Our Tips And Advice To Start Dancing The Tango, Enjoy It And Becoming A Good Tango Dancer

learning the tango

In Buenos Aires, tango is everywhere, from porteños dancing out on the streets to local dance halls (milongas) and theatres where rabid fans dance to the beat of the tango until the sun comes up.

It would be a real shame to leave the beautiful city without attempting the national dance. However, like anything in life that we try, learning how to tango well does require plenty of patience and practice.

We have put together our tips on how to enjoy the great dance of Tango:

How Do You Become A Realy Good Tango Dancer?

First of all, you need to really love tango dancing.

There isn’t any other way to do it if you don’t love to dance, then you just won’t have the passion to dance well.

Having a passion for dance and especially Tango you are going to feel it a whole lot more, and it will definitely show.

Also, you need to find your genuine way to dance without any stereotypes, and for the artist, it is a real challenge. Many professional dancers are really skilled both musically and technically but in a mechanical way.

At times there is a certain style of dancing that is fashionable, and numerous dancers will exhaust themselves trying to do it. However, those are not real artists.

All real artists are familiar with the rules of dance and are able to dominate them as well as the techniques, and experiment to discover their own way as well.

Finally, you need to practice incessantly and work hard. It is like all aspects of life, there is nothing that comes free when it comes to tango.

Tips Somebody Trying To Learn How To Dance The Tango For The Very First Time?

First, enjoy yourself. Don’t let other people influence you too much and don’t over think things too much. It is important for you to follow your own intuition since tango is a very intuitive dance.

You will get very frustrated and if you don’t enjoy every step and moment you could end up making a fool of yourself, but don’t let that stop you. Work very hard since tango is a lifelong gift. Give it a try.

Second, book up a number of dance classes with a well established Tango school or look for a teacher that, most importantly, really inspires you. Somebody who motivates you and who you like, even if it isn’t someone who is a famous dance and is unknown.

The student-teacher relationship is really important. If you aren’t convinced and feel you aren’t on the same page then look for another teacher.

Don’t give up on your dancing just because you didn’t connect well. Give it another chance since it is definitely worth the effort.

To Learn the Tango, Do You Need To Have Previous Dance Experience?

No, not all. Many of the leading tango dancers have never danced anything other than tango.

Certain techniques used with other dances might be useful, but you do need to be careful since they may be counterproductive.

Tango has its very own language, and its training will vary based on the individual teacher. Almost anybody can learn how to dance the tango because tango is the type of dance that adapts to each dancer. It isn’t a rigid structure.

What is really great about tango is this: it changes, evolves, and adapts itself to the people who are dancing it. The dance adopts to the changes in society and people. It has its very own logic and form, and at times it doesn’t have anything to do with other types of dances. If you are able to walk and embrace, then you can dance the tango.

How Is Tango Dancing Different For Women And For Men? Are There Roles Very Different?

In tango, there are two really different roles (follower and leader) that may be taken by women and men.

Traditionally, the man has taken the role of leader while the woman has taken the follower role. Fortunately, this is changing, and that is opening up a number of new perspectives of tango.

Just remember, in tango, there is no distinction between women and men.

Advice For Someone Going To A Tango Dance Night For The Very First Time?

Try to get the maximum out of your experience. It really doesn’t matter if you don’t want to dance the first couple of times that you attend, but make sure to watch the dancers around you and do your best to understand the way things work.

If you do dance, be sure it is with someone who makes you feel good.

Laugh if you make any mistakes. If you do crash into another dance, just apologise and don’t get too worried about it.

I highly encourage you to try tango and to feel all of the passion of the dance and enjoy the experience, and by all means, have fun

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Anyone can dance, kids love it, well, at least they jump around, but not everyone can dance well. If you want to learn how to dance check out tips to get you moving in the right direction.

Decide What Type Of Dance You’d Like To Learn

each dance has a different style and feel, such as tap dancing is quite a fast beat whereas ballet dancing is slower and more elegant with graceful moves, and hip-hop has more attitude and is edgier.

Go to YouTube and watch a few dance videos of different styles to understand the basic movement. There may be one type of dance or rhythm that suits your body’s natural movement. Check out a range of dance magazines or dance books as they may give you more technical advice on different dance styles.

If you get an opportunity to watch live professional dancers in action then definitely go. You don’t have to spend a fortune either, maybe there is a showing at your local dance school. It’s amazing how much of an understanding of each dance routine you’ll pick up watching a live performance.

Why not join your local dance class. Check out their introductory dance classes to give you a taster of all the different dances styles available. Some dance schools offer evening gatherings free of charge.

Dancing in Your Own Time

Once you have chosen your ideal dance style that you’d like to learn, any spare time you have, whether it’s at home or around a friend’s house, play some music and start moving.

Close your eyes and feel the music then start moving your body to the beat, and don’t be afraid that you look silly, everyone’s got to start somewhere.

Dance to the Next Level

once you’ve chosen your dance style and danced around the living room home, looked in the mirror and you now feel confident, the next stage is to join your local dance class and take it to the next level.

Going to your local dance class will enable you to dance with like-minded people at different levels to really help you accelerate your learning.

Set aside specific times to practice and continue dancing with friends, whether it’s at home or around their houses.

To get a better understanding of how well you’re progressing, get a friend to video you dancing using their mobile phone.

Accelerate Your Dancing With A Healthy Body

To get the best out of your dancing you need to be physically fit. You need to be able to consistently move, stretching your body without getting out of breath.

Eat healthy foods to improve your well-being such as fruit and vegetables, fish and meat to keep you active.

Drink loads of water to hydrate your body. While dancing you will lose fluids, therefore it’s so important to replenish all the fluids that your body loses.

To give you that dancing edge, do some additional exercise. Join a gym, do some light weight training or go for a jog.

It’s as easy as that….

I hope that has helped you with a few ideas to get you starting to dance. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.