Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a partner? No.  Many people come on their own to dancing.  Eventually everyone gets to know each other.  The group is very friendly and soon you will forget you came on your own.  We change partners throughout the lesson so everyone gets to dance and to talk to each other.  This also gives students the opportunity to learn to lead and follow rather than learning a set routine with one partner.  Of course, some do come as couples and wish to dance together, please talk to Lucy before the class starts if you wish to stay with the same partner so that this can be planned into the class. What do I wear? Whatever you are comfortable in.  There is no set dress code.  Some people wear casual, some more formal.  However it is important to wear suitable shoes.  You do not need to have dance shoes, although if you attend regularly you may wish to buy them.  You must be able to pivot on the floor in your shoes, so anything that sticks on a wooden floor such as trainers are not recommended.  Shoes should also be reasonably suppotive so flip flops, mules or court shoes are also not recommended.  Do I need to book on to the class before I attend? No.  Just turn up.  The beginners class is structured in such a way that any level of dancer can join in.  The beginners class is not just for beginners, it concentrates on tango technique which the more experienced dancers will appreciate is very important to keep practising. What if I have never danced before? This is no problem.  Everyone is welcome whatever your ability.  Anyone can learn to dance it is just a matter of how interested you are in learning. How long will it take me to learn tango? This is difficult to answer as Tango is an ongoing learning process, even the best dancers in the world continue to learn new things.  However, if you want to know how long it will take to get around the dance floor with a reasonable amount of confidence within a social setting, then this can be achieved within a couple of months.  To become more advanced can take anything from 2 years upwards. What type of tango do you teach? We do not teach demonstration tango or ballroom tango.  If you wish to learn tango to go on stage or do demonstrations then you will need to go to a specialist teacher in this field.  If you wish to learn ballroom tango you are best to contact a ballroom dancing school as ballroom tango is completely different to Argentine Tango.  At Strictly Tango you will learn how to dance Argentine Tango in a social setting adapting to different styles.  It is particularly important for followers to learn different styles so that they can adapt to different partners at social dances.  Leaders should also try different styles so that they have the knowledge to decide how they prefer to dance. What type of tango music do you play? At Strictly Tango we play mainly traditional music with a hint of alternative.  However, we have various guest djs many of whom only play traditional.  Please either ask at class or check each event on facebook if you want to know which DJ will be playing.

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1. Attend classes regularly. There will be the odd time when you cannot make your class for whatever reason but if you conciously prioritise your regular class you will progress more quickly. 2. Enjoy the journey! There is always something to learn, this is part of the tango journey. Set yourself mini goals. Don’t set yourself the idea that there is an end. Learn to accept the enjoyment of continual progression. 3. Experience different teachers. Go to as many classes, workshops, festivals etc as your time and budget will allow. You can learn something from everyone. Different teachers have different styles and ideas, you can only develop your own style through different experiences. 4. Practice, practice, practice.  This is the most important thing. Practice at home, in the supermarket, down the street.  Practice as a couple or on your own. You don’t need a partner to practice walking, foot placement, balance, axis, pivots, etc etc etc.  If you don’t know how to practice on your own, ask your teacher for help. If there is a regular practica in your area, go to it and use the time effectively.  Go with a plan in mind of what you would like to achieve and put it into practice!   5. Join facebook!  The tango world operates on facebook.  Some people understandably don’t like facebook but it is worth knowing that there are lots of tango groups on there advertising workshops, milongas and classes.  If you are worried about security, ask others who use facebook how to to use it safely. People also post lots of useful information on etiquette and their tango experiences on facebook.  If you are not on it you could be missing out! 6. Talk to others about their experiences.  Ask them about their tango journey and learn from them. 7. Finally - Go to Milongas!! If you are experienced this is obvious - there is no point going to classes if you don’t go out and dance - that is the whole purpose of learning tango! If you are new to tango, go to milongas even if you are not yet confident to dance. Milongas are a social event where people chat, listen to music aswell as dance. You will meet new people there or get to talk to more experienced dancers from your class.  Don’t expect to dance with everyone or you will fail.  For a more advanced dancer to dance a whole tanda* with you can often be very physically demanding.  Go with the attitude of learning about how the milonga operates, maybe having one dance per tanda, socialise and gain more experience. *Tanda - Group of 3-5 songs, usually by the same composer, typically experienced dancers will dance the entire tanda with the same partner.  More information on etiquette is available at my etiquette classes or please ask for a copy of my tango etiquette paper.
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