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Mercurio Musicality Challenge

We are proud to present the Mercurio Musicality Challenge! This course has been in the making for a while and has taken its final shape during the 2016 TTC Tango Camp in Minnesota (we thank Sabine Ibes, Tomas Howlin, Korey Ireland, Mitra Martin, Homer Ladas and Cristina Ladas for inspiration). This is an intensive 6 week long challenge, limited to 20 participants.

This course is aimed at social dancers, from Beginner to Intermediate/Advanced level, who want to be more connected to Tango music and their dance partners.

You must register for the entire series and commit to a weekly group class, homework and practice. This course is suitable for all levels, no partner necessary.

Participants Will:

  • Dive into tango music history

  • Crack the code of the tango song structure

  • Learn to differentiate between tango orchestras and learn to navigate the sub-genres of tango, vals and milonga

  • Unlock the many layers of tango music and learn to make conscious expressive choices

  • Learn to express various musical elements through movement

  • Learn about various tango music resources and get ideas on how to organize their tango music library

  • Get tips from local DJs and learn to build their own tandas

  • Fall in love with tango music (again and again!)

  • Finish with an evening of merriment and social dancing to the music of your choice (more details will be announced in class)


  • 9 hours of group class time over 6 weeks (class will meet Thursday nights, at Balance Gym of Foggy Bottom, 8-9:30 PM)

  • Weekly homework/research assignment

  • Weekly 30 minute practice session and journal entry


$120 for the 6 week challenge. Mercurio Class Packages cannot be used for this series.
Course fee is non-refundable.


Masha Abapolnikova

Masha first encountered tango at a Tango Mercurio Weekend Bootcamp in 2010 and she knew from the very first steps that this was going to be a long lasting relationship. Since that fateful weekend, Masha has immersed herself in learning and growing as a tango professional, training in Argentina and around the US. The inspiration behind her dancing and class structure is the creation of a powerful and intimate bond of connection between partners.  She considers herself fortunate to have had teachers who encouraged her to learn both the leading and following role.  The understanding and compassion of this approach profoundly shapes the way she relates to her students, and the way her students relate to each other.  Nothing makes her happier than seeing people leave their comfort zone to discover new, beautiful ways to connect, dance and express themselves.

You can email Masha with any questions about the series.

Bandoneon Photo Credit: Bandoneon "Cardenal" ca. 1920 by Pavel Krok

Earlier Event: June 11
Men's Following
Later Event: October 22
Mercurio Music Sessions