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Everything you need to know to get started in Tango

      Argentine Tango for whom? Why?

    Argentine tango is a dance that will not leave you indifferent. Whoever you are and whatever your age, whether you have danced or never danced, single or in a couple, whether you have the rhythm or not, tango is made for you, tango is made for everyone, the only condition is is to want...

      From the first steps you will understand that it is not a question of "Doing to do" but of living a unique experience and to get in touch with the other in order to develop qualities of listening, awareness, and sharing and to live a real connection with your partner and with the music.  Un relation to oneself, to the body, to the other which will be different.
    To dance tango is to enter a universe but also a culture. From Buenos Aires to Paris... and let yourself be enchanted by rich and deep music. At the end of the course, it will not only be a dance that you will have learned, it will also be the discovery of   of the universe of the ball called the Milonga which is a place where you be able to dance, express yourself and meet other dancers, in Paris, Vincennes and all over the world, a magical and bewitching universe to discover.
      We invite you to make this year the experience of meeting and a better relationship with yourself and to the other in pleasure, that of the tango. Let yourself be surprised...

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3 dances in the Tango

There are 3 dances inside the Tango:

Suspensions and stops are possible much more than in the Valse or the milonga

_The waltz
The rhythm is ternary. This generates a dance which tends to turn, to twirl, which involves, which moves

_The milonga
The music is more upbeat, more rhythmic, and generally faster than a tango

A Tanda is a group of 4 tangos from the same orchestra (generally).
During a Tango Ball, called Milonga, the Dj passes alternately
2 tandas of Tangos, 1 tanda of Waltzes, 2 tandas of Tangos, 1 tanda of Milongas, 2 tandas of Tangos, 1 tanda of Waltzes, etc...




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There were different styles of Tango. They came from different neighborhoods of Buenos Aires (14 neighborhoods). But today there are really only two styles left:
_Tango Milonguero, from the Center of Buenos Aires where the tracks are crowded
_Tango Living room from the suburbs where there was more space.

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Types of Tango danced

There are different types of Tango:
_track tango, improvised tango at balls
_tango escenario, choreographed, for the stage



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Tango Orchestras

There are now many playlists on youtube to discover the great Tango Orchestras. good research and good listening.

  • Carlos di Sarli

  • Juan d'Arienzo

  • Anibal Troilo

  • Francisco Canaro

  • Ricardo Tanturi

  • Rodolfo Biagi

  • Angel D'Agostino

  • Miguel Calo

  • Alfredo de Angelis

  • Osvaldo Pugliese

  • Julio de Caro

  • Enrique Rodríguez

  • Edgardo Donato

  • Osvaldo Fresedo

  • Astor Piazzolla


A simple search for these different maestros on youtube will reveal countless videos for each of them. Good research and good viewing

_Javier & Geraldine Rojas
_Javier & Andrea Misse
_Javier Rodriguez & Moira Castellano
_Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne
_Gabriel Misse
_Ezequiel Paludi & Geraldine Rojas
_Puppy Castello and Graciela Gonzalez
_Chicho and Juana
_Sebastian Arce and Mariana Montes
_Sebastian Achaval and Roxana Suarez
_Fabian Peralta & Virginia Pandolfi
_Sebastian Jimenez and Maria Ines Bogado
_Geraldine Rojas and Ezequiel Paludi
_Carlos Perez & Rosa Forte
_Roberto Herrera & Vanina Bilous
_Miguel Angel Zotto and Milena Plebs
_Osvaldo Zotto and Lorena Ermocida
_Ezequiel Farfaro & Milena Plebs
_Ezequiel Farfaro & Eugenia Parrilla
_Federico Naveira and Sabrina Masso
_Ariadna Naveira and Fernando Sanchez
_Pablo Veron
_Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa
_Head Rusconi

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Traffic on the milonga track

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Invitation in the milonga

In a milonga it is the men who invite the women to dance. But not in any way...
By the look! A direct and benevolent look towards the woman that the man wishes to invite, whether a few meters away or at the other end of the track. Women must therefore be alert, with an open eye. This is also how a woman can refuse an invitation, pretending not to have seen a man's invitation.
All this is called La mirada (The gaze in Spanish). This may be accompanied by a very, very slight nod of the head that invites and then acquiesces the invitation. This is called The Cabeceo (Nod of the Head in Spanish).
All this little ritual is above all a game, but it allows you to avoid all sorts of clumsiness. Like when, for example, a man orally invites a woman who... refuses. These situations also generally generate embarrassment and sometimes misunderstanding on both sides. Especially since a woman sometimes temporarily refuses because she wants to make herself available to another man who is finally available but may accept the invitation for a future tanda.
Obviously if you speak with a friend, this one   (or that one) can invite you directly.
The Mirada and the Cabeceo are part of the codes but it is not a "dictatorship either", always remember that the Milonga is a place of social exchange and that we must therefore try as much as possible to remain benevolent there. !

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Movies to See


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