Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I only dance with my partner?
We highly recommend changing partners in group classes. Argentine tango is a social dance and dancing with different partners is part of the culture and delight of Argentine tango. Dancing with only one partner is like talking with only one person for the rest of your life. It broadens the way we communicate in tango, helping you become more skillful leaders or followers. Plus, it can keep you from developing bad habits in your dance communication. If you hope to dance Argentine tango with others socially, the time to start is with group lessons and practicas.
- I feel like I have two left feet. Is there any hope for me?
Many dancers feel this way. Learning tango requires patience and persistence. First and foremost, be kind to yourself. We'll break down the technique and moves for you so that you can use them. Then it's up to you to see how far you want to go to refine it.
- How can I get better faster?
Attend every class. Stay for the practica (practice) and dance on your own and with others. Everyone is welcome at our practicas and the practice is included in the price of your class. In classes, you are told what to do. Practicas are the place where you find out what you really know - what you can lead or what you can follow. Plus they are a great chance to dance with instructors or assistants and get some personal feedback if you want it. Another way to progress faster is to book private lessons where your needs can be addressed more specifically.
- What kind of shoes should I wear for lessons?
Whether you lead or follow, you need to be able to slide your foot along the floor and to feel your partner's foot. A good dance shoe is a tango dancer's best friend. The right choice of footwear will help you make the best of your tango lessons. Eventually every tango dancer will buy shoes for their tango dance.
Here are some footwear guidelines:
- Leather or suede soles are best. Hard rubber can work. Avoid soft rubber soles or any other sticky soles
- Shoes should be the shape of your foot. Avoid pointy toes or chunky soles that stick out beyond your foot
- Shoes should stay on your foot well. Avoid backless or slingback shoes or any shoe style where you foot pops out when you walk.
- Heel height is up to you
- Avoid patent leather as your heels will stick together as you walk
- You can dance longer in comfortable shoes
If you're not sure, bring a couple of pairs along to try them out.