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It’s time to tango

As the Tango Festival kicks off in the city, we tell you where you can learn the dance form from ballantino dance studios. American tango or ballroom tango is what is taught at this institute.

art and culture Updated: Nov 19, 2011 00:15 IST
Hindustan Times
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American tango or ballroom tango is what is taught at this institute. Explaining the difference between Argentine and American tango, Lucky, the instructor, says, “Argentine is more subtle and slow, whereas, American tango is more dramatic in terms of its moves and presentation. In the past few years, Argentine tango is really picking up in the Capital.” They have eight institutes across Delhi/NCR. They take two months/eight classes to teach this dance form.





Rs 1500 for a month/four classes 2 to tango

If you want to learn Argentine tango, this is the place to be. Briefing us on this dance form, Rakesh Borar, the instructor, who has been practicing Argentine tango for the past 19 years, says, “This dance form is very elaborate and has many musicalities to it.” Here, they teach gotan, vals, piazzolla and pugliese. “All these forms have different looks and style,” adds Borar. Besides their Sunday classes in Defence Colony, they also take a two-hour class in Capitol, Ashoka.


E-5, Defence Colony




Rs 3500 for three months noida dance studio

Out of the many Latin dance forms taught at this institute, tango is one of the most popular. The three-month tango class, starts with the basic footsteps, walks and loops and moves to specific turns and getting comfortable with the partner. It then heads on to more professional things like stretching and poses. “It’s a very graceful dance, hence it’s important to be good with your poses,” says Vikki Varma, the instructor at the studio, who has been teaching tango for the past eight years. They also take personalised individual class.


: C-48, Sector 20, Noida


: 9810439994


Rs 2000 for a month that includes eight classes

Dance with me

This institute is for those who want to take private lessons. Students, themselves, can decide whether they want one or more tango classes.“To completely get the hang of the dance form, students must take eight classes, but it also depends on their learning ability,” says Prashant Saini, the instructor, who has been teaching this dance form for the past four years. Saini learnt tango from an Argentine in Delhi. A class here means learning body movements, which is essential to this form. “Body movements are an essential part of this dance form as it’s a very passionate and sensual dance,” adds Saini.


: J-1/123, Khirki extension, Malviya Nagar




Rs1000 for a class of 45 minutes

What is tango?

Considered as one of the most fascinating of all dances, the tango is a sensual ballroom dance that was originated in South America in the early 20th century. Tango is usually performed by a man and a woman, expressing an element of romance in their synchronised movements. Originally, the tango was performed only by women, but once it spread into Argentina, it developed into a dance for couples. The popularity of the tango has greatly increased over the years.

Tango festival

2ToTango, brings to Delhi the first Argentinian Tango festival. The three-day festival will be held in Hotel Ashoka from November 25 to 27. The festival will witness dazzling performances and milongas. Watch out for tango music from classics of Sarli, D’Arienzo and Fracis Canaro to more experimental Piazollo.

Vaibhav Arora’s academy of dance

This academy teaches all five kinds of tango — from musical to broadway. “But people want to learn the most common form of tango, which is duet tango,” says Vaibhav Arora, the instructor. Duet tango starts with the selection of a song, followed by learning basic movements and then more complicated moves, twists and turns. “Tango is a vast field and it’s important do a thorough research before deciding to go for it,” adds Arora. They also give certification course in tango.


Kalpatru Shopping Cplx, Basement, NR Mother Dairy, Sadar Bazar, Delhi Cantt




Rs 2,500-R3,000 for 12 classes

First Published: Nov 18, 2011 18:45 IST