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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!