FUNdamentals of Argentine Tango

Please join Emma in an adventure to discover Argentine Tango. Photo by Richard Sandifer

What: Argentine Tango is an improvised dance, a conversation without words with someone you may not know. This class covers basic concepts to get beginners dancing: connection, musicality, turns, pivots, the cruzada, leading and following, footwork, history and codes. It also introduces three styles of Tango: tango, vals, and milonga. Please bring indoor clean flat shoes with soles that slide (no high heels for this class). No partner is needed – its a social dance, so we dance with everyone!

Those with tango experience are also welcome to refresh the basics, or perhaps become more comfortable with the other role.

When: 7:30 – 8:30 pm, 6 consecutive weeks – 5 Wednesdays and 1 Thursday*: 1/9, 16, 24*, 30 and 2/6, 13.

Where: Studio A, Portland YMCA 70 Forest ave. Please enter at the High st. entrance below Cumberland ave (map)

How: Register anytime after 12/26/18 at the YMCA Malcolm desk (High st entrance) for $72 per dancer up to and including the night of the first class 1/9/19. You may also drop in for $15 per class!

Generally, the plan is as follows (but will be flexible depending on the group):

class 1: Introduction to the style of music we’ll be dancing to, posture, forward intention, the embrace, milonga 6 ct basic.

class 2: Tango, walking, pushing off, concept of standing and free leg, partnering, forward, back and side movement

class 3: Pivots and ochos, vals (3/4 time), how to turn around

class 4 : Molinete (moving around a central point)

class 5The cruzada/cross (a move that is particularly “tango”)

class 6: Musicality, getting out of your head, putting it all together, review of tango, vals and milonga.


Please call if you have any questions! Emma Holder 207 415 7204,