1. I am a new student, where should I start?

If you have never tried tango, a Tango Taster Class is the perfect way to start your journey. If you have taken 3 tango classes or less, please start with our 6 Week Tango Initiation series or our Tango Initiation Weekend Bootcamp. Please refer to our Beginners Page for more information.

2. Do I need a partner?

Nope! Many folks come alone and make friends as they learn tango! We will also invite you to rotate throughout the class so that you can meet everyone and practice your improvisational skills, but staying with your own partner is also welcome. The exception to this is our advanced level classes in which we frequently request that you come with a partner. 

2. Do I need to register for a Tango Taster class?

Nope! Just remember to bring photo ID. Eighteenth Street Lounge is strictly a 21+ venue.

3. The 6 Week Tango Initiation series has already started, should I wait for the next one?

You may join a currently running Tango Initiation series in week 2, especially if you have already attended a Tango Taster class. From week 3 onward, please wait until the next series starts, or schedule a private lesson to catch up. (see below #8)

4. Do I need to register online or can I register in class?

We prefer online registration but yes, you may also register in class if there is still space available. If the class is full and you do not have a reservation, we may have to turn you down.  Please register online to reserve your spot here.

5. Can I just drop in whenever I like?

You may drop in to any class except the Tango Initiation series and Bootcamp. Drop-in rate: $20/90-minute class. We offer a 6 class package ($100, expires 3 months from date of issue) and a 12 class package ($170, expires 6 months from date of issue). You can purchase class packages here

6. Can I make up classes if I miss a week of a pre-registration only series?

You may use make up credits at another series of the same level. Tell the instructor that you wish to make up for the previous session.

7. Do you offer a student discount?

Yes, for professional artists, full-time students, and seniors 65+, our drop-in rate is $10 and registration/class cards are $50. ESL Milonga is $5 and Milonga de Luz is $10.

8. Do you offer private lessons?

Yes. Please contact us at info@tangomercurio.org for rates and availability.

9. Where can I get Tango shoes?

If you are finding that you enjoy tango even the tiniest little bit, we strongly suggest you invest in a pair of practice shoes to care for your feet and body, and allow you to move more confidently. Here are a few places to get character, ballroom, or jazz shoes, which we consider good practice shoes for tango.

Les Gals Dance Supplies (Silver Spring store) - Ask for practice shoes or jazz shoes
Repeat Performance (Rockville store) - Ask for practice shoes or jazz shoes
Discount Dance (Mail Order) - Look for Character, Ballroom or Jazz shoes

For those who already know they want the real deal, official Tango shoes are available here:

Julia-Bella (DC/Arlington) - Comme il Faut, DNI and Debailar stiletto heels and practice shoes (women only)
Tango Boutique (Virginia) - Nueva Epoca/Werner Kern (men and women)
Diva Boutique (Mail Order) - Stilettos and dance sneakers for women
Felina Shoes (Mail Order or NYC) - Stilettos and shoes for men and women

10. Where can I get Tango music?

We have compiled a starter playlist on Spotify. Check it out!

11. I have a Special Offer (Groupon, Living Social, etc). How do I register?

Special offers can only be redeemed for a Tango Initiation Weekend Bootcamp or a Tango Initiation 6-week series. Please follow this link to our Beginners section and fill out the form to register for a course of your choice. We will send you further instructions via email.