We currently offer classes, practicas, and milongas in one or more locations
in Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.
ALL events are listed below in chronological order.
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Fardad Michael Serry & Lucia Ma

Classes are dense of information and accessible to everyone, guaranteed to engage the mind as actively as the body. They challenge some popular technique and lead-response concepts, and offer clearly-reasoned alternatives. All material taught is immediately useful for social dancing at a Milonga.

Since 2003 we have taught hundreds of social dancers by emphasizing the things we can articulate unambiguously and teach effectively, leaving out vague and subjective concepts like passion and romance and love. This approach avoids disillusionment, hastens progress, and, we have found, enhances the enjoyment of the dance.

We dance for the love of music and the joy of it !


The music does not love you back, but dancing well to music demands attention to fundamental technique rooted in the structure.
This structure is NOT associated with a style: "Salon", "Nuevo", "Milonguero", etc.

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Sunday 7 Feb. in LA.
19320 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91356.
("LA Star Dance Studio" near US101 and Tampa St.)
with Fardad Michael Serry & Lucia Ma.

Punctuality is appreciated.

7-7:50pm Tango Fundamentals Class.

7:50pm-8:05pm Practica.
8:05pm-9:05pm Experienced Dancers Class (*)
This class is intensive, dense of material, and more than half of it is guided practice time.

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 Your first time in our classes? We strongly recommend taking our Fundamentals Class first.

Each Class and Practica $10 for first-time customers.
General Admission: One class & Practica $15. Two classes & Practica $25.

15%-discounted Continuity Package available. Email us for more information.

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Wednesday 10 Feb. in SB.
Parks & Recreation Department, Santa Barbara
Beginning 7:30pm/Intermediate 8:30pm Classes

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Saturday 13 Feb. in SB.
222 W. Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

$5 Discount on all Drop-in rates for first-time customers, out-of-town visitors, TangoTurns Members.

PLEASE NOTE ALTERED TIMES THIS SATURDAY ONLY

6-6:50pm Tango Fundamentals Syllabus Class
$35 for 4-week package, to be used over 6 weeks or less.
Drop-in $15.

6:50-8pm "Combinations in Closed Turns" Class
Drop-in $20.


Full-day program $30 Drop-in.


Also available:
15%-discounted Continuity Package.
50%-discounted Continuity Package (50% of Drop-in rates) for Full-time Students (with valid ID at our discretion.)

Email us for more information.

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Sunday 14 Feb. in LA.
19320 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91356.
("LA Star Dance Studio" near US101 and Tampa St.)
with Fardad Michael Serry & Lucia Ma.

Punctuality is appreciated.

7-7:50pm Tango Fundamentals Class.
7:50pm-8:05pm Practica.
8:05pm-9:05pm Experienced Dancers Class (*)
This class is intensive, dense of material, and more than half of it is guided practice time.

*
 Your first time in our classes? We strongly recommend taking the Fundamentals Class first.

Each Class and Practica $10 for first-time customers.
General Admission: One class & Practica $15. Two classes & Practica $25.

15%-discounted Continuity Package available. Email us for more information.

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Wednesday 17 Feb. in SB.
Parks & Recreation Department, Santa Barbara
Beginning 7:30pm/Intermediate 8:30pm Classes

click here for detail
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Saturday 20 Feb. in SB.
222 W. Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
$5 Discount on all Drop-in rates for first-time customers and out-of-town visitors.

 6:30-7:25pm Tango Fundamentals Syllabus Class.
$35 for 4-week package, to be used over 6 weeks or less.
Drop-in $15.

7:30-9pm "Combinations in Closed Turns" Class.

& 9-10pm Practica.
Drop-in $35.

Full-day program $40 Drop-in.


Also available:
15%-discounted Continuity Package.
50%-discounted Continuity Package (50% of Drop-in rates) for Full-time Students (with valid ID at our discretion.)
Email us for more information.


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Sunday 21 Feb. in LA.
19320 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91356.
("LA Star Dance Studio" near US101 and Tampa St.)
with Fardad Michael Serry.


Punctuality is appreciated.

7-7:50pm Tango Fundamentals Class.
7:50pm-8:05pm Practica.
8:05pm-9:05pm Experienced Dancers Class (*)
This class is intensive, dense of material, and more than half of it is guided practice time.

*
 Your first time in our classes? We strongly recommend taking our Fundamentals Class first.

Each Class and Practica $10 for first-time customers.
General Admission: One class & Practica $15. Two classes & Practica $25.

15%-discounted Continuity Package available. Email us for more information.




Coming up in April
19320 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91356.
("LA Star Dance Studio" near US101 and Tampa St.)

with Fardad Michael Serry & Lucia Ma.



From the Tango Turns Workshop Series:

"An Introduction to the Structure of Tango Rooted in System of Turns." 
7-9pm.
(Includes mid-session short break).
Two hours of dancing, examining the dance, learning and re-learning the dance in an intellectually solid approach you will get to keep FOREVER without memorizing anything!

