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Tango Caminito

, San Diego, CA


 

 

North America

Dance Spots Network
Locate Dance Spots & Teachers throughout the U.S. & Canada. Over 4,000 dance spots and teachers listed. All styles.

Tango with Judy
Living and breathing tango is how Judy y Jon describe their lives. They are dedicated to promoting Argentine Tango, Milonga and Vals as they are danced in the clubs of Buenos Aires. Also offers a Tango boutique and tours of BA.

Alaska

Academie de Danse
Anchorage, Alaska and Maui, Hawaii.

Arizona

Ravi and Satya Khalsa, Arizona
Experience training built on modern teaching techniques. Ravi and Satya Khalsa are Tango discovery Certified Master Teachers, the only CMTs in North America.

California

Alexia Schulz, Berkley
Regular classes. First class free, subsequent classes almost free. Gary and Jane Schulz, Roxanna Meline and Alexia Schulz.

Alma del Tango, Debbie & John, Sacramento
Debbie specializes in Argentine Tango, teaching locally from 1996 to 2003 and studying dance both here and in Buenos Aires with a number of renowned Argentine Tango Masters. Along with her partner, John Campbell, she developed “Alma Del Tango”, a teaching program dedicated to the art of Argentine Tango that offered group and private instruction, workshops and performances.

BarrioTango, California
Classes and Milonga.

Blues and Tango, San Francisco
The purpose of Tangoed Up In Blues is to bring the blues and tango communities together; to compare and contrast the two dance styles; to explore the tension between new and old in both dances; and to have a fun time dancing.

Caroline Peattie and Christopher Nassopoulos, Bay Area
Caroline and Christopher have over twenty years of tango dancing and sixteen years teaching experience between them. They gained practice dancing on the crowded milongas of their home in San Francisco, as well as Buenos Aires, Germany and Holland. Their forte is teaching tango dancers how to improvise in a social setting without breaking the connection of the close embrace.

Christy Coté Instruction, Performance, Choreography, California
Dancing, choreographing and teaching professionally for more than 20 years, Christy Coté began her career as a Ballroom and Latin dance instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Studios.  For the past years she has devoted her love of dance to Argentine Tango becoming one of San Francisco's most respected dancers and teachers.

Dance North County, San Diego
Various styles, including Tango.

DN Dance, Belmont
Lessons and Milonga.

El Studio Tango, San Diego
Provides information about Argentine Tango and Tango Nuevo workshops by Ross and Camille. Also hosts a regular Milonga. 

George Nicol, Palo Alto
Dancing Argentine Tango since 1993, he has also danced Salsa, Ballroom, and Jazz. He teaches, choreographs, performs, write/records music, and makes independent films. Since 1999 he has focused on teaching Argentine Tango, Salsa, and Swing. He conducts classes and private dance lessons in Palo Alto, California and leads dance tours to Buenos Aires, BVI, and Italy.

Gustavo and Jessica, Santa Rosa, California
"The Passion, Elegance and Seduction of Argentine Tango"

Hung-Yut Chen
Has been teaching and DJing regularly in San Francisco since 2003. He has also given workshops in South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Currently he
is giving classes at Barrio Tango.

Mayumi, SF Bay Area
Using her previous experiences in Modern, Jazz, French Jive, Ballroom and Salsa, Mayumi has formed an elegant yet dynamic dance style. She is skilled in both close-embrace dancing and Tango Nuevo; plus she is a proficient leader as well.  This versatility enables her to teach successfully by herself, and also with a number of outstanding partners, such as Homer Ladas, Felipe Martinez, and Jorge Nel.

Modesto Tango, California
Ongoing classes.

Organic Tango and Tango Gravitas, Los Angeles
Dedicated to the union of traditional and next generation Argentine Tango dancing.

Tango Academy of Pasadena
Authentic Argentine Tango, Milonga, Candombe and Vals Cruzado is taught exclusively by argentine instructors. The program emphasizes not on predictable steps and figures, but in a much broader spectrum.

Tangobay, Monterey
Tango Escape on the Beautiful Monterey Peninsula! Gorgeous scenery, temperate weather, lots to see and do; and Tango.

Tango by the River, Old Sacramento, California
Northern California's Premier Center for Authentic Argentine Tango.

Tango Caminito, North County, San Diego
[* Also see bottom of the page "Rules for Followers" sent in by Elena Pankey of Tango Caminito]
The Main Teaching: Tango is a Relationship-Therapist, Authentic Energy in the Tango Embrace.
The courses are designed to improve relationships through the dance, develop better balance and life enjoyment. Tango CaminitoDance School is legally registered as non-profit.

TangoConcepts, San Diego
Argentine Tango Dance Concepts. An organic approach to teaching tango with insider view and blog of Tango in San Diego.


Colorado

University of Colorado Tango Club
Club Tango is a social dancing club focusing on Argentine Tango and the evolutions thereof.  Club Tango offers  tango classes on campus. We focus on modern tango styles intended for social dancing rather than antiquated styles or choreography. In order to present different styles and techniques we cycle through different instructors throughout the semester.

Dance of the Heart, Boulder
Building a Better World, One Tango at a Time.

Eterna Milonga Tango, Tom Stermitz, Denver
My classes are designed to have you up and dancing social-style Argentine Tango as quickly as possible. I'm effective at helping the men to feel confident, to hear the beat, and to acheive mastery with the intricate steps. My approach is built in layers beginning with fundamentals, emphasizing improvisation, rhythm, music, heart & soul, and especially the connection between the leader and follower.

TangoSpring
Tango classes, workshops and DJing. Dance tango milonguero style - in close embrace. Blog and articles.

Florida

Eddy's Dance School, Tampa
Eddy Hernandez, performer, choreographer, instructor.

Gainesville Tango Theo Bartek
Weekend intensives and articles.

Tampa Tango, Tampa Bay
Victor Crichton is a teacher, performer, and organizer of Tango events. He has been involved with our Tango community since its beginning and has been teaching and organizing events continually since 1997.

Tango Salon de Sarasota
Mike, Angie and Sharon. Argentine Tango classes, Milongas and special workshops with Argentine Tango Masters

Treasure Coast Tango Connection
Your one stop connection to Argentine Tango classes, teachers, workshops, and milongas for the Treasure Coast region of Florida with helpful articles and links to instructors, studios, and special events for the entire state of Florida as well.

 

Georgia

Tango Bohemia, Atlanta
Group Classes, Private Lessons, and a monthly Milonga in Atlanta. Focus on quality of movement, connection, musicality...

Tango-Rio, Atlanta
Dedicated to promoting Argentine Tango as a social dance and art form. You'll find us in Atlanta, teaching, performing and hosting special events.

Illinois

Hi we are Somer and Agape, instructors and performers based in Chicago.
We finally have our website up now that we are back from teaching in the Portland Tango Festival.

www.tangoreaction.com

Tango Chicago Loop
If you can walk you can dance Tango. Two of Chicago's teachers will guide you to the pleasures of Argentine Tango.

Chicago Tango Project, Misha and Sarah
In their classes, Misha and Sarah stress the techniques of dancing Argentine Tango to give students balance and control while adding elegance and finesse to every step.

Chicago Tango School
Erica and Douglas teach tango as it is typically danced in the milongas (tango parties) in Buenos Aires - focusing on the music and how to learn to hear the music in a way that will inspire your dance.  The importance of communication between partners is emphasized.  (No, not whispering your next step to her!)  Instead, how the leader's body marks a follower's possibility.

Dance the Tango, Chicago
Pamela Strateman is an Argentine Tango dancer and instructor in Chicago.  Drawing upon her background in modern dance and eleven years of dancing tango, Pamela has developed a simple, accessible approach to teaching the tango. She focuses on the essence of tango communication and connection.

DeSarge Danceworld, Naperville
Various styles, including AT.

Iowa

Arts a la Carte
Old Brick Church and Community Center, Iowa, features classes in various dance styles.

Valerie Williams
Choreographer, dancer, movement specialist.

Maryland

Tango Duos
Offers a series of group classes for both beginner and intermediate level dancers. Also organizes social dances.

Massachusetts

Blue Tango, Boston
Argentine Tango with Hsueh-tze Lee.

Tango Brothers, Boston

MorenoTango, Boston
The Morenos started dancing tango together in late 1997 in Seattle, WA, a hotbed of tango learning and experimentation. They became professional tango instructors in Baltimore, where they established a tango community that continues to grow and thrive. Students express gratitude for T & C's fresh, funny, clear and well-structured teaching.

Abaigeal Duda, Massachusetts
In 1998, Abaigeal began studying Argentine Tango and has danced and performed locally and internationally. Three years ago, she began sharing her love of tango with others through instruction that focuses on controlled movement and spontaneous expression.

Shahrukh Merchant, Boston
Shahrukh Merchant teaches Tango classes in the Boston area once or twice a year. He has learned Tango from dozens of the top masters from Buenos Aires. He is a Tango DJ for major Tango events (Patagonia Tango Festival in Argentina, various Milongas in Buenos Aires, Miami Tango Congress, Las Vegas Tango Congress, Boston Tango Festival). As a performer, Shahrukh dances in exhibitions with Daniela De Farias (Boston), and has also performed with Carina Losano and Mariana Fresno (both of Buenos Aires) and Yvonne Meissner (Netherlands).

EmbraceTango - Michael Young & Beatrix Satzinger, North East
Since September 2002 Micael Young has been touring with Beatrix Satzinger teaching tango throughout North America, Mexico, and in Buenos Aires. In early 2002 they embarked on a teaching tour to New Zealand and Australia.  

Ana Linda, TangoEmbrace.com - Massachusetts
I teach and dance the genuine Argentine Tango social dance as it is danced in Buenos Aires and the Milongas (a social dance) around the world. The way that I teach integrates the beginning dancer into their breath and their balance, connects them to their imagination through the music and builds a strong and independent relationship with their dance partner of the moment. I teach new dancers to be comfortable with many styles of the social dance: Milonguero or Club Style often called “Close embrace” whether through the shared axis or the independent axis, as well as the open figure style of dancing with a fluid embrace.

Minnesota

Lois Donnay, MNDance, Minneapolis
My classes stress musicality and connection. We start right away with close embrace, as the dance is done in BsAs, so you learn the right way from the beginning. Every step that is taught is also fit to the music as well as the social dance floor.

