Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1880s along the River Plate, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, and soon spread to the rest of the world. Early tango was known as tango criollo (Creole tango). Today, there are many forms of tango extant. Popularly and among tango dancing circles, the authentic tango is considered to be the one closest to the form originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay. On August 31, 2009, UNESCO approved a joint proposal by Argentina and Uruguay to include the tango in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

The beginners course gives you a fun and light-hearted introduction to Argentine Tango. Here you learn that it is an improvisation dance in which 'anything is possible', so long as it can be led and followed. You will start with the art of leading and/or following, and you learn a number of basic figures and how to improvise on them.

If you have any specific wishes, you can make them known during the first lesson and they will be included in the course as far as possible.

The beginners course is perfect for you if you have no experience at all in this type of dance. In seven lessons you will learn the basics of this dance. After completing this course, you can move on to the next level, intermediate. If you feel you have not yet mastered the basics, you can of course register again for the beginners course.

Schedule & enrolment

Teachers

Jory & Lorena

As brother and sister, Lorena and Jory form a special dance couple. They started dancing at an early age and became addicted to the Argentine Tango. They were both trained in Buenos Aires by several well-known 'maestro's'. Their style of dancing is spectacular, musical, playful, elegant and occasionally even humorous. Lorena and Jory have won several prizes, including the UK European Tango Festival & Championship in London.

During the intermediate course the basic figures from the beginners course will be briefly repeated and added to with a new repertoire. More attention will be paid to the music, and you learn the technique of walking. For, as many maestros of the tango say, “If you can walk, you can dance the tango”!

If you have any specific wishes, you can make them known during the first lesson and they will be included in the course as far as possible.

The intermediate course is perfect for you if you have followed the beginners course at X or have already gained 6-12 months of experience in this dance elsewhere. The content of the course varies per course and can therefore be followed several times.

Schedule & enrolment

Teachers

Jory & Lorena

As brother and sister, Lorena and Jory form a special dance couple. They started dancing at an early age and became addicted to the Argentine Tango. They were both trained in Buenos Aires by several well-known 'maestro's'. Their style of dancing is spectacular, musical, playful, elegant and occasionally even humorous. Lorena and Jory have won several prizes, including the UK European Tango Festival & Championship in London.

The advanced course teaches you new techniques and figures. Of course the repertoire from the previous course is repeated, and participants are encouraged to create their own figures. At this level, musicality, walking and the connection with your partner play a greater role, ensuring that you and your partner become increasingly relaxed and that your dancing improves.

If you have any specific wishes, you can make them known during the first lesson and they will be included in the course as far as possible.

The advanced course is perfect for you if you have more than a year's experience in this type of dance. The content of the course varies per course and can therefore be followed several times.

Schedule & enrolment

Teachers

Jory & Lorena

As brother and sister, Lorena and Jory form a special dance couple. They started dancing at an early age and became addicted to the Argentine Tango. They were both trained in Buenos Aires by several well-known 'maestro's'. Their style of dancing is spectacular, musical, playful, elegant and occasionally even humorous. Lorena and Jory have won several prizes, including the UK European Tango Festival & Championship in London.

Open practices
Delft Student Dance Association (D.S.D.A.) Blue Suede Shoes organizes open practices for Argentinian Tango.

Every quarter, you can take Argentinian Tango courses at X. During the open practice evenings, you can rehearse what you have learned during the course and ask fellow dancers for tips. The practices are a place where people socialize and train.

Everyone is welcome, from beginner to advanced dancer. Even if you are not a member of the association, you are very welcome to drop by; the first time is free of charge. We will take care of the music, so the only thing you need to bring is your enthusiasm and, if you have them, your dancing shoes.

See the Blue Suede Shoes website for location and times of the practices. Signing up beforehand is not required but is appreciated.

Technique lessons
D.S.D.A. Blue Suede Shoes organizes bi-weekly technique lessons, in collaboration with X. The only way to participate in these lessons is as a member of the association, so make sure you have registered with the association in advance. Subscription for the technique classes is on a per-semester basis. See the Blue Suede Shoes website for details, schedule, location, costs, and dates.

In these lessons you will generally not learn new figures, but enhance your technique so you can become a better dancer! Balance, projection, association & dissociation of your separate body-parts, musicality, it’s all covered in the course. It’s about the details you always wished to know about. The members that take the lessons have already highly improved in their technique and are very enthusiastic about their increased fluidity and confidence in dancing. You do not need to subscribe with a partner, since the lessons mainly focus mainly on everyone’s personal development and only a small part is danced in couples.

 

 

Rates

You need a valid X year subscription and association membership to participate.

X subscription

Practical Information

All levels
Association training
Wear comfortable clothes in which you can move freely and shoes on which you can dance.
/* */