Social Tango Lessons with Trista Brophy

Forget everything that you think you know about Argentine Tango and leave your roses at home. Social tango is all about a great connection, a smooth walk, and a warm embrace.

These lessons will focus on building the fundamentals required to express yourself and communicate clearly with any partner. The courses focus on body mechanics, quality of movement, musicality, and communication. The material is challenging, but incredibly fun and rewarding.   This program is open to those brand new to Tango and also to the experienced Tango dancer who wants to improve and polish their dance. 


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All Levels Drop-In Class

Rena’s Ballroom, 720 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609

The class runs 7pm-8pm every Monday. This all-levels course will focus on foundations of social tango including embrace, connection, and walking. We will learn several common social figures, including variations and musicality. This program is open to those brand new to Tango and also to the experienced Tango dancer who wants to improve and polish their dance. Each class is 1 hour, followed by the Practilonga (practice social). No pre-registration required, just show up!

Class and Practilonga: $15 for the public, $10 for college students


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Monday Practilonga

at Rena’s Ballroom, 720 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville

The Monday Practilonga runs 8pm-10pm and is open to the community. Cost is $5, or included if you attended the 7pm class.

A practilonga is a social dancing event that combines the relaxed etiquette of a practice with many of the same elements you will find at a more formal milonga. The music is played in 3-song tandas with cortinas, as is found at many milongas. Dancers may chose to social dance, moving counter clockwise around the outside of the floor. Stoping and talking during the dance is not appropriate if in the outside lane (milonga lane). They may also choose to practice and work on elements of the dance, on the inside of the dance floor. In this setting, it is ok to stop, have dialog with your partner, and try things out. The overall setting is informal and relaxed. If you have any questions, teachers are available to help guide you.


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Tango Tune-Up is a fun and challenging workout for tango dancers! This intensive 2 hour session is dedicated to drills and exercises that will strengthen and "tune-up" your body specifically for the kinds of movements required in tango. Most of the class is individual work focused on technique and body mechanics.

This class is good for All Levels and even those who have never danced tango.

Bring: water, yoga mat or towel, dance shoes & socks or ballet slippers

Stay tuned for our next class, coming soon. 

Tango Tune Up Tickets

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Improve your dance with focused study and exercises customized for your needs to help you reach your goals!

Private Lessons with Trista Brophy are 1 hour long for up to 2 people.  Lessons are held in Trista's home studio in NE Gainesville (near Satchel’s Pizza, zip code 32609). They can be arranged in another location for an additional fee. Trista travels monthly to Tampa, and makes regular trips to Tallahassee and Orlando, so lessons can be arranged in your home city as well.

24-hour Rescheduling Policy: You may reschedule a Private Lesson for another available time and/or day with 12-hour notice. Private Lessons are good for one year from purchase date. No refunds are given for Private Lessons purchased. Should you not want to continue private lessons, the money paid towards lessons could be used towards any classes, milongas, or special workshops held by the Tango Exchange.

New students will need to attend a class and/or meet with Trista before beginning a private lesson program. The best time is to drop by the Monday evening class and practilonga between 7-10pm in Gainesville.

Private Tango Lessons

Please email us to verify availability and arrange scheduling before you purchase private lessons.