Missouri

St. Louis Dance and Body Center - tangoteacher.com
These classes are a three part FUNdamental series. They are taught in an open salon style which is fun and full of possibilities.

New Hampshire

Argentine Tango New Hampshire
Bringing Latin Dance Workshops to the Granite State. Learn a new dance form. No experience necessary - only the desire to give this a try and have fun! No partner required (but if you have someone you can entice to bring, the more the merrier!) Please bring soft-soled dance shoes that you put on after arriving for class. Wear casual, comfortable clothing.

New Jersey

Carolina y Diego
Carolina Zokalski and Diego Di Falco have more than 7 years of experience as professional dancers, they joined the cast of the original Broadway production of FOREVER TANGO. At the age of 20 they became the youngest tango dancers in the history of American Musical Theater. They also have a Tango store and instructional videos.

Guillermo y Vittoria, New Jersey
Founded in 1999, the dance group is a group that nurtures, teaches and preserves the Traditional Argentine tango performing arts and social dance for present and future generations of Argentine-Americans, while introducing Argentine tango dance, music, and visual arts to audiences throughout the United States. Through performances, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, classes, and recordings, Argen-Tango™ creates a focus for community pride and inspiration, builds bridges to other communities, and promotes knowledge and appreciation of the Argentine arts and culture.

2 For Tango, New Jersey
Terri O’Keefe, a Wyckoff, NJ resident and  Stevens from Manhattan have been dancing and studying tango for 18 years, 16 of them as partners. Students are warned, “the tango is addictive, having no known cure.” 2 for Tango, Inc. provides informational material and classes with videos on the history of tango, it’s evolution and how politics influenced it’s rise and fall from popularity.

Actors Dance Studio - New Jersey
The Central Jersey Studio for Argentine Tango.

Leslie Mitchell, Princeton, New Jersey
No experience or partner necessary.

New Mexico

Lauren Bellucci and Michael Walker, New Mexico
Argentine Tango In Santa Fe New Mexico: Tango instruction, classes, workshops, dance, studio milonga, on the town milongas

Tango Downtown, New Mexico
Offers classes in the essentials of Argentine Tango, technique classes for all experience levels, incorporating insights into the music, dance, and etiquette of Milonguero Style social dancing.

New York

Celebrate Tango
Gayatri Martin lives in New York, gives classes internationally. We organize classes, workshops and exciting social events for the community to learn, explore and move to the rhythms of the passionate culture that is ARGENTINE TANGO.

Carina Moeller's Studio, NYC
Triangulo is the only studio in New York City dedicated solely to Argentine tango.

Dance Manhattan
Dance Manhattan, the ideal Social Ballroom, Swing, Latin and Tango studio, is located in the heart of Chelsea, New York City. We offer a full range of private lessons, group classes at all levels, one-day crash courses and workshops, and introductory packages. Our most popular dance events include Tango Mondays.

Access Tango, Daniela Borgialli, NY
After receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from Arizona State University in 2000, she moved to New York City and began teaching this exquisite couples dance. Daniela currently teaches and performs locally in Arizona. She enjoys presenting tango to the general public as a unique way to develop team-building and leadership skills. She is also interested in using tango to explore improvisation and partnering skills with trained dancers.

DanceSport, Manhattan Dance Studio
Various styles including AT.

Dario da Silva, East Coast
Dario Da Silva is an Argentine born and trained tango dancer. He has been teaching and performing throughout the East coast for the past four years. He has performed in New York at many dance events such as the International Encounter of Nations in Albany, the Dance Flurry in Saratoga Springs, the Merking Concert Hall and Joe's Pub in Manhattan.

Virginia Kelly, NYC
Virginia Kelly is a dancer from Argentina, specialized in Tango. She has studied with the very best Tango dancers in her hometown of Buenos Aires. Among them were the world renowned Dinzels for whom she eventually taught. She has studied many other dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Tango, Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Argentine folklore, Flamenco and Belly Dancing.

Close-Embrace, NYC
Jennifer Bratt discovered the Argentine Tango in 2000 and, entranced by the beauty and energy of this art-form, she devoted herself to it completely. Jennifer has studied extensively in Buenos Aires with Javier Rodriguez, Graciela Gonzalez, Geraldine Rojas, Sabrina Masso and Jorge Dispari.

Colette and Richard, New York
Colette is a Canadian artist with a long career in Canada, the United States and Europe (especially Spain). For many years she has been equally devoted to Argentine tango and has studied with the most influential masters from Buenos Aires. Richard is a young and rising star in the tango scene and a veteran of many tango performances.

Ian Reed, Libertango, NY
A seasoned performer and teacher, Ian defines Argentine Tango as a dance of consummate freedom, in which each leader develops a repertoire of favorite steps and develops a unique style. His performance partners are Anjalika Bardalai and Nan Min. Ian also teaches at 'You Should Be Dancing' studio, and has devised a tango syllabus from beginner to "black belt".

Valeria Solomonoff, Valetango, New York
Based in New York City, Argentine-born Valeria Solomonoff has performed internationally and at some of the world's most prestigious venues. She has performed with the world's top Tango dancers and was recently selected to perform for Argentine President Nestor Kirchner in New York which would mark the second time Valeria has performed for an Argentine head of state.

Annatango
A professional ballet and modern dancer, she studied with well-known instructors in Buenos Aires.

Ney Melo, NYC
Ney Melo is among the best of the new generation of Argentine Tango
dancers. His "close-embrace" tango style evolved from his experiences in the milongas of Buenos Aires and his extensive studies with masters of the Villa Urquiza and nuevo styles of tango; Jorge Dispari y La Turca, Chicho Frumboli , and Julio Balmaceda & Corina de La Rosa. Ney is currently living in Buenos Aires and is running a tour for those wishing to train intensively in Buenos Aires.

Murat Erdemsel, NYC
His lessons combine the technical analysis of movement and the sensory interpretation of music. His background as both an artist and a musician provides him with a blend of senses for the movement of bodies through both time and space. Born in Istanbul, he has trained in dance, music and fine art around the globe.

Tangocompany, Carlos Yannacañedo, New York
Carlos Yannacañedo began performing professionally at age 14 and has performed throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the United States, both as a dancer and as a musician. As a member of TANGO A MEDIA LUZ, Carlos was dance captain and assistant under Tango great, Pampa Cortes.

Tango with Carlos
Argentinean Tango with Carlos de Chey. For Private Sessions, Small Groups and Shows.

Westchester Tango
Elegant and passionate, haunting and melancholy, tango involves not only the body but also the soul.

Woodstock Tango
Hosts weekly classes, monthly milongas and special workshops featuring outstanding dancer/teachers from NYC and Buenos Aires.

Ohio

Tango OSU, Ohio State University
An Argentine Tango student organization at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. It's purpose is to promote quality instruction and regular practice at OSU and serve the Tango needs of central Ohio. We welcome all dancers.

TangoRush, Ohio
An organization devoted to fostering Argentine Tango as a social dance in the Cleveland-Akron area. Sponsors lessons, milongas (formal tango parties)
and workshops taught by Argentinean instructors.

Oregon

Robert Hauk
The milonguero style is characterized by the very close embrace it is danced in.
This embrace facilitates a very close connection between partners, and is a
framework for a dance of great subtlety and beauty.

Tango Berretin, Portland
Alex Krebs.

TangoMoments
Jay and Jodi give private lessons and group classes, Portland, OR.

DanceMode Dance Studios, Portland
Various styles including AT.

Philadelphia

Alexander Alliance, Philadelphia
Learn about Alexander Technique and teacher training programs provided by the Alexander Alliance, a multi-cultural, inter-generational community/school. Regardless of where you live, the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia provides a first rate, affordable training to those who have a strong desire to become Alexander teachers, but for whom a conventional residential training program is simply not an option.

Andrew Conway
Argentine Tango in the Philadelphia area.

Kelly Ray & Lesley Mitchell, DancePhiladelphia
Various styles including AT. Regular Milonga.

South Carolina

TangoRojo
Charleston and Mount Pleasant: Classes, private lessons and milongas. Learn the beauty of this captivating dance of passion.

Texas

Learn 2 Dance, Austin Various styles, including AT. Ricardo Moncada understands that students want to Learn To Dance while having fun. He can help learn to dance easily and quickly, without skipping technique or the finer elements of dancing. Ricardo is a dedicated dance professional who teaches dancing full-time.

TangoEssence, La Mesa
Linda is originally from Mexico and is now living permanently in San Diego. She has been dancing and studying Tango since 1998.

Vermont

Tango in Vermont
Gerd Hirschmann.

Virginia

Argentine Tango in Virginia Beach
Ernest Williams and Linda Sutton help you improve your technique and expose you to the African Roots of Tango.

Washington D.C.

Anne-Sophie and Pablo, Washington D.C.
Pablo Fontana is a dancer, performer, choreographer, and teacher of Argentine Tango. He has trained extensively with professionals such as Juan Carlos Copes and Gustavo Naveira. Anne-Sophie Ville, a Belgian native, started dancing Argentine Tango in Washington DC became one of the main tango organizers in this community as well as a dancer and instructor.

Vivianatango, Viviana and Isodoro Levinson
Promoting Argentine Tango in Washington D.C. area by teaching private and group lessons and hosting regular milongas.

Eugenia and Chan, Washington D.C.
"TANGO made SIMPLE": attaining Zen moments in Tango.

TangoZen, Washington D.C.
Tangozen is walking dance meditation, combining Zen principles with Tango dancing.

Sharna Fabiano, Washington D.C.
Sharna is one of the non-Argentines to have understood the tango instinctively at a deep level. She is a professional tango dancer and choreographer and member of the all-woman tango dance company.

TangoMujer

Washington

Clay's Dance Studio, Portland, Seattle
My mission is to enable students to experience the joy and  pleasure of social dancing through high quality lessons, videos and events.

Eva and Patricio, Seattle
Eva and Patricio have been dancing together for years. Since they came to U.S in July 2002 they performed in various companies and created their own Tango Dance company; they released the show TANGO RETRO in 2004 with great success at the Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle, WA.

The 8th Style Jaimes Friedgen, Seattle, Washington
The philosophy behind Freetango is that tango has no boundaries. Through connection and improvisation, the lead and follow create a conversation together, both listening and both speaking. With playfulness and creativity we look always to find a way of movement and communication that is natural, intuitive, and dynamic.

