If you can’t find the answer to your question below, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions:
* Do I need to bring a partner for classes?
* What should I wear / bring to classes?
* Where can I buy tango shoes / clothes in Australia?
* Where can I buy tango music / what music should I buy?
* What ‘tango style’ do you teach?
* Where can I go to dance Argentine Tango in Sydney?
* Can I buy lessons as a Gift for someone?
* What is a milonga?
*What is a practica?
Do I need to bring a partner for classes?
It is always easier if you are able to come with a partner as this helps ensure more even numbers in the classes. However it is not essential to come with someone and we try to rotate partners regularly. Even if you come with a partner, we recommend that you rotate and practice dancing with other people. This helps learn correct techniques for leading & following.
What should I wear / bring to classes?
Clothes: For general classes we recommend you wear comfortable clothes that allow free leg movement. For women’s technique classes, please wear pants and also bring flat shoes or socks for any floor work.
Shoes: Shoes need to be comfortable, ideally with a leather, suede or hard sole that allows you to pivot on a wooden floor. For women it is best to wear shoes with low – medium heels, that are secure on the foot and don’t ‘slip off’. Please Note: Tango is a dance that brings you into close physical contact with other people. Please consider their comfort by ensuring you are clean and dressed appropriately.
Where can I buy tango shoes / clothes in Australia?
There are a few options in Australia: Morena Dancewear & Avenida Shoes stock imported tango shoes from Buenos Aires (see our Links page for more information). Bloch has general dance shoes that work fine for tango. It is not necessary to buy ‘special’ tango shoes to attend classes or Milongas.
Where can I buy tango music / what music should I buy?
Good Tango music is not easy to buy in Australia. It is generally easiest to buy CDs from online sources. eg Amazon. A couple of places where you can sometimes get tango music in Sydney:
Music Front – Ashfield Mall: Shop 46,Level 4 Liverpool Road Ashfield, Ph: 02 9799 7795
Fish Global Music: Cnr King and Clarence Streets , Lower Level, Ph: 02 8014 7763
Please note there is a difference between tango music for dancing & tango music for listening!
The following websites hold good recommendations for tango music.
What ‘Tango Style’ do you teach?
We believe that it is best to begin by learning a Traditional ‘salon’ form of tango that allows students to rapidly gain the necessary skills to participate in the social tango scene (milongas). Also to gain an appreciation of the culture and essence of the ‘Tango’. From there, those that choose, could go on to explore ‘Nuevo’ or ‘Stage’ styles of tango.
Techniques in Beginner and Intermediate classes are based on the close embrace milonguero style as taught by Maria Plazaola & Susana Miller in ‘La Academia’ (Buenos Aires). This style emphasises connection and musicality. Steps are taught as small building blocks that can be pieced together by the leader to successfully navigate the floor and respond creatively to the music. Classes are taught using both an open ‘practice hold’, and close embrace. Students are encouraged to work in a close embrace once they are comfortable.
Women’s Technique and Advanced classes will incorporate techniques across the spectrum of styles from Milonguero to Nuevo. This allows women to gain the skills necessary to follow leaders dancing various styles of tango within the social scene and also helps expand the repertoire of more advanced dancers.
Where can I go to dance Argentine Tango near by?
There are a number of milongas (social tango dances) and practicas (less formal events where you can practice your tango) that run most days of the week in Sydney. See also the ‘Sydney Tango Calendar’ and the ‘Canberra Social Club’ from our Links page for information of all social events in these areas. Once we have established a community of dancers in the Southern Highlands we will start to run social dances there as well.
Can I buy lessons as a Gift for someone?
Yes—Gift Certificates for group classes or private lessons can be purchased for individuals or couples and tailored to suit your preference. Contact Us for more details
What is a milonga?
A milonga is a more formal social dance where the music follows a set pattern of ‘tandas’ separated by ‘cortinas’. A ‘tanda’ is a group of 3 or 4 songs of the same composer and orchestra. A ‘cortina’ is a short piece of ‘non-tango’ music that serves to identify the end of a ‘tanda’. It is expected that dancers will clear the floor during each cortina and it provides the opportunity to ask someone else for a dance. There are particular ‘codes’ of behaviour on a social dance floor. See our article on floor craft for more information. Dancers should try to keep the flow of the dance and not stop to discuss mistakes or ‘practise’ new ‘moves’. See Milonga Encanto for more details of our monthly Milonga.
What is a practica?
A practica is a more casual form of social dance ‘practise’, which may or may not use tandas for the musical arrangement. The emphasis is more on ‘practise’ than a strict need to follow social ‘Milonga’ conventions. However consideration of other dancers and their space on the floor should still be given.