How to use The Tango Lesson Club

Find a partner in local classes

Find a partner in local classes

You will learn tango here. This site will not replace the need for tango lessons. The perfect place for you to meet tango dancers of your level is a local group class. You will need coaching and you will need to dance with several partners in order to grow and become a dancer.

This site will help you learn to dance tango at least twice as fast as conventional means, even faster if you diligently apply yourself and practice as advised. The advise offered here is not random, it works, it has worked for my partner Joanne and I and it works for our students. I have made many mistakes in my learning and training process my goal is to help you avoid those same mistakes, and save yourself valuable time and loads of money. The videos here will save you thousands of dollars by helping you understand what is going on before it happens.

Studying and practicing from the narrations, videos, pictures and animations you can go from absolute beginner to advanced tango dancer. Finding someone to practice and dance with is up to you. The obvious part is it takes two to tango… so find a partner in a local tango class. You will not be able to study the videos alone and go straight to a milonga and expect to actually dance! Tango is a complicated dance you will need a partner and practice before you dance in public.

Use Workshops and Festivals Too!

Use Workshops and Festivals Too!

Our local classes will be harmonized with the flow we put here. You can look up a class on our calendar then go to the corresponding video and see what will be taught, then go to class and participate, then go back and review what you learned. The more you practice the faster you will grow – and I must add the more fun you will have. Learning tango is every bit as much fun as dancing tango. Be sure to enjoy the entire process. Each portal in the process has a different mood, ambiance and psychological effect it goes something like this:

  1. Group Class – in public, at first surrounded by strangers, learning with members of the opposite sex.
  2. Workshops and Festivals – Community camaraderie intensive learning and an over all public immersion of tango usually comes with more milongas as well
  3. Learning from Videos – usually in a private location like a home or empty studio, not in a crowd or in public.
  4. Private Lessons – one on one with an instructor usually in a private setting where you can be a little more vulnerable – or practicing in private with your partner
  5. Practicas – practicing in public with other members of the tango community
  6. Milonga Dancing – Dancing in public in your finer clothes for all to see and share, but dancing mostly for the partner in your arms… still you are in public!
  7. Demonstration – Maybe just demonstrating what you have learned in class – or on a professional level demonstrating a step, concept or technique
  8. Improvised Performance – Non choreographed performance of tango to inspire a group or croud
  9. Stage Performance – Usually choreographed for a professional show on stage with movements big enough to be seen by the back row

Bandoneon Player Buenos Aires

Bandoneon Player Buenos Aires


Each of these different arenas bring a different psychological attitude, character and approach to your dance/practice experience, each are important and offer a lot to learn. I strongly advocate using them all of the portals I mentioned.

By creating a regimen of practice and dancing and coaching you can learn to dance a pretty good social tango in about 2 years; with supreme diligence and empathy you can learn to dance acceptably in a year.

The truth about tango is you can learn for the rest of your life. 10 years into the journey you will still be perfecting and polishing your tango. However like so many things you are laying a foundation in the opening moments of tango that will last you the rest of your life. Once laid a foundation is hard to rebuild, make sure you are dancing the tango you and your partner wants to live with :)

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