It's time again for one of our favorite events - two of our most popular Tango instructors are back this month at Tango Colorado! Whether you're new to Tango, or have done a bit before, this is a great opportunity to work on your dance.
Argentine Tango is a sensuous, connective, musical dance. In reality, it is intimate and subtle compared to the flashy style seen in performances, but to start with it is usually taught in a more comfortable open embrace, and it is possible to dance Tango simply but with great satisfaction.
As dancers from many other genres, particularly Blues, have discovered in recent years, an introduction to at least the fundamentals of Tango helps to develop principles of connection, movement, balance and axis, and musicality, that transfer to and complement other dance styles.
Tango Colorado's classes this month are being taught by world-traveling instructors Brian Dunn and Deb Sclar of Dance of the Heart in Boulder. They know how to take even beginning dancers step-by-step into a world that creates beauty, connection and soul; and to take dancers with previous Tango experience, to a new level.
Tell them at the door that you're with Meetup, and they'll give you a $5 discount price - a real deal for an evening of lessons and dance.
About the Tango Colorado Practica at the Denver Turnverein:
No previous dance experience is required for the class, and the classes are structured so that dancers with prior classwork will also benefit from additional work on basic technique. Partners are not necessary for any classes offered by Tango Colorado, or to attend practicas or milongas. We cannot guarantee there will be gender balance at any of these events, but in classes most instructors ask that partners rotate after every few songs so that all dancers can participate. If you do come to class with a partner, you are still generally encouraged to rotate, but will not be forced to do so.
These are practice sessions (called practicas); there are also formal dances (called milongas), and for the practica the room is divided into two parts, one for practice and one for continuous milonga-style dancing. This is not the “ballroom” dance that you see in dance competitions or that is taught by most commercial dance studios; rather this is the authentic Tango from Argentina, which is rarely seen competitively as it is generally danced socially. Argentine Tango is danced with extreme connection and focus on your partner. We think it is an amazing dance, and once you are hooked, it is like no other dance in the world.
Clothing: The attire for classes and the practicas (practices) is generally casual. Jeans are acceptable, but you will see a variety of “dressiness” at the practicas. The most important thing is that you are comfortable. Layering is always a good idea because even when it’s cold outside, you can become quite warm after dancing a while.
Shoes: Until you’re “hooked” on Tango and feel that intense need to buy multiple pairs of Tango shoes, all you need are shoes that have a soft or leather sole that will pivot easily on the floor - most rubber soled shoes do not work. Please, if possible, bring a pair of dance shoes or shoes with CLEAN soles to change into from your street shoes. For women, a heel of one inch to four inches is fine (platform shoes do not work well for Tango and your feet will hurt if you try to wear them dancing), whatever you feel most comfortable in; make sure they attach to your foot (ie…open backed shoes, sandals, clogs, etc. don’t work for Tango). If you know you’re committed and want to spend the money, you can find dance shoes at any dance store, including practice shoes and dance sneakers.
The Turnverein has ample free off-street parking. Chilled water and light snacks are provided for attendees, and there is also a full bar on the premises with very reasonable prices (and very good local and German beer).