Tango is a relatively complex dance, music and culture that had evolved for over than almost a century. We have compiled a list of FAQs aiming to answer many of them as detailed as possible.
The FAQs are categorized into sections based on related aspects of the Tango Dance; please follow navigate through the links below for all answers about your specific inquiries:
Participant Expected Progress
Progressing from one level to the other for Tango Dancing entirely depends on the participant’s efforts spent to learn. Some participants show high and active engagement during classes which enable them to progress quickly, while others need to add some extra effort to progress.
In general, there are 4 levels for Tango Dance progression: Beginner, Improver, Intermediate and Advanced.
Level: Complete beginner
After attending Tango Dance Classes for approximately 1 month, Participants will understand the basic principles of Tango Dance, and be able to lead/follow simple patterns with partners of a similar level.
Within 3 months of active engagement in Tango Dance Classes, Participants will consolidate their knowledge of the basic principles and practice simple patterns with more confidence. They will start to understand the basic structure of Tango, consisting of the walk and figures based on turns.
After 6 months of Tango Dance training, participants will complete “Level 2 Improver”, for which Participants’ dance will look and feel much better; and they will start improvising with more elements, including simple turns, as well as combining other simple ideas.
The intermediate level itself may span between 2½ years to 3 years depending on the dedication and engagement of participants.
Participants will reach “Level 1 intermediate” after approximately 12 months, and their walking look and feel will be more confident and stylish, and they will better interpret the music. Their Dancing will be more dynamic and their overall awareness about posture and balance will increase, as well as their connection in the embrace.
After 2 years, participant will reach “Level 2 intermediate”. At this level the main theme will concentrate on “Polishing the walk” and “Turning” techniques. Participants will also in general concentrate more on studying figures based on turning. Familiarity with most styles of Tango music will also be addressed for this level.
Within the 3rd year, Participants will have to start working on more complex ideas (out-of-axis moves), and they need to practice more complicated turns for which they will need lots of practice with preferably a dedicated partner. Once this level of dance is attained, participants will be qualified as “Level 3 Intermediate” Tango Dancers.
It is important to indicate that Tango Dancers will keep learning and innovating new routines, and techniques frequently; it is a lifetime learning practice, with joy, passion, fun and fulfillment.
Having mentioned that, participants can attain the “Advanced Level” of Tango Dance after approximately 5 years of training, practice, and participation is various Tango Shows, Workshops and Milongas. Such practice will provide them with enough confidence about all Tango aspects; leading, following, connecting, embracing, posturing and balancing, dynamics and mechanics of walking and turning. Moreover, they will be able to combine all these aspects and integrate them together in their walks and turns.
Finally, they need to be able to exchange positions between in-axis and out-of-axis while dancing, implement principles of creativity, improvisation and expression.