Q:What is the difference between Ballroom Tango and Argentine Tango?
A: Europeans, North Americans and Japanese tend to think Tango originated in Spain, but it is not at all true! Tango originated in Argentina and the majority of tango dancers in the world are Argentinean Tango dancers. For instance, all tango movies are about Argentine Tango. So are the tango shows, and socials. Tango normally stands for Argentine Tango.
Q: I don't remember the steps soon after the class!
A: No worries; the Class-notes are posted on our web. It is a good reminder, but it should never be a substitute for class.
Q: How many times should I take the each level?
A: You can always move up to the next level. However, it is a good idea to review the session to build a strong foundation.
Q: Is it effective to review Level 1 after finishing Level 2?
A: Sure! Many students do so. We will review Level 1 figures at the beginning of the class, so please take Level 2 after Level 1. There are plenty of review opportunities every month.
Q: How important is it to listen tango music?
A: Very important. People often don't realize the value of tango is greatly affected by the artist. For instance, Quejas de Bandoneon played by Troilo is of greater value than one by the European Symphony Orchestra. Listen to Yumba by Pugliese, not by Salgan. Recommended CDs are on our web, but it is hard to buy them in Calgary. Please inquire about the practice CD's at the classes.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Very casual dress for the classes, and 'the dress to impress' for social occasions. A pair of comfortable non-marking shoes with which you can slide will be a good idea. If you have been dancing more than a couple of months, it is a good idea to obtain a good pair of dance shoes.
Q: Do I have to change partners?
A: You don't have to, but it is an option. You improve yourself faster by avoiding the 'auto-piloting' functions. Some people say 'wives are the hardest person to lead'!? Others say, 'husbands are the hardest to follow'. Well, it makes sense.
Q: How long does it take to learn tango?
A: You can dance tango to a song even after one lesson. In order to dance for an evening, Level 1 (4 weeks) is required. In order to dance for the rest of your life, Level 2 is sufficient. However, tango is a life-time challenge for everyone (Level 3).
Q: Do you guarantee that I can dance tango?
A: Sure! Unlike other businesses, if you are not satisfied, we will refund your money, or help you until you feel comfortable. Being the best in Western Canada, we are proud and confident of what we do!
Q: I am musically challenged. I should say, I have two left feet!
A: No worries. You can enjoy dancing tango even if you are deaf. We will explain why this is true in the class.
Q: What difference does it make if I take lessons with you or other instructors?
A: Basically it's the same thing. However, just like doctors and mechanics, the service you obtain will be different. You should obtain the right information from the beginning until the end. It will be a good idea to avoid amateurs teachers. You need to be better faster for each dollar you spend.
Q: Should I learn tango from a video?
A: You can. Actually, some local instructors learn tango from videos. The disadvantage is that you learn nothing but "steps". When you proceed to the higher levels, you will notice the steps are not very important. 'How to lead', 'How to follow' and understanding the concept of partner dancing is the most important, which you never learn from videos.
Q: Should I take Private Lessons or Group Lessons?
A: Private lessons are far more effective than a group lesson. You can accomplish a 4 week course in a one hour private lesson. Privates may be the only option if scheduling is an issue. Most of all, the insturctor will help you to improve your dancing much quicker with direct feed back. As a rule of thumb, you can learn steps from the group lessons, and polish the detail with private lessons. Group Lessons, on the other hand are a good place to learn figures. It also provides a good oppotunity to meet other tango lovers in your area. Another idea is to get together to organize the Private Group lesson (like 3 couples) to share the cost. Due to overwhelming popularity, our instructors' hours are very limited. Please book the lesson well in advance.