So you’re interested in starting something new? The Argentine tango is tempting, but what to expect?
Read on to discover a little more about what learning this dance involves and find out how it can enrich your life and help you physically.
Argentine tango is a dance for two. It was born in Argentina in the late 19th century, and danced on the streets of Buenos Aires by an eclectic group of mixed cultures who were gathered in search of work.
It has evolved and spread world wide, becoming so popular to date that you can now find a milonga (tango club) to dance every night of the week in London and in most cities in the world.
Seven Things To Know Before Your First Class
Wear flexible everyday clothing. Shoes should have a leather or suede sole (no grips or rubber e.g. no trainers). Ladies usually dance in heels, but you can start in flats if you prefer.
You do NOT need a red rose, or fast head movements – save those for ballroom tango!
2. No Need For A Set Partner
You will be dancing with several partners during lessons unless you go with a partner then tell your teacher you would prefer not to change partners.
3.To Lead Or Follow
Usually men lead the dance, women follow. You will learn one of the roles.
You will learn moves/sequences in order to be able to improvise without set steps/choreography.
The music will be Argentine tango, traditional or more modern, you will always move to the music.
6. The Space
You will learn to dance anti-clockwise around the perimeter of the dance space. And learn to use the space creatively.
7. Physical Benefits
You will develop a great physical awareness and sense of balance, a super strong core and your musical skills will be enhanced.
It is highly possible that you may fall in love with this passionate dance!
So, if you plan to take a tango class/course, have no fears. You will start with other beginners to learn all the fundamental elements of the dance – the basic moves and how to use them with the music. Tango etiquette is essential in the milonga.
You will probably be ready to move to an intermediate class after 10-15 continuous weeks.
Be aware! You may become so inspired by the tango that it becomes an important part of your life, as it is in mine.