FAQ

1. I don’t have a regular dance partner. Can I still sign up?

You don’t need a regular dance partner to take classes with us. There are usually a number of people without partners.

We do require you to pre-register for classes so we can create role balance between leaders and followers for each class.

2. Why do you encourage people to change partners during class?

Because Argentine Tango is all about leader-follower connection, trying steps and techniques with many people helps you to adapt to different types of dancers. It’s great preparation for milonga situations where you will dance with several people, or people you’ve never met.

However, if you signed up with a partner and prefer to dance only with him or her, you don’t have to rotate partners.

3. What kind of shoes do I need for tango?

When you first start, the only requirement is that your shoes are comfortable and allow you to pivot easily. Shoes should be fastened firmly on your foot – that means no open-backed sandals or mules. When you become more devoted to tango, you could invest in tango-specific footwear.

4. Is Argentine Tango like ballroom tango?

Not really. In terms of posture, improvisation, connection, musicality, and technique, they are very different.

– The posture of Argentine Tango allows you to dance in different embraces: close embrace, open embrace, slightly open embrace, in a v-shaped embrace that’s open on the leader’s left side and more closed on the right side, or completely connected at the chest.
– Because the dance is based on improvisation and not sequences, there is no basic beat corresponding to a basic step.
– Because of this improvisational aspect, It is essential to learn what is required for the connection between partners.
– There is more freedom in relationship to the music. You could dance on the basic beat, or choose to dance to an irregular rhythm (such as syncopation, triplet, 3-3-2, etc.), on the musical phrase, or on the melody. You can choose to accelerate, decelerate, or take a long pause.
– There are different techniques depending on the many Argentine Tango styles. During your tango journey, you will hear about styles such as Milonguero, Villa Urquiza, Salón, Fantasía (show), Nuevo, and Líquido (Fusion).

 

5. Do I need special clothes to learn Argentine Tango?

For classes, comfort is key. Your clothing should allow you to move easily. Because tango is danced relatively closely, your body heat will rise, so anything too warm will get uncomfortable very quickly.