About The Tango Challenge
Our vision is world peace, one embrace at the time. We know it truly takes a village to create a Tango dancer, and we aim to support communities, organizers, and dancers who want to help beginners learn.
Our aim is for people to experience harmony with themselves, with others, and with the larger community as they learn tango.
Our projects include:
Helping tango organizers access and utilize resources, innovations, and peer support
Helping communities offer their own versions of the Tango Challenge program tailored to their unique context
Developing ways to help organizers more easily facilitate community engagement, especially on college campuses
To provide experienced dancers with the confidence and skills to help beginners learn
Why Argentine Tango?
Over a hundred years ago, Argentine tango emerged and brought humanity a new approach for learning and community. During the Tango's Golden Age in the 1940s, Buenos Aires enjoyed a blossoming of connectedness at the level of the micro-local community. The neighborhood tango club movement was intergenerational, interracial, interclass, and founded upon profound respect for women and for the powerful feminine in all of us. Men helped each other grow through peer-learning clubs that fostered camaraderie and support through practicing embodied leadership based on "following the follower." We seek to bring the legacy of tango's spirit into a 21st century learning paradigm.
About Mitra Martin
Mitra Martin is the steward of the Tango Challenge. Mitra’s life changed when she discovered a whole new paradigm of interdependence in improvised, community-based Argentine Tango while on a business trip to Buenos Aires in 1998. Mitra co-founded Oxygen Tango with Stefan Fabry in 2009. Her focus is developing an interconnected community learning experience, and facilitating conversation around excellence in Tango as a portal to personal and social transformation.
The Tango Challenge was developed with contributions by Stefan Fabry and the teachers and dancers at Oxygen Tango 2009-2018, and continues to evolve with contributions from local facilitators.