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Spring Tango Bootcamp 2018

Beginning Tango Bootcamp

February 10-11, 2018 in Cambridge, MA
Location: Lobdell Dining Hall - W20-208
Ever wanted to learn tango? This is your chance! 
Maybe we cannot teach you everything there is to learn about Argentine tango in two days, but we will certainly teach you the essentials, and definitely have fun! 

The MIT Tango Bootcamp is an intensive two days introduction to Argentine tango designed to get you from no dancing to tango in two quick days. You will learn tango in a comfortable, relaxed, and open environment and have a lot of fun!

No dance partner or experience needed: just a willingness to try new things. Space is limited. Bootcamps have been wildly popular in the past so be sure to sign up now!
 Saturday, February 10th

 Sunday, February 11th
Location: W20-208
1:30-3:00pm Workshop I 
1:30-3:00pm Workshop III
(snacks and drinks provided)
3:00-3:30pm Break
(snacks and drinks provided)
3:30-5:00pm Workshop II3:30-5:00pm Workshop IV 

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

Cost and Registration 

Until February 10th

MIT students: $20 per person for the entire weekend

MIT post-docs/staff: $30 per person for the entire weekend

non-MIT Students: $30 per person for the entire weekend

General public: $60 per person for the entire weekend

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 

Tilly (Tilia Kimm)

Our MIT Tango Club champion teacher!

Tilly took her first tango steps at an IAP course while an undergraduate at MIT. 
She became increasingly serious about tango during her doctoral training at Harvard, and has been teaching tango professionally since defending her Ph.D. 
Tilly teaches at workshops and festivals throughout the US and internationally, and in 2016 won the title of USA Argentine Tango Champion.

El Chino (Marcelo Gutierrez)

Extraordinarily coming all the way from Buenos Aires!

El Chino started studying tango in 1998. He studied dance and choreography at IUNA (Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte – Buenos Aires) where he received professional training in choreography, Russian and French classical dance, modern dance, jazz and yoga. 
For the past 10 years he has worked on developing and perfecting the teaching system he has become so well known and respected for; a system focusing on stability, groundedness, comfort, natural body movement, core leading, organic leading and following..etc. Just a few classes with him can drastically improve your dancing and change your entire outlook of tango.

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 is a good idea to help you improve your dance. But if you are uncomfortable changing partners we will understand and let you 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 students 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.