♦  Tango Dance Lessons

Learn to dance the tango, make new friends, socialise and keep fit all in one great evening out.  

Tango dance lessons at Sturmer Hall are open to adults of all ages and all levels. Our classes are conducted in a relaxed atmosphere where dancers need not be shy or concerned even  if they have never learned to tango a step before. Our professional instructors and group members are of mixed level and everyone here understands the nerves you get first-night.

To learn more about Tango Dance Lessons at Sturmer Hall simply email our Tango Dance Instructor via info@sturmerhall.com and we will send you an update on all classes and milongas currently scheduled.

Winter Season Sessions – Weekly – Beginning Thursday 1st of October 2015

  • 7pm-8pm: Beginners
  • 8pm-9pm: Intermediate
  • 9pm-12am: Milonga

Price: one class £8 or two classes £15 (incl. milonga) / milonga only: £7

To learn more about tango dance classes and milongas at Sturmer Hall please email info@sturmerhall.com 

To request a callback, click here

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♦    A few of the questions most students ask before their first tango class..

(Click on the questions to reveal the answers)

Can I come alone, or do I need a partner?

As you wish! Some people come with a partner, others with a group of friends, many come alone – don’t worry, you’ll find plenty of people to dance with during the class…

What should I expect from a first class?

We’ll make sure you’re warmed-up before starting anything, then introduce you to the tango embrace. You’ll soon learn that Argentine tango is not what you see on TV programmes – it’s much more gentle and sophisticated… and very musical. For your first class, expect to walk a lot, meet people, probably make a few mistakes, and have fun. Ah, and don’t leave without having a glass of wine with us, at the practica or milonga after class!

Can I come any time?

Yes, all our classes are drop-in. When new students arrive, we usually work with them a little privately before they join the rest of the class. Because all of our classes are focused on technique rather than a choreographed routine, anyone can join at any time.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes. Clothes you can move freely in. Avoid tight skirts and tops that restrain shoulder movement, but apart from that, it’s pretty free. Plenty of our students come directly after work, and find that most of their work clothes are just fine.
Ladies, do not worry about the heels! Actually, until you are a bit more experienced, flat shoes with a flexible sole are probably best. But again, for a first class and before you find your own style, pretty much all shoes will do.

Is there something else I should know about tango?

Just one thing: Argentine tango is an improvised dance. Which means that there are not set routines – but a technique to learn, to get the ability to improvise…. It is not about learning routines and throwing legs up in the air as you might have seen in TVs and films. It’s beautiful and glamorous, but can be very gentle and connected. You’ll see, improvising is way more fun than following steps. See you on the dancefloor!

We look forward to welcoming you into the world of tango at Sturmer Hall and especially so if it means helping you with your first tango steps ever!

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♦    Floor-Craft  – It’s so very important we teach it to everyone …

We regularly teach floor-craft during our weekly classes. We know that it’s not the most popular of our classes. Students come to class to relax, learn new moves, practice sacadas… yet we make them dance smaller movements behind an another couple who is “just not moving fast enough”. It’s possibly the classes where people get most frustrated. Some students don’t come back…

Yet we believe it’s one of our most important classes and keep teaching it regularly.

Why? For two obvious reasons:

  •    Because we want our students to dance socially
  •    Because we want our students to dance socially

Because we want our students to dance socially

We organize milongas, and in our hearts tango is best shared socially. However wonderful it is to watch a good tango show, but nothing replaces a connected walk in the ronda. So our job is to prepare our students to dance socially. Which means knowing how to get in the embrace and dance, obviously, but also knowing how to behave and dance in a milonga.

You see, everyone agrees that tango is all about “connection”. The thing is connecting goes beyond the tango embrace – it involves connecting with the music and the people dancing around us. That’s the basis for good floor-craft. Plenty of tango students hear about cabeceo, get the idea, then skip the other floor craft classes. They hop onto the dance floor forgetting that there are 10, 20 or more couples dancing next to them… Often at the expense of those other couple’s evening.

That’s when floor-craft comes in.

There are discussions going on that say that it’s the responsibility of the milonga organizer to educate about floorcraft. But sadly, we can’t force a dancer to learn. It’s a craft on its own, and requires some time, dedication and practice. And if someone wants to learn it, it often implies seriously reassessing her or his dancing and behavior in and around the dancefloor, which can take years in some cases.

But because we know it’s the best way for our students to fully understand and love what tango is all about, we will always teach it. 

Why? Because we want our students to dance socially

Yes. We want our students to dance. And they will, if they go to milongas.

But if their floor-craft is not up to the required standards, they will probably never get to dance with the best dancers out there… and after a while, they might not get to dance at all and that would be a shame. It’s no secret that more experienced dancers won’t invite a lady whose heels are dangerously kicking up in the air, or will never look at a man they’ve seen zigzagging between lanes.

Some people see it as a bit snobby, but we think that your floor-craft is actually a good indication of how great your popularity will be among fellow dancers.

Because not having taken the time to learn about the rules says something about you and your dancing. Maybe it is about your level: you just started tango, you haven’t had the time to fully understand the rules of milongas, which means your dance might look good with a stage to yourself but your style might not look so sweet when seen at the next milonga.

But, more often than not, in the world of tango, poor floor-craft  says something about your state of mind, and how you treat your partners: if you simply can’t be asked to challenge your dancing and respect the people around you… how are you going to treat the person dancing with you?

Happy dancing!

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♦    Do you want to learn Tango privately?

Whether you are starting out or want to take your tango to the next level, our private classes are designed to accompany you through your tango journey.

As in our group classes, the focus of our private classes is on technique. We work with our students towards a strong axis, a warm embrace, a beautiful posture, and fluid movements that resonate with the music. We adapt to each student’s needs and schedule to give them the tools to confidently improvise on the dance floor.

Who is this for?

Our students come to us for both regular classes and the one-off class that will make the milongas easier. We give private classes to individuals and couples.
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♦    Can we prepare our Wedding Dance?

Yes! We love it when couples want to celebrate their love with a tango. We know this is a busy time for you, so for wedding dances, we work around your time and commitments. We’ll either teach how to improvise or create a choreography based on your skills.

If you’d like to discuss how we can help you choreograph your wedding dance , contact our Dance Class Team on 01440 705 368 

To request a callback, click here

 
 
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