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Learn to dance Tango

The Tango Dance Style

The dance of love, the Tango, is known for creating a passionate physical connection between dance partners. When dancing the Tango, your embrace will position your upper body against your partners, allowing your heartbeats to merge as you dance.

Controlled staccato footwork combine with fluid, graceful movements, to make the unique rhythm of the Tango.

The Tango is a particularly great dance for those wishing to focus on their timing and phrasing and it is a good choice for beginners who might be concerned about having ‘two left feet’, because the basic steps are very easy – if you can walk, you can Tango!

Often referred to as the ultimate dance for couples, the Tango is a favourite among all who learn it. At Arthur Murray we offer Tango lessons to couples or singles at every skill level. Contact us today or book a free lesson.

History of the Tango

Originating in Buenos Aires, the Tango has its heritage in the Cuban habanera. The dance gained popularity quickly, particularly across South America and in immigrant communities across the USA and Europe. In fact, during the first decade of the 1900s over a third of all gramophone records released were classified as Tango.

The style found mainstream popularity in 1921 after silent screen star Rudolph Valentino showcased his dancing in a movie named “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. Continuing that tradition, the Tango has been immortalised in many popular movies, generally used as a symbol of intense passion and sexual tension. Its distinctive style and strength can be witnessed in the following movies:

  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
  • Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Evita (1996)
  • Moulin Rouge (2001)
  • Frida (2002)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

Tango Music

Tango music is generally played by a sextet, containing two violins, a piano, double bass, and two bandoneóns. Earlier forms of the ensemble sometimes included a flute, clarinet and guitar. The first Tango ever recorded was created by Ángel Villoldo, who had to travel to Paris to make the recording because there were no recording studios in his home country of Argentina.

Available in either 2/4 or 4/4 time, Tango music is extremely versatile and has a uniquely vibrant style that made it popular across the world.

Our top 10 favourite Tango songs to dance to are:

  1. Por Una Cabeza – Tango Project
  2. Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Tony Bennett
  3. I am you – Sally Potter
  4. Tango Passion – Vio Friedmann
  5. Objection – Shakira
  6. Santa Maria – Gotan Project
  7. Bonboncito – Orchestra El Chocio
  8. Habanera – Carmen
  9. Libertango – Astor Paizzolla
  10. Sensuel – Carlos Ortega

How to Get Started Learning the Tango

At Arthur Murray we offer a range of options for people interested in learning more about this vibrant and passionate dance style, starting with a simple ‘tango walk’.

Whether you’re partnered or single, an absolute beginner or an experienced dancer, we can create a lesson plan that suits you.

Tango Dance Classes Sydney

You’ll love learning the Tango at Arthur Murray. We’ve been teaching the Tango across Sydney for more than 50 years, and our talented instructors will teach you not only to dance, but also to love the Tango!

If you live in Sydney and you’re looking for Tango lessons, then look no further! Contact us today to claim your complimentary Tango lesson:

Hours of Operation

Sydney CBD
Monday to Friday – 12:45pm – 10:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson in Sydney CBD: 02 8320 4030

Crows Nest
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson in Crows Nest: 02 8320 4033

Bondi Junction
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson at Bondi Junction: 02 8320 4036

Parramatta
Monday to Friday – 1:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson at Parramatta: (02) 02 8320 4039

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Both my wife and I are extremely happy learning ballroom dancing at Crows Nest Arthur Murray Studio. We have found the dancing instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We are more than happy to continue enjoying our dancing experience and social activities with all the other students. We feel like part of a large joyous dancing family.John & Marilynread more
John Chung
John Chung
11:16 14 Feb 17
We were interested in learning Tango for our daughter's wedding last year, but here we are in our second year at AM, Crows Nest - dancing has now become our passion, due in large part, to the excellence of teaching and supportive atmosphere of this studio! The journey is long and I so envy the folks who have started years ago to achieve the beauty and grace of ballroom and the seduction of Latin dancing. We are determined to continue !!!read more
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
23:35 06 Feb 17
We started dancing in 2009 for our wedding - and had so much fun learning that we kept it up. They have incredible flexibility to do as much as you want, on your schedule, and consist of staff that appreciate busy working (and family!) lives --- while encouraging you to always improve yourselves! As a couple learning they have accommodated both our learning styles very well.read more
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
08:48 04 Feb 17
I walked through the doors at Arthur Murray Crows Nest over 10 years ago having never danced a day in my life… I was looking for something fun to do outside of work and I’ve been there ever since!! There are local and overseas competitions, social nights and lots of glamorous events throughout the year to keep you busy. It’s fun, challenging, incredibly rewarding and you have an absolute blast along the way!!read more
Amy Hendry
Amy Hendry
02:29 31 Jan 17
I have loved dance all of my life but the Arthur Murray Crows Nest experience has taken my love and learning to another level. I have been dancing here for 14 years and will continue until my body gives up. My lessons are so much fun, challenging in a good way and a great form of exercise. Add to that the social side, great people, parties, outings, local and overseas competitions and you have the ultimate hobby.read more
Janet Black
Janet Black
02:19 27 Jan 17