Learn Argentine tango with the Pittsburgh Tangueros.
Singles and couples welcome!
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We teach Argentine tango as a social dance.
Initially you will learn to dance in a close embrace,
like they do in the central part of Buenos Aires.
Each week you will learn a simple figure of 2-4 steps.
More importantly, you will learn the techniques that make that
figure comfortable to lead, and easy to follow.
For followers the focus is on learning specific following skills
so that you don't have to memorize figures.
We start a new session every 2 months throughout the year,
with a brief break in the summer. Each session offers
courses at four different skill levels.
Each course consists of five Sunday classes.
There is an 8-participant minimum for most classes.
No partners are required for the 100 and 200 level courses.
You will switch partners several times each class.
Click here for more details about what you will learn in the classes.
Wilkins School Community Center (WSCC) in Regent Square
7604 Charleston Ave, 15218.
From Parkway East 376, exit Edgewood/Swissvale,
then travel north two blocks on Braddock Ave.
Turn left on Sanders, left on Milton, and left on Charleston.
(Click here for a map.)
A session consists of five classes. The cost per session is:
- $70/person by cash or check at the first class (check preferred).
- $60/person if you prepay at least one week in advance.
- $40/student with valid student ID.
To get the prepay price send checks -- payable to Pittsburgh Tangueros -- to:
c/o Sarah Cornelius
5 Roxbury Road
Pittsburgh, PA. 15221
Please include the following information with your registration:
- course #
- Wear comfortable shoes with leather or suede soles.
- Avoid shoes with a tread, waffle, or rubber soles.
- For women, 1- to 2-inch high heels are optional.
- Wear comfortable, casual clothing that allows freedom of movement.
You don't need special shoes to get started, but as you progress
in tango you may want to get shoes that are designed for dancing.
Very Tango Shoes
tango shoes for women and men.
- level 100
- level 200
- level 300
Our curriculum is divided into 3 levels.
There are multiple courses at each level.
Click the blue tabs above for details about each level.
- 100 level
courses are the easiest, and cover
fundamentals of close embrace tango.
No partner is required to register.
- 200 level
courses are more advanced and assume greater
skill and experience in Argentine tango.
They assume that you have already mastered the
skills in the 100 level courses.
The typical student has 6-12 months of regular tango experience.
No partner is needed to register.
- 300 level
courses are our most advanced courses. Students should have at least one
year of tango study combined with participation at the milongas.
The typical student has two-three years of regular tango experience.
Each 300 level course is paired with a corresponding 200 level course.
You do not need to complete the entire 200 level curriculum before you start
taking 300 level courses. However, you should have completed the the corresponding 200 level course.
For example, you should complete the 204 milonga course
before you register for the 304 milonga course.
You do need a partner to register for the 300 level courses.
To learn about our faculty click here
100 level courses
This level is divided into three courses (101, 102 and 103).
These courses cover fundamental skills of close embrace tango.
Each course consists of five classes. Visit this schedule
to see when the courses are offered.
The 101 course is the starting point for all the other courses. It is offered every session, and is appropriate for the complete tango novice. It is also appropriate for those who have learned an open (salon) style of tango, and want to learn to dance close embrace tango comfortably. It is also appropriate for those who have not danced tango for awhile, and want a refresher.
The 102 and 103 courses are offered in alternate sessions,
and can be taken in either order.
The prerequisite for 102 & 103 is satisfactory completion
of the tango 101 course, or comparable skills in close embrace.
You do not need a partner to register since we rotate partners
during the classes.
101M - Walking and Navigation
Learn to express tango music while connecting with a partner
in the tango embrace. Covers tango etiquette, the walk, navigation,
ochos, and the cruzada (cross).
Emphasis on developing the connection of the close embrace
“milonguero” style. For beginners as well as for those who want
to polish their tango foundation.
For an example of the milonguero style,
watch this clip of Maxi Gluzman and Heather Whitehead
102M - Crosses and Turns
You will learn two kinds of crosses, and two kinds of turns.
You will explore key concepts such as axis of rotation,
the cross-foot system, and the molinete.
Prerequisite: tango 101 course, or comparable skills in close embrace.
103M - Milonga and Waltz
-- At a tango dance party they
play waltz and milonga music about 1/4 of the time.
Learn how to recognize this music, and how to dance to it
using some of your tango techniques. You will also learn
a new figure called the ocho cortado, a new kind of turn,
and some specialized milonga techniques.
Prerequisite: tango 101 course, or comparable skills in close embrace.
200 level courses
These courses are for more advanced dancers who are ready to expand their skills
by focusing on the "FUN" in fundamentals. Students should be
comfortable with a milonguero embrace, but be prepared to open it up.
A different 200 level course is offered each session.
Prerequisite: completion of 101/102/103 or approval of instructor.
201M - Curves, Corridas, Calesitas, Cortados and Change-of-front
-- Explore cool corridas and hot cortados.
