Questions and Answers
If you are a beginner you are strongly encouraged to dance with many different dancers. Tango is an improvised way of moving across the floor. This is enriched when you learn to move with a variety of people. We often change partners during lessons but you have a main partner that you return to, so you will dance most of all with the one you came with or were partnered with. Although we encourage trying different partners, who you dance with is ultimately your choice. We understand that for a variety of reasons – spanning from being newlyweds or having social anxiety – you might only want to dance with the person you came with. Del dette:Email
You should wear comfortable clothes. Our atmosphere is inclusive. You are welcome in jeans, mesh stockings, a suit or even pajamas (no one has dared the latter yet!). Whatever you feel comfortable in and allows you to move freely. Most students wear everyday clothes when they come to class. Women should not wear dresses/skirts that are ankle-length or too tight. Such garments will prevent your free movement. You should also wear shoes with soles that will slide and allow your feet to move quickly. You should avoid rubber soles that stick to the floor. We have written a lot more about shoes here LINK TO COME!. Del dette:Email
I can’t carry a tune and my partner has no sense of rhythm. Is there any point in even trying a tango course?
Yes! Even people with strong musical backgrounds often have trouble adjusting to new songs and rhythms as they learn to dance tango. As you practice and become familiar with the music, you will learn to be more rhythmic. Believe it or not, anything can be learned as long as you’re eager! Del dette:Email
Of course! As we said above dancing can be learned by anyone. For us, tango means listening to the music and trying to express what we hear in our dancing. However, do not let that deter you. We do not expect you to be perfect when you arrive. Part of the course is to teach you to listen to tango music with your body. Del dette:Email
Are you absolutely sure that everyone can dance tango? I have arthritis in my hips, and I wonder if tango is the right thing for me.
If you can walk you can dance the tango. People are often held back by assumptions of what they think dancers are supposed to be like. The goal of the dance is not necessarily to perform lots of advanced repertoire. The goal is to move deeply with another human being accompanied by beautiful tango music. If you are still unsure, feel free to write to us. Del dette:Email
No! We have taught students who were thick, thin, blind, long, old, young, happy and even some who never thought they’d succeed. In tango, there isn’t one mold that everyone has to fit, and there are no complicated and fixed patterns for us to perform. The purpose of the dance is instead to communicate movement. Thus, we can all dance using our intuition. Tango is a great opportunity to learn and know our own bodies. It is always interesting and challenging regardless of our physical condition when we start. Here is an inspiring example of what an overweight body can manage to do the dance floor: Del...