Pivotal Tango, Seattle
Greg and Lera are teaching the ever expanding vocabulary of Nuevo Tango from the basics to the advanced creative process at the Century Ballroom in Seattle.

Swango Seattle
Swango is the fusion of Swing And Argentine Tango! You will leave with Argentine Tango added to your West Coast Swing and West Coast Swing added to your Argentine Tango. After you learn the technique basics, leaders can switch back and forth between the two dances. Also offers Swamba.

TangoElegance
Argentine Tango Dancers Kamran & Colleen have been performing in the northwest since 2001. Their style is focused on fluidity, comfort and above all elegance. They dance traditional and Nuevo Tango.

Tango Bellingham, Washington
Teaches the improvised social form of the dance, both open and close embrace, with occasional excursions into the newer, modern forms of the dance. We emphasize the connection with your partner, the connection with the music, and the connection with the other dancers on the floor. There is also a culture and tradition that surrounds the dance that we respect and communicate to our students.

Wisconsin

Argentine Tango in Wisconsin
Julia and Todd, International performers, choregraphers, playwriters, lecturers, and instructors. All levels of instruction. Hosts to Stewart Park outdoor milongas during our summer season every Wednesday night.

Tango Bàsico
Teaching Argentine Tango in Madison Wisconsin, as well as free praticas on Thursdays.

CANADA

Air de Tango
Argentinean tango school and dance troupe.

Claudio Tango, Vancouver
Teaching tango in close embrace tango. At the heart of his teachings are the principles of frame, walking, and musicality. Claudio has been dancing and training for many years, which include 5 months in Buenos Aires where he developed his current teaching style. Also, Claudio makes a yearly pilgrimage to Argentina to continue with his own development. Claudio gently guides beginners through the process of learning the fundamentals, and prepares them for the social dance floor.

David Gurr, Canada
Let me welcome you to the Machismo Academy whose title is deliberately ironic because, while we need to seek perfection - like Machismo's pocket handkerchief - we must also know that we won't ever attain it, and therefore approach the learning of tango with a sense of fun, not dread.

Joy of Dance Studio, Toronto
The Joy of Dance Studio in Toronto, Canada, offers fun and exciting dance classes in Toronto, plus certified dance teacher training. Open dance classes & private dance lessons in Tango, Ballroom, Latin, Hip Hop, Ballet, Nia & more.

Susana Domingues, Vancouver
Welcome to my Tango & Salsa website! I offer lessons in Salsa and Argentine Tango in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Information about Tango and Salsa events in Vancouver, dance instructors, history of the dances, music, instructional Salsa video and group course schedules which include Merengue, Milonga, Tango-Vals.

Tango Nova
Founded by dance instructor Margaret Spore, Tangonova is dedicated to establishing an authentic tango presence in Nova Scotia. Intimate, improvisational and challenging. Argentine tango is truly the dance of fearless passion. Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Europe

Austria

TribuTango, Feldkirch, Austria

Belgium

De Smet-Camby
Various styles, including AT.

Marisa y Oliver
Various courses.

Tango aande Stroom, Antwerp
tANGO AAN DE sTROOM, het bruisend hart van de Argentijnse Tango in Antwerpen en omstreken. Laat je spelenderwijs kennis maken met deze prachtige muziek- en dansvorm, via cursussen, workshops, stages, vormingsprojecten en evenementen allerhande.

Bulgaria

Et Machibo Tango studio, Sofia
Milongas, classes and other events.

SofiaTango, Sofia
Classes, Workshops, Milonga, Downloadable Calendar. Groups are normally of 10-20 people. You are not required to come with a partner, but it's a good idea to bring one along (especially caballeros).

France

Academia del Tango Argentina, Marseilles, France
Née de la rencontre entre Marion Ouazana (Directrice Artistique du Gym Jazz Garden) et de Christine Versé (Université de Buenos Aires), elle devient une association Loi 1901 a Orléans en Février 1994, s'exporte a Milton Keynes (Angleterre) de 1999 a 2001 et s'établit aujourd'hui définitivement à Marseille.

Luis Bruni and Pascale Coquigny, Paris

Germany

Allegro, Wuppertal, Germany
Verschiedene Kurse.

Almatango, Hamburg, Germany
Michael Rubach und Elfriede Bley. Geprägt haben uns hauptsächlich die Tangolehrer der alten Tangogarde Antonio Todaro, Eduardo Arquimbau, Pepito Avellaneda, Luis Gordona und Carlos Copes und nicht zuletzt, deren großartiger Nachfolger Gustavo Naveira.

Altango
Martin and Alison, Bonn and Koblenz, Germany.

ArTango, Lahr, Germany
In meinen Kursen kommt es mir vor allem auf die Vermittlung eines authentischen Tanzgefühls und auf die Fähigkeit zu einer intensiven Kommunikation zwischen den Tanzpartnern an. Dies bedeutet konkret, daß zuerst die Grundtechniken (Haltung, Gleichgewicht, Körperspannung) und das Gefühl des Tangos (Musik zu hören und in Tanz umsetzen) erlernt werden. Dabei steht im Vordergrund, sich schon bald auf der Tanzfläche mit dem Partner sicher zur Musik bewegen zu können, ohne sich zu sehr auf festgelegte Schrittkombinationen konzentrieren zu müssen. Denn Tango ist die Verschmelzung zweier Körper, die von der Musik über das Parkett getragen werden.

Bailando Tango
Arthur & Britta Bay. Heiligenberg, Germany

Bailemos Tango: Tango und Milonga in Kaiserslautern
Im Jahr 1996 wurde Bailemos Tango von den Tangotänzern Silvia Hochstätter, Christel und Just Kuhl gegründet, da es bis dahin in Kaiserslautern keine Tangoszene gab. Im Cotton Club in Kaiserslautern wurde eine Tangoszene in das Leben gerufen, die sich dem Tango in seiner ursprünglichsten Form verschrieben hat. Wir tanzen die Ausdrucksform der Milongeros - mit dem Ziel so nahe wie möglich am Puls des Tango der Porteños zu sein.

Britta Winkler, Berlin, Germany
Brigitta Winkler lebt in Berlin und New York. Sie studierte in Berlin Ballet and Modern Dance. 1980 entdeckte sie Tango Argentino. 1985 Aufenthalt in Paris. Auftritte im Troittior de Buenos Aires, Paris. Anschliessend Tour und Auftritte in Montreal und Toronto. Regelmässige Studienaufenthalte in Buenos Aires. Unterricht bei Juan Carlos Copes, Antonio Todaro, Pepito, Gustave Naveiro und Eduardo Arquimbau.

Chango, München
Kurse, workshops und Milongas. Tango - Tanz in der Umarmung, ein ungesprochener Dialog. Charakteristisch für diesen spannungsgeladenen Tanz ist die Improvisation mit einigen immer neu variierten Schritten.

City Tanzschule, Moers
Für die bewegenden Momente im Leben.

CondeTango, Heidelberg
Jürgen und Andrea Graf. Tango und Salsa sowie Standard/Latein.

Dante Perassi
Aus Argentinien, hauptberuflicher Tanzlehrer in Deutschland seit 1992. Tango und Salsa Workshops,  Kurse und Einzelstunden. Tanzpartnerbörse.

Don Carlitos Tanzschule, Heildelberg
Der Tango argentino lässt Hugo nie wieder los. Er folgt ihm in die Städte seines Ursprungs: La Boca San Telmo, Avenida Corrientes, Monte Video und Jahre später auch Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam. Durch den Kontakt mit den damals noch wenig bekannten Tangolehrern und Tänzern Mingo Puliese, Raúl Bravo, Antonio Torado und Juan Estébes (Petroleo) angeregt, beginnt in ihm ein unerschöpflicher Prozess der kreativen Auseinandersetzung mit dem Tango Argentino. Er entwickelt eine Strukturierungsmethode, in die seine Kenntnisse der Anatomie und des Ballets einfließen.

EgoTango, Berlin
Gaiai, Yannick, Leandro.

Elcantado del Tango, Darmstadt, Germany
Seit 1996 unterrichtet Andrés Tango Argentino. 2001 eröffnete er sein eigenes Studio "Encantado del Tango". Inzwischen entwickelt er individuelle Unterrichtskonzepte im Rahmen einer Aus- und Weiterbildung für Tangolehrer und Assistenten. Sein Tango zeichnet sich durch extreme Musikalität aus; schnelle, leichtfüßige Verzierungen spiegeln kleinste Modulationen in der Melodie wider. Andreas Tango ist ruhig und elegant. Er beruht auf mehrjähriger Fortbildung sowohl in den verschiedenen Stilen das Tango de Salón (unter anderem Canyengue und Tango Orillero) als auch als Bühnentänzerin.

Enrique Grahl Junior y Judita Zapatero, Stuttgart
They enjoyed a solid tango education in Buenos Aires with the great masters of the Tango and gave their debut in the Sunderland Club in Buenos Aires. Tango led them from Buenos Aires to Europe, where they successfully give shows and teach all over the continent.

Fabian Carbone, Köln
Diplom-Sozialpädagoge, Bandoneonist, Tangolehrer. Geboren 1963 in San Juan/ Argentinien.

Fabiana, Germany
Fabiana ist in Córdoba geboren und unterrichtet seit mehr als achtzehn Jahren Tango in Deutschland. In Frankfurt hat sie die Tango-Szene maßgeblich aufgebaut. Im Januar 1999 gründete sie ihre eigene 'Academia de Tango Argentino', und seit drei Jahren arbeitet sie mit Julio zusammen.

IBP-Tango, Germany
Verschiedene Kurse.

Inspiracion Tango, Germany
Emile und Hülya sind erfahrene Lehrer, die sich sowohl im Salontango als auch im Bühnentango sehr gut auskennen. Emile unterrichtet den Tango seit 1992 und arbeitet seit 1994 mit Hülya zusammen. Beide wirken hauptsächlich im süddeutschen Raum, sind jedoch auch auf internationalen Festivals in Europa, den USA und in Israel bekannt. Nazan hat als Tangolehrerin den Tango hier in Heidelberg über die letzten Jahre aufblühen lassen. Teilweise wurde sie dabei von Emile tatkräftig und künstlerisch unterstützt. In ihrem Kursprogramm finden sich Einfachheit, Eleganz, Spontanität und höchste künstlerische Fähigkeit zusammen.

