Class Schedule

Winter Session 2019

We're so glad you've decided to give Argentine tango a try! Social tango is different from the tango you might have seen in performances or competitions — more dramatic genres that are variously called stage, show, or ballroom tango, depending on the particular tradition. Unlike these genres, Argentine tango, sometimes called social tango or "tango salon", is danced for enjoyment, not for an audience. It is often compared to speaking a language because the dance unfolds like a conversation one could never have predicted given that it’s improvised from one moment to the next. When social tango is performed, it is typically done so in this raw improvised form. Another wonderful thing about tango is that people of all ages, backgrounds, learning paces and styles can dance it. It has often been said: “If you can walk, you can dance tango”.

The Washington, DC, area has a lot of great Argentine Tango instructors and organizers, with an assortment of opportunities to dance, learn, or listen to tango music every night of the week. A great group of volunteers called the Capital Tangueros (not associated with Tango Mercurio) maintains a full calendar of events. Everybody learns differently so we strongly encourage you to take a look at the Capital Tangueros and explore as much of the DC tango community as you can.

Like other tango event organizers in the area, Tango Mercurio teaches classes, hosts milongas and practicas, and performs live music, but, as a not-for-profit arts-education organization, we also offer volunteer opportunities to serve the broader community.

If you're just beginning to take lessons, we have a weekly Tango Taster class downtown and various courses for complete beginners offered as either a 6 week series or a 6 hour Weekend Bootcamp. Private Lessons are another great way to learn, please visit this page for more details.

 
Beginners

You are at the beginner level, if you've never taken a class in Argentine tango before or you've taken a handful of classes (4 or less).  This level is also recommend if you’ve taken a long break from dancing and would like to revisit the basics, or if you've taken some tango classes but never with Tango Mercurio.

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Drop-in Classes

TANGO DRILLS (ALL LEVELS)
Develop understanding, awareness and control of your body. Train muscle memory and tone for tango movement and rhythmic variations.

Location:
Eighteenth Street Lounge
1212 18th St. NW
NW Washington, DC 20036
(Dupont or Farragut North Metro Stop)

Date:
Tuesdays
7-8pm

Cost:
$20 *

*Pricing is for a single class. You may purchase 6 or more classes at a discounted rate during sign-up.


TANGO TASTER
A one-hour drop-in class designed for you to get a taste of tango or review the basics of tango improvisation. Come any time and bring friends! No need to bring a partner.

Location:
Eighteenth Street Lounge
1212 18th St. NW
NW Washington, DC 20036
(Dupont or Farragut North Metro Stop)

Date:
Tuesdays
8-9pm

Cost:
$20*

*Pricing is for a single class. You may purchase 6 or more classes at a discounted rate during sign-up.


QUEER TANGO TASTER
An all-levels class that works on the fundamentals of tango vocabulary, technique, connection, and musicality for both the lead and follow roles. This class is appropriate for drop-ins and total beginners while also presenting new challenges for returning students. Students are encouraged to practice both roles and dance with everyone in the class.

Location:
Bloombars
3222 11th St. NW, Downstairs
Washington, DC 20010

Date:
Thursdays
7-8:30pm

Cost:
$20*

*Pricing is for a single class. You may purchase 6 or more classes at a discounted rate during sign-up.

**After class, students are invited to stay for a 1-hour free public guided prática.

 
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Progressive Classes

TANGO INITIATION: 6 WEEK SERIES
Learn about balance, posture and technique for tango movement, and the unique mindset of each role. In this course you will receive basic musical education and an introduction to improvising with a partner. Class vocabulary includes the tango “walk”, cunitas (rock steps), the follower's cross, back ochos, basic navigational tools and introductory level adornments. You must pre-register for this class.

