On Argentine Tango
Born along the banks of Río de la Plata more than a century
ago, ARGENTINE TANGO is among the most dynamic and intoxicating dances
ever created. In its social form, as we explore it, TANGO is completely
improvised two bodies, intimately connected, co-creating a unique
and spontaneous expression in time and space.
No prior dance experience is necessary just a willingness to
open yourself to this potent "kinetic language" and the distinctive
music that drives it, and a desire to begin exploring the many possibilities
that TANGO has to offer ... subtle, complex, elegant and profound.
For more on Argentine Tango in Ojai, use the link menus above
or just scroll down the page ...
Overview on Monday Night Tango in Ojai
TANGO CLASS + PRÁCTICA ... followed by "The Incident"
||Every 1st + 3rd MONDAY Night ...
||7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - $10 per person
||8:00 - 9:00 p.m. - $5 suggested donation
||9:00 - 10:00 pm - $5 suggested donation ... or BYO
||Ojai Art Center - in the Gallery
||113 South Montgomery, Ojai, CA 93023
Huge Hardwood Floor, Art on the Walls, Friendly
For a run-down of our upcoming dates and events, please see our listings
Map + Driving Directions
For Tango Workshop, Open Práctica, + Ojai's "Tango Incident"
Map to Ojai Art Center 113 South Montgomery, Ojai
from Google Maps ...
- From US 101 in Ventura, take CA 33 north toward Ojai.
- Keep going straight as CA 150 joins CA 33, then swings east to
take you into Ojai. Stay on CA 150.
- The "center of town" is the stop light at Signal Street
you'll see the Post Office on the SE corner, with its iconic
- Continue east approximately 0.1 miles, past Libbey Park, and turn
right/south onto South Montgomery the Ojai Art Center
is half a block down, on your right.
Ojai Art Center 113 South Montgomery,
Some Details on Monday Night Tango in Ojai
The Monday night workshops, prácticas and social dancing in
Ojai give local and visiting dancers several ways to meet, learn, practice
and explore the Argentine tango.
Tango Workshops at the Art Center
1st + 3rd Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Since their earliest beginnings back in 2004, the Monday night Drop-In
Workshops in Ojai have focused on the "core principles"
of Argentine tango those fundamental techniques, concepts, elements,
ideas, relationships and variables that make this exceptional dance
Unlike most other tango classes, the Workshops are not sequential or
organized in any kind of "series" by way of theme, topic or
level instead, each individual session is conceived, designed
and presented as an independent, stand-alone event. This multi-dimensional
"workshop format" invites all dancers, no matter what their
background or area(s) of interest, to find, discover, consider + engage
Tango's many possibilities for themselves, on their own terms, and thereby
create a more personal and potent Tango one that is flexible,
creative, and technically rich ...
Topics and issues will vary from session to session, allowing dancers
to build up skill, confidence and experience at their own pace. Dancers
are welcome to stop by anytime whether to take a single Workshop,
to join us for several sessions, or to attend regularly on 1st + 3rd
Consistent with our "All-Levels" approach, no prior dance
experience is necessary. By way of our emphasis on Core Principles,
newer dancers will find that the various concepts + examples presented
are readily accessible and immediately useful on the improvised social
dance floor. Not only are Core Principles universally applicable
in all tango situations, they have also proven both durable and valuable
over time providing dancers with a solid foundation for their
longterm engagement with the dance, as well as amplifying + augmenting
any other tango classes, study, practice and investigations they might
happen to pursue.
Advanced beginners, intermediate dancers, and those interested in exploring
non-traditional roles are also welcome to attend. Since a strong grasp
of Core Principles is widely acknowledged as the key to all of
tango's more complex situations and possibilities, experienced dancers
recognize that regular review and ongoing refinement of these basic
skills and a richer, more intimate understanding of both "sides"
or roles involved are among the best ways to improve the overall
fluency, creativity, depth and range of their dancing.
In order to accommodate the Open Prácticas that follow, we will
do our best to begin and end promptly to enjoy a full hour of
Workshop, please be ready to dance at 7:00 p.m.
Monday night tango Workshop takes place in the Gallery
at the Ojai Art Center, and are open to all dancers on a "drop-in"
basis. There is no need to sign up in advance, or to come with a partner.
The cost of each one-hour Workshop is $10 per person.
