Free fundamentals class on October 12

We will offer a free student-led fundamentals class on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM in Black Community Services Center. If you’d like to give tango a try or brush up on your dance skills, we’d love to see you! No experience or partner necessary.

Tango Seminar + Demonstration with Gabriel Missé and Carla Espinoza

Sat, Oct 22, 2016 5:45-10:45p
Elliot Program Center (589 Governor’s Ave, Stanford, CA 94305)
We are honored to present world-renowned Argentine tango instructors Gabriel Missé and Carla Espinoza at our special Fall event!
We are thrilled to join with professional tango instructor Natasha Ng and our friends at the Argentine Tango Club of Berkeley in hosting Gabriel and Carla for this wonderful seminar and demonstration.

Space is limited for quality, so make sure to reserve your place at this awesome opportunity to learn with one of the greatest masters of Argentine tango.

To preregister, click the link below:

“As for Mr. Misse… He’s the Mikhail Baryshnikov of Tango, sweet and miraculous” -Alastair Macaulay, New York Times Sept 26, 2013

Check out Gabriel and Carla’s dancing here::

Read Gabriel’s New York Times review here:

Gabriel Missé Bio:

Known for his classic style and grace, Missé is one of the greatest tango dancers of our time. Mr. Misse started to dance Tango from the age of six, with Masters such as Antonio Todaro and Pepito Avellaneda and performed with leading artists and musicians like Julian Plaza, Colangelo, Oscar Basil, Alberto Castillo, Roberto Goyeneche, Mariano Mores and Armando Manzanero. He has appeared in tango documentaries for National Geographic and on Japanese television. For many years, Missé was part of the Miguel Angel Zotto’s company Tango x 2, the world tour of Una Noche de Tango and has choreographed several touring tango shows. An accredited judge for the Buenos Aires Metropolitan and World Tango Championships, Missé has taught and danced in festivals in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North & South America.

Salon Tango Seminar:

Check-in: 5:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Workshop 1: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Workshop 2: 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Perform Demo + Guided Práctica (DJ Natasha Ng): 9:15 PM – 10:45 PM

Gabriel Missé and Carla Espinoza’s workshops are progressive and begin with the most essential elements of Tango foundation (i.e. ‘Caminata’ – tango walk, pivot, ocho, how to lead and follow, posture, and connection). Drills, exercises, and dance sequences that breakdown the mechanics of movement and technique to create dynamic flow will follow; this is key to dancing safely and beautifully, expressing the elegance and fluidity of Tango with confidence.

There will be lectures on tango history and anecdotes of their experiences learning from famous Golden Era tango masters, codes of tango, tango orchestras, and musical interpretation.

They will teach the secrets of Tango dancing from famous milongueros from the Golden Era of Tango such as Todaro, Perita, Toto, Petaca, Pepito Avellaneda, El Turco José and more.

The workshops are suitable for beginners, applicable to all dance levels, and a dance partner is not needed. Beginners are highly encouraged to start with Workshop 1 as the seminar is progressive.


Stanford & Berkeley students with ID:$30 for Workshop I or II – $58 all night
*Preregistration: $25 for Workshop I or II – $39 all night

Community: $35 for Workshop I or II – $69 all night
Preregistration: $30 for Workshop I or II – $58 all night

*Stanford Tango Club will subsidize $10 for Stanford students with ID

To preregister, click the link below:

Preregistration does not guarantee your place in the seminar. Your place in the seminar is only guaranteed once we’ve received payment. Once we have received your preregistration form, we will send you the link to pay online through Eventbrite. If you prefer, you can also pay in person with cash or check at our student-led events on October 12 and October 19.


Elliott Program Center
589 Governors Ave
Stanford, CA

Parking is free in the Y2E2 parking structure on weekends

Please email us at the following address if you have any questions:

Fall 2016 Series with Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda: Registration now open!


Photo credit: Don Weaver

We will offer a six-week fundamental and intermediate series this fall with professional tango instructors Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda.

See Felipe and Ayano dancing here

Wednesday nights on October 26 – Dec 7 (except Thanksgiving week)

Preregistration is now open and is highly encouraged, since we are usually at capacity before the series starts. Click here to register:

Please note that preregistration does not guarantee your place in the series. Your place is guaranteed once we receive payment. After you register, we will send you a link to pay online. If you prefer, you can also pay by cash  or check at our pre-series events on October 12 and 19.

Fundamental series: 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Intermediate series: 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM
Practica: 10:15 PM – 12 AM


Koret Pavilion


Stanford student: $20 per series/$40 both series
Stanford affiliate*: $35 per series/$60 both series
Non-Stanford affiliate: $60 per series/$110 both series
*Stanford affiliates include Stanford staff and postdoctoral fellows


No dance partner needed for either class. For the fundamental series, no dance experience is needed. For the intermediate class, a minimum six months or two consecutive series worth of tango experience is required.

See more general information for the classes here.

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 will offer free student-led tango classes this quarter.
The first one is Oct 12 at 7:45-8:45p in the Black Community Services Center. No experience or partner necessary.

We’ll be doing a progressive six week series with professional teachers Felipe Martinez and Ayano Yoneda beginning Oct 26. Preregistration is now open and highly encouraged. See the link below for more details.

On Oct 22, we will have a single evening special event with visiting tango instructors Gabriel Missé and Carla Espinoz. Preregistration is now open and highly encouraged.

Finally, we’ll have an on-campus outing to Stanford New Ensemble’s Tango and Beyond concert on Nov. 4 at 7:30p.

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😛, 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