Dojo welcomes Argentine tango dancers of all levels to come learn, share and grow with a curious, friendly and hungry tango community in Detroit. Our workshops and practices are dedicated to
- improving fundamentals and technique as the basis of overall growth in social tango
- building personal body knowledge and a greater facility for interdependent movement that is critical to social tango, and
- advancing the tradition of exchanging ideas, intuitions and experiments that shaped social tango.
We emphasize social tango (as opposed to stage or performance tango). Though we primarily practice in the close embrace, we believe variability of the embrace allows for greater comfort and a dynamic connection.
I’M SINGLE (OR MY MAIN SQUEEZE DOESN’T DANCE), CAN I COME WITHOUT A PARTNER?
Of course! No partner is required for dancing Argentine Tango at milongas or prácticas (practice sessions), since we generally rotate and change partners. In workshops and practices, we encourage everyone to rotate partners so that you learn to speak the language of tango with different people, just as you would when practicing Spanish or Japanese.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING + WEAR?
- Curiosity, good vibes, questions!
- Clothes: Wear comfortable clothing that permit you to move your legs freely. Skinny jeans and pencil skirts are stylish but not so ideal for dancing.
- Shoes: Nix the rubber-soled street shoes and bring something with smooth soles, preferably leather. Followers: bring shoes with a medium heel (2″ or so), and avoid mules and slingbacks that may come off while walking backward. Leads: bring dress shoes that aren’t bulky or too rigid. Lots of followers and leads wear Puma sneakers as a comfortable alternative. Dance sneakers are also cool, as are socks, if you don’t have dance shoes yet.