Dance Space in the Gallery at the Ojai Art
Prácticas at the Art Center
1st + 3rd Mondays, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Open Prácticas are "practice sessions" rather
than formal workshops or classes.
Here the focus is on providing an open floor and a selection of music
so that dancers who've had some exposure to tango can practice and apply
what they know, learn from each other, experiment and try new things,
get extra help, and find or change partners.
During this, we'll be on hand to supervise, answer questions, and play
music ... but we will not aim to present new material in any organized
Any level of skill or experience is appropriate and welcome at the
Práctica including active and seasoned dancers, beginners
just starting their tango explorations, and prodigal tangueros
looking for a way to shake out the cobwebs and reconnect with what they
Monday night Prácticas are open to all local and visiting tango
dancers on a "drop-in" basis. There is no need to sign up
in advance, or to come with a partner. Admission is by donation
to help us cover the cost of the dance floor.
"Tango Incident" - Social Dancing
at the Art Center
1st + 3rd Mondays, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.
After Monday night's Workshop and Práctica, consider staying
on as we dim the lights and shift into the social dancing part of the
evening, Ojai's renowned "Tango Incident."
Formerly held in a nearby restaurant, the "Incident" is among
the most low-key, friendly and welcoming tango experiences you are likely
The generous maple floor of the Art Center Gallery means that all dancers
will have plenty of room to continue exploring, developing and celebrating
tango in the ways that most appeal to them whether they are"raw
beginners" still working with new ideas from the Workshop, or seasoned
tangueros/as who simply want to wrap themselves in a warm embrace
and float their way toward "tango bliss."
For those looking for something to eat or drink along with their dancing,
we have the Art Center's permission to "BYO" ... so feel free
to catch a meal at one of Ojai's nearby bistros and then come back,
order in your favorite delivery or take out, or "brown bag"
it by bringing something tasty from home.
The "Tango Incident" continues until 10:00 p.m., rounding
out three full hours of Monday night dancing in Ojai.
We play a wide variety of music for tango dancers throughout the evening,
ranging from the familiar and beloved classics of tango's "Golden
Age" to the fresh and provocative sounds of today's tango musicians.
Workshop sessions typically feature tango standards and other music
with the kind of clear beat and even tempo that is most appropriate
for newer dancers.
During the Práctica, the sound can become more eclectic
usually a wider mix of tangos, milongas and valses reflecting many styles,
tempos, moods and approaches, including fresh interpretations of familiar
music and selected newer pieces.
As the evening progresses and we shift into the social dancing of the
"Tango Incident," the music can go in any direction, depending
on the taste and interest of the crowd:
- If a more "traditional" mood strikes us, we may
lean toward classics from our favorite "Golden Age" orquestas
the kinds of tangos, milongas and valses that dancers are likely
to hear played in traditional clubs and venues throughout the world.
- Whereas, if a more "contemporary" feeling takes
hold, we may delve into today's rich "neo-tango" sound and
sensibility electronic and acoustic recordings of modern compositions,
innovative tangos with a non-traditional edge and perspective, and
some of the latest experiments in fusion, crossover and "alternative"
sounds that are helping drive tango's ongoing evolution and transformation
into a truly global art form.
For those interested in hearing examples of both Traditional and Contemporary
sounds in tango, please visit our More
Music page for more links, background, details and discussion
Newcomers and other people curious about tango are invited to stop
by any part of these Monday evenings to meet local dancers, ask questions,
watch, listen, and get a taste of what we do so feel free to invite
your friends and spread the word ...
Tango shoes and not ...
If you'd like to dance with us, please remember to bring a suitable
pair of shoes. Whether in class, at the práctica, or dancing
socially, choose shoes with leather or other hard soles that slide easily
and won't leave marks on a fine hardwood floor.
Since many tango elements involve a pivot of some kind, shoes with
softer or rubber soles that tend to "grip" the floor will
make dancing much harder than it should be, and are usually a poor choice.
And wide, heavy or clunky shoes are not as good as shoes with a narrower
profile that fits closer to your foot.
In all situations, shoes with laces or secure straps are recommended
for tango. It's best to avoid gym shoes, loafers, mules, boots, clogs,
loose sandals, flip-flops, and other similar footwear.
Although heels are customary for women, flat shoes are fine too.
Image of Stephen + Deb dancing tango on the beach from a photograph