New to Tango

WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED TANGO?
What's your idea of Tango? Is it a dramatic couple with slicked-back hair marching across the floor, a red rose clenched between someone's teeth? Don't worry, you're not the only one. And, luckily, we don't do that. Tango may seem intimidating, but once you give it a try, you may be hooked for life.

It is a partner social dance, and you can dance tango to just about any kind of music. In our classes, practicas, and milongas (the term for a formal dance), we encourage and promote a community of dancers who are willing to learn and improve constantly. There are no tests or internationally recognized standards. There is a pleasant amount of variation within tango because each dance is like a new conversation between the dancers and the music. We use traditional tango music as well as everyday radio type of music. Ever imagine dancing to Goyte's 'Somebody That I Used to Know'? Yep, we do that, too.

DO I NEED TO SIGN UP IN ADVANCE?
We do not limit admittance to the classes. Occasionally we will limit the number to maintain gender balance or to elevate the concentration of the student-teacher ratio for important topics or series. That information will always be available on the website or the Facebook page. If you are in doubt, just show up and we'll always get you what you need.

DO I NEED A PARTNER?
No, you don't need a partner to participate in Tango Montana classes. While practicing moves in the class, we ask students to periodically rotate or exchange partners, improving the overall experience and varieties of learning for everyone. But you are welcome to bring a friend... or several friends.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
If you really want to come in a Flamenco-style dress with a thigh slit to make your grandma blush or a billowy white shirt mostly unbuttoned to display your best South American-style hairy manliness, you are welcome to it. You are also welcome to just come as you are. Wear clothes that you are comfortable moving in. If you are going to really practice, wear lighter clothing or layers in case you need to get your sweat on.

WHAT SHOES DO I NEED?
Tango involves a fair bit of pivoting on the ball of your foot. A leather or suede sole works best, but other shoes can work just as well. Try to wear shoes that have a small footprint, which will help you be more precise in your steps (and lower the risk of accidentally stepping on someone else's shoes). Some leaders wear Pumas. Some followers like to wear high heels, but only do so if the sole is flexible. Platform shoes will make movements more difficult, but ballet slippers will give you a good start. Again, comfort is key, so feel free to just wear socks if you don't have dancing shoes just yet. Other dancers in the class or the instructors can recommend brands or types of shoes, if you are interested.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO LEARN?
Tango is kind of like yoga or fly fishing... you never stop learning. A great feature of this dance is that a basic vocabulary of moves can produce lovely, solid dances every time. More complex moves add variety, and polishing movements and new combinations makes the dance always new. Take a series class on Wednesdays and learn moves that build on each other. Practice your moves and get a free lesson on Sundays at the Emerson. You can even take private lessons with the instructors. You can learn as much as you want!

HOW DO I STAY CONNECTED?
Join our email list for emails notifying you of classes and practica times. We do not share your email address with anyone else because that's annoying, and we won't send you loads of emails every week with pointless information because that is also annoying. You can 'Like' our Facebook page at facebook.com/TangoMontana for easy news feed updates and tango community connections.