Teacher(s) for upcoming series:
Aja | March 29 - May 3
Ramu & Simone | May 10 - June 21 (No class on May 24th)

Location:
Balance Gym (Downtown)
1339 Green Ct NW, 3rd floor
Washington, DC 20005

Dates:
Fridays
7:30-9pm

Cost:
$100 (6 class package)

*After class, students are invited to stay for a 1-hour free public guided prática.


TANGO INITIATION: BOOT CAMP
This course covers all of the material in the 6 week Tango Initiation series condensed into one fun weekend of two 3-hour sessions. This course is a great way to dive in and get immersed in tango. People often choose to take this in conjunction with the 6 week series for accelerated learning and integration. You must pre-register for this class.

Teacher(s) for upcoming boot camps:
Jonathan | May 4 & 5
Masha | June 29 & 30

Location:
Sport & Health (Tenleytown)
4001 Brandywine St NW
Washington, DC 20016

Dates:
Saturday & Sunday
2-5pm

Cost:
$100 (both days)

Advanced Beginners

You are an advanced beginner if you are comfortable with, and proficient at leading and following our Tango Initiation curriculum.  Most people feel ready for the advanced beginner classes when they have completed the entire Tango Initiation curriculum (the 6 week series), or a combination of a Tango Initiation Weekend Bootcamp and the Tango Initiation 6 week series.  If you are unsure, ask your Mercurio instructor if you are ready for the classes at the advanced beginner level. 

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Drop-in Classes

TANGO DRILLS (ALL LEVELS)
Develop understanding, awareness and control of your body. Train muscle memory and tone for tango movement and rhythmic variations.

Location:
Eighteenth Street Lounge
1212 18th St. NW
NW Washington, DC 20036
(Dupont or Farragut North Metro Stop)

Date:
Tuesdays
7-8pm

Cost:
$20 *

*Pricing is for a single class. You may purchase 6 or more classes at a discounted rate during sign-up.

 
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Progressive Classes

MILONGA & VALS: 6 WEEK SERIES
This series is designed to introduce you to the two other genres of tango music that we dance to on the social dance floor: The fun and upbeat "milonga" and the flowing and light hearted "vals". Four weeks are spent on milonga and two weeks are spent on vals. This series is great for people new to milonga and vals, or those who want to develop more confidence and/or build on existing knowledge. 

Teacher(s) for upcoming series:
Masha & Gabriel El Huracán | March 28 - May 2

Location:
Balance Gym (Downtown)
1339 Green Ct NW, 4th floor
Washington, DC 20005

Dates:
Thursdays
7:30-9pm

Cost:
$20 *


TANGO ESSENTIALS (CROSS SYSTEM): 6 WEEK SERIES
There are three aspects to the Tango Essentials cross system series: 1. How to improvise with traditional tango sequences considered essential for the social dance floor in cross foot system.  2. The codes, customs and etiquette of “the milonga” (an Argentine tango social dance). 3. Tips for becoming part of a caring tango community.  In this course you will learn how to transition from the classroom to the real-life experience of social dancing at the milonga.  Questions like “how do I invite someone to dance?” or “what kind of shoes do I need?” all get answered in Tango Essentials.  Participation in this series includes a chaperoned field trip to a local milonga with your classmates to support you in making this exciting leap!  Completion of the Tango Initiation curriculum is a prerequisite OR at least 6 months of tango classes taken elsewhere. Tango Essentials Parallel and Cross system are non sequential which means they may be taken in either order.

Teacher(s) for upcoming series:
Ramu & Simone | March 29 & May 3

Location:
Balance Gym (Downtown)
1339 Green Ct NW, 4th floor
Washington, DC 20005

Dates:
Fridays
7:30-9pm

Cost:
$20 *

*After class, students are invited to stay for a 1-hour free public guided prática.