Irmel Weber, Berlin, Germany
Irmel Weber's Tanzstil ist durch ihre Ausbildung bei Eduardo Arquimbau, Antonio Todaro und Gustavo Naveira geprägt. Zusammen mit Michael Rühl arbeitete sie in Tangoshows und Tangokonzerten ebenso wie in Varietés, Theatern und Tangofestivals im In- und Ausland. Sie unterrichtet Tango Argentino seit 1988. In ihrem Unterricht legt sie besonderen Wert auf die Gleichwertigkeit der Rollen "Führen und Folgen", das "wie" der Bewegung, die Freude am gemeinsamen Tanzen.
"Tango - das ist für mich ein gemeinsamer Spaziergang".

Karsten Waniorek, Berlin, Germany
Nach dem Unterricht bei bekannten Lehrer/innen in Berlin nahm er Unterricht bei den alten Meistern des Argentinischen Tangos, um sie mit ihren Tanzstilen kennen zu lernen. Bei der den alten Meistern folgenden Generation internationaler Stars des Tangos setzte er seine tänzerische Entwicklung fort und integrierte alles zu einem eigenen Stil.

Kenneth & Sieglinde, Stuttgart, Germany
Tango Argentino in Stuttgart lernen und genießen.

La Caminada
Dance studio, Berlin. Various styles, including AT.

La Danza, Cologne, Germany
Verschiedene Tanzstile.

Melina Sedó & Detlef Engel -Tango de Salón
They interpret the traditional tango de salón in a personal and modern way. At the core of their lessons, which are always geared towards improvisational capability, are intensive body work and analysis of tango's structures. But technical understanding is just a means to concentrate better on the essential: developing one's own style. Melina and Detlef mainly work in Germany and in France and also teach on tango holidays and give workshops.

Nina González and Jordi Moraguez, Cologne, Germany
Verschiedene Kurse.

Ocho - Stuttgart, Germany
Die Tango Argentino Tanzschule in Stuttgart.

Petra and Michael, Munich, Germany

Que tango - Marina Jablonski, Munich, Germany
Unterricht im Tango Argentino in Buenos Aires und bei Argentinischen Grossmeistern in Europa.

Siempre Tango, Karlsruhe
Carlo Sansour, Brigitte Albert, Emile Sansour, Gabriela Radtke, Ralf Schulmeister und Mostafa El Omari unterrichten. In unserem Unterricht behandeln wir alle Stile des Argentinischen Tangos. Angefangen beim innigen Tango de Salon mit der engen Umarmung, die offene Variante und der Tango Nuevo Stil sind fester Bestandteil unseres Unterrichts. Einfühlsam gehen wir auf jeden einzelnen in unseren Kursen ein, wobei Technik, Gefühl im Einklang mit der Musik ausbalanciert sind. Wir sind bemüht für jeden eine Tangotür zu öffnen, egal ob mit oder ohne Tanzerfahrung. Es ist uns wichtig, Spaß und Freude am Tangotanzen zu erwecken und zu vermitteln.

Susanne Opitz, Berlin, Germany
Körperorientierte Basisarbeit für Aufrichtung, Haltung, Balance und mehr Genuss beim Tanzen. Ihr lernt Figuren (Ochos, Drehungen, Sacadas und Boleos) zu improvisieren und Musik (Rhythmus oder Melodie) zu interpretieren.

Tango Corsario, Berlin, Germany
Street tango, animation, tangonummern, tangovagabunden, shows, unterricht, workshops, kurse.

Tango Discovery System, Greece, Germany & Europe

Tango-Master, Hannover, Germany
Germán Cassano & Liliana Espinosa aus Buenos Aires. Tänzer, Choreographen und Lehrer des Tango Argentino.

Tangorios, Mönchengladbach, Germany

Tangotanzen, Ines and Ulrich, Berlin, Germany
Wir unterrichten mit grosser Begeisterung Tango argentino. Wichtig ist uns, von Beginn an die Improvisationsfähigkeit zu schulen, um Tango frei von festgelegten Schrittmustern geniessen zu können. Ziel unseres Unterrichts ist Harmonie mit der Musik und dem Partner durch präzise und sensible Führung, Eleganz und “aktives” Folgen. Wir nehmen seit vielen Jahren Unterricht bei verschiedenen argentinischen Maestros und unternehmen Reisen nach Buenos Aires. Das gibt uns neue Impulse und Anregungen zur Weiterentwicklung. Wir mögen sowohl den eng getanzten „Milonguero Stil“, als auch die vielfältigen Tanzvariationen die in offener Haltung möglich sind.

Tango-Werkstatt, Regensburg, Germany
Im Unterricht legen sie sehr viel Wert auf Tanzqualität, sodaß von Beginn an ein gemeinsames Tanzgefühl entsteht, das durch Lust, Spannung und Spaß des Tanzpaares am Tanz und Einswerden mit der Musik geprägt ist. Der Unterricht umfaßt sowohl den Tango im Salon, als auch den Bühnentango, die Milonga und den Vals Cruzado.

Greece

Fabian and Gina, Felinotango
Our technique is based on the natural movement of the body, using points of reference, understanding balance, body awareness, clear movements and coordination one with another and with the music. The role of the follower is as important as the role of the leader. Our technique is based on improvisation, using all the elements of tango. Tango is the expression of the body and soul in every feeling.

Hungary

Társastánc
Teaching in Budapest.

Ireland

Edinburgh Tango Society
Promotes tango events in Edinburgh and surrounding cities, and organises workshops, practices and dances. Anyone can take the classes whether they have danced before or not. Tango is a challenging and intensely satisfying dance and music, but most importantly it is a social activity. The ETS is a great place to make friends and become part of the international tango community. For those from elsewhere in Scotland, there are now groups organising regular practices and classes in Glasgow, Aberdeen and the Borders.

Italy

Alberto & Alessandra, Milano
Alberto and Alessandra have danced together since 2000, both having had rich dance and tango experience in diverse environments and with many dancers in Italy and other countries.

Alejandro Ferrante, Tango e Arte, Milano
Argentinean gives Tango lessons  and displays his artwork and photography.

Barrio de Tango Argentino a Reggio Emilia
Il corso propedeutico si indirizza a coloro che si avvicinano al Tango argentino per la prima volta. Verranno introdotti i concetti guida sulla musica e la sua interpretazione, la “marca” dell’uomo e la decodificazione da parte della donna, la postura, camminate e figure semplici che permettono ai ballerini di muoversi in pista.

Christina e Claudio, Italy - sogniditango
Cristina e Claudio, dopo una formazione legata alla danza agonistica, si avvicinano al tango nel 1995. In seguito approfondiscono i loro studi con importanti professionisti di Buenos Aires e, nel mettere a confronto i diversi stili di tango, hanno soddisfatto quel che forse per loro natura li rappresenta di più, quel bisogno di ricerca che conduce alle profondità del tango, alle sue molteplici verità e innumerevoli espressioni.

"El Firulete", Torino, Italy
La Scuola Permanente di Tango Argentino "El Firulete" è un progetto che i maestri Sarita Goyas e Ricardo Labriola portano avanti ormai da sei anni nella città di Torino. La Scuola "El Firulete" (in spagnolo significa finta o abbellimento del passo) si propone, con i Maestri Labriola, non solo di impartire lezioni di Tango, ma di diffondere la cultura tanguera argentina.

Estudio DNI Tango
A studio directed by Pablo Villarraza and Dana Frigoli, dancers of international renown, not only as interpreters of tango and as choreographers, but also as teachers and directors of festivals in Argentina and throughout the world. Private classes, special classes for small groups, individual practice sessions.

FerraraTango
Tango Argentino Ferrara.

Filippo Avignonesi, Rome, Italy
Teaches tango, milonga, and technique in Rome. He has partnered with Eliana Sanchez, Valencia Batiuk, Samantha di Paolo, Chieko Kawashima, Anna Maria Ferrara and several other accomplished dancers. He has taught workshops and performed in Italy, France, the U.S.A., Germany, Japan, Portugal, Sweden and Russia.

Gato y Andrea Tango
Tango, Milonga & Vals, Ladies Technique. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Group classes and private lessons.

Gustavo Saenz y Georgina Vargas, Rome and BA
He initially worked as a theatre actor, and then at movies and on television. After studying modern dance, he starts dancing Tango. In a short time he is giving wonderful shows in the company of other great Tango dancers. Teaching is also an important aspect of his career. She is a singer and classical and contemporary dancer. In 1999 she begins dancing Tango as a professional. She also relates to Tango through singing, thanks to Hector de Rosas, Alba Solis and the pianist Roberto Garcia Araujo with who she performed repertory and vocalization.

Patricia and Matteo, TangoClub, Italy
Patricia e Matteo ballano e insegnano insieme dal 1998.

Patricia Müller, Italy. Also has some interesting articles
Patricia Müller dances Argentine Tango since 1994. In 1996 she meets the internationally known teacher Yvonne Meissner, and soon begins to teach the 'Milonguero-style' at the association Ki Dojo – and since 1997 also at other Florentine dance centres (schools). In 1998, thanks  to her teacher, she  starts organizing workshops with famous argentine teachers of the “milonguero-world” such as Pocho Pisarro, Ruben Terbalca, Eduardo Aguirre, Luisito Ferraris, all assisted by Yvonne, as well as  Monica Maria e Osvaldo Roldan.

Susana y Pablo, Parma
We design our classes to be fun, informative, interactive, and developmental. Each student will develop a knowledge of their body and an understanding of the body's normal and healthy functional movement.

Tamotango
Corsi, pratica e serate di tango argentino ; Incontri culturali , proiezioni di video;  Laboratorio di teatro-tango; Spettacoli e Concerti.

TangoinProgress, Rome
Tango-nuevo school in Rome, organizing workshops with famous teachers of the "tango-nuevo style".
Regular weekly Milonga called "Querer, Retroelectromilongon".

Netherlands

Academia de Tango, Amsterdam
Courses, salons, practice events. Classes are given in Dutch, however our teachers speak English  Español Deutsch Italiano Frances.

