Argentine Tango is a musical genre and Argentine Tango Dance is the social dance that accompanies it, both recognised as "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO in 2009. As an improvised dance, the magic of tango comes out of the connection between the couple and the music, allowing the dancers to express their sentiments, fueled by the music.
We believe that one of the biggest deterrents to learning tango is the notion that one has to know a lot of 'moves' in order to dance. In fact, it seems many teachers teach just that: moves. Which is a pity, because by just learning moves, the subtle nature of tango disappears as one uses one's head rather than one's senses (which is what tango is all about).
Tango is an improvised dance. The whole beauty of it comes out of improvisation. And improvisation can easily be numbed by filling one's head with 'moves' and 'sequences'. When one does not have to think how to move, one is free to improvise.
For this reason, we focus on the basics of movement and as we repeat over time, students learn tango through their bodies while concentrating on the music.
WARNING: We very much doubt that such a condition actually exists. In fact, we have experienced several times the opposite: people who were convinced they had two left feet are now dancing several times a week, unable to stop!
Wear comfortable shoes with slippery soles. Leather soles are usually better. Please avoid trainers unless they have fairly slippery soles. In the worst-case scenario, bring a pair of thick socks ;-).
Special note for the ladies:
We highly recommend that you avoid high heels unless you feel very comfortable in them and these do not affect your balance.
Although high heels are usually worn (by both men: 3-5cm, and women: 6-10cm) these may require training and getting used to (perhaps by increasing the height over time) before one can dance safely.
Tango is based on balance and our feet are there to support us and carry us around for our entire lives. It is, therefore, very important to take good care of them!
Please refer to the Sprained ankle article on Wikipedia and pay attention to the last two causes listed ;-)
'Levels' in tango are a very generic and arbitrary classification with various meanings in different tango communities around the world. They are usually applied for ease of classification of tango lessons.
Dancing tango, however, is a life-long experience. As such, we believe that there's always something new to learn as well as something that can be improved. We think that the arbitrary use of the word 'level' should not be taken seriously, as it could otherwise hinder learning.
You do not need to bring a partner, just come along! Of course, if you do have a partner, feel free to bring them along!
Tango does not require specific skills or advanced physical capabilities. However, like any dance, it can put a strain to the legs, feet, joints (especially knees and ankles) and ligaments if the mechanics of movement or balance are incorrect. Avoiding this is what tango technique is all about.
If you suffer or have suffered from joint, bone, ligament or other issues, please let us know at the beginning of the course.