TANGO ESSENTIALS (PARALLEL SYSTEM): 6 WEEK SERIES
There are three aspects to the Tango Essentials parallel system series: 1. How to improvise with traditional tango sequences considered essential for the social dance floor in parallel foot system.  2. The codes, customs and etiquette of “the milonga” (an Argentine tango social dance). 3. Tips for becoming part of a caring tango community.  In this course you will learn how to transition from the classroom to the real-life experience of social dancing at the milonga.  Questions like “how do I invite someone to dance?” or “what kind of shoes do I need?” all get answered in Tango Essentials.  Participation in this series includes a chaperoned field trip to a local milonga with your classmates to support you in making this exciting leap!  Completion of the Tango Initiation curriculum is a prerequisite OR at least 6 months of tango classes taken elsewhere. Tango Essentials parallel and cross system are non sequential which means they may be taken in either order.

Teacher(s) for upcoming series:
Aja & Gabriel El Huracán | May 10 - June 21 (No class on May 24)

Location:
Balance Gym (Downtown)
1339 Green Ct NW, 4th floor
Washington, DC 20005

Dates:
Fridays
7:30-9pm

Cost:
$20 *

*After class, students are invited to stay for a 1-hour free public guided prática.

Intermediate

The intermediate level is for dancers who have completed the Tango Essentials curriculum in both cross system and parallel system, and regularly attended the weekly guided practica; or for those who have been social dancing consistently for at least one year.  It’s important that you have both academic and experiential knowledge of the material taught at the advanced beginner level before embarking upon the intermediate level classes.  If unsure, ask a Mercurio instructor in one of our advanced beginner classes if you are ready for the classes at the intermediate level. 

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Drop-in Classes

TANGO DRILLS (ALL LEVELS)
Develop understanding, awareness and control of your body. Train muscle memory and tone for tango movement and rhythmic variations.

Location:
Eighteenth Street Lounge
1212 18th St. NW
NW Washington, DC 20036
(Dupont or Farragut North Metro Stop)

Date:
Tuesdays
7-8pm

Cost:
$20 *

*Pricing is for a single class. You may purchase 6 or more classes at a discounted rate during sign-up.


TANGO ELEMENTS
These classes introduce new skills, one at a time.  Learn how to build classic elements such as boleos, ganchos, sacadas, paradas and barridas into the foundational structure you are already familiar with.  Each month covers a different subject.  2 years of social dance experience is recommended. 

Monthly Topics:
April -> Boleos  
May -> Sacadas/Ganchos 
June -> Paradas/Barridas  

Location:
Eighteenth Street Lounge
1212 18th St. NW
NW Washington, DC 20036
(Dupont or Farragut North Metro Stop)

Date:
Tuesdays
7-8pm

Cost:
$20 *

*Pricing is for a single class. You may purchase 6 or more classes at a discounted rate during sign-up.

 
Advanced

The Tango Mercurio advanced level classes are for leaders and followers who have a solid grasp of the material taught at the Advanced Beginner level and a good understanding (but not necessarily mastery) of the concepts and skills taught in our intermediate level classes.*To attend one of the advanced classes you must come with a partner.

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Drop-in Classes

TANGO DRILLS (ALL LEVELS)
Develop understanding, awareness and control of your body. Train muscle memory and tone for tango movement and rhythmic variations.

Location:
Eighteenth Street Lounge
1212 18th St. NW
NW Washington, DC 20036
(Dupont or Farragut North Metro Stop)

Date:
Tuesdays
7-8pm

Cost:
$20 *

*Pricing is for a single class. You may purchase 6 or more classes at a discounted rate during sign-up.

 
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Progressive Classes

ADVANCED SEQUENCES: 6 WEEK SERIES (COUPLES ONLY)
This series explores exquisite and practical combinations of advanced level tango vocabulary and musicality.

Teacher(s) for upcoming series:
Aja & Gabriel El Huracán | May 9 - June 20

Location:
Balance Gym (Downtown)
1339 Green Ct NW, 4th floor
Washington, DC 20005

Dates:
Thursdays
7:30-9pm

Cost:
$100 (6 class package)