A dance class can teach anyone to move with grace through bee attacks, while getting served in front of a blind date, or during mega-prom. Ready your repertoire for any occasion with today's Groupon: for $40, you get any six dance or fitness classes at The Tango Room Dance Center in Sherman Oaks (an $80 value).
The Tango Room Dance Center helps students discover self-confidence and develop rhythm under the tutelage of teacher and ballet dancer Julie Friedgen and Angel Echeverria, who is considered by some to be the godfather of tango in Los Angeles. The studio's classes are as varied and numerous as the cheese selection in a Wisconsin grocery store; students can try out the titular tango to spice up every step, experiment with salsa to develop flirty musicality and timing, or engage in belly dance to tone a sinuous, lithe body. The center also sprinkles in wild foreign spices such as Bujinkan, the Japanese martial art of ninjas, or Exotifit, a mixture of strange charms and moves collected from the shores of India, Brazil, and Hawaii, blended with contemporary hip-hop and pole dancing.
The Tango Room holds classes at multiple times every day of the week; check the calendar to find one that fits your schedule like a snug, bright-red dancing heel. Only the Sunday yoga class is off limits to newcomers.
The Tango Room Dance Center
As a child in Buenos Aires, Angel Echeverria would sit on the porch of his family home and watch his aunt and uncle dance the tango. Music often spilled into the streets of his neighborhood, where many tango musicians lived. By the time he was a teenager in the early 1960s, Angel began studying the tango himself, and nearly 50 years later he founded The Tango Room Dance Center with Julie Friedgen. Like Angel, Julie grew up watching her parents’ Argentine friends dance tango at parties, and eventually became a ballet and flamenco dancer. Though she didn’t begin learning the tango until 13 years ago, once she started she immediately knew it was the dance to which she would devote the rest of her life.
Not surprisingly, The Tango Room is dedicated to the Argentine style of dance; many of the instructors hail from Argentina and lead classes in traditional, contemporary, waltz, and milonga variations. On Saturday nights the school transforms into El Encuentro—which translates to “the encounter”—a fast-paced dance party modeled after the tango clubs of Buenos Aires. Beyond tango, the school also hosts classes in salsa, belly dance, and R & B line dancing as well as Zumba and bujinkan, a Japanese martial art.
4346 Woodman Ave.
Sherman Oaks, California 91423