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
Location: Om Studio, 14 NE 10th Ave. PDX
Tango Fundamentals: 7 PM Thursdays (The basics of the dance)
Continuing Tango: 8 PM Thursdays (Intermediate & up)
- Drop-in: $14
- 10-class punchcard (use in 4 mos.): $120
- FUNdamentals or Continuing: $45/mo
- Both classes: $80/mo
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.
Private lessons (individual & couple)
Price: $75/hr or 5 lessons for $285
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
Some people learn dance best in a one-on-one environment. 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. Groups classes feel too slow for these dancers. Dancing with an instructor allows the student to immediately feel correct technique and learn even more quickly.
If you feel you learn movement slowly, 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.
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.