aires is where Tango is at home.

We are going to Buenos Aires to see what Tango really is, how Tango looks in its home.

Come and see it by yourself

Marcelo Solis bailando con Lola en Buenos Aires during his trip

You will visit Buenos Aires guided by a milonguero.

If your goal is to master the Art of Argentine Tango, you will achieve a complete comprehension of Tango if you are met by the community of best dancers there, which we call “milongueros” in a general way, but who are individuals, with names and reputations as great dancers. Not everyone who calls themselves a “milonguero” is one. That is why you will need to be introduced by a member of this community.

Osvaldo y Coca Cartery. Maestros milongueros. Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

In Buenos Aires, we will go to the milongas where Tango is still lived as a culture, and also, fundamentally, to take classes with excellent milonguero teachers,

many of whom do not travel abroad, from whom you can receive important insights into the dance, its recent history, its philosophy and way of life.

We are at the edge of missing these milongueras and milongueros forever. It is perhaps our last chance. If you care, seize your opportunity to come to Buenos Aires and meet them, take lessons from them, go to the milongas they go to, watch them dance and the way they behave, talk to them.

Come and see Tango in Buenos Aires

Perhaps one day you will pass all these insights onto a future generation of milongueros. This is the ultimate goal of this tour.

Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral as seeing in our Argentine Tango tour to Buenos Aires with Marcelo Solis

We will also visit places of cultural relevance to Tango, to Argentina and to the world, highlighting how this beautiful City, Porteños (the people who live in Buenos Aires), architecture, art, history, cuisine, and way of life are intimately connected to Tango music and dance.

The format of this tour seamlessly integrates you into the life of a Porteño/a, allowing you the opportunity to experience all of the components of Tango from the passionate point of view of a milonguero/a.

Argentine Tango tour to Buenos Aires. Meet Blas Catrenau, great Maestro milonguero

A typical day in Buenos Aires on my tour:

  • Late morning – because nothing starts before a little coffee and facturas… We meet for a City tour and to enjoy a leisurely lunch.
  • Afternoon/Early evening – Classes and practicas with excellent milonguero teachers.
  • Evening – Milongas every night.

*Early mornings and some afternoons are free for private lessons. I highly recommend you take private lessons with a milonguero/a teacher while in Buenos Aires.
Each day we will enjoy lunch at a different location, leaving most of the evenings for snacks and being light to dance. You will be able to purchase food at milongas.

Let’s go!

 

Argentine Tango Class Review Videos with Marcelo Solis at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires. San Francisco Bay Area.

Why do I dance Tango?

Marcelo Solis. Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires. Private lessons. Dance.* This is a response I gave to this question in a survey:

I am alive, and I know it. I feel life, and I am aware of being here and now.

How long is “now” going to last?
Being “here” has been nice for me. I grew up surrounded by love, with people who were good to me and wished good things for me. I am blessed. I know not everybody is so lucky.

I want to thank them. They gave me so much – I am not talking about quantity, but about quality: my family, my neighbors, teachers and friends, my country and this culture, which they passed on to me, and -perhaps I was just lucky-, anywhere I went I always found that people were good, extremely good to me.

Understanding, knowing what I am, as an example of what we all are, this particular way of being. I do not think this is the only possible way of existing: the amazing human body, our walk that is so unique, our wondrous gaze, our extremely dexterous hands that are the tools that create civilizations, that can give so much in a touch, that can embrace, and our mind that perceives so many shades of nuances in its limitless sensitivity, that also imagines, deduces, foresees and expresses with innumerable manifestations. I know we are eventually going to change, to exist in a completely different way, and perhaps our bodies and the machines that surround us today are going to become one thing, or, who knows, everything will turn out in a way that we cannot yet anticipate. Still, our existence will always be the existence of the world in which we are.

I remember a television series from my childhood about a man who was “rebuilt” with bionic limbs after an accident… Technology makes our bodies reach beyond its present limits, as technology has always done. The “raison d’être” of technology has always been to transform and empower our bodies, and what we are today, as a particular beings, as a way of existing, is also our creation.

How do we rise to this challenge?

How do we rise to this challenge, this invitation, this bet that existence delivered to us?

Beauty is, to me, the appropriate answer. Neither exterior beauty nor hidden beauty. Not external, not alienated beauty. A beauty that can live within our bodies and in our lives. A beauty that I do not need to put on a pedestal or behind glass. A kind of beauty that can manifest in a handshake, in our gaze, in an embrace, in our walk.

It has already been formulated in the tangos of the “Golden Era”, in the “códigos” of the milongas, and if you are lucky, and (hurry up!) get there in time… in the dance of the milongueros.

Because to be able to perceive all of this you need to train and study with passion, perseverance, patience, stamina and focus:

That is why I dance Tango.
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