Amor de Tango, Utrecht
Franc Duking is docent aan de Internationale School. Persoonlijke groei en bewustwording is een belangrijk thema voor hem. Vijf jaar geleden is hij begonnen zijn passie voor de Argentijnse tango met anderen te delen. Magda Franckaert werkt als kunstzinnig therapeut in het speciaal onderwijs. Haar grote liefde voor dans en dansexpressie leeft ze uit in experimentele dans en Argentijnse tango. Naast de lessen organiseert ze tangosalons en vrije dansavonden in haar zaal op de Vleutenseweg.

Argentijnse Tango Pim en Cäte, Echt
The Argentine Tango: two steps to heaven, passion and fire between two lovers.
Wij kunnen voor u een schitterende demo verzorgen van ballroomdansen of een passievolle Argentijnse Tango show geven. Ook hebben we de beschikking over meerdere paren.
In overleg met u bepalen we op welke manier uw evenement of feestavond van een wervelende show kan worden voorzien. Er zijn verschillende combinaties mogelijk en natuurlijk kunnen we indien mogelijk ook uw ideen verwerken.

Carla Somer
Oliver Kruse and Carla Somer, Utrecht.

Cheek 2 Cheek
School voor Argentijnse Tango in Amersfoort.

Cuartito Azul, Rotterdam
Een van de grootste scholen van Nederland waar je de Argentijnse tango in al zijn veelzijdigheid kunt leren, waar je workshops van Nederlandse en Argentijnse maestro’s kunt volgen, kijken en luisteren naar spetterende optredens en fraaie live muziek, waar je elkaar kunt ontmoeten, kunt dansen en genieten in een open, bruisende en ontspannen sfeer.

De Tangostudio, Alkmaar
Alfredo y Barbara de la Rie.

Dos Bailadores, Amsterdam, Leiden, The Haugue
Classes of original Argentinean Tango were started in 2000. The specialties of dance school 'Claudio Gomes' were the Brazilian dances like Axé Bahia, Forró, Samba and Zouk, but they also give Salsa lessons.

El Corzon, Nijmegen
Wij leren onze cursisten de "letters" van het "tango-alfabet". Leren hen daarmee "woorden" te maken. Maar... uiteindelijk dansen zij hun eigen "verhaal".

Flor de Fango, Arnhem
Sinds 1989 bestaat er ook in Arnhem de mogelijkheid om de Argentijnse tango in al zijn vormen te leren dansen. Tijdens de vele salóns de tango (dansfeesten) en andere gelegenheden wordt in de bijzondere en ongedwongen sfeer van Flor de Fango in de Wezenstraat gedanst. Ook elders in Nederland kan steeds vaker gedanst worden op speciale tango feesten. Stichting Flor de Fango bestaat al 15 jaar en mag inmiddels rekenen op een vaste aanhang van haar eigen (oud) leerlingen en vele gelegenheidsdansers van elders.

Fuego Lento
School for Argentine Tango in Amersfoort and Utrecht. Also demonstrations, workshops and presentations in and outside the Netherlands.

Mariano y Cosima Díaz Campos, Amsterdam
Shows, workshops, classes.

Tango al Azar, Middelburg, Netherlands
Sinds 2000 is Stichting Tango Al Azar bezig het culturele leven te verrijken met de Argentijnse tango. D.m.v. het geven van danslessen en het organiseren van allerhande evenementen heeft de tango een, niet meer weg te denken, plaats gekregen binnen Zeeland. De Danslessen hebben tot doel de mensen materiaal te bieden waarmee in de salons gedanst kan worden. Daarbij wordt uitgegaan van een van de wezenlijke kenmerken van het dansen van de tango: de improvisatie. Improviseren op de muziek; een dans door twee personen. Soms intens, soms met humor maar altijd plezierig en met respect voor elkaar en de mededansers.

Tango El Corte, Netherlands
The best way of learning tango is to dance it. Therefore el corte organizes -next to a lot of teaching- salons, practice nights, workshops, concerts, films and lectures.

Tango El Porteño, Netherlands
Hetty en Paul van Elten ontdekten in 1990 de Argentijnse tango. Ze gingen lessen volgen bij Anna en Arjan in Eindhoven en bij Marianne en Hervé in Tilburg. Ze hebben workshops gevolgd bij Erik in Nijmegen, kregen les van Pepito & Suzuki, van Ernesto, van Daniella & Armano en van Lalo & Mirta Diaz. Vervolgens zijn zij in 1997 met hun eigen dansschool 'El Porteño' gestart in Breda. Op dit moment geven zij les in Venlo.

Tango El Voleo, Netherlands
Leni en Enrique, Hengelo.

Tango Guapo, Courses and Shows, Netherlands
Marianne Jetten en Hervé Cousin, oprichters van Tangoschool Guapo, werden samen een van de bekendste tangoparen van Nederland. Ook in de internationale tangoscene waren zij hoog gewaardeerde gasten. Met hun optredens en workshops veroverden zij tangoharten in meer dan veertig grote steden van Europa. Begeleid door wereldberoemde orkesten schitterden zij op podia niet minder dan het Amsterdams Concertgebouw, het Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus en het Prinzregententheater in München. Samen met dansers Reino van der Velde en Mirjam Diedrich onderwijzen zij nu de tango in Tilburg, Nijmegen en Arnhem. De lessen van Tangoschool Guapo worden geroemd om hun helderheid en elegantie.

Two To Tango, Nijmegen, Netherlands
De docenten van dansschool 22tango zijn Jolanda Schörgers en René Tissen.
Jolanda geeft ook les met Jack Leenders, Majied Bahramy en Willemijn.

Tango Tarro, Anna and Arjan, Mierlo, Netherlands
"Tango Tarro" is de naam van de Stichting waarmee wij, Anna van Kuyl en Arjan Voogt, onze passie voor de Argentijnse tango naar buiten brengen. Samen met medebestuurslid Anja van den Heuvel geven wij al meer dan 12 jaar vorm aan deze Stichting. Inmiddels zijn wij uitgegroeid tot een club mensen waarbij het persoonlijk concact een belangrijk element is.

Tango in Amsterdam, Marianne and Arjan, Amsterdam, Netherlands
In 1996 Marianne and Arjan choose the two maestro's Aurora Lubiz and Jorge Firpo from Buenos Aires as their teachers, with whom they work up to now. With them they further specialize, next to tango and milonga, into canyengue and orillera. In the lessons, workshops and performances, their pure approach to the tango can be found, based on their experiences of many visits to Buenos Aires, on their contact with teachers and on their own teaching at the Academia de Tango, where they have been teaching for ten years.

Tango la Zapada, Utrecht and Eindhoven, Netherlands
School for Argentine Tango in Utrecht and Eindhoven by Birkit and Muzaffer. Also for demonstrations, workshops and guest classes in and outside the Netherlands.

Dance Schools in the Netherlands (all styles) - coolbegin.nl
Link directory.

Dance Schools in the Netherlands (all styles) - pagina.nl
Link directory.

Dance Schools in the Netherlands (all styles) - startkabel.nl
Link directory.

Norway

Tangokurs, Jarle Sandodden, Norway
Various courses.

Eero Olli's Homepage
Drop-In Tango lessons, photographs. Norway, in Norwegian.

Spain

Milton y Romina, Spain
Antiguos alumnos de la Universidad del Tango de Buenos Aires, becados por la Asociación Civil de Estudios e Investigación del Tango. Pareja solista del Grupo Danza Argentina.

Russia

Studio of Tango, Flamenco and Salsa in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Libertango, Russia (in Russian)

Edissa, AT School, Russia

Serbia

PasionTango
Learn to dance Tango Argentino with feeling and style in the heart of Belgrade.

Slovenia

Tango Argentina, Ljubljana

Sweden

Oscar Prada Domecq, Swedish Tango Academy, Sweden
Den Argentinska Tangoakademin är en ideell organisation vars syfte är att sprida kunskap om den argentinska tangon, dess historia, dess musik och dess dans. Akademin har sitt säte i Stockholm, Sverige, men har också blivit känd utanför landets gränser, då den har deltagit i festivaler och organiserat kurser och seminarier i Finland, Tyskland och Argentina.

Tango conTacto Lund
Uppvisning och undervisning i argentinsk tango i Stångby, Lund och Malmö. Sajten innehåller mängder av tips och fakta om tango. Tango teaching in the south of Sweden. Site mainly in Swedish, with lots of basic facts and tips on the Argentine Tango.

Switzerland

A Media Luz, Zurich. Switzerland
Verschiedene Kurse.

Arte Danza
Ariel and Elisa Gutrierez, Zurich. Elisa blieb über 2 Jahre in der Hauptstadt des Tangos und nahm Unterricht bei verschiedenen TanzlehrerInnen. Ariel zog mit 17 Jahren aus der argentinischen Provinz nach Buenos Aires, wo er den Wurzeln des Tangos noch näher kam. Sein grosses Talent veranlasste seine Tanzlehrer schon nach kurzer Zeit, ihn als ihren Protegé zu fördern und ihm ein Stipendium zu ermöglichen.

Almatango.com, Geneva, Switzerland
Toute l'année, AlmaTango organise cours, stages et pratiques. Nous faisons venir régulièrement des professeurs chevronnés, internationalement reconnus pour la plupart, et leurs cours sont ensuite revus en commun pendant les pratiques hebdomadaires.

Eric and Jeusa, Switzerland
Jeusa Vasconcelos and Eric Müller have made a name for themselves internationally as dancers and teachers of the tango in their 16 years of partnership. After having founded the earliest tango salons in Rio de Janeiro, they came to Switzerland. They have developed their own style based on the tango of the ‘30s and ‘40s. They dance a tango that is authentic and highly interpretive, and their teaching meets the highest, most exacting standards.

Plan-T Basel
Eine Plattform zur Förderung des Tango Argentino im Raume Basel.

Tangobasel, Switzerland
Cécile Sidler und Romeo Orsini unterrichten zusammen mit Claudia und Markus Böhmer, Joachim Dietiker und Miriam Kündig sowohl Anfängerinnen und Anfänger wie auch Fortgeschrittene. Ihnen allen ist die lockere, fliessende Bewegung, die Vermittlung einer subtilen Technik, das Entdecken der Musikalität und die Harmonie innerhalb des Paares wichtig. Zum regelmässigen Kursangebot am Abend gehören auch Intensiv-Workshops an Wochenenden.

