Sensual, passionate, dramatic and dangerous, Argentine tango is a captivating social dance that emerged in Buenos Aires at the turn of the 20th Century. In essence little more than walking in someone else’s arms, the dance is notable for its accessibility, offering something for practitioners of all ages and physical abilities. The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Tango Festival will attract dancers from all over the country for 3 days and 4 nights of workshops, milongas (social dances) featuring expert DJs and performances by world-renowned tango professionals.
However, even if you’re new to tango, the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Tango Festival has something for you. In fact, the festival’s Absolute Beginner Track will enable first-time dancers to immerse themselves in Argentine Tango over the course of an extended weekend. Condensing the curriculum of a 4-week series into one weekend, the Beginner Track will cover the basics of tango vocabulary, structure, technique and lead-and-follow improvisation. We change partners after every song, so it’s not necessary to register with a partner. The Beginner Track is taught by master teacher Damian Lobato, an Argentine native and resident instructor at the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, who has been dancing tango for over 20 years, and has traveled worldwide to teach tango.
The festival is an incredible opportunity for intensive study under world-class tango instructors that teach all over the globe. Experienced and aspiring tango dancers won’t want to miss the nightly milongas - tango social dances - where all will dance into the wee hours to the selections of masterly DJS and marvel over performances by world-renowned tango professionals. Participation in classes for all levels and the evening milongas will allow for new students to get to know the Philadelphia tango community, which has been growing and gaining vibrancy at an astonishing rate.
Most festival events will take place in the spacious, atmospheric ballroom at the Ruba Club in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, just north of Center City. The area has come into its own in a big way in the past few years and is replete with lovely restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and nice places to wander. The Ruba Club features, among many other amenities, an on-site cash bar.
Pre-registration is highly recommended as many events will sell out. You may register securely on the festival site.