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Absolute Beginners Courses Level I

The course for complete novice. More Details

Improvers Courses Level II

The course build on Fundamental Elements Level I.

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Intermediate Courses Level III

An in depth study of Tango Figures


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Workshops

Extensive program of tailor dance workshops over the weekends.

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Taster Lesson
Taster Session

Find out if Argentine Tango is for you.

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Everything you want to know about Argentine Tango in Bournemouth, Dorset!

Frequently Asked Questions

This collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) provides brief answers to many common
questions about Bournemouthtango. It also provides links to more detailed information available
from this web site.

Q. What style of Tango do you teach?

There are different styles of Tango Argentino and we only teach traditional social tango also
known as "Salon Tango" and Milonguero style tango.

Q. I don’t have a partner – can I still register / learn to dance?

Yes! A partner is not required; Argentine Tango dancing is a very social activity. In group classes,
we rotate partners often during class so everyone gets a chance to dance with each other.
In private classes, your instructor will be your partner.

Q. What is the age range?

The age range of the participants is 22-70 years.

Q. How do I get started and what course should I take?

If you haven't danced before and you'd like to give it a try, the beginners classes (Fundamentals Level I/II)
is a good starting place. It's best to start in the first week as the dance lessons build on each other.

After completing all 3 terms of level 1, students should be able to join a level 2 class. Students who have only completed one or two terms of level 1 should join a False Beginners’ class.
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Q. What are the skill levels?

Beginners Class/Fundamentals Level I
This class is for beginners and participants with a little or no experience in dance.

Improver/Fundamentals Level II

This class is for beginners who have completed the Fundamentals Level and achieve a proficiency in the basics and confident in taking on more challenging materials.

Intermediate Class
Intermediate classes are suitable for students with dance experience or are returning to dance. These classes are designed to expand your knowledge of dance and skills.

Q. How long are the courses and group classes?

All our courses are 6 weeks and group classes run for 60 minutes (unless otherwise specified).

Q. How much does it cost?

Most students take lesson once a week on Sunday evening (beginners/improver/intermediate class) and/or Wednesday (practica/beginners class). Below are the three payment options for attending one class a week:

Pay for the 6-week courses (from January to December)
£60 for each 6-week courses per series (6 weeks) - Course fees paid in advance
£108 for 2 x 6-week courses (12 weeks) with 20% (£12) discount - Two courses paid in advance

Taster Session £12
FREE when you register and pay for the full 6-week course.

Pay as You Go (Drop-in basis not available for the Beginners/improver level courses.
£12 on the door each week you attend, on a drop in basis is only
available for the Intermediate level classes.

Discounts/Student Concession
It is much cheaper to pay for a course than to pay each week on the door for one
dance class. However the dance courses are also offered at a discount price/Student
concession.

Q. How do I enrol and pay for the course?

To guarantee placement in a course, pre-paid bookings are essential. Fees are £60 for 6 week course
(includes free guided practice sessions). You have the following payment options:

• You may register online via our secure payment gateway using Credit/debit card.
• Cash payment during evening classes

Q. Is there any financial assistance available?

In addition to the concessionary fees for eligible students we may be able to provide limited financial
assistance to certain students to continue with their courses.

For further information and eligibility, Phone 07883 540 995.

Q. Can I drop-in and just pay for each class?

All our courses are progressive, there is no drop-in options. The Fundamentals provides a solid foundation for the dance so we encourage our students to register for the whole package in order to take
advantage of the full curriculum. Please refer to our Group Classes page for more information.

Q. Can I repeat the fundamental courses?

Yes, at no extra charge! We want all our students to have strong fundamentals and encourage students
to focus on developing their basics and fine tuning their leading/following skills – repeating the Fundamentals are one of the best ways to do that!

Q. If I missed the first class – Can I still join the course in the second week?

If you missed the first week, you can still join. We will arrange a catch up
lesson to cover the missed lessons.

Q. What are my options if I miss one or two classes during the course?

All our lessons are progressive. If you miss one or two classes due to work or personal commitments
you can arrange with instructor for catch up lessons.

Q. What should I wear?

Please wear something comfortable, think loose, layers knits and relaxed. We recommend that you do not
wear clothing that restricts your movement (such long pencil/tight skirts). Most people wear casual to office
clothes for classes but dress up a bit more for social dancing. Please see below for footwear.

Most people do not have dance shoes for their first lessons. Wear something that is comfortable and
that can slide quite easily on the floor without gripping. The ideal shoes have suede/leather soles or shoes with smooth material and hold your foot firmly in position. We do not recommend rubber soles, flip-flop, boots or sandals.

Q. What if I’d rather dance only with my partner?

No problem. Some couples prefer to dance only with each other. However, you will become a better leader
and/or follower by dancing with a variety of partners. Although, it’s not a a requirement, you may wish to rotate partners occasionally.

Q. How long does it take to learn to dance?

It depends on a lot of factors, what your goal is, whether you are taking only privates,
group lessons, frequency of lessons and how often you practice.

A few lessons will get you around the dance floor. More lessons will improve your skills
and give you a variety of materials you can use.

Q. How do I know when I am ready for the next level class?

Most students need 2-3 months to acquire the fundamental skills necessary to move on to Level 2. We encourage students registered for Level 2 after completing the Fundamentals Level I and to continue taking Level 1 (at no extra charge) to refine their fundamental walking technique and solidify their understanding of the foundations..

Q. What is the best way to improve my dancing?

The more time you put on the dance floor, the better you will become. A great mix would be to take at least
one weekly group class, participate in a weekly práctica, and take a weekly private class if you are able.

Once you feel ready, start attending milongas even if only to watch in the beginning. You can learn a lot by watching. Listen to tango music when you are not dancing to become familiar with the genre.

Q. What kind of shoes do I need for tango?

As a beginner, you don’t need any special shoes to dance tango, but shoes with a leather or suede sole
are preferable. Shoes with a hard plastic sole may do initially as long as you are able to turn easily on th
e ball of your foot. There’s a lot of pivoting in tango, your shoes should allow you to do this easily and
comfortably without hurting your knees.

Women usually prefer heels anywhere from 1”- 4”, but you should wear whatever kind of heel
you’re comfortable in.

When you’ve been dancing for a while and are sure you want to continue, you will need to purchase proper
dance shoes. See Resources for Students for local and online dance shoe shops.

Q. What should I wear for tango?

For class and práctica: Wear comfortable clothes that let you move easily without any restriction.
Flowing skirts or trousers are a good option for women.

For men, jeans are fine or trousers that are loose and allow movement. Please, avoid shorts.

For milonga: Many women wear dresses that hug their curves but stretch and flow near their legs.
Skirts with slits allow you to move and are sexy. Make sure you can take large steps without hindrance.
Depending on the milonga, men may either wear a suit and tie or smart trousers and a collared shirt.
We recommend that you Dress to impress.

Q. What is a práctica?

A práctica is a session to practice tango. It provides opportunity to practice what you have learned in class.
Generally a practice is more relaxed than a milonga, it is acceptable to discuss what you doing during the
dance and work on steps or figures. Bournemouthtango holds weekly prácticas at the end of weekly classes.

Q. What is a milonga?

A milonga is an Argentine Tango social dance. People come as singles or with a partner and they dress up
for the party. Music can be live or recorded, and is usually played in Tandas, or sets of 3-4 songs. When
the Tanda ends there will be a cortina, a short interlude of non-tango music when dancers return to their
seats and look for a new partner.

Milonga is also a style of dance, played and danced on the 2/4 beat rather than the standard 4/4.
Bournemouthtango holds a monthly and fortnightly milonga.