General Class Notes

Notes on Attending

  • Beginners are welcome – absolutely NO dance experience necessary
  • No partner required, though we encourage you to bring friends!

Please note that we encourage our intermediate dancers to attend the beginners’ class as well.

If you’re not on it, sign up for the Stanford Tango Club listserv. This is the best way for us to send you location or other updates in a timely manner.  You can also visit our Facebook page.


  • Wear shoes that will stay on your feet and have flexible, non-sticky soles that allow you to pivot. Leather or suede soles are best.
  • Latin ballroom shoes, character shoes, and jazz shoes are all great practice shoes for tango.
  • Do not wear flip-flops, sling-backs, clogs, and strapless slip-ons.
  • You can convert a pair of sneakers to pretty good dance shoes by putting moleskin (or even duct tape!) on the soles.
  • For your first few lessons, you can even dance in socks!
  • Please do NOT use powder on your shoes. The custodians may fine us if you do.

What Level Am I?

Most people take two or three beginner series before taking intermediate, or take both the lower and upper level series at the same time as they transition between levels.  Again, if you’re taking both series we will offer them to you at a reduced price.

To feel comfortable in the intermediate class, you should be able to lead or follow the following:

  • Walking in parallel and crossed system
  • Follower’s cross
  • Back and forward ochos
  • Ocho cortado
  • Half turn to the left/right
  • Full turn to the left/right (giro/molinete)

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions on classes.



Welcome to Stanford Fall 2016

Welcome to Stanford! We hope you’ll enjoy our programming this year.

We are offering a progressive six week series with professional teachers Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda through December 7. We are now accepting drop-ins (both Stanford affiliates and non-affiliates) for the fundamentals class; we recommend that you have experience in walking, crossing, and pivots before taking our next class on November 16. We are also accepting followers and partnered pairs for the intermediate classes. If you would like to lead in the intermediate class, please email us at and we will put you on the waitlist.

Stanford Tango Club Spring Quarter

Next Wednesday, March 30, 2016

8:30-9:45p Power your OCHO^8 : pivot step pivot step …
A class for 1+ quarter seasoned dancers :P, especially with intermediate classes in the future
After we’ve got pivoting down, we’ll use the pivot in cool movements, like ochos and/or molinette!

Cost: Free for Stanford affiliates (thanks Paul), and $10 otherwise (community)
Location: Koret Pavillion
565 Mayfield Avenue,
Stanford, CA 94305
Parking map:

Interested in the performance team? We’re having our first Spring quarter practice before the class (7p) in Koret. Tango experience beneficial, but not required; we’ve had people join after their second class and others after their second year. No requirement to perform if you come to practices; we practice movements and practice dancing to songs. The performance team is only open to Stanford students.

Practicalonga 10:15-12a (free to all) with DJ Don An

Wed. Apr 6, 2016

7:45-9:15p New Tangueros Out and About
A great first tango class where we cover walking, rock steps and more!

Cost: Free for Stanford affiliates (thanks Paul), and $10 otherwise (community)

Location: Koret Pavillion
565 Mayfield Avenue,
Stanford, CA 94305
Parking map:
Practicalonga 9:30-12a (free to all)

Wed. Apr 13, 2016

7:45p-8:45P Free Fundamental Class
9-10p Intermediate class with Paul ($0 Stanford affiliates, $10 non-affiliated community)
10-12a Free Practicalonga

Wed. Apr 20, 2016- Wed. May 25, 2016: Professionally Taught Progressive Series

Stanford Tango Club Spring Series wtih Christy Cote

Photocredit: Shell Jiang

Pre-register, please

FULL Stanford Tango Club Spring Series with Christy Cote

Updated: No additional registrations or drop ins for either series

Fundamental Series: We are completely full.

Intermediate Series: No drop-ins. We have a full series.

Location is Koret Pavilion for 5/4/2015. 565 Mayfield Ave.


Please put Stanford as the city in your GPS and please check the parking signs. Recommended parking includes Tressider parking lot.


Photo credit: Tanya Constantine

We will be having a six week progressive series with Christy Coté, which will run 6 consecutive Weds from Apr 20 to May 25. There will be fundamental and intermediate series. Questions:


Fundamental Series 7:45-8:45p
Practice and warm up time between classes
Intermediate* Series 9:15-10:15p
Practicalonga with DJ from 10:30-12a**
* Intermediate series pre-requisite is prior Argentine tango experience, including strong grasp of Argentine tango technique for ochos, molinettte, cross system and parallel system.
**no practicalonga on 4/20 or 4/27


Stanford affiliates: $20/series; $40/both series; $5 drop in per class if space permits*
Otherwise: $60/series; $115/both series; $13 drop per class in if space permits*
Practice time and practicalonga are free


Please pre-register for our series. If our series fill up, we will not be able to accomadate drop-ins.* We encourage you to pre-register for the series using this link:

Location on campus

Special, larger rooms on 4/20 (BCSC) and 4/27 (GCC).
Regular room (Koret) for last four weeks.


About Christy


Photocredit: Shell Jiang

Christy Coté has been teaching, performing and choreographing Argentine Tango since 1996. Her teaching method has been published in the Argentine Tango manuals by Dance Vision. She is one of the featured teachers and performers for CITA, the annual International Tango Congress in Buenos Aires. Christy is one of the founding members and choreographers of the all female tango company, Tango Con*Fusion created in 2004. Christy is based in San Francisco where she teaches weekly classes at La Pista and Boot Camps at various locations around the Bay Area. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and join her mailing list at

Stanford Tango Club Milonga on 1-30-16 with DJ Israel

Sat 1-30-16

Free Student Officer Led Pre-Fundamental Level Class from 7:30-8:30p

Milonga from 8:30-11:59p with snacks

Cost of milonga: $5 if stanford affiliate, $10 if not a Stanford affiliate

DJ Israel

@ Black Community Services Center (click on the map to enlarge, or click on this link to go to google maps)


Please put Stanford as the city in your GPS, and while most places are OK to park in on the weekends, check the signs.

Free Officer Led Argentine Tango Class on Jan 25, 2015


Map above (click on map to enlarge, click on link to go to google maps)

We will be holding a free introduction to Argentine tango class (which is good prep for a fundamental series) on Monday Jan 25, 2015.

Class 7:30-9p

Practice Time 9-9:45p


Bechtel International Center
584 Capistrano Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Full! NO drop ins! Stanford Tango Club Progressive Series with Homer and Cristina Starts in Jan 2016


We hope you will join us for a 6 week series with Homer and Cristina in Winter 2015.  6 week series on Wednesdays January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 17, 24.

7:45-8:45p fundamental
8:45-9:15p practice time
9:15-10:15p intermediate
10:15-12a practica

Pre-registration is closed. Both series are full. Drop-ins are unavailable, and there is no room in either series.
Intermediate series pre-requisite is a strong grasp of Argentine tango technique for ochos, molinettte, cross system and parallel system. Min of 6 mos Argentine tango experience is strongly recommended for the intermediate class.
Note: Pre-registration requires pre-payment, which may be done via check (received prior to Jan 1) or cash/check at our event on Jan 6 More details will be sent out regarding pre-payment upon confirmation of enrollment.

Stanford affiliate: $20 for one series; $40 for both
Otherwise (i.e. not a current Stanford affiliate with a valid SUID): $60 for one series; $115 for both



565 Mayfield Avenue,
(enter at Campus and O’Keefe)
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking Map (click on it to enlarge it, or click here for google maps link)