Classes

The MIT Tango Club offers several tango classes spanning beginner, intermediate and advanced levels currently provided by our two resident teaching couples: Steve & Pamela Slavsky (P&S) as well as Adam Cornett & Tilia Kimm (A&T). No partner needed!

CURRENT CLASSES
Course name TeachersWeekdayTime (pm) Location StartEnd 
Solo technique for followers and leadersA&TTuesday7:00 - 8:15 36-156 (F)
36-153 (L)
05/09 06/06 
Rhythmic figures for close embrace A&TTuesday 8:30 - 9:45 36-156  05/09  06/06  
Tango Footplay for Everyone P&SWednesday   7:00 - 8:1536-15605/0305/31
Close Embrace: Freedom and Connection P&SWednesday 8:30-9:45 36-15605/0305/31 
Fundamentals II: Making it DanceP&SThursday  7:00 - 8:1536-15605/04 06/01
Fundamentals I: The Building BlocksP&SThursday 8:30-9:45   36-156  05/0406/01 
BoleosA&T Thursday7:00 - 8:15  66-168 05/04  06/01 
Preparing for competitionA&T Thursday 8:30-9:45    66-168 05/04 06/01  

PRICES FOR 5 CLASSES (75 MIN EACH)

$30 for MIT students
$45 for MIT staff/faculty/affiliates/alumni 
$45 for non-MIT students 
$60 for general public 

CURRENT CLASSES DESCRIPTIONS

Tuesday

Solo technique for followers and leaders (7:00 - 8.15 pm) - Teachers: Adam & Tilly
Come work on your technique! We'll do stretching and strengthening exercises, drills, and embellishments. Classes for followers and leaders will be separate so that dancers of each role can focus on the elements that they need most.

Rhythmic figures for close embrace (8:30 - 9:45) - Teachers: Adam & Tilly. This class will focus on hearing different rhythmic elements in the music and letting them shape your dance. This will be a workout for your ears and brain!

Wednesday

Tango Footplay for Everyone (7:00 - 8:15 pm) - Teachers: Pamela & Steve
Paradas, pasadas, barridas, embellishments, sandwiches, these are just some of the ways that leader and follower conspire to create playful opportunities to flirt and embellish. Come learn the ingredients that make them available almost anywhere in your dance!


Close Embrace: Freedom and Connection (8:30 - 9:45 pm) - Teachers: Pamela & Steve
Closer means more connection and a new level of communication. Less space between partner can translate into more space for creativity and expression. In this class you’ll learn how to dance tango in close embrace and find refreshing possibilities for familiar material and new technique.


Thursday
 
FUNDAMENTALS  I & II  - Teachers: Pamela & Steve
These two series cover the basic skills, concepts, and figures that form the foundation for dancing tango socially, then go on to teach students how to use them to create the dance. From the start, students will be dancing together so that skills grow to enhance the connection between partners and to the music. Brand new students will start with Fundamentals I.

 

Fundamentals I: The Building Blocks (8:30 - 9:45 pm) These beginner level classes will introduce students to the foundation ingredients of Argentine tango.  It is intended to be taken at least twice in order to build skills and understanding and is guaranteed to feel fresh every time! As skills improve, deeper layers of the dance will become accessible and students will be continually challenged and rewarded by reaching new goals. 

 

Fundamentals II: Making it Dance (7:00 - 8:15 pm) These classes will take students from beginner to intermediate level dancers able to improvise together with a partner and navigate the social dance setting.  It is a flexible format meant to be taken for as many sessions that meet the goals and learning style of the student. Content varies to keep students attending on any given night engaged and progressing and is drawn from a broad range of material and technique universally useful on the tango dance floor.

 

Prerequisites for Fundamentals II: Two beginning tango classes or equivalent.

Boleos (7:00 - 8:15 pm) - Teachers: Adam & Tilly 
We will explore different types of boleos for both followers and leaders(!): different styles, why they work (or don't), combinations with other moves, and how to be socially considerate with them.

Preparing for competition (8:30 - 9:45 pm) Teachers: Adam & Tilly 
Tango competitions are becoming more and more popular, with one in Boston coming up in June. This class will help you polish your tango aesthetics both generally and with a specific emphasis on competition prep. We'll also cover competition logistics, training strategies, and any other topics students want to discuss!

DETAILS

Unless otherwise indicated, no partner is required for taking tango classes at MIT (occasionally, partnered seminar courses have been offered in the past at an advanced level), but you are of course free to take classes with a partner if that is what you want.