Asked Questions (FAQ)
For Complete Beginners
Do I need previous dance experience?
It’s not necessary to have any dance experience whatsoever.
We will teach you all that you need in our beginners course.
Do I need to bring a partner?
You can come on your own, with a partner or with friends.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing which allows you to move freely.
Do I need special shoes?
You don’t need special shoes to start with but you do need
to wear shoes that you can pivot (turn) on. If you decide that
you want to continue after your beginners’ course, you can
buy proper dance shoes (see our LINKS page for where to buy shoes).
How long will it take me to learn tango?
It depends on how much time and energy you can invest. By the
end of our 8 week beginners’ course you will have a basic
understanding of what tango is all about. Most people find the
transition from learning steps to dancing in the salon challenging
but you can accelerate your learning and confidence by doing the
- Taking regular classes
- Using our practise room after each class to repeat what you
have learned will help you remember the material and prepare
you for dancing in the salon (social dancng).
- Practising at home. The more you practise, the faster you
- Taking private lessons.
This is the fast-track way to learning tango as individual attention
speeds up the process.
- Watching and learning from more experience dancers. Our students
are a friendly, helpful bunch of people and some of them will
happily help you. Watching more experienced dancers also helps
you to develop your own style
How do I Make Further Progress?
You learn to dance tango through a process of repetition, consolidation
Leaders often feel that
they have forgotten more than they have learned but this is an
entirely normal part of the process. So be patient with yourself
and don’t get too frustrated. As a leader, you will have
to learn steps, lead your partner, interpret the music and navigate
round the room
Followers often lack confidence
and try to anticipate what their partner is leading. Balance,
good technique and maintaining the connection with your partner,
as well as learning to relax, receive and respond to the lead
will help you to become a confident dancer.
All of the above will be covered in our classes.