Tango is not just steps. Anyone can teach you a step. We teach you how to DANCE!

Dancing with Patrick-002Tango is a dance about connection: the connection between you, your partner and the music. It's also about the connection between every couple on the dance floor at that moment. Tango is an improvisational dance, but it has a structure that facilitates the communication between the partners. That communication and union of two people in that brief time is the point of this dance--not how many steps you can do or how fast you can do them.

Tango music evokes many feelings. It can be sad, happy, romantic, playful, ironic, nostalgic. Understanding and loving the music is one of the most important keys to becoming a good tango dancer. 

Someone once said that every tango is a three minute love affair. Another way of saying "connection." My goal is to help you find the path to that magical connection.

 I am fortunate to have several wonderful assistants. All of these people give their time to come and help newer tango dancers in my classes, and I deeply appreciate their help.


COMING SOON: DOWNTOWN DANCE & MOVEMENT! A dream come true! Downtown Dance overview
I am excited to announce that I will be opening my own studio in June, 2015. This is a 13-year dream come true! Downtown Dance & Movement will be located in the most vibrant, safest and most exciting area of Downtown Los Angeles, South Park. Yes, Downtown Los Angeles! We're becoming part of the Downtown Renaissance that is finally giving our city the "Downtown" it needs and deserves. This is an exciting place with tons of interesting and upscale restaurants, bars, art galleries. cultural happenings, movie theaters, the Staples Center, Nokia Theater and LA Live. We will be located at 1144 S. Hope St, between 11th and 12th Streets. We are surrounded by luxury residential buildings as well as businesses. There is a 24/7 Safety Patrol funded by the South Park Business Improvement District, and a "Safe Walk" program for those going to their cars after dancing all night! A FREE downtown shuttle can take you wherever you want to go and YES, we have arranged very cheap parking very near by. More about that as we get ready to open!

This will be MUCH MORE than a tango studio. We will have all forms of social dance: Tango, Ballroom, Salsa, Bachata, Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Kizomba, Chicago-Style Stepping, and more. We'll have dance fitness classes, including Zumba, Groov3, Latin Jam, Bollywood, Afro-Brazilian, Afro Funk, Baby-wearing Ballet, Bar Method, plus Yoga and Slow Stretch. We'll also have Adult Ballet, Tap, Modern Dance and Jazz. Two of Los Angeles' most prominent professional dance companies will be in residence at Downtown Dance & Movement for rehearsals, classes and performances. And our Looseleaf Performance Space will host all sorts of dance parties as well as performances by local dance companies and choreographers, musical groups and theater groups. We are going to be a unique center that brings together all forms of dance, as well as other performing arts disciplines.

This means that my own teaching career is drawing to a close. I will be teaching at Hollywood Dance Center through the end of March. It has been one of the great joys of my life to teach tango to hundreds of people over the past 19 years. I have made many permanent close friendships and seen my "baby beginners" become wonderful dancers--one of them even won the U.S. Tango Championship in 2013! I will be very busy running the studio, so I don't want to short-change the students. But we will have a WONDERFUL and unique tango program, the first of it's kind in the U.S. at Downtown Dance & Movement. See below for the details. And I will continue to host TANGO MIO MILONGA on Tuesday nights at Candela. I will also bring back my second-Saturday-of-the-month milonga at Downtown Dance! You'll still be seeing a lot of me. Thanks to all of you for all your love and support over the years, especially when I was battling cancer. You got me through it! I look forward to this new phase of my life and hope you will be coming with me!

 

TANGO IMMERSION PROGRAM STARTS MARCH 9TH! EIGHT WEEKS OF INTENSIVE INSTRUCTION WITH WORLD CHAMPIONS FACUNDO & PAOLA! F  P Revised Schedule postcard FINAL
A game-changer for all tango dancers in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. The first program of its kind in the U.S. The TANGO IMMERSION PROGRAM. Three different instructional tracks; 8 weeks of in-depth instruction with Facundo de la Cruz and Paola Sanz. Oh, they're the WORLD'S Best--2012 Salon Tango World Champions! For more info, go to our Visiting Teachers page or go to the Facebook invitation:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1557086204533641/


 

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Upcoming Events

Tue Mar 31 @ 8:00PM - 01:00AM
Milongas TANGO MIO MILONGA AT CANDELA (formerly Leonardo's)
Tue Apr 07 @ 8:00PM - 01:00AM
Milongas TANGO MIO MILONGA AT CANDELA (formerly Leonardo's)

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