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Advice for Beginners


Some helpful hints for Beginner students:

  • Don't expect to become good overnight, even if you're good at other forms of dance.  Learning Argentine Tango is like learning a language.  It takes time and practice.  The sooner Leaders understand the concept of leading and Followers understand how to truly follow, the faster you will learn.
  • Dance as often as you possibly can.  Change partners and teachers often.  Each has something more to add.
  • Be kind and gracious, as mistakes may be as much your own fault as someone else's, and they too may be learning.
  • Take lessons and go to practicas, but wait before dancing at milongas.  The milonga can be overwhelmingly challenging to dance at, even scary.  Beginners should go to enjoy the music and meet new friends, but don't plan on dancing from day one.  Give yourself some time before venturing out on a crowded dance floor.
  • Talk to people.  Ask questions.
  • Dance with lots of different people.  When you dance with the same person, it's easy to think "I'm getting this!" when really you're just learning what the other person will do.
  • It is far better to dance basic steps well than intermediate/advanced steps when you don't really know how to properly lead them. Avoid "flair" until you have really mastered the basics.

It's easy to get frustrated when you are trying so hard and nothing seems to be happening.  But as you continue, you realize that you are making progress and that you're having fun too.  Tango is not just about learning to dance.  It's more than that.  You're learning a new way to communicate, and as you get better at that and build your vocabulary, the conversations become much more fun.