INFORMATION ON LEVELS
No experience or partner necessary. We sometimes call our first tango classes bootcamps, but really they are the fundamentals of tango. Learn the basics that are the foundation for Argentine Tango. Join us at the practica at 10pm to practice what you've learned and on Sunday nights (8-11pm) at our Practilonga.
The beginners series is an intensive basic training to get you ready for our social dance events. You will learn walking, rocksteps, the cross, ochos, basic turns, musicality and intro to close embrace tango. Again, no experience or partner necessary! Everyone needs the basics, so anyone wanting to brush up on those is welcome to signup.
What to bring, what to wear:
– Wear comfortable clothes, light shirt or airy top in case it gets hot.
– Bring sturdy, snug-fitting shoes with smooth leather soles if you have some, they are easier to pivot in.
– Ladies, wear shoes with closed toes (for protection) and that fit snugly so you don’t step out of them. Again, leather soled shoes are best.
– Shoes that aren’t so great for dancing: sneakers (unless for guys if they don’t have leather soled shoes), flipflops, clunky platform shoes, open-toed sandals, shoes without heel straps or (better) heel cups. Don’t worry too much about looking stylish, dance shoes have to be functional first.
Level 1 classes are designed for those who are familiar with the basic steps covered in the beginner bootcamp, are eager to expand their dancing vocabulary, and work on technique. These classes will cover topics such as (but not limited to) the parada, right turn, musicality, vals, milonga, turn sequences, fundamental technique, as well as more challenging moves like the boleo, sacada, and gancho in both close and open embrace. These classes will help solidify the foundation of your tango, provide material that is difficult and challenging, but also practical for social dancing at milongas. These classes can be repeated, as topics are continually changing, and we strongly encourage this series for dancers who have been dancing less than three years. It’s been our most popular series and it’s no wonder why.
Level 2 classes are designed for those who have completed the bootcamp, taken intermediate classes, and have a solid grasp of essential tango technique. Students signing up for these classes should be very comfortable with, and be willing to demonstrate in front of the class, the ocho cortado, the left and right turn, a sacada, a boleo, and should be able to differentiate between a tango, vals, and milonga. These classes will be more intensive and will build upon the technique and material presented in intermediate classes. Topics will include (but are not limited to) boleo sequences, musicality, ganchos, vals and milonga specific steps, volcadas, sacada sequences, and more complicated moves like colgadas and/or single axis turns. If you have completed the intermediate series and are interested in beginning advanced classes please check with the instructor to see if you are ready for the advanced class. This class is geared for dancers who have a solid grasp of the essential elements of tango and have the technique and skill required to build upon the material covered in intermediate classes.