What

my philosophy

“Life is a milonga and you’ve got to know how to dance…”
Rodolfo Sciammarella (Life is a Milonga, 1941)

We have never been so “connected.” Friends share their vacation photos while they are still hiking up mountains. We read about their meal before it is digested. We are familiar with the daily minutiae of hundreds of friends of friends of friends.

But the type of connection that nourishes your soul is increasingly rare. Maybe that’s why tango has become so popular around the world. The essence of tango is connection, on every possible level. Starting with a caring, containing embrace, tango is a soulful exchange between partners, in synch with music, in synch with ourselves. It allows two strangers, who may not share a common language, to share an intense, deeply satisfying conversation.

Tango is also a laboratory, where we experiment on, reveal, and discover ourselves. The teachings of tango can truly change our lives off the dance floor. As your tango coach, I will help you learn to let go and to set limits, to listen to your body and to listen to others, to be patient and alert, to feel secure and confident. It is impossible to dance tango – to dance honest tango – and not be changed by the experience.

It is my greatest pleasure to help others reach that destination.

my services

  1. New Tango Dancer Learning Experiences

If you are new to tango and want to learn the authentic tango danced by porteños at milongas, I offer private lessons that are tailored to the needs of the student.

New tango dancers can choose from any one of the following learning experiences:

  • If you are primarily interested in developing your technique as a tango dancer, we will focus on maximizing the efficiency of your movements, improving the connection with your partner and enriching your connection with the music. A focus on technique will improve your skill and comfort as a dancer so you can enjoy yourself at the milonga.
  • Technique + Tango History/Culture. In addition to learning the basic technical elements of tango, this learning package will also provide you with the social context that led to the birth and rise of tango in Buenos Aires. This will expand your knowledge about the history of the city so you can better appreciate the culture and enjoy your time here.
  • Technique + Tango as Metaphor for Life. In addition to the technical aspects of tango, this learning experience will also explore the various ways tango can be a powerful tool to help you re-examine and improve on issues like self-expression, confidence, assertiveness, boundary setting and trust.

Previous dance experience of any kind is not required. My teaching approach is a balance of clear, detailed instruction, encouragement and fun that is guaranteed to put you at ease.

You can book lessons that are 1, 1.5 or 2 hours long. While one hour is enough to learn the technical points, some students prefer to extend the lessons to 1.5 or 2 hours to have more practice and make faster progress.

The pricing for your Tango Learning Experience will be based on the number and length of your lessons.

  1. Current Tango Dancer Learning Experiences

If you are currently dancing tango and wish to improve your technique so you’re more effective, relaxed and confident on the dance floor with a wider range of partners and better able express your own tango style, or you wish to become an instructor, I offer private lessons designed to take your tango to the next level.

Together we will create a development plan that will allow you to learn all the technical points you need to achieve your tango goals. Each lesson will be designed to help you move towards those goals. We will also explore the structure of the music that will enable you to expand your own creativity and expression while dancing.

We can also include practice sessions at milongas to apply what you’ve learned to the reality of the dance floor.

You can book lessons that are 1, 1.5 or 2 hours long. While one hour is enough to learn the technical points, some students prefer to extend the lessons to 1.5 or 2 hours to have more practice and make faster progress.

The pricing for your Tango Learning Experience will be based on the number and length of your lessons.

  1. Non-Dancing Visitors: A Cultural Tango Experience

If you are curious about history, culture and music of tango and why it’s such an important part of Buenos Aires, but you’re not interested in learning how to dance tango, I offer cultural experience packages that include a guided tour to a traditional milonga.

The pricing for your Cultural Tango Experience will be discussed and finalized based on the milonga we visit together.

If you’re ready to book your Tango Learning Experience or if you have any questions before you do, please contact me at tango@alejandropuerta.com.