What should I wear and what shoes to bring?
Regular dress clothes that allow freedom of movement, and dress shoes. Anything comfortable is fine, as long as it doesn't restrict movement (e.g. a tight skirt). We would like to suggest you to bring a pair of comfortable shoes. All you need is to be able to turn easily on the ball of your foot. We suggest shoes which have a leather sole, or a suede sole, and secure shoe strap. It is important to wear shoes that allow easy rotation on the balls of the feet. Ladies' shoes should if possible have a 2" heel or higher as this aids in correct weight placement.
Do I need a partner?
No partner required - everyone welcome.
How long does it take to learn Argentine Tango?
Argentine Tango is a challenging dance to learn. You can learn the basics and enjoy social dancing within the first few lessons. To become proficient in using the improvisational potential of this dance and its more exotic vocabulary will typically take a year of regular lessons and often longer. During the first year, expect to repeat many beginners and intermediate classes as your body absorbs the correct form, posture and subtleties of lead and follow. But it's all worth it. There are so many levels of revelation that it can become addictive! So, how long does it take to learn: It all depends on your own learning pace and how much time (kilometres) you put in. Although tango has earned itself a reputation as the most challenging social dance, with clear and structured teaching, we can impart the basics within a relatively short space of time.
What is a Milonga?
Milonga may refer to the music, written in 2/4 time, or to the dance which preceded the tango, or to the dance salon where people go to dance tango, or to a tango party.
- Music: can refer to an Argentine, Uruguayan, and Southern Brazilian form of music which preceded the tango. Milonga has a syncopated beat, consisting of 8 beats with accents on the 1st, (sometimes also 2nd) 4th, 5th, and 7th beats. Our classes focus on Milonga Lisa (Simple Milonga), in which the dancer steps on every beat of the music; and Milonga con Traspié, in which the dancer uses Traspiés or contrapasos (changes of weight from one foot to the other and back again in double time or three steps in two beats) to interpret the music.
- Social night: can refer to the term for places or events where the tango, milonga, and vals are danced. Dancers who often go to milongas are known as milongueros. We hold our milongas on every 2nd Saturday of the month, and every fourth Friday of the month.