UK

Tango in Action, London
Structured as a school, with different courses every day, designed for different levels. Our aim is to give people an opportunity to learn or improve Tango effectively and accurately by following a systematic and cohesive plan, which gradually covers all the stages of the learning process. Emphasis on technique to get to the essence of Tango!

La Milonga del Tordo, Newcastle
Dancer and Tango Master. Author of Tango DVD courses, all styles.

Norwich Tango
We begin with walking and establishing a connection between the dancers before moving on to the vocabulary of tango - the pivots, ochos, barridas, and sacadas which can be combined to form unique expressions of the dance. We emphasise the positive role of both participants so that the dance is not a passive experience for the follower. When tango is danced well, both dancers are leading and both following. We do not teach sequences (figures) but every so often we will do a lesson on them as there are many places in the world that do.

Tango Malvern, Worcestershire, West Midlands
Dedicated to Pure Argentine Tango - nothing less! Classes and Milongas.

Taste of Tango, London
Jenney Surelia is very passionate about bringing Argentine Tango to a wider audience. She learned to dance in Paris 6 years ago and has danced in many countries including France, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. Her classes are fun, relaxed and informal, carrying with them all the essential elements that take the absolute beginner to distinguish Argentine Tango from any other dance form. The main objective of Jenney's beginners classes is to have enough fun learning to want to go on learning and dancing forever.

Academia del Tango Argentina, Milton Keynes, UK
Established in the Milton Keynes, UK, in February 2000 by Marion Ouazana, it was carried on by Guillaume de Keating-Hart and Karin Huettl when Marion decided to further the pursuite and promotion of the Tango heritage by founding the "Conservatoire Tango" in Marseille, France.

Pablo Alonso, London, UK
Dancer, choreographer and teacher of authentic Argentine Tango.

Brighton Dancing
Various styles, including AT.

Latin America

ARGENTINA

Also see the Dancers and Performers Section on Argentina. A number of dancers teach.

 

Adriana Vasile y Lucas Paez
They are both Tango dancers and teachers. Also provide information about tango, milongas, tango shoes and workshops in Buenos Aires.

Agustina Videla and Claudio Asprea
Agustina and Claudio have been dance partners since 1997. They were invited to perform at the most important tango events in Buenos Aires : « Megaexposicion Tango » organized at the Palais de Glace - Buenos Aires- in September, 1997; and at the « First International Tango Fair » at the Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires (Dec.97). Their versions of tangos Gallo Ciego, El Flete, and Canaro en Paris, were recorded and aired on the Argentine channel «Solo Tango» and they appeared several times on ATC –Argentina Televisora Color, a widely aired argentine TV channel.

Carlos Copello
International School of Dance and Art located in "Al Abasto" historical neighbourhood.

Cosmotango Fabián Salsa and Carolina del Rivero
Teaching, Videos, Music and the CITA festival in Buenos Aires.

Claudia Jakobsen
Dancer, teacher, and choreographer of ballet, modern dance, and Argentine tango.

Demián y Carolina
Dancers, Teachers and Choreographers.

Eliana y Enrique, Argentina
Eliana Sanchez and Enrique Lopez are tango dancers and teachers from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They teach regularly in Buenos Aires, however they also travel around the globe for workshops and performances. Have a look at some of their dancing at the video page.

Elisabeth Guerrero
Elizabeth se ha formado con los principales maestros de tango de la Argentina: Ricardo Barrios, Tete y Silvia, Coca y José Abregú, Maximiliano Ávila, Graciela González, Mingo Pugliese, Carlos Rivarola, Juan Carlos Copes y Rodolfo Dinzel.

Estudio Calas Tango
Tango, Singing and Guitar lessons. Also shows.

Facundo y Kelly Posadas
To dance, the Tango must be simple, and you should feel it. It's a communication between men and women of controlled movements guided by the elegant, sensual, soft and simultaneous footstep melody in each opening bar.

Fernando Lores & Gery Gluzman
Dancers and Teachers of Tango Milonguero.

Gato y Andrea
Gato and Andrea started dancing together in 1998. They dance "Tango Salón" with refinement and distinction, which is the most attractive style of Tango to be shown on stage. Together they have formed a well-known reputation not only for their elegance, technique and musicality, but also for their “caminar a tierra”.

Graciela Gonzalez
Graciela González es reconocida en todo el mundo y en especial entre los más tradicionales milongueros de Buenos Aires, por su habilidad para integrar nuevas ideas dentro de la elegancia del tango salón.

Guillermo y Marcela
Teachers, Tango dancers and Performers.

Guillermo Cernaz & Paula Rampini

Gustavo y Giselle
Maestros, bailarines y coreógrafos del Tango Argentino.

Gustavo Benzecry Sabá & María Olivera
Classes, Practicas and Shows.

Hector Falcon
Dancer choreographer and teacher of Tango and Milonga who has performed his art all round the world.

Javier Antar & Maria Trubba
Javier & Maria are professional tango dancers from Buenos Aires. They perform and teach the "Tango Nuevo" style. They have been working together since 1998 and travel around the world to places far away such as Finland. Their musicality and elegance make their dance beautiful, their technical knowledge and dynamic makes it fluent and precise, and as they always improvise each dance becomes unique. Their passion for teaching makes them accessible and patients with the students, helping them to developed and improve their dance immediately.

La Viruta Tango
Classes, shows, food.

Lorena y José
A mirror of two faces, on one side, her, with a unalterable structure of classic formation. And on the other side him a bohemian crazy tanguero with passionate ideals. They also dance shows.

José Halfon & Virginia Cutillo

Maria Diaz Mondino
Es llamado a veces “nuevo tango” y en el baile repercutió directamente en la posibilidad de la improvisación, en la organicidad y calidad del movimiento, en el uso de distintas y más variadas dinámicas y en una interpretación más profunda en relación a la música, otorgando mayor libertad en las posibilidades de este lenguaje, y no olvidando nunca la esencia del tango que encontramos en el abrazo entre el hombre y la mujer, y la conexión entre ellos y la música.

María Edith Bernatene y Roberto Dentone
We have 16 and 18 years experience as professional tango dancers on the dance floor and on the stage, and we would like to offer you the best of our knowledge and experience. So, we offer you: Individual personalized lessons, all levels, special classes, Tango for kids and teenagers, and Workshops and seminars of tango-theatre.

Natalie Laruccia y Anton Gazenbeek
For Anton and Natalie the preservation and conservation of historic tango styles is very important. Their dance style reflects the style of the authentic milongueros of the 1940s and 1950s and especially the dance of Maestros Antonio Todaro and Raul Bravo. They are considered authentic proponents of the Todaro-Bravo style today. Their dancing is based on historic research and deep investigation into the history of tango dance, music, and culture.

Nestor y Patricia Rey
EL: Fue denominado por la prensa argentina: "El maestro de las estrellas" por su actividad en Hollywood enseñando a bailar el tango a famosas figuras del mundo artistico en USA. ELLA: Profesora de educacion fisica y de danza Jazz , ha comenzado a bailar el tango hace 12 años, desarrollando una intensa actividad en diferentes lugares de Buenos Aires, USA y Europa.

Sandra Gatti & Eduardo Arce Saborido
Dancers, Teachers and Choreographers of Argentine Tango.

Silvio Grand
Discovering Tango dancing when he was 15 years old at the hand of the milonga teachers Mimi and Francisco Santapá, he learns from different teachers, incorporating elements for the show as well: Roberto Herrera, Kela and Héctor Pajaro, Fernando Galera and Vilma Vega, Gustavo Naveiraa, Carlos Copello, among others. He was trained in Jazz Dancing. He has made tours as a dancer and as a teacher in Europe, Japan and Russia.

Tango and Salsa Lessons, Buenos Aires

Tango Dance Training
Mauricio Castro.

Tango Estilo del Centro, BA
Tango Estilo del Centro, born in the Buenos Aires clubs and night life. An intimate and rhythmic way of dancing, personal and bold, unique. Join us and uncover the secrets of a dance which blossoms from a deep contact between you and your partner. Dolores de Amo and Daniel Lapadula will guide you through this personal journey.

Tango Sensodinamia
Natacha Iglesias, Tango dancer and Teacher, teaches Tango Sensodinamia in BA and around the world. It is a shared movement technique worked out through tango dance and complemented with concepts from different approaches to bodily movement disciplines. The most important ones are those taken from Moshe Feldenkrais, Gerda Alexander and Susana Mildderman.

Tangueros Bailarines, Taxi Dancers
Nuestra misión es: Difundir el baile de Tango Argentino; Colaborar con los más reconocidos maestros de tango en la tarea de la enseñanza; Impulsar al alumno principiante o intermedio a bailar el Tango en las milongas de Buenos Aires y del resto del mundo.

Valeria Lynch

Brazil

Guilherme e Renata - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Asia

Hong Kong

Trio Spin Studio
Trio Spin Studio organize monthly Milonga (usually on the last Saturday of each months), weekly practicas, Tango classes and Overseas Masters' Tango Workshops. It also offers the studio for Tango practice and to take private lessons. It is a space for meeting tango friends in Hong Kong, dancing and enjoy the tango music.

Israel

Eco Arochas
Born in Buenos Aires, he began his studies of Tango Argentino in "Bohemia Rincon de Arte", a dance school managed by Ernesto and Norma Carmona. He took lessons with Juan Carlos Copes, Roberto Herrera, Carlos Rivarola, Eduardo Cappussi and Mariana Flores, Horacio and Mora Godoy. In 1996, after performing in different shows, he began his teaching career in Tango Argentino which took him to Europe and the U.S.A. Currently he teaches around Jerusalem.

Tango de Salon
Gadi Lissak Dances Tango since 1997. He was highly influenced by Alicia Cruzado's golden age tango and is devoted to the salon and milonguero styles. Our school, 'Tango De Salon' focuses on social tango, Milonga and early styles as Canyengue and "antique tango".

Japan

Luna de Tango, Japan

Turkey

Baila Tango
BailaTango is the world's premier international tango school, with instructors in 12 cities and 4 countries. We're dedicated to the proposition that Argentine Tango is a dance of the people and can be enjoyed by everybody.

AFRICA

South Africa

El Cacha
Tango group & private classes, Tango shows and choreography.

