6 weeks course

-proper form and POSITION

-lead and follow, complimenting ROLES

-moving as ONE, the ultimate goal

-understanding the MUSIC

-FUN little STEPS

-intro to SOCIAL dancing!

registration: $179

Price includes:

-6 weeks of classes and 6 Practice sessions.

-1 Ticket to September 9th Milonga

-$50 voucher for Beginners II course!

From Buenos Aires,

welcome our master instructor: 

Juan Manuel Alessandrini!

This course will get you ready to dance socially and mingle with the more

experience dancers in only 6 weeks!

Do not miss this opportunity to be Milonga-Ready

in only 6 weeks!!!

Are you ready for some real FUN?

Beginners Ultimate course starting September 14th!

Thinking of giving Argentine Tango a try? :)

Beginners Ultimate Course starting in May!

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Whether you are starting from the beginning or took a few classes but need a fresh start, this is the BEST TIME to

join our school and learn the basics of this beutiful art from us.

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Authentic Argentine Tango School
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Tango Terminology

Abrazo - The embrace.

Basico - Basic pattern.  There are several basic patterns, the most common of which is the ‘basic eight’.
Calesita - Little Carousel – the merry-go-round: A figure in which the man places the lady on one foot with a lifting action of his frame and then dances around her while keeping her centred and pivoting on her supporting leg. Sometimes referred to as the ‘ when the lady’s leg is lifted in the cuatro position.

Caminada - Walking step or steps.

Cortina - Curtain: A brief musical interlude between tantas (sets of three songs) at a milonga.

Cruzada - The cross: A cruzada occurs any time a foot is crossed in front or behind the other. 

The lady’s position on step 5 of the ‘basic eight’ is a cross; it may also be called trabada.  

Ocho – Eight; Figure eights: A crossing and pivoting figure executed as a walking step while pivoting, ochos may be danced either forward or backward.  El ocho is considered to be one of the oldest steps in tango along with  caminada; the walking steps.  It dates from the era when women wore floor length skirts with full petticoats and danced on dirt floors.  Since the lady’s footwork could not be directly observed the quality of her dancing was judged by the figure she left behind in the dirt after she danced away.

Parada - From parar – to stop; a stop: The man stops the lady, usually as she steps back in back ochos or molinete, with inward pressure at the lady’s back and with a slight downward push, preventing further movement. When properly led the lady stops with her feet extended apart, front and back and her weight centred. The man may also extend his foot to touch her forward foot as an additional cue and element of style or he may pivot and step back to mirror her position.

Práctica - An informal practice session for tango dancers. 

Derecha - Right (the opposite of left). 

Izquierda - Left. (A la izquierda: on the left).


Lunfardo - A colorful slang of the Buenos Aires underworld which is common in tango lyrics and terminology. It refers to somebody or something from the slums, i.e. of low class. It also describes a gathering where people from the slums dance.  It is also a certain way to perform or dance the tango with a slum attitude. 

Milonga - Refers  to the music written in 2/4 time, to the dance which preceded the tango, to the dance salon where people go to dance tango or to a social tango party/dance. 

Tanda - A set of three to five pieces of tango dance music, of similar style, if not by the sameorchestra played at milongas. The tandas are separated by a brief interlude of non-tango music called a ‘cortina’ (or curtain) during which couples select each other. It is customary to dance the entire tanda with the same partner unless the man is rude or very disappointing as a dance partner, in which case the lady may say gracias (thank you) and leave. 

Tanguero - (feminine; Tanguera) Refers to anyone who is passionate about any part of tango, such as its history, music, lyrics, etc.  In Argentina most tangueros are scholars of lunfardo, music, orchestrations etc. One can be a tanguero without being a milonguero and a milonguerowithout being a tanguero.

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January 18th

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