5 Ways to Experience Tango in BA

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PH: Zabara Alexander

With the Tango Festival and World Cup in full swing (more information here) ’tis the season to glamour up and get into the tango groove. Whether you’re more for the dance or for the music, here are our suggestions of 5 ways to experience tango while you’re in BA!

Take a tango class

Those that like to experience through participation will love learning the basics of this renowned Argentine dance, or taking their skills further with some lessons. Some suggestions are taking a class with Lucía and Gerry or heading to La Catedral in Almagro where you can stay on dancing the night away after learning your moves!

Watch a tango show

For those that prefer to watch and enjoy a meal, the city is full of tango shows to choose from. Café Los Angelitos and Piazzolla Tango at the Galería Güemes are great traditional spots, Gala Tango is another great option, otherwise Faena’s Rojo Tango is well known as an extravagant and all out experience.

Do a tango tour

To get to know the circuit of city milongas, which are the tango dance saloons, your best bet is a tango tour. Some options include Tango Streets,  Narrative Tango and Tango Trips.

Listen to live tango

If tango music is more to your liking than the dance itself, then you should definitely stop by for a drink at El Boliche de Roberto in Almagro or at Café Vinilo. For a more alternative experience, head to Club Atlético Fernández Fierro (CAFF) to watch a live tango orchestra. 

Shop for tango records

If you want to take back home a tango vinyl record, head to  Parque Centenario to browse the Sunday fair, or head to Tango Cerouno which is near the Recoleta cemetery.

5 Spots to Learn Tango in Buenos Aires

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With the Tango Championship taking place until the 15th of May, tango related events in the city abound, and surely, after watching some of the city’s best dancers perform, you will be tempted to try out some dancing yourself. Of course, the Championship program includes lessons, but in case you want to further your instruction, here are 5 spots for tango lessons in Buenos Aires.

Milongas

Milongas are dance halls or events where people get together to spend the night tangoing. Most of them offer lessons before the event starts and our top three picks are:

La Viruta

This spot offers tango lessons, but also lessons to dance other styles such as Rock n’ Roll and Milonga per se (which is also a dancing style). On Sundays, from 6pm to 8pm you can also head over to practice with a live orchestra. Armenia 1366, Palermo.

La Catedral

 An easy going spot with great ambience where younger tango crowds go to take a lesson, stay for a milonga, or grab a vegetarian bite. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Confitería La Ideal

Although it is temporarily closed for restorations, this traditional tango spot which has been open from 1912 is a lovely place to take a lesson, stay for a tango show or just to stop for coffee in the afternoon. We will update when it reopens. Suipacha 384, downtown. 4328-7750.

Private Lessons

Another option for tango lessons is to book private lessons. Lucía and Gerry have over twenty years of experience dancing tango, and always get great reviews (more information here). Alejandro Gee is another great option to take either English or Spanish tango lessons, and he has an interesting approach to the dance as he comes from a tanguero family and is a psychotherapist as well (more information here).

 

Weekend Spotlight: Tango Festival

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Visiting Buenos Aires and attending some sort of tango event is a must, and this weekend there is plenty of opportunity to learn a step or two, listen to nostalgic performers and watch the sinuous moves of graceful dancers at the third edition of the annual Tango Festival.

The event will take place from the 19th to the 21st of April in Nuñez and has plenty of fun activities in store for you.

On Friday, the music begins at 6pm with a tango lesson and an opportunity for musicians to show off their skills. At 7pm there will be a screening of a documentary about a new generation of tango enthusiasts and professionals and afterwards, at 8.30pm, there will be a live tango orchestra. The night will end with a performance by dancers Soledad Nani and Yuyu Herrera at 9.30pm, followed by a milonga orchestra at 10pm.

Saturday’s program will place an emphasis on women in tango and will feature shows by Marisa Vazquez at 4.45pm, by Silvina Orozco at 5.30pm, Anita Co at 6.15pm, Gabriela Rey with José Colángelo at 7pm, Claudia Levy at 7.45pm, Stella Diaz and the Señoritas del Abasto orchestra at 8.30pm, and Susana Rinaldi at 9.30pm. There will also be a tango class at 5pm.

On Sunday, the festival will be centered on the independent tango scene. It will kick off at 4pm with La Valentina y el Burlesque Tango and Claudio Cerna, which will be followed by Quintento Negro de la Boca at 4.45pm, Che Lulu at 5.30pm, Tango en Compañía at 6.15pm, Festival independiente de Barracas at 7pm, Festival Tango Queer at 7.45pm, Orquesta Típica La Vidú at 8.30pm, Cucuza Castiello at 9.15pm, and finally, to close the festival, the renowned José Colángelo at 10pm.

The festival is free of charge and will take place at  Av. Libertador 8465, Nuñez.

We Recommend: Polo Lessons!

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Since 1610 the gauchos were already on their horses playing “Pato”, a national sport very similar to Polo. Nowadays Pato it is still played but Polo has taken a bigger stand and has become, one of the most successful sports in Argentina, next to football and rugby. Polo players such as Adolfo Cambiaso, and Nacho Figueras have become obtained great national and international acclaim exemplifying the quality of the sport in Argentina.

The popularity of the sport has led there to be many Polo tournaments which are great events to attend, and it is also possible to take a Polo lesson, which is a fun alternative to get to know this interesting sport.    In Buenos Aires, Polo Elite offer individual and group lessons in English for all levels. They also offer the opportunity to go to a polo match with an English speaking polo player to guide you through the game.

You can find an overview of Polo rules here.

Polo Elite

4942-0558

info@poloelite.com