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Tango Class & Practilonga

  • Gainesville Tango Exchange 720 NW 23d Avenue Gainesville, FL 32609 United States (map)

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 a Practilonga (practice social). No pre-registration required, just show up!

Class and Practilonga $15 ($10 for college students) 
Practilonga Only, $5 for all

What should I expect at the classes and practilonga?

-Social Argentine Tango. Although we don’t focus on any one specific style of Argentine tango, we work mostly with Milonguero and Salon styles. We typically dance in close embrace, but ultimately the embrace is negotiated by what each dancer is comfortable with. If you are wanting to dance international ballroom, North American, Fantasia, or other styles, this is probably not the school for you.

-Awesome traditional tango music from the 1920s-1950s. We do not play Nuevo music at all. We may use alternative non-tango music during classes warm-ups or for specific exercises. 

-Our classes will be fun and safe. We teach and enforce general tango etiquette. We reserve the right to eject students from the classes and practices if they are causing harm to anyone. This is for the safety and enjoyment of everyone. We also encourage everyone to speak up for their own comfort and safety. 

-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, as is found at many milongas. Dancers may chose to continue social dancing, moving counter clockwise around the floor, working on refining navigation skills. They may also choose to work on elements of the dance, in the inside of the dance floor. In this setting, it is ok to have dialog with your partner. For those that just want to dance, line of dance will be expected to continue moving around the outermost edge of the floor.

-Everyone is welcome to dance any role they like. We welcome and encourage men as followers, women as leaders, non-binary dancers, and any combination in between. Tango is for everyone.