Who Are We?
The Stanford Tango Club is a student-run non-profit organization that is dedicated to building and sustaining an open community of Argentine Tango dancers. We strive to promote Argentine Tango as an evolving global social dance and art form rooted in tradition. Our activities include classes, practicas (practice sessions), milongas (tango dance parties), workshops, and outings.
Come out and dance with us at one of our events, and feel free to contact us for further information.
What Do We Do?
Our Classes: We bring some of the best Tango instructors in and beyond the Bay Area to teach two levels of classes every quarter. We usually hold progressive class series for 6-8 weeks each quarter.
Our Practicas: Every week, we have free practicas open to everybody taking the classes and also to others willing to assist and enjoy the company of others in their quest to learn Tango. Sometimes, we hold a short 1-hr guided practice taught by STC members and other Tango Community members. This is followed by a practilonga (practica + milonga = practilonga), in which the dance floor is opened up for social dancing and continued practice.
Our Outings: Occasionally, we organize trips to other local tango venues for everyone to experience dancing Tango outside of a class setting. Some of our favorite spots include El Valenciano, Cellspace, The Beat & La Pista.
Interested in Volunteering?
Talk to one of us or send us an e-mail. If you are excited about tango and willing to devote some time helping with club organization and tasks, we definitely want to hear from you! Anyone can volunteer, only registered undergraduate or graduate Stanford students can be officers.
What should I do to get dances/tandas?
While common courtesy gets you pretty far in tango, here are a few items of note:
1) Smell clean! Yes, this might be the most important one 🙂 Achieved by showering, wearing a fresh change of clothes and brushing teeth.
2) Make eye contact! This is often referred to as cabeceo and some dancers will only respond to cabeceos. While we’re pretty relaxed at Stanford, it’s still a good idea to make eye contact before verbally inviting someone.
4) Respect your partner’s wishes! If someone says thank you, that’s the end of dancing this tanda with that person. Expressing honest enjoyment without using that phrase, however, is a great way to let your partner know you’d like to dance with them again. I like to use phrases like “That was fun!” or “It was nice dancing with you.” Feel free to be pleasantly creative.
5) Give feedback only if asked! Feedback is only ok in practicas/ practicalongas, not at milongas!
6) Be considerate! The line of dance is counterclockwise. Please be aware of surroundings to avoid hurting your partner or other couples. This includes moments when there’s a sudden desire to throw legs around!
Note: Some dancers only dance to certain music. Familiarizing yourself with tango music even outside of dancing is a great way to make progress in tango. Luckily, many songs can be found on youtube. Don’t know where to start? Email us or ask us at our events