The Tango Challenge
This vision of this program is that people experience harmony with themselves, with others, and with the larger community as they learn to tango.
Through the course we cultivate the relationships that enable each participant to become fully absorbed in the tango learning process.
The program provides a container that supports local exploration of classes, lessons, and tango events. It does not replace local tango activities — it adds a supportive, complementary dimension.
We work in collaboration with local tango teachers, organizers, and peer-mentor dancers all over the country.
What You Will Learn
Able to connect with another dancer, with the music, and the space, to improvise a Tango in a public setting. Understanding of the basic techniques. Able to distinguish between kinds and styles of Tango.
Able to synchronize movement to music, identify basic properties of Tango music, and distinguish between important orchestras and among the sub-genres of tango, milonga, and vals music by ear. Able to articulate what kind of Tango music you resonate most with personally.
Track awareness of your inner state and evaluate its usefulness in supporting your Tango. Purposefully cultivate the personal qualities that support Tango dancing and practice, grounded in the traditional culture of Tango. Learn how to connect with yourself and with a partner.
Here is what is involved:
Read and reflect on content you receive weekly and engage in explorations related to music, culture, connection, dance
Attend your weekly check-in (1 hour, scheduled to be convenient for all cohort members)
Attend at least 2 group classes in your community each week
Attend 1-2 practicas in your community every week
Be on time and prepared for your 15-minute Mini-Lesson with your teacher at practica
Be on time and prepared for your 15-minute practice time with your buddy at practica
Final recital opportunity at a local event
What You Get
A cohort. You will be part of a cohort of people who are also learning tango and are here to support one another's individual journeys.
A facilitator: Your cohort will be matched to an seasoned facilitator to provide context and share a wider, deeper perspective on tango and learning.
A buddy: You will be paired with an experienced tango dancer from your local community who will practice with you a little each week and support your explorations.
A teacher, and a 15-minute mini-lesson: You will be matched to an expert, professional teacher in your community, who will give you a brief lesson every week
A curriculum: You will receive detailed, substantive content every week relating to subtle and very important dimensions of the tango experience, along with explorations so you can deepen your understanding. These include:
- Practices on how to work with music and video
- Curated playlists of great tango music to explore
- Curated video lists of dancing to watch
- Personal practices to support connecting with self and others
- Material on history and culture that affects our tango
- Details on etiquette along with context for why we use it
A recital: You will have the opportunity to perform with a partner from the community in a public recital. We will support you in the process of finding a partner comfortably.
Tuition and Materials
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Challenge Tuition, covering the curriculum team experience, community support, mini-lessons, and graduation is around $200/month, plus an enrollment fee of $100.
You'll also need an membership or the equivalent to cover 1-2 local group classes and 1 practica each week. This can be around $100-$150/month.
A pair of appropriate shoes for Tango dancing that you get before the course begins
An internet-enabled computer and an ability to listen to digital music
Required course materials including music and books we recommend, up to $55