Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I only dance with my partner?
We recommend learning tango with different partners for a variety of reasons. Argentine tango is a very social dance. Dancing with only one partner is like talking with only one person for the rest of your life. Dancing with different partners is part of the culture and delight of Argentine tango. 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 as they enter the world of tango. Learning tango can require some 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. See 'How can I get better faster?' below.
- How can I get better faster?
Attend every lesson. Stay for the practica and practice on your own and with others. Everyone is welcome at our practicas and the practice is included in the price of your lesson. In lessons, 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?
In tango, whether you lead or follow, you need to be able to slide your foot across 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 but avoid soft rubber soles or any other sticky soles
- Your shoe should mirror the shape of your foot - avoid very pointy toes or chunky soles that sticky 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 or flex
- Heel height is up to you
- Patent leather should be avoided for tango 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.