The term Argentine Tango refers to a style of tango that is closer to the original tango from Argentina. There are two other styles of tango, American tango, taught in most ballroom dance studios, and International style tango, which is often the form used at competitions and danced in Europe. Argentine Tango originated in the late 19th century in Buenos Aires, Argentina then traveled to Europe and America where it was transformed into International Tango and American style Tango, respectively. When an Argentine tango show traveled to different parts of the world, theTango gained in popularity. Dancers and dance studios changed the form of the tango. In recent years, many Argentine tango dance teachers have traveled to Argentina to bring back the original flavor of the dance. In the tango the lead and follow must be connected and respond to the music in spontaneous movement to the music. There are no set rhythm units but the dance is composed of walks and rocks. There are several different positions including closed embrace and a salon style embrace. Some of our teachers have studied in Argentina, as well as, using a wide variety of resources like studying with the world masters of tango and an extensive library of video and DVD's plus a wide array of exchanges with visiting tango teachers that are available with tango masters that visit San Diego for tango events. We feature a social traditional style of tango, a performance oriented style and a branch of Nuevo for non-traditional style with both traditional and contemporary music.
The Pattie Wells' Dancetime studio is San Diego's premier Argentine tango venue with Sin Nombre's weekly Argentine tango milonga every Friday night starting at 9 PM with a FREE warm up tango lesson. We also offer weekly Argentine tango lessons featuring the innovative new methods in dance instruction focusing on movement, timing and connection rather than the outdated rote pattern learning systems of the past. All of our tango dance professional instructors train and continue their tango education by studying with masters in the U.S. and in Argentina.
At the Pattie Wells' Dancetime studio, we offer several level of tango dance instruction including a beginning tango dance class title Argentine tango 101. This course has three parts that cover the basic fundamentals of Argentine tango. Each part is repeatable when offered for a year. After learning the fundamentals, we also offer an Intermediate Argentine tango class to continue learning tango. We plan to offera Nuevo Tango which will incorporate both traditional and contemporary music.