We welcome you at the start of a new adventure!
Below the answers to frequently asked questions from tango students:
*What kind of clothes and shoes do I wear?
For beginner’s courses and trial lessons, just wear what you feel comfortable in while moving. Preferably choose shoes that fit well and are soft enough to allow you to use the ball of your foot. So for men: no hard inflexible soles. For women: if you opt for heels, don’t take them too high, go for comfort. Obviously, genuine tango shoes are designed for dancing and will offer better balance and posture if you decide to dance more often. But you can decide later.
For good addresses for suitable tango shoes, contact Tangostudio.
*Do I need a dance partner to join lessons?
Tango is a couple dance, however during social dance evenings the custom in many salons is that dancers change after each ‘tanda’ (= serie of 3 or 4 dances). Although some will only dance a fixed couple, most dancers change many times. This custom allows you to relate better to many dancers as well as understand your own body movement a little better! It will give you access to many unforgettable experiences.
Argentine tango is a dance of improvisation that can be shared with hundreds of dance partners both inside and outside the Netherlands. For this reason, we also change partners regularly during lessons (unless you prefer not to), opening up strong learning experiences.
You can both register as a couple or single, either way is fine if you discuss it with Tangostudio well in advance of the course. We shall make our best effort to balance the number of followers and leaders in the classes.
We advise to actively look for dance partners in social salons or practicas, or the Facebook group ‘Tango danspartner gezocht’ or “It takes two to tango”. However if you are not successful you can always reach out to Tangostudio so we can explore our network experienced dancers for compatible partners.
*What do you mean with the term ‘leading’ and ‘following’?
The leader and follower jointly form the dance couple. Both have equal part in the creation of the dance, but the roles are distinctly different. The leader initiates the movement the couple jointly makes by using a basic set body language rules to convey the intention. The follower receives and ‘decodes’ the leader’s ‘intention’ and smoothly responds to complete the movement as a couple. Between the two participants in the duo a continuous exchange of body language takes place, which may be differ slightly depending on body dynamic or shape. This is why each couple, while working with the same set of body language tools, may have completely different chemistry.
Although the basic principle of the dance is ‘leading’ and ‘following’, tango is gender neutral. Men can lead men as well as women; women can lead women or men. The teachers will also regularly reverse roles to demonstrate.
*What if I have never danced before?
Tango does not require you to have mastered any other dance. We shall teach you how to dance. Anyone who is able to walk can dance tango, which is sometimes referred to as a ‘walking dance’. Indeed tango is walking in an elegant way, together with your partner.
At Tangostudio we know that we all have our own preferred own learning style and our approach is designed to provide you with the optimal mix of styles for you. We will instruct you in such a way that you can you to get the instructions and exercises needed to make you grow as fast as possible.
*What music can I use to practice to at home?
In the Golden Age of Tango, with it’s peek around 1940, there were literally hundreds of tango orchestras in Buenos Aires producing thousands of tangos. The main orchestras are still played at most tango salons, they are for example: D’Arienzo, Di Sarli, Troilo, Pugliese, Biagi, Fresedo, Calo, D’Agostino, Lomuto, Tanturi, Donato, Rodriguez, Demare and Típica Victor. You will find all of those names on Youtube and Spotify. Want to know more about tango music? Visit www.todotango.com and www.poesiadegotan.com
*Where can beginning tango dancers start to practice in msterdam?
You can dance in Amsterdam on practically every night of the week! Some salons and prácticas (practise nights) are more suitable for beginners than others. However the list of those places changes regularly so check out: www.tangokalender.nl or www.torito.nl or visit any of the weekly salons or práctica.
Mi Lunes (salon) - Teatro Munganga, Schinkelhavenstraat 27hs
20:30-23:30 - €12 - every other week with live music
Los Locos (práctica) - Bilderdijkpark 12a
19:30-21:00 – free until 21:00, after that salon - €5
Academia de Tango (práctica) - Spuistraat 239B
22:00-0:00 - €3
De Plantage (práctica) - Plantage Muidergracht 155
22:15-00:15 - free
Thursday Tango a/h IJ - Puerta Pata Negra, Oostelijke Handelskade 999
20:00-01:00 - €5
Academia de Tango, Milonga Mala Junta - Spuistraat 239B
22:00-01:00 - €8
De Plantage (salon) - Plantage Muidergracht 155
22:15-0:200 - €5
El Berretín - Borgerstraat 112
21:00-02:00 - €10
La Fenix - Amstelveenseweg 132
21:00-01:00 - €8 - every 4th Friday of the month
Tinta Roja (práctica) - Batjanstraat 68
18:00-20:00 – free contribution
Studio de Wit - Baarsjesweg 202
21:00-01:00 - €8 - every 3rd Saturday of the month
Most popular day for dancing in Amsterdam, also for many dancers living elsewhere. Most salons are monthly events often on great locations!
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