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Saturday Workshop Winter/Spring 2017

Saturday Workshop

Weekly from 3:00-4:30+pm

Continuing program for dancers who have a reasonable understanding of Argentine Tango foundation:

The embrace, the posture, intention, linear movement, parallel and cross system, invitation and circular movement

Sue MartinSep

Recent topics:

  • Unusual Invasions - Sacadas by happenstance
  • By Hook or By Crook - Ganchos and enganches
  • Power Down - Pivoting skills for maximum rotation

All classes start with a few drills and exercises to focus the mind and prepare the body for dance.

Details on study topics are sent via newsletter to regular attendees.  Join the newsletter at class or request to be added through Contact Us.

$20 per person.  Class may run till 5:00pm if material is not completed

LOCATION:  Ballroom Dance Supply
4850 Harwood Road,
San Jose, CA 95124

Semi-Private Technical Tango Series

lilac shoeAn Intensive Course in Argentine Tango foundation designed to improve technique at every level.

Dates:  March 4/11:  March 18/25:  April 2/8   (total of six weeks in two week increments of commitment)

Time:  1:30-3:00pm

Level:  Suitable for all levels

Location:  BDS,  4850 Harwood Road, San Jose, CA 95124

Cost (Based on 6 participants)  $30 per person per week, prepaid each two weeks

Topics of Study:  Form, line, connection, intention, invitation, axis, balance, dissociation and partnership responsibilities.


Registration required - please use this inquiry form and request specific dates at time of registration: March 4/11: March 18/25: April 1/8

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Semi Private is for registered students only - sorry no Drop Ins

Class maximum of 6 which promises lots of personal attention and opportunities to ask questions

As always, we try to provide a gender balanced room.  Individuals welcome to register, couples should register together to avoid confusion


Preserving Argentine Tango

"Guardian of the Art"

... an acquired reputation that has emerged after ten years of teaching

History of Argentine Tango

Weathered political map South America - home of Argentinean tangoTango evolved in Argentina before the invention of the phonograph.  In the mid-late 1800's a gathering of musicians who could play rhythm, melody and tune in harmony played improvised tango music - dance music - to entertain.  A ménage of African slave dance, Cuban habanera, French colonial dance and European Polka all contributed to the unwritten score.

Displaced gauchos from the receding pampas of Argentina gathered in the bordellos of the poorer barrios (districts) of Buenos Aires to enjoy a little leisure time with the ladies.  It is hardly surprising that the dance was scorned by the elite, upper class that considered such behavior deplorable.


Argentine bandoneonist
Argentine bandoneonist

The dance craze in Europe and the United States between 1912 and 1915 significantly influenced the social acceptability of Argentine Tango, and by the early 20's new instruments were finding their voice in tango. The piano, the German accordion known as the bandoneon, violin and flute created a new genre of music, with a unique sound, and composers began to write music for the budding small orchestras.


Music provides the rhythm and the conversation that is expressed visually in dance.  Phrases are often repeated from one instrument to the next, signifying the dialogue.

The steps of the tango dance began with a simple walking step.  The synchronized body movements evolved, accentuating lines, in a conversation of body language.  New steps developed to accommodate crowded dance floors, and artistic embellishments added for unique style and flare.

It takes two to tango. Described as the seductive dance of one body with four legs, tango is intimate and private - the observer, the voyeur.  The tango embrace is close, soft and warm.  Complicated improvised patterns are executed with precision and elegance; the tangling and unraveling of intertwined legs, deliberate and poised.  Smooth directional changes are integrated into a sensual, passionate chase that climaxes in the occasional dramatic, passionate pose.

Tango - Captivating & Inspirational

Tango in Silouhettesilhouette6 The principal objective of Tango Fantástico is to promote the art and culture of Argentine Tango through instruction and demonstration.

Often described as the seductive dance of one body with four legs, Argentine Tango is an expressive dance that follows artistic lines which are both improvised and led.  The dancers become the music and the music is the dance.

The tango embrace is close, soft and warm. Complicated improvised patterns are executed with precision and elegance; the tangling and unraveling of intertwined legs, deliberate and poised.  The fluid movement of the dancers is captivating and unique - an improvised dance is never repeated.