- What is the difference between a milonga, practica and practilonga?
A milonga is an event where you dance tango, have a drink and socialize with friends. At a milonga you cannot teach or give instruction on the dance floor, regardless of the level of your partner. We are all there to celebrate tango the way we know it, without worrying about what we don't know.
A practica is the time outside of class where you can actively practice, polish and discuss with partners what you have learned during classes. Some practicas are guided with instructors available to help you.
- Do I need a partner to take classes or attend practicas and milongas?
Absolutley not. While some people bring a partner, Argentine tango is a social dance and usually is danced with a variety of people. During classes I typically ask students to rotate because, in my opinion, this is the best way to learn tango. This way leaders will experience working with variety of followers (which makes them more flexible and skilled), and followers will be exposed to different styles of leading. If you come with a partner and would not like to rotate, please let me know before classes.
-What should I wear?
For classes and practicas, dress comfortably and casually in loose fitting clothes that do not restrict movement. Wear shoes with flexible soles that is also allow you to pivot (flats, indoor sneakers, dance shoes with leather sole, socks). No boots please.
The dress code varies from milonga to milonga. Some milongas are more formal and dressy, others more casual. They key is to dress comfortably and elegantly in accordance with your own style.
- How long will it take to learn Argentine Tango?
The pace at which people learn Argentine tango differs greatly and is influenced by their level of dedication and commitment. Achieving a basic competence in dancing tango can take anywhere from several months to a year of just consistently taking weekly classes. For many people, once they have reached the level of basic competency, they find a continued opportunity to refine and develop their dancing skills through private lessons. I personally think that Argentine Tango offers a lifetime of learning, even after formal instruction has ended.
- Should I take private lessons?
From my own experience, even though I was taking weekly group classes and going to practicas/milongas, I did not really start to improve until I started taking private lessons. There are a number of things private lessons can offer you; focusing on what you want at your own pace, polishing the material you have learned in group classes and workshops, individual work on your technique and quality of the movement and unlearning any bad habits you might have picked up.