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It's not just a dance. It's a language.

Tango is about connection. We dance to connect with a deeper part of ourselves, to fall in love with ourselves. When we dance with another, we manifest the very things we love about ourselves, sharing them with our partner, so they may feel it and love too. 

Tampa Bay Tango Exchange is a group devoted to fostering this connection by offering Argentine Tango classes, practicas, socials, festivals, and more. We also collaborate with other local and visiting instructors to provide as many opportunities as possible.

We are excited to welcome you into our community, one of acceptance, warmth, and an appreciation for challenging ourselves to grow. Please join us. 

Trista Brophy

Social Argentine Tango Instructor and DJ

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As a teacher and a dancer, I prefer to focus on the fundamentals. Quality of movement, connection to your partner and musicality are the three areas my lessons focus on. 

I  currently teach fundamental group lessons at 3912 W Hillsborough Ave in Tampa on Thursdays at 7pm (info and registration here). I also teach intermediate fundamentals in my home studio on Tuesday evenings. Classes are role-balanced and you must register in advance. I also teach private, semi-private and group lessons upon request in my home or your studio/home. In addition, I teach at and help run the Argentine Tango Club at the University of South Florida on Monday evenings. 

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As a tango DJ, I enjoy playing music which will actively engage dancers and keep them on the floor all night. My preferred style is more traditional, with a wide sampling of orchestras from the Golden Age, and more particularly from the Golden Decade of the 1940s. Some of my favorites are D'Arienzo, Biagi, Canaro , DiSarli, and Troilo. 

Although I prefer traditional tango music, I understand the importance of playing for my audience. My DJing is adaptable for each community. I look to the organizers of a milonga to give me guidance on the dynamics of their attendees and will adjust my music selection accordingly.