Tango Workshops: Taking your Tango to the Next Level

The best tango dancers and teachers are usually traveling and teaching other experienced tango dancers around the world. To take your dancing to the next level, I strongly believe you should take workshops, attend tango festivals, and soak in as much knowledge as you can from the Tango Maestros.

Considerations of Tango Workshops

  • Do you like the way they dance? This is where you have to make your own judgment and ask yourself if you want to move like them.
  • Ask people in the Tango community if they have taken classes with that maestro. If so, did they learn a lot? Did the teacher make adjustments and provide feedback or just taught patterns without making corrections?
  • Do you have a regular partner to practice with? If so, can they come? If they can, this was will make it more effective to implement. Alternatively, if your partner cannot attend you can teach your partner the movements and technique the next day. You are more likely to remember and implement your knowledge if you execute the movement and technique shortly afterwards.
Australian Tango Festival

Beneficial for you if…

  • You’ve been dancing Tango, have the foundations, and know various patterns
  • Realize that Argentine Tango is something you want to invest time, money, and energy into
  • Want to improve your technique

Tips

  • Stand in the front row or close to the front for more visibility
  • Bring a dance partner you practice with frequently. If they can’t make it, teach them the movement and technique the next day
  • Record the video of the pattern learned after the class if the teachers permits it
  • Take notes on things you’ve learned and want to apply to your dancing. Type it up and refer to it periodically.

Cost

Tango professionals charge anywhere from $15-$50 for a group class. They are priced higher than local maestros not only because of their knowledge and expertise, but also because the inviting studio pays for there flights, accomodation, and the couple usually performs at the host’s Milonga.

Private lessons range from $100 + per hour. It’s good to book in early so you can get into a desired time slot.

Ladies Tango Technique Workshops

I have had a lot of amazing Tango teachers, however a majority of my local teachers were men. Whenever a female tanguera is in town, I highly recommend taking a class with them! I have learned body mechanics and embellishments from mostly leaders, however it’s always great to learn from an experienced follower! Here are the women I recommend and why.

Mariana Montes teaching Ladies Technique at Singapore Tango Festival

Mariana Montes- Best female technique workshop I have ever taken. Lots of great exercises for linear and circular movements, incorporating counter body and arm/ embrace exercise that you can do by yourself. She made a lot of body adjustments, rib cage, pushing the core in, and feet through out the workshop, which I appreciated.

Maureen Urrego– Made lots of adjustments with the feet and circular movements during the group class. I also took a private lesson with her and Carlos Urrego who helped me further with this.

Moira Castellano– Made physical adjustments and useful tips on dissociation

Sigrid Van Tilbeurgh– Explains the body mechanics for boleos, ochos, and giros. She even had a board displaying the human body and pointed to each part of the body that should be activating

Juana Sepulveda– She is tiny, but her boleos are huge! Her class was massive, but she corrected and danced with many of the ladies.

Glad I went, but wouldn’t take again

Roxana Suarez– She gave lots of exercise for linear movements, however did not make any physical adjustments. Very approachable and friendly.

Yanina Quinones- Lots of exercise on circular movements like boleos and ochos. Didn’t do too many corrections.

On my bucket list is Eleonora Kalganova! I love her solo videos on youtube practicing with a bar or wall.

Tango Couples to Take Workshops From

Carlos and Maureen Urrego– Carlos is great at explaining the upper body movements when leading and Maureen is not shy to correct you multiple times on the same mistake, which I appreciate.

Claudio Peralta and Janna Lopez – Really enjoyed their Stage Tango workshop. Claudio explains in Spanish and Janna explains in English the body mechanics of each movement.

Gianpiero Gialdi and Maria Filali- The best workshops were on musicality and syncopation. Now it’s easier for me to use my body as an instrument and hear syncopation more clearly.

Tango Teachers I do NOT recommend taking Workshops With

Javier Rodriguez- He made some funny analogies about Tango and he is entertaining, but was quite arrogant. I went to his workshops because his technique is flawless. Also, my partner and I like his older material when he danced with Geraldine Rodriguez. However he didn’t give much personal attention to attendees.

Claudio Villagra & Helena Hernandez- They are very dynamic duo to watch, however they didn’t provide much technique adjustments in the workshop. I also went when I was dancing less than a year so maybe they thought I couldn’t take the constructive criticism.

Workshop with Javier Rodriguez and Moira Castellano in Sydney, Australia

In the End

Take workshops with people you admire as dancers! It means you are serious in taking your Tango to the next level if you use that knowledge to improve your dancing. If you want to go for the fun atmosphere and meet your favourite tango dancers in person, that’s also fine, but ultimately you should be attending the workshops to improve your dancing.


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