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What is tango?

Argentine tango is an improvised social dance that emerged in Buenos Aires and Montevideo at the turn of the 20th century. Often hailed as sensual, passionate, dramatic and dangerous, the true beauty of Argentine tango lies in its accessibility. In essence little more than walking in someone else’s arms, the dance offers something for practitioners of all ages and physical abilities. Indeed, tango communities the world over are notable for their intergenerational character. At the same time, the practice of tango affords infinite room for growth, complexity and refinement. Utterly simple and endlessly challenging, Argentine tango is a social activity that can be a lifelong one.

What is the purpose of this meetup?

We gather information about opportunities to learn and dance tango in the Philadelphia area. From free beginner trial classes to a once-yearly four-day tango festival, we offer opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to learn and enjoy tango.

(Thanks to anthropologist Carolyn Merritt for the great description of tango included above.)

Upcoming events (5+)

Weekly Drop-In Beginner Class

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School

Every Thursday, students may join our weekly drop-in beginner class at any time, no partner or pre-registration required. Time: 7:00-8:00 pm Cost: $10 (F/T students get 20% all of our classes) This beginner class covers the same material as our Two-Day Argentine Tango Beginner Intensive, but at a more leisurely pace. Students should expect to attend this course for about eight weeks before moving on to our Advanced Beginner Level. Topics covered include: • Improvisation with simple steps (using "the grid" and the basic step, for example); • Familiarity with the basic step as a "road map" for dancing tango; • Basic technique for balancing, walking, ochos and other simple steps; • An introduction to lead & follow; • An introduction to tango music & musicality; • An introduction to navigating the social dance floor.

Weekly Advanced Beginner Tango Class

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School

The Advanced Beginner weekly class is for students who have completed our beginner level (either in weekly classes or through a beginner intensive), or have equivalent experience. A primary goal of this intensive is to help students gain comfort with simple improvisation so that they may take regular Intermediate-level group classes, and enjoy social dancing at practicas and milongas. Time: 8-9pm $12/single class. $80 for an 8-class card. *Students who are paying for the advanced beginner class on any given Thursday may take the preceding beginner class at 7-8pm as a review for free.

9th Annual Philly Tango Fest

Lithuanian Music Hall Association

About Our Festival: https://www.philadelphiatangofestival.com/ May 24-27, 2019 Now in its 9th year, the Philly Tango Fest offers a stupendous array of tango teachers, performers, and musicians, chosen to provide nonstop inspiration from Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27 (including Monday night). Make your plans now to spend Memorial Day Weekend with us! Teachers Simply the most exciting list of teachers/performers that we’ve ever been able to bring to our festival! Fabian Salas & Lola Diaz Adrian Veredice & Alejandra Hobert Cecilia Gonzalez & Jake Spatz Agustin Venturino & Natalia Aguero Adam Hoopengardner & Ciko Tanik Robin Thomas & Kristin Balmer Andres Amarilla & Meredith Klein Live Music The Tipica Messiez, soon to be the most popular tango orchestra in North America, will make its debut at our festival! Some of the musicians of the Tipica Messiez are available to give private lessons during the festival. We’re absolutely thrilled to present a range of totally awesome DJs during a total of 26 hours of milongas. Look at this list! DJ's Robin Thomas Jake Spatz Agustin Venturino & Natalia Aguero Adam Hoopengardner Dasha Khripkova Venue Last year, we found the perfect venue for our festival, and are excited to return. We will have use of the entire Lithuanian Music Hall Association, and it’s more than 10,000 square feet of program space, during the four days of our festival. Please peruse our whole site and then meet the super-early-bird registration deadline of Sunday, March 17! Also, please spread the word so that your friends know you’re coming! If you need any assistance planning your time in Philly, don’t hesitate to reach out! Meredith Klein Director, Philly Tango Fest [masked] |[masked]

Weekly Drop-In Beginner Class

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School

Every Thursday, students may join our weekly drop-in beginner class at any time, no partner or pre-registration required. Time: 7:00-8:00 pm Cost: $10 (F/T students get 20% all of our classes) This beginner class covers the same material as our Two-Day Argentine Tango Beginner Intensive, but at a more leisurely pace. Students should expect to attend this course for about eight weeks before moving on to our Advanced Beginner Level. Topics covered include: • Improvisation with simple steps (using "the grid" and the basic step, for example); • Familiarity with the basic step as a "road map" for dancing tango; • Basic technique for balancing, walking, ochos and other simple steps; • An introduction to lead & follow; • An introduction to tango music & musicality; • An introduction to navigating the social dance floor.

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Weekly Advanced Beginner Tango Class

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School

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