I teach private lessons in NE Portland; group lessons in Portland and Beaverton; and I travel to teach in other cities as well. The best introduction to tango is a combination of private lessons for a good start on technique, group lessons to practice those techniques, and attending practicas or milongas to actually go out and dance!

Group Argentine tango lessons (Portland)

Basic Tango Technique & Moves: 7 PM Thursdays

Location: Om Studio, 14 NE 10th Ave.

Whether you are brand new, or you have taken some drop-in lessons and are ready for ongoing study, or you are an intermediate dancer polishing your repertoire, this class is for you!

Each week, we concentrate on one aspect of tango technique that I consider indispensable to ALL tango dancers. Then, we'll put that technique into the dance and introduce moves that incorporate the idea.

As time allows, we will work on musicality, balance, connection between dancers, navigation--all the things needed to take YOU to the next level!

Intermediate & up: 8 PM Thursdays

Location: Om Studio, 14 NE 10th Ave.

This class is aimed at any dancer above beginner level who wants to improve their dance. This year, I am going to focus on the technique that creates both beauty and groove in the dance.

Each class, we will do exercises to improve our technique, but the main focus will be USING our technique to build our dance: very practical, a good workout for your mind and body, and fun times dancing with nice people! Get it all!

Price:

  • $15 drop in, or

  • $50/month (whether it’s 4 or 5 weeks), or

  • (10-class punchcard for $120

  • If you are in the 8 PM class, you may come to 7 PM for free

Private lessons (individual & couple)

Price: $75/hr or 5 lessons for $300 (cash or check discount: $285/5)

It is impossible to become an advanced tango dancer without private lessons, but sometimes private lessons are also the best choice for beginners, too. I teach private lessons in my home studio as well as other locations in Portland.

Benefits of private instruction

Individual

Some people learn dance best in a one-on-one environment. If you suffer from social anxiety, or are shy, private lessons you learn without the added stress of being in a group.

Kinesthetic learners often feel frustrated in a group class because they learn movement so easily. Private lessons allow the student to immediately feel correct technique and learn even more quickly.

On the other end of the spectrum, group classes often progress too quickly for someone who struggles to learn movement. Private instruction allows you to learn at your own pace, with lessons tailored to your specific needs.

Couple

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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I have been dancing tango from the time it was first introduced to Portland. But when I turned 60 years old my ankle was painful and swollen, and . . . a doctor told me I would no longer be able to dance. About that same time I met and married my husband, who had never danced before. I would not marry him unless he learned tango and vowed to take me dancing a minimum of once a week. He did both, but I ended up wearing a brace for over 6 years and, because I was in pain, our tango was sporadic. So we danced ballroom, starting and quitting tango often.

In 2010 we began taking lessons from Elizabeth. She fully understands body dynamics and tailored the dance to fit my needs (with minimum ochos). We have been dancing tango weekly ever since 2015. I cannot wear heels because of the weak ankle, but Elizabeth has given me exercises, and I have worked at building strength and balance. She told me, when we each became relaxed and balanced, I would be able to remove the brace. I have now danced for over 3 years without the brace and without pain or my ankle swelling. I just danced my 80th birthday dance, and I have never been stronger – thanks to Elizabeth. She has made dancing tango fun for us.
— Mary Ann
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I danced Tango for 8 years. It was not fun and it did not feel like I was dancing. I would try to lead a step and the follow would do something else. I felt like I was a total failure at Tango. Elizabeth changed that to where Tango is now fun. She did it by having my wife behave like a “naughty toddler,” not following but just taking off doing her own thing. My job became to capture her energy and turn it into a dance. It became fun and made me realize that I was not doing everything wrong.
— Jim