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  Teachers Weekday Time (pm)  Location  Start End 
Tango Musicality All Levels   Adam  Tuesday 7:00 - 8:15  36-156   07/18 07/25 
Vals and Milonga Musicality All Levels   Adam Tuesday   8:30 - 9:45 36-156   07/18  07/25
How to Get There From Here P&S Wednesday   7:00 - 8:15 36-156 07/26 08/23
Figures with the Free Leg P&S Wednesday 8:30 - 9:45 36-156 07/26 08/23
 Fundamentals II* P&S Thursday 7:00 - 8:15  36-156  07/27 08/24
Fundamentals I* P&S Thursday  8:30 - 9:45  36-156   07/27 08/24
Next Level Tango Bootcamp All Levels  Adam  Thursday   7:00 - 8:15 66-168   07/20  07/27 
 Suspension Int+ Adam Thursday  8:30 - 9:45  66-168  07/20  07/27 

*P&S summer special:Take a second class for 1/3 off the regular price.

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

UPCOMING CLASSES FROM VISITING INSTRUCTORS
Course name  Teachers Weekday Time (pm)  Location  Start End 
Mastering the Basics  Veronica  Thursday 7:00 - 8:15  66-168  08/03 08/31 
Composition  Veronica Thursday  8:30 - 9:45 66-168   08/0308/31
Wait Wait, Let's Go Anna Tuesday   7:00 - 8:15 36-156 08/15 08/15
The Cool Kids Chacarera Anna Tuesday 8:30 - 9:45 36-156 08/15 08/15
Old School Milonga Anna Tuesday 7:00 - 8:15  36-156  08/22 08/22
Vals, 2, 3! Anna Tuesday 8:30 - 9:45  36-156   08/22 08/22

CLASSES DESCRIPTIONS

Tuesday

Tango Musicality All Levels, 7/18 & 7/25 (7-8:15) - Teacher: Adam. In these two classes we will discover how to move to different tango music with your partner. How to express the music and what makes a "musical" leader and follower.

 Vals and Milonga Musicality All Levels, 7/18 & 7/25 (8:30 - 9:45) - Teacher: Adam. On the 18th we will look into vals musicality and how it differs from Tango. How can we express that difference in our bodies and our dance. On the 25th we will explore milonga musicality. You will learn how to hear the different rhythms in milonga and how to express that as a leader and follower.

Wait Wait, Let's Go, 08/15 (7:00-8:15) - Teacher: Anna. Class is about communicating with your partner so each step you take together feels like butter.

The Cool Kids Chacarera, 08/15 (8:30-9:45) - Teacher: Anna. Learn to dance the Chacarera, an Argentine folk dance, so you can join the ranks of the dancers who are in-the-know. It's fun!

Old School Milonga, 08/22 (7:00 - 8:15) - Teacher: Anna. Class is focused on the basic old school Milonga Lisa step, with a touch of traspie.
 
Vals, 2, 3! 08/22 (8:30 - 9:45) - Teacher: Anna Practice dancing to different steps and learn when to use the 2 versus the 3!

Wednesday

How to Get There from Here (7:00 - 8:15 pm) - Teachers: Pamela & Steve
In this class you’ll learn how to create a fluid, musically connected dance with your partner. Followers will improve following skills and enrich self expression. Leaders will learn to improvise beyond just moving from figure to figure. 

Figures With the Free Leg (8:30 - 9:45 pm) - Teachers: Pamela & Steve
Come join us to liberate your legs and learn how to lead figures that take advantage of the follower's free leg to create beautiful, flowing boleos, wraps, ganchos and volcadas. 


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.

 Next Level Tango Bootcamp All Levels, 7/20 & 7/27 (7:00 - 8:15 pm) - Teacher: Adam.  In these two classes we will work on drills alone and with a partner to discover the body dynamics in tango and why/how it all works. We will focus on your body positioning and technique through routine moves. These are classes we all need as dancers to take out our bad habits. Come with your bad habit questions!

 Suspension Int+, 7/20 & 7/27 (7:00 - 8:15 pm) - Teacher: Adam. We will work on inward and outward suspension. This class will focus on using time and slowing the dance down through suspended moments.

Mastering the Basics (7:00 - 8:15)  - Beginners / All Levels - Teacher: Veronica. In this class our aim is to get you feeling comfortable dancing at a milonga (tango social dance party). We will cover the roles of lead and follow, basic figures and musical timing, fundamental movement technique, navigation and the embrace. Ideal for those who’ve never danced tango as well as experienced dancers who want to master the basics.

Composition (8:30 - 9:45) - Special Topics / Intermediate - Teacher: Veronica. In this class our aim is to take your dance from comfortable to exciting and expressive! We’ll explore various concepts in composition such as timing, contrast, intensity, repetition, energy, emotion, space and more. Ideal for those with at least some experience of leading/following basic figures as well as advanced dancers looking to spice up their dance.

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.