The beginner track of the Philadelphia International Tango Festival includes four workshops that allow students with no previous tango experience to get a thorough introduction to tango dancing and concepts (including common steps, navigation on the social dance floor, and basic musicality) during our festival. You do not need to have a partner to attend (we rotate) and you do not need to have any previous experience with dance. Argentine tango is based on walking and anyone can start learning any time.
The Absolute Beginner Track will be taught by Marcelo Gutierrez, a Buenos Aires-based dancer who has taught & performed worldwide. In addition to being an extraordinary tango dancer, Marcelo is a student of pedagogy. He has studied and experimented extensively to figure out how to make learning tango fun, easy and effective. You don't need to have ANY previous experience to enjoy his classes and start learning tango during our festival!
Absolute Beginner Track Schedule
Thursday, June 1, 7:30-9 pm
Introduction to Argentine Tango. Starting to explore this improvised dance with a playful attitude and approach. Learning basic tools for dancing with another person through the language of tango
Friday, June 2,
The Embrace. One of the most defining aspects of tango, we will start to explore the embrace - both its obvious aspects, and its secrets!
Saturday, June 3, 8-9:30 pm
Basic Movements for the Social Dance Floor. Beginner-level tools to ease the transition to social dancing.
Sunday, June 4, 7-8:30 pm
Turns, Pivots and Ochos. More movements and elements to play with. A new world is ahead of you. Dive in!
Registration Options for Beginner-Level Workshops
Cost By 3/15
Cost 3/16- 4/15 5/1
Compare to cost at door
Beginner Pass. Includes 4 absolute beginner track classes, 1 all-levels technique class (separate classes for men and women), the catered dinner on Friday night (or an alternative food option), and all milongas. Click to Register: Leader Follower
Beginner Track Classes Only. Includes 4 absolute beginner track classes. Click to Register: Leader Follower