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Tango Bootcamp September 2017 details

Beginning Tango Bootcamp

September 9-10, 2017 in Cambridge, MA
Location: W20-491 and W16-30
Ok, so maybe we cannot teach you EVERYTHING there is to learn about Argentine tango in two days, but for starters we will certainly teach you the basics, and definitely have fun! Come learn tango in a comfortable, relaxed, and open environment! Experience two days of fun, dancing, and snacks. No dance partner or experience needed: just a willingness to try new things. Space is limited. The bootcamps have been wildly popular in the past so be sure to sign up now. 
  Saturday, September 9th

 Sunday, September 10th
Location: W16-30
1:30-3:00pm  Workshop I 
1:30-3:00pm  Workshop III
3:00-3:30pm Break
(snacks and drinks provided)
3:00-3:30pm  Break
(snacks and drinks provided)
3:30-5:00pm  Workshop II 3:30-5:00pm  Workshop IV 

5:00-5:30pm  Practica
(snacks and drinks provided)

Cost and Registration 

Until September 1st

MIT Students/grad students and partners: $30 per person for the entire weekend

MIT post-docs/staff and partners: $40 per person for the entire weekend

non-MIT Students: $40

General public: $60

Registration: TANGO BOOTCAMP 
Note that at this point we are not planning to have "at the door" prices as we expect the workshop to be be full. 

About Argentine Tango

   Argentine Tango is a partnered social dance. Connection with your partner and movement together to the music is emphasized over flashy moves. The partners dance for each other and not for anyone else: there are no judges watching. Generally, one person in the couple leads (this person is called “the leader”), while the other one (the “follower”) follows. 
   For some more basic information on Argentine Tango, we recommend the Wikipedia entry on Argentine Tango. We also like Clay Nelson's piece on tango competitions. Argentine Tango, as promoted by the MIT Argentine Tango club, is mainly a social dance, with emphasis on leading and following, improvisation, and musicality. To us, a comfortable embrace with your partner and a nice feeling is more important than complicated steps (especially if they do not feel good!).  

About the Instructors 

Pamela & Steve (

Pamela and Steve Slavsky live in the Boston area where they have been teaching Argentine tango since 2006. They have been dancing tango together since 2000 as part of the local community and travel frequently to festivals and to visit other communities. They teach to promote tango’s unique charms as a social dance, emphasizing natural movement, connection, and musicality. Their goal is to give students a foundation of skills rooted in traditional technique from which they can grow into versatile and curious social dancers. They continue to study dance and related topics for their own enjoyment and to improve their teaching. Pamela also teaches the Alexander Technique and has taught social dance for over a decade. Steve is a tango DJ. They both enjoy long walks with their dog.

Important Info 

Note on Partners
We will be rotating partners often, though you will get to practice with whoever you want, and you will spend a bit more time in class with your partner than with strangers. We think partner rotation this is a good idea to help you improve your dance; however, having said that if you are uncomfortable changing partners we will understand if you want to skip partner changes. However, we really prefer that you DO change partners, since we are all trying to work together to get better.

Replies to Frequently Asked Questions
- No partner is necessary. 
- Wear comfortable clothing. 
- Footwear: wear shoes with leather or suede soles (or skip the shoes and wear fuzzy socks) so you can pivot. Make sure the shoes stay on your feet easily (no mules or slingbacks) so that you can walk backwards. 
Why Do We Sometimes Restrict Registration to MIT Students/Affiliates

We are a volunteer student club, and we are supported only as such. Our primary constituency are MIT students. Without student support we cannot exist. Therefore we need to support student dancers first and foremost.