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Tango Salon Winnipeg is run by a group of tango enthusiasts offering weekly Saturday Night Tango classes, occasional workshops with tango maestros, special events, milongas, practicas and outreach programs.
Saturday Night Tango classes are tailored to provide instruction to people who have never danced before and to intermediate dancers who wish to improve their skills and musicality in a beautiful dance studio. We promote an inclusive, friendly atmosphere, in a setting that is both welcoming and aesthetically pleasing – after all, tango is about connecting and enjoying a beautiful experience.
After the class is over, the ‘milonguita’ (social dance of the tango) begins and everyone is welcome to stay, especially beginners! You don’t have to dance – you are welcome to watch and listen to the beautiful music and experience the beauty of tango.
Did you know that 80% of our tango dancers come without a partner? No partner necessary!
We offer classes at Drop In Dance Winnipeg located at 1381 Portage Avenue (near Rae and Jerry’s). Drop In Dance Winnipeg provides dance studios for Winnipeg based dancers, instructors and choreographers.
Weekly Saturday Night Tango Classes are only $5
Our goal is to grow the tango community in Winnipeg by offering affordable Saturday night lessons. Please note that Tango Salon Winnipeg is operated by a volunteer group of tango enthusiasts. All funds go towards space rental, promotional costs, and special events. Please give generously if you are able.
Prices are subject to change for classes taught by visiting professional tango maestros and for special events.
What to wear
For your first class, dress comfortably in shoes with no treads or heavy grip.
What is a Milonga?
The social dance of the tango is called a ‘milonga.’ Pairs dance in a line of dance counter-clockwise on the floor. You’ll dance with different partners throughout the night. Normally songs are grouped into ‘tandas’ of three songs, separated by a short ‘cortina.’ It’s all pretty simple, and you can always ask questions. Tango Salon Winnipeg hosts milongas in different locations throughout Winnipeg on a semi-regular basis.
About Tango Music
At Tango Salon Winnipeg, our DJ’s provide music from all periods of tango’s rich history, with an emphasis on the classic dance period of the 1930s to the 1950s.
Early tango music is a mix of European styles and rhythms that melded in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Uruguay. The distinctive bandoneon sound was added by 1900, and by 1920 tango was a worldwide sensation. After 1960, tango was revitalized by avant-garde composers. Tango reconquered the world in the 1980s and it is more popular than ever today, with many different variations of musical and dance styles. Throughout the history of the tango, the unique, emotional lyrics and style of singing has remained constant, always demanding the most of the listener and the dancer.
What does ‘salon’ mean?
In the world of tango, ‘salon’ means a place for dancing, enjoying music, and socializing. In Argentina it is associated with ballrooms or ‘milonga’ halls. It is also a style of tango dancing, very different from ballroom tango. Watch this video of one of our visiting instructors from Argentina, Alberto Sendra and Fernanda Japas, to see an example of ‘salon style’ tango.
Visiting Teachers from Argentina
Weekly teachers at Tango Salon Winnipeg enjoy passing on their knowledge and experience. Whenever possible, tango workshops are organized with professional teachers from Argentina to further our development as a community.