Tango Cape Town
For us, Tango is an improvised experience for two people in a Close Embrace within a group. Our hallmark is natural, elegant and musical dancing. We offer Classes and workshops for students from Absolute Beginners to Advanced dancers and professionals.

Tango Speakeasy
Classes and Milonga.

AUSTRALIA

Dance Tango, Sydney
Through our classes you will develop a deep connection with the music and your dance partner, allowing you to easily join Sydney's rapidly growing tango community.

El Bailongo
Catherine & Walter, Tempe, Australia. At El Bailongo we teach the more traditional forms of latin dance that are being left behind in the wake of street latin with a strong ballroom influence.

Gaston Valdes, Perth, Brisbane, Australia - tango.jaz.com.au

L'Affaire de Tango
Promotes professional tuition and offers private lessons and group dancing classes. Enjoy a Milonga in Melbourne on a Saturday evening among the friends and family of Melbourne's tango community.

Natalia and Alberto Cortez, Australia

PATIO de TANGO - Sydney, Australia

School of Argentine Tango N Latin Dancing
Pino Ellul School of Argentine Tango N Latin Dancing, Townsville, Queensland.

Toujours Tango, Wellington, New Zealand


 

Now follow a series of articles by Elena Pankey of Tango Caminito, www.tangocaminito.com, who has had a good many articles published over the years in La Vida tango, Dance Note and others. [Thank you Elena for permission to publish your articles here!]

Enjoy your Tango-challenge! Don’t give up!
All Rights Reserved (c) Elena Pankey

VIDEO: Elena and Gustavo

VIDEO: Gustavo Alegre and Elena Pankey


Rules for the Followers

by Elena Pankey

In this present world of strong women, who lead their lives and control all emotional and business movements, it is a very challenging task left for men: to be a leader. Everybody said they should be stronger, smarter, faster, more energetic, and just more. But from their childhood men mostly were raised by mothers, taught by women-teachers, and accustomed to be obediently polite to their wives (not to upset them). Now in such situations some men are leaders, and some others are giving up! Most of them could get very good leading techniques from the tango lessons, but only IF women would learn HOW to be good followers.

The good answer for a happy tango relationship or for a happy marriage is in traditional role of the Tango leader. But, Ladies, let your partner be a MAN. Learn how to be a follower on the dance floor, and during the tango lessons.

Most women consciously or authentically feel that they need leaders in their lives. They feel it, but still try to take too much burden on their shoulders, even in the dance. They are so accustomed to teach, to help, to talk, that they cannot stop doing it even during the perfectly good dance lessons with a good teacher, who also talks.

First: most women need to train themselves NOT TO TALK to a man during the lesson or practice. Learn how to listen. Make an effort to listen silently to the energy that he is trying to project in the frame of the embrace. If men give up tango would never happen.

Tango asks for "mucho macho." It is a man's dance, but it is always about the woman.

However, it was and is about leading by men.

FOLLOWERS: try to give your partner a chance to express himself. Give him a moment on the dance floor to do something on his own, let him make an initiative! It would please him tremendously! THEN, he would feel joy! And THEN he would make you happy!

RULES:

1. Listen to your partner intently

2. Don't teach him anything even though you might think you know more

3. Don't talk to him during the lesson or during your practice with him

4. Don't try to help him by saying HOW he needs to do the step

5. Try to please him with everything during the practice, and support his effort to learn with you

6. Follow his lead even though it might be "wrong" or just his experiments

7. Be willing to go with your man where he leads you on the dance floor

8. Close your eyes, and read the energy inside the frame

9. Learn the correct tango techniques (it is equal for both)

10. Listen to the music while moving with your partner

11. Don't assume what is next

12. Learn patterns and be ready should the leader break them for his own interpretation

13. Don't follow some "fashion" without thinking, and without adjusting the tango style to your own body/mind, and without understanding what each style means!
Every woman can dance only on the Leader's skills.

 

Comfort of your partner is a key to your joy

by Elena Pankey

The biggest challenged for some competitive dancers is to get a distinctive style (dance, dress, talk, accessory, hair), and create a special image which everybody would remember. For the social purpose of the dancing it is not a goal. The most important to have fun with whatever you do. But all of us usually look to see if people have style or not. Good Tango dancers usually have some style. YOUR OWN style in tango is created from very few elements so that you dance differently than others. You dance it according to the leader's personality and tempo.

Many men come to Milonga because of their desire to find a partner.

But most women want to create and investigate the Tango music. They want to know what they could do with a man and such music. If a leader cannot dance well yet, he can just remain seated during a Milonga, watch and enjoy it.

However, if you want to enjoy dancing, if you want to give the great leading pleasure - study tango well. Then any woman will come to the Milonga to dance with you!

Most women are very fast learners. They "read" the 3-4 combinations that men dance in his first dance with them. If the DJ has put his heart in his music collection and understands what people like to dance, the music might often also be good. But any good music cannot compensate for the uncertainty and the confusion of men, stumbling with the steps, not understanding the space arrangement, and trying to move somewhere without leading skills.

Eventually, with some persistence, everybody can learn Tango steps. But to attain good skills and the freedom of improvisation, people need to make a big investment of time and money in the learning process.
Some private lessons might bring men a better understanding of the clear and precise leading techniques.

The main idea of a talented dancer is to experiment and find some special, only for you, movements from the inside out, rather than trying to imitate somebody else…

Try all that. Then you and your dance might shine during your routine.

 

MY TANGO STORY

Tango is just a walk with love in your heart

By Elena Pankey

All who love Tango have their own Tango stories. I came into this world because of Tango. My mother met her only love (a Greek man) on the dance floor of a small town on the Black Sea, South of Russia. My parents enjoyed dancing Tango. Tango gave them passion and love, and it gave life to me.

Argentine Tango music deeply talks from heart to heart about different sides of life and love. It is constantly changing, and has difficulties, like in real life. My parents did not stay together for a long time, and my mother did not live a long life.

Tango later came to me in several different periods of my life. Only now, looking back, can I connect all these small, separate pieces into a whole picture and see why and how I came to Tango or why Tango chose me.

First, we had a bandoneon at home.

My grandfather Mina brought this strange (accordion like) musical instrument from Germany after World War II. He even tried to teach me to play it.

You need to open it widely and take the air.

It would play the music, if you know which buttons to push. The same button plays one sound when you open it and another when you close it. Also, you need to memorize the sounds and all buttons. It is an instrument for very smart people - he would say. Later I learned how to play the big, real accordion.

Once when I was ten years old, I attended a Young Pioneers summer camp. In the evenings on the dance floor people gathered for dance and talk, and on some days children were allowed to come. Tango was very fashionable at that time.

One night the crowd was especially large and noisy, reacting very strongly to what was happening on the dance floor. I also tried to come closer, but saw just crazy and strange leg movements, doing different tricks under the influence of the exciting and passionate music.

Finally, I could look up and was shocked by the intimate and very close positions a man and a woman.

This couple looked disgustingly sexy.

The contract between the stillness of their upper bodies and energetic leg movements was so strong, that it shocked me. They aroused my interest.

Their heads were slightly turned to the side like they were watching someone inside their embrace. Someone was between them, someone whom they tried to impress, compete with, or seduce. At the end of the dance a man put a woman on his leg and a little lower and posed... And at this last moment with the last chord of music, he suddenly looked directly in her eyes.

They posed and posed. Silence, dream and love mesmerized everybody. Then the whole crowd exploded and yelled.

A man and a woman walked, faded away and disappeared.

The next evening the orchestra started with a Tango. I was invited to the dance floor by a boy and forgot the whole world. He gave me his hand and Tango came to my soul for the first time....

However, I did not dance Tango again for a long time.

My second tango sensation I experienced in California while watching a performance of the Tango Passion, a well-known professional tango company from Argentina. In the intermission, we found an invitation for dance lessons. It was the beginning of my new and strong Tango passion.

Later I tried to watch every show they would bring to California. Then, for several years I persistently trained with some of the great Tango Masters of the world.

I found everything that I did not have in my life there in the most exciting and complicated music of Authentic Tango. In the movements of this dance lies all feelings, all twists and plots of real life. My mother's first love lived forever there.

Tango is about love. My husband's love and generosity brought tango to my real life while we were cruising to Alaska. One evening we enjoyed a show by Las Pampas Devils. The next day we asked Pablo Juan Vino and Hugo Daniel to teach me some stage choreography to dance with them.

Then we fallowed this professional tango - gauchos group for many cruises, and I performed with them on several cruise ships.

Later, in San Diego once again, destiny intervened, and my search brought me back to Tango.

In 2004 was invited to give my Tango lesson before the show Tango Passion at Escondido Center of the Arts. People say: What goes around - comes around. Life made its circle again. I finally got again a chance to learn and dance with Los Ocampo...

Then I opened my own Tango CAMINITO Dance School and began to teach Communications, Energy and Connections in the Embrace of Tango. During my lessons I use some metaphors that precisely talk about the hidden sense of steps. For some special students, tango might open its very special, mysterious world to them.

I feel that tango is a dance with the invisible third person, who is inside our frame, and who we are constantly looking at... –The music is our main partner. How many new discoveries tango hides? Come to learn and dance with me!

Some Hints On Tango

by Elena Pankey

The real Tango occurs when a man and a woman are in harmony with each other, and they dance to the same musical instrument. They need to listen to each other, and to the music, which is their conductor during the dance. But every leader has a different perception and interpretation of the specific Tango music. That is why tango hooks artistic people for a lifetime.

I usually start my new class with a joke: "Gentlemen! I have some news: You have to be leaders in Tango!"

Learning Tango is an endless process, and there is always some challenge in it. The more advanced the man is, the more attention and concentration it takes for the woman to follow him.

In order to be a great leader, to please a partner and give her some joy, a man should learn this incredible dance very intensely, with determination and dedication.

During our lessons we give the historical explanation of some movements. Also, we use many different images to help people to understand the steps. It brings great fun to our lessons. For example, "a big boleo" (leg makes a circle behind the standing leg) might have come from men's fights, when they tried to clean some space behind them without looking back. A special Tango walk with torque, for example, came from the 19th century, when this dance was born in Buenos Aires. Men "danced" or walked with the music ready to fight or protect a woman from others.

Some hints on tango techniques: A strong frame and good posture by the leader is 90% of the dance.

A leader should not ever move his left arm!

He should not lean forward or backward, but should keep the upper body straight up, without breaking the waistline.