Put a curve in your walk. Learn axis awareness with a calesita, and get an introduction to off-axis technique.
202M - Waltz
Learn cadenas that add swirl to your waltz.
You'll pick up some cool sacadas along the way.
203M - Ochos: forward & backward
Learn a classic sequence from the cross into forward ochos.
Learn follower technique for both open and close embrace ochos.
Discover the fun of doing forward ochos backward.
Learn how to convert a backward ocho into a back cross.
Learn how and when to do fast ochos in tango and waltz.
204M - Milonga
-- Milonga music is different than tango music. Explore how those differences should affect your dance. Adapt your existing tango skills to milonga, and learn what to avoid.
Learn new techniques that are useful in milonga. You will learn when to make your milonga playful with milonga traspie, and when to make it smooth with milonga lisa.
205M - Practical Sacadas
-- Would you like to learn a simple sacada that you can use on a regular basis at the milongas?
Then you will benefit from this class. This class will focus on two different sacadas.
The first sacada uses a clockwise turn in the parallel system.
This will be the easiest to learn, and you will learn several variations of it.
We expect that everyone will be fluent with this by the end of the session.
The second sacada uses a counter-clockwise turn in the cross foot system.
You will learn two ways to setup the sacada.
206M - Giros = Turns
The giro is a turn. You were introduced to giros in the 102 course.
Now you will explore them in greater depth.
207M - Boleos
Learn how to create an interrupted ocho.
This produces a senuous, whip-like effect in the follower.
You will learn both forward and backward ochos on either leg.
You will also learn how (and when) to use high boleos or low boleos.
208M - Ganchos
The gancho (hook) is one of the flashier elements of tango. You will learn basic gancho concepts and techniques. You will also learn how to execute three kinds of ganchos.
212M - Caminda Tuneup
The caminda is the foundation of tango. In this course you will explore numerous variations of the caminada, based on a series of lessons taught by Fabian Salas. Women will utilize the front cross. Men will utilize both the front cross and the back cross. You will learn some useful syncopations on both sides of the embrace.
222M - Follower technique
-- This course focuses strictly on follower technique, emphasizing drills and exercises,
including basic walking technique if needed. We will consider
both open and close-embrace situations. The topics are:
291M - Role Reversal
- boleo technique
- gancho technique
- ocho technique
- molinete technique
- adornment technique
In this course followers will learn basic leading skills;
leaders will learn basic following skills.
In the golden age of tango, men learned to follow before they
learned to lead in order to become competent leaders.
Leaders who take this course will become better leaders.
In tango the roles of leader/follower are very different.
They are Yin and Yang. Followers should take this course for fun.
You might enjoy the
challenge of being responsible for 4 feet.
300 level courses
These courses are for dancers who have completed the corresponding
200 level course, or have comparable skills.
Please register with a partner to guarantee your place in class.
This is for gender balance only since we rotate partners during class.
You can still register as a single and your payment will be
refunded if an appropriate partner is not available.
Prerequisite: approval of instructor.
301M - Curves, Corridas, Cortados, Change-of-front and Ganchos
Make your curves curvier. Make your corridas crazier.
Charge up your change-of-front.
Replace the cortados with ganchos.
303M - Ochos: asymmetry and alteration
Are you tired of the same old ochos? Learn how to use the
element of suprise in your ochos.
Learn how to alter them by changing direction, speed and energy.
How do backward ochos suddenly turn into forward ochos, and vice versa?
What does an asymmetric ocho feel like, and how does it happen?
Expect to have a new appreciation for ochos by the end of this course.
304M - Milonga mania
-- Reinforce and refine the milonga lisa technique
you learned in tango 204.
Extend your milonga traspie technique. Learn a fun combinations of triple steps,
crossover steps and rebotes layered on top of a linear grapevine.
The concepts and technique are from a Villa Urquiza style of milonga
taught by Ney Melo and Jennifer Bratt several years ago in Pittsburgh.
Here's a sample of Ney & Jennifer doing milonga.
305M - Sensual Sacadas
-- Learn why a forward ocho is
just a sacada waiting to happen. Learn a classic sacada sequence
that occurs during the giro. Learn to use the sacada as a change
of direction from the cross.
306M - Giros
-- This is a continuation of the 206 course.
It adds complexity with the enrosque, requiring precise balance and timing.
391M - Al Reves
-- Is it still tango if you are not facing your partner?
Is it possible to do ochos with the leader behind the follower?
Does tango lose its "tang" if both partners are facing the same direction?
"Al reves" is like a Mobius strip for tango. Although not common
in mainstream tango, it has been used by some illustrious mainstream
dancers. If you are not opposed to fun,
then register for this class. It will turn your tango inside out.
