Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need dance experience to start the Argentine Tango?

No. Some general dance experience may help with such things as balance, but then so will having practiced yoga or played a sport. Many people have started with no or little previous dance experience and have become accomplished tango dancers.

Is Tango difficult to learn?

No. Tango is based on simple movements such as walking with your partner to the music, and therefore can be performed effectively by most people.

Is Tango like ballroom dancing?

Argentine tango is very different to ballroom dancing. They have very separate histories, different means of lead and follow, different posture and embrace, and the music is different.

Is Tango a competition pursuit?

In recent years there has been the introduction of some competition for the purposes of promotion but this is not normal. Tango is not a competition pursuit but rather a social one, where people meet to socialise and dance to music they enjoy. Tango is about dancing for yourself and your partner.

Can I take some lessons in a small group with some friends or private lessons to get some basics down first?

Of course. Contact us and we will arrange a suitable time for you.

Do I need to bring a partner for classes?
It is not necessary to attend our tango classes with someone. Even if you attend a class with a partner, we recommend that you rotate and practice dancing with other people as it helps learn correct techniques for leading & following.

What should I wear / bring to classes?
Clothes:
  For lessons and classes we recommend you wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement.

Shoes:  Shoes need to be comfortable that are secure on the foot and don’t ‘slip off’. Ideally the shoes should have a leather, suede or hard sole that allows you to pivot on a wooden floor.

Please Note:  Tango is a dance that brings you into close physical contact with other people. Please consider their comfort by ensuring you are clean and dressed appropriately.

Where can I go to dance Argentine Tango in Brisbane?
There are a number of milongas (social tango dances) and practicas (less formal events where you can practice your tango) that run most days of the week in Brisbane. Check out the TangoNut website here for a complete list of events.

Can I buy lessons as a Gift for someone? 
Yes—Gift Certificates can be purchased for individuals or couples and tailored to suit your needs. Contact us for more details.

What is a Milonga? The word “milonga” has a double meaning. It may be the dance milonga or a tango dance party.

What is a Tanda?
At a milonga, music is played in sets called “tandas.” Usually three or four songs are played by the same orchestra followed by the “cortina” which signals the end of the tanda. If you ask someone to dance (and they accept), it is generally expected that it will be for the entire (or remainder of the) tanda.

What is a Cortina?
A cortina is unique to each DJ. Some will use the same cortina for the entire evening and others will use a different one after each tanda. The important thing is that it is clear that the tanda has finished.