Tango Dance Etiquette Made Simple… Guys Issues

Here you will find the most experienced, exciting and creative dancers in the country. We also like to think that, including the bartenders, we have the friendliest people of any milonga in the country. At 720 we continue to study with the many visiting and resident world class Tango Teachers; in addition, we mentor, encourage and educate the new and beginning dancers. If you are a first timer to our club, you are new to partner dancing or you are coming from a swing or salsa background, this etiquette guide will help to ensure that your first and continuing experiences at Tango will be pleasant. Tango dancers are a family. As in all families, some are great and you love to be around them, while other family members are dysfunctional but you have to visit them anyway. So it goes with Tango. Welcome to the Family.

Guys’ Issues:

Issue #1: “I don’t have a partner. How can I practice and get better as a dancer?”

Solutions:

a. In this welcome package there are more than twenty instructors listed. Get in a group class and meet

OTHER students who want to practice.

b. Take the free class at 720 every Tuesday starting at 7:30p.m. and meet people interested in dancing.

c. No partner is necessary. Every Tuesday come and dance; ask new people to dance. Let the Tuesday dances reinforce past and current classes you might take by being the practical application of your Tango education

Issue #2: “I bump into people as I go around the floor.”

Solutions:

a. First step, apologize immediately to the people you bumped.

b. Try basics without ochos and figures until your navigation skills improve.

c. Don’t forget that that the loft or mezzanine area above the bar is a great practice area to firm up your skills.

d. Don’t be afraid to ask dancers how something is done when you are sure you are not interrupting them.

e. Keep your head up and don’t watch your feet

Issue #3: “How do I ask a woman to dance?”

Solutions:

a. Identify women whose dancing level is at about your level and ask them to dance.

b. Identify women who dance with a variety of partners of all levels and approach them. (You might want to let them know that you are a beginner.)

c. Get to know club members and let them introduce you to the women that you would like to dance with.

e. Ask any welcoming committee members for dance cards.

Issue #4: “How do I ask a woman to dance when a couple is in involved?”

Solutions:

a. If the couple is sitting together, ask the woman’s partner if he will let you borrow his “other half” for a dance or two. Be friendly but not flirtatious and avoid dance moves that are sexually suggestive.

b. If the couple is dancing with different people, feel free to ask the woman to dance without the permission

of her other half.

c. Take your current partner and ask if you can swap your partner for her partner for a dance or two.

d. Avoid monopolizing anyone’s partner with multiple dances.

e. If the woman’s significant other seems unwilling to share, play it safe and ask someone else.back to top

 

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