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,  5 Wednesdays 3/6,13,20 and 4/3, 10.

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) 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”) 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,