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Best Tango Classes in NYC

Best Tango Classes in NYC

I’m going to be honest here. Before taking this class, my dance skills equated to shuffling across the dance floor, head down, to the bathroom, reminiscent of “sad” Charlie Brown. When Vimbly decided it was time to hit the dance floor and search for the best tango classes in NYC, I was nervous--excited, but nervous. After trialing a variety of introductory classes throughout the city, we’ve boiled and badgered it down to three of our favorite classes. Some are perfect for the social dancer, while others proved strenuous even for advanced dancers. These are the results!

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    Argentine Tango -- schedule is on a cycle - CIS 10/23/15
    Argentine Tango -- schedule is on a cycle - CIS 10/23/15

    You Should Be Dancing

    Personally, Dance Manhattan offered my type of dance class. Rather than focusing on the the technical aspects of dance, DM pursued the social aspect of dance, which, for most of us, was ideal. Learning the fundamental rhythms and motions acquainted us with sound and movements required on the dance floor. As an aside, Dance Manhattan’s basic tango programs offer four different classes, and you learn something new in each one. Our happened to focus on rhythms and the Milonga dance. Once familiarized with the music and beats, we experimented with box steps and basic Milonga. Milonga reminded me of tango’s cousin who happens to run everywhere. Although it promotes a more relaxed approach--no rigidity--some of us struggled to keep up. Overall, I enjoyed not needing to remember every step in a particular dance, and, even more so, I enjoyed the relaxed, vibrant atmosphere. The instructor seemed to be having a legitimately good time. Generally, when they’re having fun, you’re having fun.

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    Intro to Argentine Tango
    Intro to Argentine Tango

    Dardo Galletto Studios

    Tango Fundamentals seemed like an authentic dive into traditional, Argentine tango. From Karina’s, our instructor’s, Argentine roots to the confidence and poise with which she taught and strutted, I felt uprooted to Argentina. Although this class seemingly geared more towards those with a competitive edge, we found the class perfectly suitable for beginners looking for a social dance to take home. Karina noticed when one of us was struggling and was quick to help before continuing to the next step. Before, when I mentioned authentic tango, Dardo Galletto Studio emanates an air of elegance. Technique ranks a bit higher than improvisation, and how you look is as equally, if not more, important than the dance itself. No sloppy motions, which helped immensely in our learning.

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