9-10pm(+) Practica (with Q&A option).
Singles must email serry@tangoturns.com or call 805-637-8584.
(If you are single and want to participate, please contact us sooner rather than later.)


Our way of dancing tango is inspired by what is possible, and ALL that is possible, musically. It is defined by what we can do with the music, not by “rules” detailing the forbidden.

Between anarchic rebellion against tradition, and tediously perfecting frozen-in-time forms and expressions (yet again), lies a world of endless possibilities which, sadly, most tango dancers never get a chance to enjoy.

That world is accessible to everyone who chooses to engage the mind as actively as the body, to learn to dance tango. It is a marvelous world full of beauty, and, it offers immense intellectual satisfaction too.
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If the tango dance is a universe, we approach learning it similarly to learning astronomy, rather than astrology. Yet, we leave intact all freedom of choice for defining and refining one’s own (evolving) style and interpretation. And still, to the extent that it matters, the dance will be delightfully unambiguous and comprehensible to anyone who watches it for the music to come alive.

A two-way mirror reflects the structure of the music onto the structure of Argentine tango dance rooted in the system of turns, and vice-versa. Tango fireworks erupt when this connection is visible/audible in the dance. This reflection unambiguously defines a few crucial imperatives, and reveals limitless alternatives, for the movement in the dance.

One beautiful thing about it is that the imperatives are articulated clearly, in words that everyone can understand; not in the language of secrets, romance, and passion. Another beautiful thing is that the alternatives are deduced with great satisfaction, not just induced by imitating them one at a time. Those imperatives and alternatives in turn make clear a technique that is logical, reliable like a good friend when you need one, and free from dogma.

Ultimately, the music drives everything, and even amateur musicians know that music is NOT an entirely subjective human endeavor.

If you like to explore this wonderful world of tango dancing, please join us for a taste of it at our upcoming event in Los Angeles:

“A Structural Introduction to Dancing Argentine Tango Rooted in the System of Turns”.

Developed and refined continuously since 2005 by Fardad Michael Serry.

Please note: The Structure of Argentine Tango Rooted in the System of Turns is not a style of the dance, and is not associated with one particular style. It is NOT a theory; it is a way of understanding the dance. In the workshop you will dance more than 80% of the time, but not mindlessly duplicating one figure after another!

The level of the workshop is "Intelligent!" Everyone is welcome.

To learn more about this workshop please click here.

 


  


OUR MUSIC
The Music at Our Milonga          

Musical fads come and go.

We seek, find, and play the best of the finest living composers, bands, and orchestras of today, too; the age of the music is irrelevant.

But we are not alone in noticing that today you will hardly ever hear most of the once-popular new tunes that played at milongas just 5 years ago. On the other hand, almost everywhere, you will always hear some of the music that played at milongas as far back as 70 years ago.

Why is that?

Some art is timeless, and some art has a limited life time.

We play timeless pieces of music, old or new, but not music that's hip today yet sure to disappear in a few years. How can we tell the future? We don't have to; the music speaks for itself!

Troilo, Di Sarli, Pugliese, D'Arienzo, Fresedo, De Caro, Piazzolla, Biagi, De Angelis, Tanturi, Lomuto, Donato, D'Agostino, Of course having a seasoned DJ with a solid musical education and with knowledge of the orchestras, singers, and history of the tango music also helps.

We select each set carefully from our treasure trove of about 5000 (and growing) total tangos, milongas, and valses, and we repeatedly receive compliments form the most discriminating of tango listeners and dancers visiting us from all over the globe: musicians, tango professionals, seasoned milonga organizers, and equally important, from among our own tango dancers.


Come dance with us; we're waiting for you.




Who is a "Brave" Tango Dancer?

We borrowed this definition of "Brave" tango dancer from Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, the preeminent tango dancers of the world today.
They say the "Brave" tango dancer is the one who is ready to stand up to the tango in its entirety.

We like to add this: The brave tango dancer is the dancer whose desire to learn more of the dance is always superior to his or her ego. The one who knows, beyond giving lip-service to the fact, that the tango is infinite and that the dancer will never be. The moment a dancer's ego becomes stronger than his or her desire to learn more of the tango, the tango itself starts reciprocating this change in attitude, and progress becomes hampered if not reversed.

"Brave" Beginners:
ALWAYS some of the material in a "Tango for the Brave" class is readily accessible to "Brave" beginners. Much of it is challenging for beginners, but it is never inaccessible to the "Brave" beginner! Those beginners who are not afraid even of making a fool out of themselves once a while, we'll take their hands and walk them into the tango world as far as they like to go, as fast as they can keep up.

"Brave" Non-beginners:
ALWAYS every experienced tango dancer will be challenged by some of the material in a "Tango for the Brave" class. We take the dance seriously in this type of class, but not ourselves so much.



Are you the "Brave" tango dancer?
Come dance with us; we're waiting for You!












 






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