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Less is More


Less is More

Ramu Pyreddy and Simone Pinheiro, two of DC's most influential teachers, are offering a special intermediate level tango series this Summer Session.  Unlike our usual format, this series will be 5 weeks in length with 2 hour classes. 

What's it about?

Like a classical painting or a classic recipe, the ingredients for a memorable dance are few and simple; but the mastery of those details allow one to improvise and create such an experience time and again, even on crowded dance floors.

In this series, which focusses on the most vital ingredients for social dancing, we will:

  • Enhance and deepen our understanding of the basic (normal/cross): the structure, timing and history.
  • Delve deep into the world of alterations (aka change of directions) - most essential for navigation.
  • Taste the many flavors (timing, geometry, feeling) of ocho-cortado and learn clockwise turns.
  • Explore the dark side of the embrace and counter clockwise turns.
  • And have fun learning milonga-traspie in the last class!

Each class will be 2 hours in length. Come prepared to be challenged and to work hard.


July 12th - August 9th 2018.
Balance Gym, 1339 Green Ct NW, Washington, DC 20005. 4th floor. 

Pre-registration is required for this series.
Roles will be balanced.  FOLLOWER SPOTS ARE NOW FULL. 

*To qualify for this series, participants must have attended weekly tango classes for a minimum of 6 months and taken the Tango Mercurio Advanced Beginner "Tango Essentials" 6-week series at least twice. 

About Ramu

Ramu took his first tango lesson on April 27th, 2000 in Buenos Aires and was hooked instantly. He still has the same excitement for the dance and his love for the music and the dance continues to grow. To share that passion with his friends and colleagues, he started Michigan Argentine Tango Club at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was actively involved in growing it into a community that is now well known for its excellent social dancing skills. Ramu has since danced, DJd and taught all over the US and Canada. His teaching and dancing are characterized by a keen musical interpretation, infectious enthusiasm and a deep love of the music and the dance that is fanatic. He teaches tango for the social dance floor with an emphasis on connection, musicality and improvisation. He is one of the most knowledgeable and sought after tango DJ's in the US and has been a featured DJ at most tango festivals in the US. Currently, he lives in Washington DC where he is the host, DJ and resident teacher at Milonga Zandunga, one of DC's popular milongas.

Earlier Event: May 17
Tango Improvisation
Later Event: September 6
Advanced Sequences