Private lessons for couples, single students, and with two maestros. What to choose?
Private lessons are the way to learn to dance Tango and the subtleties of this art.
What is the most efficient way to take your private lessons?
With a partner?
With a teacher of the opposite role?
With a teacher of the same role?
With a master couple?
All the options are good.
Let’s see the pros and cons of each approach:
1.1 Taking private lessons with a partner with one teacher:
The main advantage is that you and your partner can practice together.
Both of you receive consistent advice because you are learning from the same teacher, and he or she is able to watch you both dancing together.
The disadvantage, in this case, is that you are dancing with another student and not with a knowledgeable and experienced dancer
1.2 Taking private lessons with a partner and with teachers in both roles (a master couple):
The advantage here is that you both receive expert advice from an experienced leader and follower and that in addition to each of the teachers working individually with both of you, by dancing with you and watching you dance, both teachers can demonstrate elements that you’re working on by dancing together.
This set up is ideal; no cons.
2.1 Taking private lessons alone with a teacher in the opposite role:
You will be dancing with an expert. Your teacher can sense the internal mechanics of your dance and demonstrate the nuances of the dance by transmitting them directly to you via sensations.
It would be good for your teacher to have a chance to see you dance from the outside too.
In this case, you can take private lessons with a partner once in a while, take your teacher’s group classes, or ideally come to Buenos Aires with us, where we will be able to assess your understanding of Argentine Tango by dancing with you in the context of Buenos Aires’ milongas, watching you dancing with great local dancers, introducing you to our Maestros and getting their feedback on the state of your Tango.
2.2 Taking private lessons alone with a teacher in the same role:
You will be able to focus on the specifics of your role while receiving expert advice from an experienced dancer.
You will be able to dance with your teacher, but it is overall not exactly the same as dancing with a partner of your opposite role.
2.3 Taking private lessons alone with teachers in both roles (a master couple):
This set up is ideal because you can dance with both of them, receive feedback from dancing with them, and from what they can see watching you dance.
Your best option is to set up a combination of all of these kinds of private lessons, including taking group classes and going to Buenos Aires with your teachers, since they are the ones who, being part of the Buenos Aires Tango scene, should introduce you to it.
About our Argentine Tango 4-week introductory series
If you are planning to purchase a new device, a telephone, a new computer, or a new car, or even a house, you would probably try to educate yourself about what’s offered on the market, searching the internet, and also going to stores and open houses to see in person and listen to what salespeople have to say, and ask them questions.
With these actions, you educate yourself to make the best possible choice.
You might also prefer to save time and go ahead with your purchase, trusting the reputation of a known trademark, or from your own experience using other devices.
For instance, when I purchase a new computer, I always prefer the same brand that I have used for many years, so I don’t need to fully research all the options, since I trust that company.
This saves time.
On the other hand, if what you plan to buy is a house, you will need more time for research and visits to open houses since houses are not as standardized as smartphones, computers, and cars.
And what if you are going to purchase something that is even less standardized, like Argentine Tango lessons?
What I mean is that there is not much available information that can explain to you what Tango is, since what Tango is cannot be explained solely by words, not even with words and images, and not even through videos.
The only way to know what Tango is is doing Tango.
That is why in our classes we educate you about what Tango is.
Private lessons are a great way to educate yourself about what Tango is, its profound beauty, and the joy of achieving new goals by continually overcoming new challenges.
Alternatively, we offer a 4-week introductory course on Argentine Tango.
In our introductory course, we share our own experience, knowledge, and passion for Tango with you.
We would also like to hear about what brought you to Tango.
In our introductory classes you will learn:
How to use your body efficiently with good posture.
How to listen to Tango music and move to the cadence.
Basic elements of the dance, footwork, and technique.
How to maintain a good connection with your dance partner that facilitates moving together.
A sequence of steps that you can use to start dancing Argentine Tango.
We provide you with resources to aid your learning process: music, videos, and articles with information about Argentine Tango. We are always open to your questions.
We firmly believe that there is no better way to spend our time than dancing Tango.
It makes sense to practice it in the context of a like-minded community, in which individuals share the common goal of highly aesthetic experience on a dance floor populated by couples dancing to the same song, producing different interpretations that comfortably fit in the same shared space and time.
It is an artistic expression combining individual freedom, smart adaptability, good taste, politeness, wittiness, passion, and care.
Individual freedom: Your dance is what only you can do. None can dance for you, nor tell you what to do in the moment of dancing. Your dance is the product of your free choices.
Smart adaptability: Even though you are free to do whatever you want, there are factors that require your attention, to which you need to adapt in a way that does not contradict your freedom, without being imposing.
Good taste: The limit of your decisions is nothing other than aesthetics.
Politeness: Because you are not alone on the dance floor, kindness and politeness are virtues that make you a good dancer.
Wittiness: In any social situation, but particularly in the context of a milonga, your spark adds flavor to a shared experience.
Passion: It fuels your dance, makes it come alive. Without it you run the risk of moving mechanically, which will never be dancing.
Care: Your partner so close to you, and other couples around you on the dance floor, are human beings. Being considerate is part of what makes you a good dancer.
To develop these aspects of your dance you need to practice Tango with other people, who are not strangers, although there will always be someone new coming to Tango, to whom you will be a link to the community of milongueros.
In group classes we focus on:
Social aspects of Tango:
Line of dance.
Cabeceo (invitation to dance making eye contact).
How the music is played in the milongas.
What to do after your dance ends.
Tango technique exercises.
Tango patterns and footwork: from basic to complex.
Eventually, we will organize milongas where you will be able to put into practice what you’ve learned.
We are committed to favor the development of a community of likeminded individuals who see Tango as a way to become better examples of human beings.
Neither group classes nor private lessons alone will make you a good dancer. You need both.
If you take only private lessons, you make Tango a private relationship with your maestro, which is not enough to understand what is Tango, and make you a milonguero/a.
If you only take group classes, you are not going to get deep enough into the fine details and the profundity of Tango to make you a good dancer.
If you had lived in Buenos Aires, or another city along the bank of Rio de la Plata, in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, you would have danced Tango.
You would have learned from your relatives and friends.
You would have seen them practicing at home, and they may have taken you and tried to dance with you, given you some instruction, and in doing so integrated you into the culture of Tango, which was part of the culture of that geographic area at the time.
In the 1960s, there was a gentleman called Gaeta, who taught Tango by mail, copying the idea from Arthur Murray, and would send you paper patterns to place on the floor to guide your footwork.
But I don’t know anyone in the milongas who learned this way…
How to learn to dance Tango today?
In our private lessons we combine elements of the practicas, tutoring, observing, and dancing with you, with the more straight forward dance lesson mode of the maestros.
The first approach is necessary because Tango is a culture, as shown at the practicas, and the lesson mode is necessary too because we don’t live along the bank of Rio de la Plata in the 1930s, 40s, or 50s.