- Sarah Cornelius
- Jerry Minshall
- Dina Rayzberg
- Meghan Tighe
- Adriana Larregina
- Former Faculty
Over the years, the Pittsburgh Tangueros have developed a
rich depth of instructional experience, honed in the classroom
and informed by participation in tango workshops in the U.S.,
Canada, and Argentina. The club has several tango
faculty, all of whom can address basic and advanced aspects of
the leader and follower roles:
Pittsburgh Tangueros' classes are supported by skilled assistants,
both men and women, who provide gender balance as well as the
opportunity to practice with knowledgeable partners.
To meet our faculty click on the blue tabs above
Instructor A lifelong dance lover, Sarah studied ballet, jazz,
tap, modern, and ballroom. Newly arrived in Pittsburgh in 1999, she
checked out a tango class because she could find the address ... and a
great love was born. Sarah believes the joy of tango comes through its
discipline: she finds clarity in stillness, listening, and responding.
In so doing, one experiences a more profound connection with others,
shared in the breath, the music, and the movement. Sarah enjoys
"deepening" her dance with all levels of partners in milongas,
workshops, and lessons at home, across the States, and in Buenos Aires.
In March 2009, she completed six months' intensive study with Jake Spatz
in Washington DC.
Jerry found tango by accident, or more accurately, it found him --
and the subtle, non-verbal communication intrigued him.
Jerry's varied career experience lends much insight to teaching
tango: analyzing the details of the dance (computer programming);
grasping the structure of the dance (software architecture);
expressing the music (choral conductor and singer).
And, his work as a Scout leader and as a university professor
helps him communicate his love of tango to learners with
different learning styles. In addition to local classes and lessons,
Jerry has taken tango workshops and private lessons with several
internationally known instructors from Argentina, Europe,
and the US.
Dina assists with the 200 level courses.
Though challenging at first, she found that tango gave her
respite from the pragmatism of life and filled her mind,
body and spirit completely with music and emotions and inspired
movement. She continued to take classes with local and out-of-town
instructors, attending the workshops, and dancing at the Milongas.
It was not long before she discovered that tango also brought
her closer to other people: learning to listen carefully to a
partner's emotions, to tune one's mind to his, to feel what he
feels. Developing trust in her partners and in herself was
difficult , but she considers the moments of harmony well worth
the work and time. Dina greatly enjoys being a part of Pittsburgh Tangeros
and sharing her love and appreciation for Tango with others.
Meghan assists with the 102-103 courses. She fell in love with tango
from her first lesson. She was immediately taken with the beauty of the dance and the music.
She finds tango to be very meditative, and a beautiful way to to express oneself and connect with others.
Meghan loves the endless challenges that tango presents and enjoys being part of Pittsburgh's tango community,
which she finds to be extremely friendly and open.
I assist with the 101 course. I write this statement in first person,
because tango for me is personal. I love the tango culture.
I am porteña, that means I was born and grew up in Buenos Aires,
so tango is in my blood and my senses. Probably my mother sang
Magaldi’s tangos to put me to sleep, and I remember playing on my
father’s lap while Angel Vargas was singing tango in the background.
For me tango is life itself.
I want to teach tango. I feel the need to spread my culture and its
beautiful music. It makes me feel less homesick, less immigrant.
I have three loves in my life, two of them I can share, science,
and tango. Science satisfies my intellect, tango indulges my soul.
Through tango dancing you are one with the music and transmit your
emotions to your partner. Everything happens inside the embrace,
in that connection that should not be broken. Nothing else counts
during the three magic minutes that a tango lasts. I would like you
to feel the same way that I do about tango.
In Pittsburgh I have enjoyed dancing tango intensively for the past two years,
regularly attending group and private classes and numerous workshops
offered by locals and Argentinian maestros. Now the time has come
for me to convey this passion to you.
Lynn Baumeister introduced
tango to Pittsburgh along with a few other dancers from the Coal
Country Traditions group.
Michael Wizer attended
tango workshops in Manhattan. He began teaching at the Carnegie
Museum and at the Wilkins School Community Center, with Linda
Jeub as his partner. He moved to Cincinnati in 1996.
Eduardo Goytia started
teaching tango with Linda Jeub. He relocated to Manhattan in
1999, where he teaches and performs in professional tango shows.
In 2007 Ed and his partner were the American Finalists in the
World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires.
Linda Jeub led the program,
using a formal tango curriculum she developed with Eduardo.
Sean Cosgrove & Trini
Regaspi, founders of PATangoS (2002), Pittsburgh's 2nd tango
Fran & Zoey Pionati
Donald Hsu, now active in
tango in Hong Kong
Steve & Sandy Langton
began satellite classes at Absolute Ballroom. Steve's teaching
career was cut short by illness, and we lost Steve in 2009.
Beloved by all, Steve's leadership of and devotion to the
Pittsburgh tango community cannot be duplicated and will not be
Adam Hoopengardner traveled
from NYC monthly to guide our local classes and teach workshops