Our vision is a joyful and co-creative experience of peace throughout the world, symbolized by the tango embrace.
To do this, we foster an ecosystem of resources to support a great experience for those who help beginners learn tango.
Our aims are:
To help tango organizers access and utilize resources, innovations, and peer support
To help communities offer their own versions of the Tango Challenge program tailored to their unique context
To develop and test tools that help organizers more easily facilitate community engagement
To co-create systems that measurably increase the number of people interested in learning tango
To provide experienced dancers with the confidence and skills to help beginners learn through our Tango Buddy program
To guide and mentor campus club organizers through out Tango On Campus program
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.