Dancing requires the ability to multi-task, enabling such feats as listening to music while can-canning or pruning a rose bush while tangoing. Safely learn to side-step with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get 10 group dance lessons at ARTango Center (a $135 value).
ARTango Center specializes in the social and passionate Argentine tango, transforming students into smooth-stepping hip swivelers during group lessons (scheduled during the evening hours, Tuesday–Friday). The center follows the techniques of 21st-century tango, which fuses the tango developed in the 1930s with the eclectic beats of contemporary music. As the Latin harmony lights up the studio, dancers’ limbs swing mellifluously and fluidly in unison with their partners’ movements, creating a dancing duo as free-flowing as salsa on a nacho-eater’s chin. Beginners work directly with the instructor to establish the basic steps, and more advanced students benefit from advice on how to move more smoothly and comfortably. Classes are generally limited to between 15 and 30 students to allow for more personal interaction. As is the case in solitaire or rowing a boat in circles, students do not have to bring their own partner.
ARTango’s studio was built to reflect an authentic Argentine home, with a disco ball that splashes the wall with flickering light, a ceiling draped in colored cloth, a multichromatic mural, and smooth wood floors held in place by participating dancers. Visit the ARTango's website, and click through to the lessons page for the dates and times of each toe-tapping session.
ARTango Center brings 2,000 square feet of Buenos Aires to Chicago in a studio whose ebony hardwood floors, exposed-brick walls, and flowing white curtains set the stage for tango lessons and lively milonga parties. Instructors well versed in the passionate dance teach both neophytes building foundational techniques and those who already sleep with a rose gripped in their teeth at night. Rotating partners help pupils think on their feet, and private lessons intensify learning at a pace comfortable for each dancer. On Friday nights, twirlers of all levels gather for a milonga, a tango dance party that offers a light buffet and the chance to try out ardent steps in an appropriate environment instead of with a bewildered mailman.
4203 N Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60613