What kind of Argentine tango class is right for you? Most people learn dance by taking a combination of private/couple lessons and group classes. However, not everyone learns the same way. Here is a brief description of each kind of lesson, to help you decide what might work for you.
Group Argentine tango lessons
Group lessons are the most economical way to start learning Argentine tango. Learning in a group allows you to make friends with people in the dance community. You can also practice with more than one person, which speeds up the learning process significantly for some people. Because each person learns differently, you have the opportunity to practice learning styles that are not your primary learning style, and strengthen new learning "muscles" so that you internalize the material in new ways.
Many people choose to take private lessons as a couple. Tango teaches you a deeper body awareness, or both yourself and your partner; it's a great way to connect with your partner or spouse. Also, it adds to the activities you can enjoy together. A lot of people start tango when they are ready for something new to enrich their life.
Learning as a couple allows each person to get individualized teaching, focusing on their learning strengths. It also allows each person to better understand how the other person learns, and work out how to learn together.
Private lessons are an economical approach to learning tango for a couple. They usually cost only 2-3 times what a group lesson would cost for two people, without having to share the instructor with other students.
It is impossible to become an advanced tango dancer without private lessons, but sometimes private lessons are also the best choice for beginners, too.
If you suffer from social anxiety, or are shy, private lessons are a great way to start your learning process without the added stress of being in a group.
Kinesthetic learners often feel frustrated in a group class because they learn movement so easily. Dancing with an instructor allows the student to immediately feel correct technique and learn even more quickly.
Hearing-impaired learners also find one-on-one lessons work best. There is less background noise to interfere with hearing, and the teacher can adapt the volume of speaking and the music.
Movement-challenged people learn best one-on-one because the class moves at the pace they want, and is tailored to their learning abilities and disabilities. Group classes often progress too quickly for someone who struggles to learn movement.
Group classes (Om Studio, 14 NE 10th Ave. PDX)
Tango Fundamentals: 7 PM Thursdays (The basics of the dance)
Continuing Tango: 8 PM Thursdays (Intermediate & up)
Advanced Tango and Body Dynamics are taking a short sabbatical!
Prices (per person)
- Drop-in: $14
- 10-class punchcard (use in 4 mos.): $120
- FUNdamentals or Continuing: $45/mo
- Unlimited (8-10 classes currently): $80/mo