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Three levels of Beginning Argentine Tango classes are taught every Wednesday evening by our teachers Brian and Fay at the Carrillo Recreation Center. 100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara CA.
After class, we usually meet at the Café Buenos Aires to socialize and dance. Please feel free to join us!


Brian & Fay also teach Intermediate/Advanced Argentine Tango classes on Saturday afternoons at the same location (see below).

They also teach a weekly Special Topics Class on Thursdays from 6:30 - 7:30pm.

Each six-week session focuses on an individual specialty area, such as:

    • Milonga
    • Milonga con Traspié
    • Vals Cruzado
    • Men's & Women's Technique
    • Technique for dancing in Close-Embrace

    ...and a variety of other topics.

Private classes are also available by appointment for individuals, couples, or groups. Call (805) 687-2113

Each class in a six-week series builds upon the material covered in the previous classes. Dancers with limited prior experience in Argentine Tango are encouraged to join at the beginning of a class series, as many important concepts are covered in the very first class.

Experienced dancers, or returning students who wish to "brush up" a little, are welcome to "drop in" for individual classes without enrolling for the entire series.

For info or private lessons call Fay or Brian at 687-2113, or by e-mail.
For directions to the Carrillo Recreation center click here.
For directions to the Café Buenos Aires click here.

If you would like to register on-line, you may do so by logging into "eRecreation" at the SB Parks & Recreation website:

Session dates in 2011 for the next six-week series (Levels I - II - III) will be as follows:

  • January 5, 2011 - February 19
  • February 16 - March 23
  • March 30 - May 4
  • May 11 - June 15
  • June 22 - July 27
  • August 10 - September 14
  • September 21 - October 26
  • November 2 - December 7

CLASSES DO NOT REQUIRE A DANCE PARTNER!
WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES, AND SHOES THAT PIVOT EASILY. LEATHER SOLES PREFERRED!
COME PREPARED TO CHANGE PARTNERS AND WORK WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE
SOME CLASS EXERCISES MAY REQUIRE WORKING WITH A PARTNER OF THE SAME GENDER

  • Beginners - Level I:
      • Level I meets Wednesdays from 6-7pm--no partner or experience required.

        This class is designed to be repeated & we recommend it as a review/refresher for our more experienced dancers who want to spend some time honing their basic skills. (Always a good idea!) The series focuses on: posture & walking; basics of lead & follow; Tango history & social conventions.

      • SB City residents with Resident Discount Card:
        $67 for each six-week series or $12 per class (drop-in)

        otherwise: $74 for each six-week series or $14 per class (drop-in)
  • Continuing Beginners - Level II
      • Level II meets Wednesdays from 7-8pm--no partner required.

        This is a continuation of Level I and builds on the skills learned in that series. If you are enrolled in Level II, you may attend the Level I classes at no extra charge.

        The series focuses on: even & uneven walks; variations of forward- & backward-ochos; basic turning movements (giros).

      • SB City residents with Resident Discount Card:
        $67 for each six-week series or $12 per class (drop-in)

        otherwise: $74 for each six-week series or $14 per class (drop-in)
  • Advanced Beginners - Level III
      • Level III meets Wednesdays from 8-9pm

        For most people, we recommend taking this after completing Level II at least two times.

        This class concentrates on the technique of turning movements (giros), with and without leg displacements (entradas). Boleos & ganchos may also be covered, as time permits.
      • Level III is intended to help dancers hone their fundamental skills, so that they can begin attending our more demanding Intermediate/Advanced classes.

        Most students repeat Level III several times.


      • SB City residents with Resident Discount Card:
        $67 for each six-week series or $12 per class (drop-in)

        otherwise: $74 for each six-week series or $14 per class (drop-in)
  • Intermediate/Advanced:
      • This class covers a wide variety of challenging material, and moves at a fast pace. Designed for those who already have a good command of basic skills, especially:
          • giros (right & left, with or without entradas)
          • boleos (front & back, on both sides)
          • ganchos (both sides)
      • Classes involve complex combinations of basic elements, detailed exploration of technique and body-management, and exposure to a more advanced vocabulary of movement.
      • Classes are usually held two or three times each month
        on Saturdays from 11am-1pm


      • The next (2011) classes will be held on:

        To Be Announced

      • SB City residents with Resident Discount Card:
        $16 per class (drop-in)

        Non-residents: $18 per class (drop-in)
      • Special Classes are occasionally taught by visiting guest artists at a higher fee.

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