Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have a partner for the lessons?

It’s OK to come without a partner. There is usually a very good balance of leaders and followers in the lessons, and more experienced dancers are usually on hand to help out too.  During the lessons we change dance partners frequently. This is because dancing with different people helps you to learn faster. It’s also good preparation for Tango dance events, where you will be dancing with lots of different people. Everyone is learning together so it can be good fun too!

What if I don’t want to change partners during the lessons?

That’s perfectly OK too. We understand if you want to learn together and not change partners. It’s quite common, and completely your choice.

What clothes should I wear?

The lessons are informal, so we wear comfortable casual clothes. Your shoes can make a big difference. For ladies we suggest a shoe style with a small heel, leather sole, ankle straps, and an enclosed toe for comfort. Smooth soles will help you to pivot easily. The best choice for men is smooth (ideally leather) soled shoes that are close fitting around the front. We do not recommend boots, fashion shoes with long toes, dance ‘pumps’ or trainers.

What if I have to miss a lesson?

If you can’t attend every lesson then don’t worry; the lessons every week start with a short recap of what we learnt previously. You could also come to the lessons at a different venue; the lessons are the same at all our venues each week.

Which lesson is the right one for me?

Lesson 1 is for people who have not danced Tango before. It includes the principles of the Tango embrace, posture & balance, leading & following. You will learn the Tango style of walking, cross steps, forward & backward Ochos, and improvising a dance to different types of Tango music including Tango Milonga.

Lesson 2 is for anyone who is competent with the elements in lesson 1. In these lessons we introduce you to the Giro (musical turns), followers’ decoration steps, and movements such as Barridas (sweeping movements), and the Ocho Cortado (rotating rebounds). We also explore dancing to Tango Milonga & Tango Vals, and introduce you to dancing in a close embrace.

If you are not sure which level is best for you then please ask us. We will be very happy to make sure that you get the best value from the lessons.

What is the music like?

In the lessons we play mostly traditional Tango music. It’s the best for dancing tango, and it helps you to get to know the most popular tango music and styles. We’re very happy to share the details of the music and to help you start your tango music collection.