Whatever we do in Tango, our knees are flexed a little but never locked!

Don't keep your weight on the heels; walk with your toes forward, carefully placing the feet on the floor, and all the time face your woman. This is your main lead, gentleman!! Your walk forward should look like somebody holds you behind and tries to pull you back, while you are trying to escape from that person. For example, to walk inside the woman straight forward, you would first put her weight on her left leg. At the beginning, for the first walking step, you will give her impulse, then raise your knee and touch her knee. She moves her leg and gives you some space. Then you stretch your right leg forward with your toes first, in a position of "parada" or "promenade position." At the same time, you still keep the other leg bent slightly. Your weight is, at that point, on your bending leg. Be sure that one knee is behind the other one. So, you should have a shape of a triangle between the legs. You are slightly in a position like you want to sit down, with your spine vertical to the floor.

This is what keeps good balance for many advanced movements.

You then move your body to the middle, with your weight equally on both feet. Then you move your weight onto your leading leg, which you then relax as your other leg stretches forward in a new position of "parada" or "promenade position."

Most of us watch men's footwork: how smoothly the feet caress the floor, how skillful are the pivots, how precise are the steps, leads, or technique. Women want to choose a partner with whom it would be interesting to investigate new challenges and attain some joy of Tango.

A good dancer makes any woman look good.

A woman cannot make up the dance for a man, because he is a leader and the first creator of the Tango design. Leaders need to improve their ability to make fast decisions during the two minutes of Tango. When a leader has a vast active Tango vocabulary, he will be able to improvise and build his own Tango.

This is why it is so interesting to watch dancing couples; they are all different creators.

Enjoy your Tango. It is the "powerful NOW"!

 

Communication in Tango

by Elena Pankey

Tango was born at the end of 19th century in Buenos Aires and Montevideo from combinations of many dance elements from different cultures. At that time many men from all over the world came to Argentina looking for work and new opportunities. They were strong, adventurous and courageous people; some of them were criminals escaping from justice in their homelands.

In the beginning Tango was communication for people experiencing the lonely life of immigrants. It still is a way of silent dance communication.

Men (porteños) would work hard at the docks on the Rio de la Plata, save some money, and then go to a dance hall or brothel to buy some time or a dance with a woman. For some men at that time two minutes of a dance could cost a fortune. This dance was around a woman and for her. It was expensive, and it was a challenge. Competition between the men often led to fights. While dancing, they held their woman tight with the right arm, protecting her. The left arm was always available for handling a knife. This left arm was not important for the dance, and a woman never relied on it.

Since women danced with many different men without set patterns (like we have now) they were led by watching the chest of their partner. Women would look over the man's left shoulder giving him a signal if somebody was approaching from behind. This still is the etiquette of Milonga!

All men were looking for consolation, comfort, and excitement… for a woman. There were not enough available women; some were pricey and spoiled. Men practiced with each other the moves from their national dances in order to improve their skills. For example, Europeans brought from fencing the most common movements in tango: "corte" and "parada." These two positions every Tanguero still needs to recognize in many steps because they are crucial for authentic expression.

Much later the dance took a specific form and became more elegant. Tango became more acceptable to the middle class, and men could take their own wives to dance on Wednesdays at a dance hall.

At the beginning of this new dance, a little orchestra tried to accommodate, please and help people to move with the music. Two or three musicians would be very skilled and fast to improvise, and their improvisation was dictated by what a dancer did with the legs. This is why tango music is changing all the time. It is a life story in sounds. Unfortunately, this first "Tango music" was not written down, but there might have been some masterpieces. Later the record companies brought some echoes of the original versions of that music to our days.

Tango never ends, nor does the process of learning it. It does not matter whether you are a teacher or an advanced dancer; you just go from one level to another. We think that private lessons are the most effective approach to fast progress in Tango-life, because we use a very particular way of teaching communication. Also, we feel that some special people with fire in their hearts, with dreams in their eyes, with love for this life, will always learn tango faster.

Tango is like traveling: the more you know about it, the more it tells you that you are at the beginning of your road. Moreover, dancing tango is like writing a book: nobody can hide his or her personality while doing it. When we read something, we see the vocabulary and usage of the words, the style and structure of the paragraphs. We see the author behind the description of the subject. The same happens in tango. There are many different styles in tango, different teaching techniques. When a teacher has good knowledge and a clear understanding of tango history, development, and tango techniques, that teacher should have very pleasant and clearly structured lessons. As someone once said in ancient times, "With clear thinking comes clear teaching."

Dancing and learning tango has different meanings and purposes for different people. Recently, a lady wrote to me and said, "Hi Elena! We are Chinese. But I've loved to listen and dance Tango since I was 10. You again re - open for me a new world of tango. How could we become the members of Tango Caminito Company? Alan and I like how you are teaching. Your instructions are very clear and easy for us to learn! We appreciate you. Thanks for your excellent teaching technique." Alice and Alan Chau, Orange County, California

Whatever we do in our lessons or shows is for the joy and pleasure of all. Sometimes, with apologies to Shakespeare, I say, "Tango is life; life is a theater. Tango is a theater of your life." We like to tell jokes during our lessons and watch people laughing and enjoying themselves. That is the best reward for a good teacher.

Since tango is a relationship therapist, we like to teach couples with established communication, and help them to improve it. When couples are learning, practicing and dancing tango together they have a way to a better, longer, and more beautiful life! We say to them, "Tango is just a walk with LOVE in your heart. It means that a leader, at all times during the dance, needs to think about the comfort of his lady. But it is a two-sided coin; the lady needs to listen to the energy impulse that he sends, as a part of his lead, to her. Tango is like making love; a man is never in a hurry! He leads, then waits for a woman to finish her move, and then he leads her to other things again." If people listen to each other during the dance, they will learn more about each other.

Ladies, even some who like to control, are looking for a confident man-a leader. They don't like men who doubt, either in life or in tango. If the gentleman understands where he is going, if he is not confused with his own decisions, ladies will enjoy dancing with him.

My student at San Diego Champion Ballroom Academy, Edy Lange, from La Jolla, who began to learn to dance in Vienna in the forties wrote to me: "Elena, you are teaching with such joy and enthusiasm! It is a joy to be in your class. I am telling you that because I see also that you both are tremendous business people. I love your way of teaching that is why I come. Thank you." People come to learn tango for many different reasons. Most of them are motivated by the incredible images from tango movies, by the beauty of the music, or by an atmosphere of romance and nostalgia… we think that the passion for Tango is the hidden, unconscious desire for eternity. And once again, we are teaching these special people who feel the music, and deeply understand the powerful present moment of our life!

 

Position and Meaning of Ladies Head in the Closed/Open Position

by Elena Pankey

The closed or open position has nothing to do with the position of the follower’s head in most cases. For some who learned the history of Ttango movements, it is obvious that everything that we dance has historical, psychological or sociological meaning. When you dance with a man, choose what to dance with him, think about the meaning of the steps.

1. Lady’s head is looking over the man's RIGHT shoulder. (Use ONLY when you both have almost the same height). This position is NOT a characteristic of the close embrace. It is NOT useable for short ladies with a TALL partner!

MEANING: a girl does not care about her partner, does not want to face him, have anything in common with him, does not want to be involved emotionally with this specific man; and might be looking for somebody else behind him.

2. Ladies head is looking over the man's LEFT shoulder ("a window of the dreams").
Her chin is up, and parallel to the floor (but not DOWN; she should NOT look to the floor). This position is used for ANY partner's heights.

MEANING: friendly, polite welcome to communicate; I don't care about other men right now; I am with you to investigate three minutes of this music. This position says: we could go together in one and the same direction, as a union.

However, the position of the head is the personal choice of the woman. The close or open embrace historically was and still is HER personal choice. Tango is a very intimate dance, besides just a “fun” dance. It is NOT exercise with the music. If a woman does not want to be intimate with a partner (during these 3 min), she chooses the open embrace; she chooses the distance between her and the leader.

The man should not force her, he should not insist on a close embrace with every unknown female. Tango was born not in a family business, but in the brothels.

Women who wanted to be hugged danced in a close embrace.

Others, who wanted to just experiment with the movements, or were waiting for somebody else, danced in the open embrace.

Moreover, for some skilled dancers, the open - close embrace would be changed all the time during the different movements. Some movements demand a closer embrace and others should be danced in open embrace (when right arm and hand of the leader slides to the left side of the woman).

In any case, it is a very technical question which should be well taught - or at least historically explained.

Often some students come to our lessons from other places. Recently, I asked one lady to explain to me why she keeps her head over her husband's right shoulder. She said that in such position her "neck is less tired".

 

Tango Leading Technique

by Elena Pankey

Leading technique has different levels and stages. They are all good to know and use for the understanding of the language of tango and the comfort of dancing it. There are several leadings techniques exists during the dance, but not only one for one style. However, in any style the most important to develop and focus on a strong frame, which has main leading strength.

First, men turn his upper body or his torso to the direction where he wants a follower would go. The followers, who studded the tango techniques, know the first rule of it: follow the upper body of a leader.  However, turning the upper body of the leader gives only a pivot to a follower. But it does not have an indication for a step yet.

Second lead is a lead for a movement: leader changes his body weight from one leg to the other on the spot or during the progressive movements. That weight changing makes followers change the body weight as well with a leader together.

A next leading technique is to use right arm, which should be always parallel to the dance floor. That right arm of a leader moves from the right side of a follower (close embrace) to the left side of the follower (open embrace), depending on the steps.
When a follower feels the fingers of a leader right arm on the back (shoulder blades), she take it as a strong leading techniques and one type of a connection.

For some specific movements men use the palm of his right hand for leading her to one direction and his fingers for leading her back to the opposite direction (as in an ocho, for example).

In any style of tango it is important to have a strong frame (space where a leader controls follower’s movements). Leaders could achieve it by NOT moving the left bend elbow (and hand holding women’s right hand) back or behind the left side.
Second, leader’s whist should not be very close to the chest, to the heart. The wrist should be in the middle of two bodies, between two bodies. The left arm bending in the elbow creates equal triangles between the shoulder and the wrists and from the wrist to the chest. When one of the equal sides of those triangles changing the space, the frame is suffering, as well as balance and followers comfort.

As a result of a weak frame you all lose the pleasure of dancing together as one.